Dual Degree Program in Criminology and Social Work

Submission of applications:
Start: November 24, 2017
End: June 29, 2018

5 years (Full-time study)

Credits: 376.5 ECTS
Places available: 60, Spanish

This program is the first training innovation in Spain which combines Criminology and Social Work. We train complete and global professionals, covering professional aspects such as crime prevention, quality of life, victim assistance, emphasizing tolerance and diversity and going beyond the fight against crime and its legal and legislative regulation.

The Dual Degree Program in Criminology and Social Work pursues a broad range of contributions to a society ever more sensitive to citizen safety, not only in the professional spheres that respond to criminal activity but also in the new professional spheres of prevention ,research, planning and consultation.

The professional exercise of Criminology is becoming increasingly developed in the area of social intervention. It is necessary to have professionals with the skills to detect and evaluate situations of risk and distress, to perform the tasks of orientation and victim support, mediation between victims and perpetrators, management of multi-professional and interdisciplinary teams to design preventive and restituitive intervention and family and community intervention to generate dynamics of security and well-being.


Duration: 5 years

Timetable: Full-time study.

Open days: March 10, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Information session

April 13, 2018

Financial information: Course fees: €1.308,75 plus nine monthly installments of €542,25 each.



Places for new admissions: 60

Submission of applications: November 24 to June 29, 2018

Information about the documentation to submit

Applicant profile

The Dual Degree in Criminology and Social Work correlates to a global and comprehensive perspective of human security, centered not only in crime, but in people. It involves aspects such as violence prevention, fostering quality of life and tolerance, or direct work with victims and offenders.

This career trains experts to board circumstances such as detecting risky and helpless situations, preventive work, guidance and victims´ assistance, mediation among victims and offenders, support and follow up penal measures, intervention for offenders´ re-insertion, research on cause-effect of crime, and coordination/management of interdisciplinary teams.

For this reason, students of the Dual Degree in Criminology and Social Work must be interested in research, prevention of criminal activities; as well as motivated towards security and wellbeing of people, not only to legislation and crime control.

Students should be people and service oriented, have good communication/interpersonal skills, be analytical, competent, and committed to his/her job. At the same time autonomy, initiative, critical thinking, and team work are highly encouraged.

Specialists from Professional Training Programs (in Integration and Sociocultural Animation) interested in professional development in areas linked to crime prevention and intervention, for example: abuse, violence and bullying, human trafficking, or penitentiary field, may also pursue this dual degree.

Admission requirements:

To begin your studies is a prerequisite condition prove you accomplish with the legal requirements of access to the University.

Admission process and recruitment criteria:

Admissions tests will be held between April 17 and May 10, 2017.

The admissions tests consist of a personal interview with a lecturer, a short written essay on the candidate's motivations for studying Criminology and Social Work (or any other Degree) , and an English test to allocate students into groups, according to their level. The interviewer will explore the candidate's motivations for choosing this major, while review and discuss the applicant's academic record. To be admitted, the candidate should at least score an A2 level (European frame of reference for languages).

  • 60% academic record,

  • 30% interview,

  • 10% statement.

Each application is evaluated by the Admissions Committee of the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty, whose Board is: Dean, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, Head of Studies, and interviewing professors. The Committee reports to the Dean, who finally admits the student. 

The dates of publication of the lists of admitted would be the following:

  • 1st list of admitted: February 23, 2018

  • 2nd list of admitted: March 23, 2018

  • 3rd list of admitted: April 20, 2018

  • 4th list of admitted: May 25, 2018

  • 5th list of admitted: June 22, 2018

  • 6th list of admitted: July 20, 2018

Services for students with special needs:

'Support Program for Students with Disabilities'

Information points:

Information and Student Reception Office
C/ Alberto Aguilera, 21 - 28015 Madrid
Tel.: +34 91 540 61 32
Fax: +34 91 559 65 69
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Structure of the double degree
  • The Double Degree in Criminology and Social Work combines two independent degree programs, and is taught over 5 years. The curriculum covers 376.5 ECTS credits and each of the five academic years has an average workload of 75.30 credits.

