The bachelor's degree in Criminology aims to meet the demand from public and private institutions for trained professionals with scientific skills in the field of crime prevention and response, and assistance to victims, and to contribute to the creation of an emerging professional field. This degree includes subjects from the four disciplines that form the basis of criminology theory: law, psychology, sociology and teaching.

Criminologists graduating from the UAB will be able to work in three areas: the prevention and management of problems related to co-existence and criminality in local and regional administration posts; criminological research at universities, police bodies and public administrations; and sentencing services in the management of offender rehabilitation and attention to victims within the judicial system.

The training of professionals of local administrations, police bodies, courts of law or prisons who carry out tasks in the field of criminology was practically inexistent for many years in Catalonia and in Spain. In recent years, however, it has been given the importance it deserves and it has been seen that greater professionalism leads to higher chances of success in the interventions carried out.

Some European countries have a longer tradition than Catalonia and Spain in Criminology studies. Among universities that offer these studies are those of Cardiff, Keele and Southampton (UK), Rotterdam Erasmus, and Leyden (Netherlands) and Leuven and Brussels Free University (Belgium).

Student Profile

This degree is aimed at students with the following profile:

  • Interest in the problems of people and society in general and a will to find solutions to these problems.
  • Regard for empirical disciplines and an interest in knowing the truth.
  • Sufficient level of English to understand scientific texts on criminology.

Career options

Criminology is of interest to a whole set of professional fields related to delinquency, given that scientific knowledge on the prevention and response of crime works towards improving the effectiveness of all crime fighting sectors and agencies. More particularly,
  • with regard to prevention and security, knowledge on criminology must serve to contribute to the development of public policies on prevention and protection aimed at reducing the risks of delinquency and the damaging effects caused to people and society, both from the objective and subjective viewpoint.
  • With regard to criminal justice, knowledge on criminology must serve to contribute to the development of public policies regarding people charged with committing offences, making them effective in reducing the rate of reoccurrence and repairing the damage done to victims and society.

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Continuous assessment, taking into account students' ongoing acquisition of the competences taught in the degree programme.


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Learning resources

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Faculty of Law
Bellaterra Campus
Pre-enrolment code: 21068
70 places
Number of credits: 240
Duration: 4 years
Language: Catalan and Spanish, and some subjects in English.
Price per credit: 25.27 euros
Classroom-based learning
Period of study: Four-monthly
Part-time or full-time: Full-time dedication. Part-time option available.
Compulsory attendance at teacher-guided activities.
Social Sciences and Law

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