University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona


Social and Legal Sciences






4 years · 240 ECTS


First year – Morning:
8:30 am to 2:30 pm from Monday to Friday

There is no afternoon session during the first year

University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona student profile

PRICE  €6,100 

By studying the University Degree in Criminology at ESERP Barcelona, you will explore the reasons why murders are committed, in addition to having the chance to delve into the criminal’s mind and discovering the causes of their deviant behaviour, among many other things. But that’s not all. You will also learn about forensic science, which will enable you to carry out investigations in the future.

After completing this University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona, you will be able to develop your professional career in many different areas such as in law enforcement, prisons, juvenile justice and even private security companies. In addition, you will be able to work not only in Spain, but also in Latin American countries, which have been experiencing a shift in trends in recent years and now highly value the role of the criminologist.

However, since we know how difficult the transition is from being a student to being a professional in the labour market, at ESERP we offer a Career Opportunities platform, with dozens of companies in which you can complete your internship as part of the University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona, therefore gaining invaluable experience that will be extremely helpful in years to come.

So there you have it. If you’re interested in the world of criminology, if you are someone who is socially aware and you are good at teamwork, find out more about the University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona, no strings attached.


University Degree in Criminology

Official University Degree issued by the University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia

Diploma in Criminology and Private Security

ESERP’s Private University Degree


Achieving leadership through a global vision

These studies offer an integrated view of business management, the organisation and its environment.

Problem solving and real-life case studies

Applying the case study and simulation method, each student participates in the conception, development and resolution of current, real-life case studies.

Balance between theory and practice

Focus is placed on the practical elements of a company, along with the theoretical and practical knowledge that is required in any solid education.

Dynamic, personalised, and active teaching

ESERP’s Study Plans are highly efficient thanks to the personalised attention and monitoring given to each student.

High degree of specialisation

The courses that make up the University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona are taught by expert professors in their field, providing their students with an even higher level of specialisation.


  • Provide students with the necessary knowledge in order to understand the complexity and dynamic nature of the relationship between victims, the criminal act and the main intervening agents and public/private institutions.
  • Provide students with the knowledge they need in order to receive a specialised education in security, certain forms of crime and social intervention with the offender.
  • Learn the different scientific methods that are applied to criminology, security, and social intervention with criminals and victims, in addition to developing the skills that are needed to put the methods to use effectively.
  • Learn how to professionally apply information and communication technologies to the different sources of information that exist regarding the crime and victimisation.
  • Ability to analyse, collect, compile and synthesise information and data.
  • Organisation and planning skills.
  • Ability to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both the general and specialised public.
  • Ability to manage information and use ICTs.
  • Ability to formulate research hypotheses and solve problems.
  • Critical thinking skills and self-criticism.
  • Ability to work as a team and develop interpersonal skills.
  • Students should develop those learning skills that are needed to pursue further studies with a higher level of autonomy.
  • Ability to apply the acquired knowledge in new or unfamiliar environments within broader or multidisciplinary contexts.
  • Proficiency in oral and written communication in a foreign language, with the necessary fluency.


  • Students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in an area of study that requires a general, secondary level of education, with the support of advanced textbooks along with other educational aspects that are to be obtained from the latest developments in their field of study.
  • Students should know how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and must possess skills related to the preparation and defence of arguments, as well as the resolution of problems within their area of study.
  • Students should have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their area of study) in order to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific and ethical issues.
  • Students should know how to convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both a specialised and non-specialised public.
  • Students should have developed those essential learning skills that are required in order to pursue further studies with a higher degree of autonomy.


  • Maintain a positive attitude in relationships with both professionals from the various areas of criminology and with interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Be ethically committed to situations arising from inequality and social marginalisation, diversity and multiculturalism, security, crime, and violence, in addition to knowing how to care for the victims.
  • Demonstrate analysis and synthesis skills that are used to gain a global vision of the different problems and put all of the acquired knowledge into practice.


  • Act with good spirit and critical thinking when dealing with knowledge and all of its dimensions, showing intellectual, cultural and scientific curiosity, as well as a commitment to the high level of rigour and quality that is required within the professional realm.
  • The student should project values of entrepreneurship and innovation during their academic and professional career by establishing contact with different realities and finding the motivation for self-development.
  • Interact with global and international contexts in order to identify needs and new realities that allow for the transfer of knowledge towards current or emerging areas of professional development, with the capacity for adaptation and self-direction in both professional and research processes.
  • Possess the required skills in order to work as a professional in multidisciplinary and complex environments, coordinating with teams and working in a network, either in face-to-face or virtual environments, through the informational and digital use of ICTs.
  • Be an active citizen with individual responsibility, committed to democratic values, sustainability and universal design, implementing practices that are based on learning, service and social inclusion.
  • Use different forms of communication in a native or foreign language, both oral and written/audiovisual, with a high degree of proficiency when it comes to the use, form and content.
  • Be the protagonist in the educational process itself in terms of personal and professional improvement, receiving a well-rounded education that allows the student to learn and live within a context of linguistic diversity that is full of various social, cultural and economic realities.