Timetables and exam schedule
  • 376,5


Graduate profile

The Dual Degree Program in Criminology and Social Work trains full professionals, with the following skills and competencies for professional activity:

  • Detection of situations of risk and distress.
  • Preventive work and promotion of safe environments and relationships.
  • Mediation and reparation of damage in conflicts and risk environments.
  • Orientation and direct intervention with victims.
  • Support and monitoring of judicial measures.
  • Intervention for reinsertion of the persons or groups that have committed criminal acts.
  • Social research applied to the study of crime, security and prevention.
  • Design of projects, programs and plans.
  • Coordination and management of multi-professional teams.
Professional opportunities

Areas of professional development in the field of criminology. Click here

Areas of professional development in the field ofSocial Work. Click here

Academic opportunities

Masters related to the Dual Degree Program in Criminology and Social Work:

Official Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

Official Master's Degree in Human Resources (MURH)

Official Master's Degree in International Development Cooperation

Official Master's Degree in International Migration


Students will carry out external work experience two mornings per week from the second year (450 hours in total). In the first year they study a workshop module where active social workers introduce them to the different fields of professional practice.


During your university training in social work, you will have the opportunity to study a semester or a whole year at one of the universities in the USA, Europe or Latin America,with which we have established specific social work-related partnerships. You will also have the chance to complete an internship during your time abroad.

We also offer the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, International Concentration, which you can choose to study simultaneously during your 3rd and 4th year, and for which you will receive an official diploma from the Comillas Pontifical University.

