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This MSc provides students with a thorough understanding of how science and scientifically based techniques can deliver immediate and sustainable reductions in crime. The programme focuses on how to better apply science to understand crime problems, develop strategies for preventing them, and increase the probability of detecting and arresting offenders. What and how will I learn? Students develop the ability to apply scientific principles to crime control, think more strategically in developing and implementing crime control policies, appreciate the complexity of implementation issues, critically assess the likely impact of planned crime reduction initiatives and generate more innovative proposals for reducing particular crime problems. Degree Structure Students undertake courses to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core courses (75 credits), three optional courses (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits). Core Modules Thinking Scientifically Research Methods for Crime Scientists Understanding Crime Presenting Synthesising Evidence Dissertationreport All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words. Options Situational Crime Prevention: Theory Situational Crime Prevention: Practice Investigation and Detection Applied Research Methods I Applied Research Methods II Theories and Actors of the Policy Process Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism MSc courses Further details available on subject website: http:www.ucl.ac.ukscspg-taught The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, projects, laboratory classes, and practical exercises. Practical work will involve the analysis and interpretation of data sets, and the development of new ideas for solving problems. Assessment is through laboratory and project reports, unseen written examination, coursework, presentations, and the dissertation. Why should I study this degree at UCL? The UCL Jill Dando Institute, established in 2001, was the first 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. The Crime Science MSc is a multi-disciplinary subject, drawing on expertise in psychology, social science, statistics, mathematics, architecture, forensic sciences, design, geography and computing. Our graduate students come from varied backgrounds many are practitioners and are encouraged to contribute their experience in and out of the classroom. Your future career Many graduates now work in the field of crime prevention and detection for public sector employers such as the Home Office, Police and Ministry of Defence, or private sector companies with a crime prevention and community safety focus. Other graduates go on to further doctoral research. First destinations of recent graduates include: Metropolitan Police Service: Serious Sexual Offences Intelligence Analyst, Hampshire County Council: Community Safety Support Assistant, Metropolitan Police Service: Head of Implementation, Hertfordshire County Council: Senior Analyst, RSA Group: Fraud Specialist, National Police Improvement Agency: Assistant Crime Analyst and Wandsworth Prison: Catholic Priest. Entry Requirements 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, for example engineering or computer science or social science subjects, for example, 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). How to apply Applications are accepted throughout the year however, students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.
This MSc provides students with a thorough understanding of how science and scientifically based techniques can deliver immediate and sustainable reductions in crime. The programme focuses on how to better apply science to understand crime problems, develop strategies for preventing them, and increase the probability of detecting and arresting offenders. What and how will I learn? Students develop the ability to apply scientific principles to crime control, think more strategically in deve...