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Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #10 (QS) , | Online
This MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism from University College London (UCL) designed by a panel of academic departments, industrial partners and law enforcement and security agencies, introduces students to the fundamental knowledge, core expertise and advanced, evidence-driven methodological tools and approaches required to analyse, prevent and detect organised crime and terrorism.

About

Students develop an understanding of how science, engineering and a variety of professional disciplines can contribute to tackling organised crime and terrorism. 

By the end of the Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism program from University College London (UCL), they will be able to apply appropriate scientific principles and methods to security problems, think strategically to develop and implement countermeasures, and appreciate the complexity involved in the design and implementation of organised crime and terrorism threat-reduction technologies.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Jill Dando Institute, of which UCL Security & Crime Science is the core component, is the first research institution in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime through teaching, research, public policy analysis and by the dissemination of evidence-based information on crime reduction.

This MSc programme is delivered by experienced practitioners and researchers working in counter-terrorism, intelligence, law enforcement, risk assessment and security technology. It boasts a unique multidisciplinary platform, being the only postgraduate programme of its kind in the world taught in a faculty of engineering sciences, integrating the cutting-edge of the social and engineering sciences in the security domain.

The graduate students come from varied backgrounds; many are practitioners and are encouraged to contribute their experience in and out of the classroom.

Careers

This unique linking of organised crime and terrorism, and the study of methodologies that can practically tackle both of these areas, means that this MSc holds appeal for employers across a broad range of industries.

Employability

This programme equips students with the knowledge to develop operational strategies to counter organised crime and terrorism. This unique linking of organised crime and terrorism, and the study of methodologies that can practically tackle both of these areas, means that this MSc holds appeal for employers across a broad range of industries.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Perspectives on Organised Crime
  • Perspectives on Terrorism
  • Foundations of Security and Crime Science
  • Designing and Doing Research
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis
  • Investigation and Detection
  • Cybercrime
  • Intelligence Gathering and Analysis
  • Risk and Contingency Planning
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • Prevention and Disruption
  • Terrorism (UCL Political Science, not available for distance learning students)

                                Detailed Programme Facts

                                • Programme intensity

                                  You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

                                  Full-time
                                  • Full-time duration 12 months
                                  Part-time
                                  • Average part-time duration 36 months
                                  • Intensity Flexible
                                  • Duration description
                                    Flexible: 3-5 years
                                • Credits
                                  180 alternative credits
                                • Languages
                                  • English
                                • Delivery mode
                                  On Campus, Online

                                English Language Requirements

                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                • Minimum required score:

                                  100

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                                • Minimum required score:

                                  7

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                                • Minimum required score (Grade C):

                                  185

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                                Academic Requirements

                                You need the following GPA score:

                                Required score: Upper Second Class

                                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                                • Normally, a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant disciplines include science subjects (e.g. engineering or computer science) or social science subjects (e.g. psychology, criminology or geography)
                                • Alternatively candidates may qualify for entry if they can offer five or more years of relevant professional experience (for example in the police service, or as a crime prevention worker).
                                International students
                                • Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

                                Tuition Fee

                                • International

                                  26660 GBP/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 26660 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
                                • EU/EEA

                                  12750 GBP/year
                                  Tuition Fee
                                  Based on the original amount of 12750 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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                                Living costs for London

                                • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                                  Living Costs

                                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

                                Funding

                                UCL Security & Crime Science is offering up to 14 bursary scholarships of between £2,500 and £10,000 to outstanding applicants who have been offered places on one of our MSc programmes.

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