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  • CG 01 - Ability to find and manage information in the field of criminology.
  • CG 02 - Ability to analyze and synthesize relevant data and information in the professional area of criminology.
  • CG 03 - Organizational and planning skills while working in criminology.
  • CG 04 - Ability to use information and communication technology while working in criminology.
  • CG 05 - Ability to express yourself correctly both orally and in writing while working as a criminologist.
  • CG 06 - Ability to work in a team and establish interpersonal relations while working in the field of criminology.
  • CG 07 - Critical reasoning and self-criticism skills while working in criminology.
  • CG 08 - Ability to make well founded decisions independently regarding professional problems in the field of criminology.
  • CG 09 - Ability to recognize diversity and multiculturalism, and manage them appropriately while working as a criminologist.
  • CG 10 - Ethical commitment while working in criminology.
  • CG 11 - Ability to progress as a professional criminologist with rigor and seriousness in the work.
  • CG 12 - Ability to adapt to new situations and work creatively in the field of criminology.
  • CE 01 - Know and understand the conceptual bases of the law and its relevance as a regulator of social relations, identifying the roots of the law and its hierarchy.
  • CE 02 - Know the process for applying legal standards, interpreting them in accordance with the rules and principles of the legal system, and understanding their effectiveness, the duty to comply with them and the consequences of failure to comply with them.
  • CE 03 - Know the structure of the state and its institutions, identifying the constitutional bodies and their respective functions.
  • CE 04 - Know about the system of constitutional rights and duties, and public freedoms and their system of guarantees.
  • CE 05 - Understand the legal system as a complex whole, identifying the legal sources of public law and applying them to specific cases.
  • CE 06 - Understand the basic theoretical concepts referring to criminal law and the different statutory categories of the legal theory of crime.
  • CE 07 - Analyze factual situations and the potential responses given by the legal system, both in investigating and judging crime, and in enforcing sentences.
  • CE 08 - Identify the offenses specified in the criminal code.
  • CE 09 - Distinguish between the different criminal policy systems and theories.
  • CE 10 - Know about the concepts, objectives, instruments, and values of restorative justice.
  • CE 11 - Specific knowledge of the justice system in order that criminology professionals can correctly use it.
  • CE 12 - Know and understand Spain's criminal legal system, identifying each of its bodies and the competences entrusted to each of them.
  • CE 13 - Identify the elements of a legal conflict, proposing alternatives for resolving it.
  • CE 14 - Understand the fundamental concepts of family and juvenile law, and acquire the necessary ability to apply this knowledge in practice.
  • CE 15 - Prepare legal documents in an orderly and comprehensible manner, identifying the basic legal sources, and using convincing legal arguments in the field of family and juvenile law.
  • CE 16 - Ability to identify and measure variables that are relevant to understanding criminal behavior.
  • CE 17 - Know different designs for criminological investigation, and procedures for formulating and contrasting hypotheses and interpreting the results.
  • CE 18 - Know about the basic concepts of criminology and in-depth knowledge of different psychosocial theories of criminality and social deviation.
  • CE 19 - Identify clearly the different forms of criminality, their historical and social origins, and their particular features, as well as their different consequences in legal, penal, and policing terms.
  • CE 20 - Provide up-to-date information on the impact of new technologies in contemporary society and their impact on criminal behavior, the possibilities that they offer for prosecuting and reducing crime, and their implications in terms of social control.
  • CE 21 - Know about social and economic structures, processes of social change, and the consequences that social inequalities trigger in the development of people, groups, and communities as well as criminogenic effects.
  • CE 22 - Provide tools for critical analysis of social reality.
  • CE 23 - Know differentiating elements such as ethnicity, culture, and gender, and their influence on situations of discrimination, oppression, vulnerability, and social exclusion.
  • CE 24 - Apply fundamental concepts from sociology and anthropology, such as socialization, stratification, and social control, to the analysis of marginalization, social exclusion, delinquent subcultures, and the design of social intervention and criminology programs.
  • CE 25 - Adequately understand and apply the terminology and basic concepts of legal medicine, forensic psychiatry, scientific investigations, and forensic toxicology, and their relationships with the law and other forensic sciences.
  • CE 26 - Know the biological foundations and basic principles of behavioral genetics, and the application of the knowledge to the study of behavior (normal and abnormal) and psychological processes.
  • CE 27 - Understand an expert report (medical, psychiatric, or police) supplied for legal proceedings, both in its preparation criteria as well as in the rules that make it possible to reach a legal conclusion, and the consequences of applying them in criminal and civil proceedings.
  • CE 28 - Know the functions, characteristics, and limitations of the different theoretical models of applied psychology in the fields of forensics and criminology.
  • CE 29 - Know the principal processes and stages of psychological development throughout the life-cycle, including the normal and abnormal aspects.
  • CE 30 - Ability to identify and measure variables that are relevant to understanding deviant and criminal human behavior.
  • CE 31 - Know the social and anthropological dimensions of human behavior that affect normal and delinquent psychological make-up.
  • CE 32 - Know the basic laws of the different psychological processes relating to normal and delinquent behavior.
  • CE 33 - Know the psychosocial principles of the workings of groups, both normal and marginal.
  • CE 34 - Know about the victim's relationship with the criminal justice system in its substantive, procedural, and assistance facets
  • CE 35 - Know about and understand the various aspects of victimization in its theoretical aspect, and for research.
  • CE 36 - Know about treatment and intervention processes with victims, especially in work with people in a position of vulnerability.
  • CE 37 - Know about effective crime prevention programs, positive intervention techniques with criminals, and the different models or systems for responding to crime. Understand the general organization, methods, and strategies for action in public and private institutions, in relation to prevention, and action with delinquents.
  • CE 38 - Know about non-judicial systems for conflict resolution and their legal effects, and acquire the necessary strategies and skills to carry out the function of mediation in conflicts and for negotiating in high-risk situations.
  • CE 39 - Understand the personal and family relations and know about the different forms of intervention in relation to spouses (marriage, separation, and divorce), minors (rights and obligations of and towards minors, adoption and fostering, protection of minors), and elderly and dependent persons for reasons of illness.
  • CE 40 - Identify and manage ethical conflicts, dilemmas, and problems by designing strategies for overcoming them and reflecting on them.
  • CE 41 - Promote criminological practice within the framework of professional ethics through knowledge and understanding of the ethical codes relating to Criminology and its applicability in specific contexts.
  • CE 42 - Analyze and critically judge contemporary social, political, and cultural reality, applying the basic principles of the social doctrine of the Church to do so, with sensitivity in the face of potential social problems and injustices and being able to detect social and personal situations of vulnerability in the relationship with people you encounter in your work as a criminologist.
  • CE 43 - Describe and analyze the phenomenon of religion in contemporary society, its unity and its diversity, evaluating the importance of the religious dimension as a factor shaping the identity of the individual in your work with victims and criminals.
  • CE 44 - Ability to read and understand scientific literature written in English in areas relating to criminology, as well as preparing clear and detailed texts in this field.
  • CE 45 - Ability to follow and understand the main ideas of a lengthy discourse in English on topics from social sciences, criminology, and law.
  • CE 46 - Ability to participate in an academic debate in the field of criminology with some fluency, expressing one's views.
  • CE 47 - The ability to analyze differences, needs, and demands from the recipients of a professional intervention as a criminologist in different contexts. Community prevention, intervention with juvenile and adult criminals.  Interventions with victims of crime. Forensic criminology and criminological reports.
  • CE 48 - Ability to prepare the intervention plan in each of the basic phases.


