University Degree in Criminology in Madrid






4 years · 240 ECTS


9:00 to 14:00, from Monday to Friday

14:00 to 19:00, from Monday to Friday

University Degree in Criminology in Madrid student profile

PRICE  6,100 €

Studying an Official University Degree in Criminology in Madrid will allow you to understand the reason why murders are committed , in addition to providing you the ability to enter the mind of the criminal and understand why criminal behaviour occurs, among other topics. But it does not stop there – you will also learn about forensic science, the key to future investigative endeavours.

After finishing this degree, you will be able to work in a variety of areas, such as judiciary and law enforcement bodies, correctional facilities, juvenile justice, or even private security companies. And not only in Spain, but also in Latin America, where the figure of the criminologist has gained a lot of traction.

However, as we know that the transition between education and the world of work can be a very difficult period, at ESERP we feature an Career Opportunities Programme with dozens of businesses where you can carry internships and gain experience that will be highly valuable in the years to come.

If you are interested in the world of criminology are good at working on a team, and are socially aware, you can learn more about the Official University Degree in Criminology in Madrid.


Official University Degree in Criminology

Official University Degree issued by King Juan Carlos University

ESERP’s University Degree in Criminology and Private Security

Private University Degree issued by ESERP


Achieving leadership through a global vision

The programme offers a comprehensive view of management for businesses, organisations, and their environment.

Resolving problems and practical case studies

Applying the methodology of case studies and simulations, each student participates in the conception, development, and resolution of real, up-to-date practical cases.

Balance between theory and practice

Focus on the practical elements of business, along with the theoretical and practical knowledge that is required for a solid education.

Dynamic, personalised, and active instruction

The efficiency of ESERP curricula is possible thanks to the personalised attention and monitoring given to each student.

High degree of specialisation

Courses at ESERP are taught by professors that are experts in their fields, providing the student with a higher degree of specialisation.


  • To provide the knowledge necessary to understand the complexity and dynamic nature of the relationships between victims, crime, and the people and public and private institutions involved.
  • To provide the knowledge necessary to obtain a specialised education in security, specific forms of crime, and social intervention for the criminal.
  • To understand the scientific methods that form part of criminology, security, and social intervention with criminals and victims, and to develop the skills necessary to use them effectively.
  • To apply, in a professional context, information and communications technology to different sources of information on crime and victim statistics.
  • The ability to analyse, collect, compile, and synthesise information and data.
  • A capacity for organisation and planning.
  • The ability to transmit information ideas, problems, and solutions to a specialised or general audience.
  • The ability to manage information and use ICTs.
  • The ability to formulate hypotheses for investigation and problem resolution.
  • The ability to reason critically and self-analyse.
  • The ability to work on a team and possess adept interpersonal skills.
  • Students have developed the learning skills necessary to begin later studies with a high degree of autonomy.
  • The ability to apply knowledge to new or mostly-unknown environments within wider or multi-disciplinary contexts.
  • The ability to communicate with the skill and fluency necessary in a foreign language, orally and in writing.

Career opportunities

The programme will give you the ability to develop your professional activities in different areas:

  • Management at Private Security Companies.
  • Access to Law Enforcement and internal promotion.
  • Court criminologist.
  • Probation officer.
  • Director of legal and criminology consulting teams.
  • Private Investigator.
  • Criminology consultant for juvenile justice, victims of crime, family mediation, or domestic violence.
  • Family or criminal mediator.
  • Criminology expert and consultant.
  • Correctional centre staff.

eserp career opportunities

Subjects for Criminology

 year 1

1Introduction to Public LawFBR6
1General Criminal LawOB6
1Organisational Theory FBR6
1History of Criminality and Public Order in SpainFBR6
1Principles of EconomicsFBR6
2Introduction to SociologyFBR6
2Knowledge Management: Prospective Information and IntelligenceFBR6
2Forensic LanguageFBC6
2Basic Legal Principles Applicable to Criminology: Protection of the Person in the Civil SphereFBC6
2Information Technology for CriminologyFBC6

Total credits required 60

year 2

AnualModern LanguageFBC6
1Types and Forms of delinquencyOB6
1Scientific Research in CriminologyOB6
1Criminological TheoriesOB6
1Sociology of DelinquencyOB6
2Introduction to PsychologyOB6
2Dimensions and Models of SecurityOB6
2Criminal Psychology and PreventionOB6
2Law for Public and Private SecurityOB6
2Crime Policy and VictimologyOB6

Total credits required 60

year 3

1Forensic ScienceOB6
1Legal Medicine and ForensicsOB6
1Evaluation of Public Programmes and PolicyOB6
1Special and Criminal LawOB6
1Penitentiary LawOB6
2Criminal Procedural LawOB6
2 Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict ResolutionOB6
2The Welfare State and Social InclusionOB6
2Mathematical Instruments and Data AnalysisOB6
2Public Actors and InstitutionsOB6

Total credits required 60

curso 4

1Prevention of Occupational RisksOP6
1Terrorism and Organised CrimeOP6
1Domestic and Gender ViolenceOP6
1School Agression and Related Behaviour During Childhood and AdolescenceOP6
1Recognition of CreditsOB6
Year-longFinal ProjectOB6

Total credits required: 60

FBC: Formación Básica Común, credits may be valid for their equivalents in all degrees
FBR: Formación Básica de Rama, credits may be valid for their equivalents in all degrees
OB: Required
OP: Optional

Recognition of credits

Table of credit validity for criminology




PRICE  6,100 €


Access to official Degree instruction requires a degree equivalent to the Spanish “Bachillerato” (High School, Baccalaureate, etc.), and having passed the test referred to in Article 42 of Organic Law 6/2001, of 12 April, without prejudice to other access mechanisms required by applicable legislation.

The amount of places available for new entrants for the academic year are:

60 places.

Registration requirements:

  • 2nd year of Spanish “Bachillerato” and University entrance exams
  • BI (International Baccalaureate)
  • Higher Level Training Cycle (HLTC)
  • 2nd year of F.P. (Vocational training) or COU (secondary certification) and University entrance exams
  • Entrance exams for people older than 25, 40, or 45 years old


EU Students (European Union), Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Bulgaria, Romania, and foreigners holding a residence NIE *
Initial payment800€
Rest of the academic year: 10 monthly payments of 495€, from October to July4,950€
Annual academic fees:350€

* Price for the academic year. All other students, prices upon consultation.
* Special conditions for advance payment.
* Fees for diplomas and certificates are not included.

Our professors

The faculty at ESERP is made up of professionals with broad academic as well as work experience, able to bring their experience and knowledge into the classroom.

Some of the professors teaching courses for this University Degree are listed below.

José Ramón Sánchez Galán PhD in Finance and PhD in Journalism both from the Complutense Unive...
Maria Luisa Fanjul Fernández Her professional career began linked to the tourism world in the Norwe...
María Cristina Fernández Laso PhD in Prehistory, with a extraordinary award from the Rovira i Virgil...
César Jiménez Sanz Higher Degree in Criminology, PhD in Law and a Doctorate in Economic A...
Antonio Monzón Fueyo Practicing lawyer of the Madrid Bar Association (membership number 79,...
Flávia Gómes PhD in Communication Sciences from the URJC and Master in Communicatio...
Adolfo Sánchez Burón PhD in Psychology (1997), he has taught at several National and Intern...

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