  • Evaluate the historical evolution of theories on criminality and the phenomenology of crime, evaluating the principles and foundations of psychology, sociology and criminology in relation to crime, the offender, victimisation and responses to crime and deviance.
  • Understand the biological and social bases of human behaviour, mental pathologies and their treatment, as well as the main instruments and indicators of risk assessment, and the prognosis of antisocial and/or criminal behaviour.
  • Compare the different existing sociological perspectives on crime and their relation to different sociological contexts and domains, such as family, social structure, marginality and social control.
  • Use statistics and other data sources to recognise the different forms of delinquency and crime, including their magnitude and the characteristics of the crime-related phenomena.
  • Analyse the main factors and causes behind the appearance of criminal phenomena for the design and management of innovative projects and strategies on models of social intervention, in addition to structural and individual prevention.
  • Identify the main problems related to the criminal justice system’s response to victims of crime.
  • Evaluate the theoretical and empirical effects of the programmes and policies that are put in place for the prevention, protection and action taken against crime, distinguishing the types and functions of the agents and public institutions that are involved.
  • Convey ideas with scientific rigour to various legal or administrative operators or to anyone who requests your services, integrating the fundamentals and terminology used in the field of criminology, legal medicine and forensic science.
  • Design/ develop activities and prepare scientific research reports in the field of criminology, using scientific terminology, procedures, techniques and the appropriate instruments.
  • Identify security dimensions and models for the planning, organisation, implementation and management of security services and systems within an organisation.
  • Understand the fundamental concepts of public and private law as a regulatory system of social relationships, as well as the basic legal concepts behind criminal, procedural and penitentiary law that are applicable to a specific criminological issue.
  • Apply the fundamental concepts of companies to the field of criminology, in order to propose solutions for specific problems through the implementation of negotiations, mediation and leadership in decision-making processes and through the management of people and projects.

Career Opportunities

These studies will give you the ability to develop your professional activity in different areas, where you will be able to work as:

  • Director of private security companies
  • Access to Law Enforcement and internal promotions.
  • Criminological expert in courts of justice.
  • Probation officer.
  • Director of legal and criminological consulting teams.
  • Private investigator.
  • Advisor for the criminological treatment of minors, families, victims of crime, family mediation and gender violence.
  • Criminal and family mediator.
  • Criminologist advisor and expert.
  • Member of the treatment teams in prisons.

eserp career opportunities

Subjects: University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona

 year 1

1History of Crime and Public OrderFB6
1Fundamentals of PsychologyFB6
1Basic Legal Principles in CriminologyFB6
1Criminal PolicyFB6
1Computer Science Applied to CriminologyFB6
2Criminological TheoriesFB6
2Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict ResolutionFB6
2Fundamentals of SociologyFB6
2Forensic LinguisticsFB6
2Fundamentals of Public LawFB6

Total required credits 60

year 2




1Criminal Psychology and PreventionOB6
1Introduction to Business IFB6
1Types and Forms of CrimeOB6
1Security Dimensions and ModelsOB6
2Criminal Law IOB6
2Public and Private Security LawOB6
2Introduction to Business IIOB3
2Deviance in SociologyOB3
2Knowledge Management: Prospective Information and IntelligenceOB6
2Evaluation of Programmes and Public PoliciesOB6

Total required credits 60

year 3

1Cyberspace and Computer CrimeOB3
1Terrorism and Organised CrimeOB3
1Economic and Corporate CrimeOB6
1Mathematical Instruments and Data AnalysisOB6
1Legal Medicine and Forensic SciencesOB6
2Criminal Law IIOB3
2Criminal Procedural LawOB6
2Penitentiary LawOB6
2Domestic and Gender ViolenceOB6
2Agents and Public InstitutionsOB6
2Scientific Research Techniques in CriminologyOB3

Total required credits 60

year 4



1Legal EnglishOB6
1Elective SubjectOP21
1Welfare State and Social InclusionOB3
2Elective SubjectOP9
2Final ProjectTFG12
2External InternshipPE9

Total required credits 60

Elective Credits

Taxation and CriminalityOP6
Fundamentals of Private LawOP6
Communication and Information Management TechniquesOP6
Management Skills and Human Resource ManagementOP6
Security ManagementOP3
Security and Emergency Systems and PlansOP3
Planning, Organisation and Operation of SecurityOP6
Structure of Security ServicesOP3
Aggressiveness in School and Asocial Behaviours in Childhood and AdolescenceOP6

TFG: Final Project
FB: Basic Courses
PE: Company Internship
OB: Mandatory
OP: Elective

Recognition of HLTC credits


PRICE €6,100 


To gain admission to the University Degree in Criminology taught at ESERP Barcelona, you must complete the university pre-enrolment process via the portal:, within the established deadlines. Enrolment will be formalised at the ESERP centre, after you’ve been assigned a place through the university pre-enrolment process.

In order to formalise your enrolment at ESERP, you must give the school’s academic secretary the following documentation:

  • Printed and filled out enrolment application
  • Document accrediting your admission route
  • Copy DNI / Passport

You can reserve your place in the University Degree programmes as of March 1, 2018.
There is a limited number of places and a personal interview will be conducted with the admissions department.
Enrolment for elective studies or programmes that are affiliated with national or foreign universities must be completed and paid for separately.

Students who have followed any of the following admission routes will be able to gain admission to the University Degree in Criminology:

  • University Entrance Exams (PAU) or Selectividad.
  • Higher Level Training Cycles (HLTC or FPII) or equivalent.
  • University entrance exams for students over 25 years old.
  • University entrance exams for students over 45 years old.
  • Be over 40 years old and have professional or work experience.
  • Students from foreign educational systems.
  • In possession of a three, four, or five-year Official University Degree diploma or equivalent.


Students from the EU (European Union) with a NIE
First payment€1,000
Rest of the academic year: 10 monthly payments from October to July of €510€5,100


Students from outside of the EU (European Union)
First payment€1,500
Rest of the academic year: 10 monthly payments from October to July of €460€4,600
5% discount for early payment

* Price of the first academic year.
* Fees for diplomas and certificates are not included.

Our professors who are part of the University Degree in Criminology in Barcelona

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