  • CG1 - Acquire knowledge in various fields of study based on reading of advanced text books and including elements that suggest knowledge at the forefront of the field.
  • CG2 - Ability to apply your knowledge to your work or vocation in a professional manner, displaying mastery of these skills through the creation, and defense of arguments, and problem-solving within your field of study.
  • CG3 - Be able to summarize and analyze relevant data to issue opinions involving personal reflection on pertinent social, scientific, or ethical topics.
  • CG4 - Be able to convey information, ideas, issues, and solutions to both specialized and lay audiences alike.
  • CG5 - Develop the necessary learning abilities to undertake studies at present and in subsequent years with a high level of autonomy.
  • CG6 - Be able to adapt to the new situations imposed by a changing society.
  • CG7 - Be capable of autonomous decision making.
  • CG8 - Develop critical thinking.
  • CG9 - Be able to organize and plan.
  • CG10 - Be able to express yourself correctly both orally and in writing.
  • CG11 - Attain the ability to manage information, by using and analyzing different sources.
  • CG12 - Have interpersonal relationship skills.
  • CG 13 - Understand and value the perspectives of other cultures and customs; recognize cultural and human diversity; appreciate its value and scope; be able to manage such cultural diversity in various professional settings.
  • CG14 - Develop knowledge relating to information and communication technologies, and knowledge of languages.
  • CG15 - Develop creativity as a way of identifying, preventing, and solving social problems and conflicts.
  • CG16 - Use initiative and entrepreneurial spirit to contribute innovative solutions to the different surrounding social issues.
  • CG17 - Have leadership ability, not only as a manager of professional teams, but also in the training of community leaders.
  • CG18 - Be motivated to engage in the professional field, acting in a responsible manner, and striving for a high level of quality.
  • CG19 - Successfully engage in team work, particularly within multidisciplinary teams.


  • CE1 - Know the basics of human behavior, of the different stages in the life cycle, and of the influence that the interaction of biological, psychological, socio-structural, and cultural factors have on its form and development.
  • CE2 - Know about the social structures, processes of social change, and the effects that social inequalities trigger in the development of people.
  • CE3 - Know about differentiating elements such as ethnicity, culture, and gender, and their influence on situations of discrimination, oppression, and vulnerability, manifesting in the form of different access to resources for people, groups, and communities.
  • CE4 - Know the basics of civil law, family law, and public law, and the legislative systems present in these fields.
  • CE5 - Work with people, groups, and communities in the identification of their needs and problems, and in evaluating the available personal and social resources, in order to evaluate the most appropriate options for intervention.
  • CE6 - Train people, groups, and communities so that they can defend their rights themselves and make complaints to the appropriate authorities, acting in their name only when the situation requires it.
  • CE7 - Respond to crisis and emergency situations, evaluating the urgency of the situations, planning and developing actions to confront them and reviewing their results.
  • CE8 - Use the methods and theories of Social Work in intervention with people, groups, and communities, to promote their development and improvements to their living conditions.
  • CE9 - Design, implement, and evaluate social intervention plans, with the participation of those affected and other professionals involved.
  • CE10 - Incorporate social networks as the object and as a means in processes of intervention in social work.
  • CE11 - Strengthen the group-intervention view point as an option for professional action, supporting the creation and development of groups, accompanying them in their different steps, in order to stimulate individual growth and interpersonal relation skills.
  • CE12 - Favor primary and secondary professional prevention actions, evaluating high-risk situations and behavior and establishing intervention alternatives.
  • CE13 - Analyze and systematize knowledge derived from the everyday practice of social work, and the contributions from social research, in order to update and improve professional intervention strategies.
  • CE14 - Establish action strategies to prevent and confront the risks derived from professional stress and promoting care of the self by social workers.
  • CE15 - Know, analyze, and design social welfare policies that favor the development of social resource systems, participating in the management of them, by applying quality criteria.
  • CE16 - Design and develop professional instruments that collect the necessary information for evaluating and making professional decisions in a clear, precise, and up to date fashion.
  • CE17 - Promote teamwork and make the most of its benefits as a space for reflection and for guiding practice and as an instrument for analyzing situations and designing alternative options for intervention that open pathways for professional cooperation.
  • CE18 - Manage and direct social welfare bodies.
  • CE19 - Ability to negotiate and mediate as an intervention strategy intended as an alternative means of resolving conflicts.
  • CE20 - Work within agreed social work practice standards, ensuring quality in professional performance and continuous improvement.
  • CE21 - Identify and manage ethical conflicts, dilemmas, and problems by designing strategies for overcoming them and reflecting on them.
  • CE22 - Promote knowledge of the organizations in which social workers carry out their activity and their implications for professional practice.
  • CE23 - Incorporate the perspective of delivering best practice in the analysis of professional work in the different bodies.
  • CE24 - Promote a social work practice that develops within the framework of professional ethics, manifesting itself in the form of non-discriminatory practices that respect self-determination.
  • CE25 - Stimulate participation by people and groups with which action is taken, enabling them to lead their processes of change, evaluate their development, and decide new lines of action.
  • CE26 - Critically analyze social reality as a way of identifying and preventing the appearance of new social problems.
  • CE27 - Critically analyze the origins and aims of social work, in order to encourage better understanding of the profession's purpose in different social contexts.
  • CE28 - Know about and evaluate the ethical codes of social work, and their applicability in specific contexts.
  • CE29 - Develop the critical thinking to allow revision, advance, and improvement of social intervention methodologies.
  • CE30 - Develop a social awareness that is based on identification of the causes of social problems in order to strengthen promotion of people.
  • CE31 - Know about social research techniques, the paradigms that support them, and distinguish the fundamental features of each of them, to be able to define, design, and manage a social research project.

Other programmes related to the Dual Degree Program in Psychology and Criminology are the:

During the Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, students will complete an external internship two mornings a week, starting in Third Year (a total of 450 hours).

In Second Year of the Dual Degree Program in Criminology and Social Work, there is a module in the form of a workshop where practising social workers provide an introduction to the different areas of professional practice.

For more information on the internships included in the Dual Degree Program in Criminology and Social Work, see our website at http://www.chs.comillas.edu/es/practicum-trabajo-social.

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