Dual Degree Program in Psychology and Criminology

Submission of applications:
Start: November 24, 2017
End: May 4, 2018.

5 years (Full-time study)

Open Days
March 10, 2018

Information session
February 2, 2018
April 13, 2018

Credits: 378 ECTS
Places available: 55, Spanish

Are you interested in learning about human behaviour and the mental processes that cause it? Does criminal behaviour attract your attention? Do you want to learn about criminal proceedings? Would you like to have a better understanding of the victim and the perpetrators? Do you want to collaborate in the prevention of crime, rehabilitation and reintegration of criminals or measurement and prevention of conflicts? Do you want to work in something that lets you help others solve their problems, allowing you to contribute to building a more just and united world?

If so, you will be interested in studying the Double Degree in Psychology and Criminology. This programme allows you to obtain a double degree in 5 years, which will enable you to apply psychological techniques in the criminological and forensic context. The Double Degree in Psychology and Criminology trains students to be psychologists with legal knowledge, which provides them with excellent tools to deal with victims and aggressors, to assess and treat people with antisocial problems, to perform psychological assessments and mediation of conflicts, among many other things.

This Degree in Psychology and Degree in Criminology programme is aimed at people interested in human beings, their individual and social behaviour, and the processes and variables that help explain it. We are looking for motivated students, with a great capacity for hard work, with analytical skills and with the ability.


5 years.

Places available for new admissions:


Submission of applications:

November 24 to May 4, 2018

Information about the documentation to submit

Open days:

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

Information session

February 2, 2018
April 13, 2018

Financial information:

Course fees: €1,312.50 plus nine monthly installments of €645 each.

Information about study grants.


Normally timetable is from Mondays to Fridays between, 09:00 and 19:00.

Information desk:

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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Office hours

Applicant profile:

students mainly interested in Psychology, motivated to enlarge their technical, academic and ethical training, in order to face the spheres of action...social problems, there are victims and perpetrators. The student profile is then that of a student wanting to deepen in Psychology and complementing it with Sociology, and Law, to explain furtherly the problems from different perspectives.

Admission requirements:

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

Students from other universities who want to apply to the Psychology programs, must contact the Information and Student Reception Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. describing their academic situation and the reasons why they wish to enter to join this university. They will be informed of the application period and of the required documentation.

'Support Program for Students with Disabilities'

Admission process and recruitment criteria:

The admissions tests will take place between April 17 and May 5, 2017, The admissions tests, at the Cantoblanco campus (Madrid). The tests involve a personalized evaluation of the candidate's appropriateness and an indicative appraisal of his/her English level. These tests include an interview with a lecturer, who will explore the candidate's motivations for choosing this major, while review and discuss the applicant's academic record. Besides the academic aspects, the process will also take into account all personal traits that indicate how the candidate will adapt to the future study of psychology.

The information gathered by each interviewer will be officially recorded, and then presented and evaluated altogether by the admissions committee that guides the Dean's final decision regarding applications.

Admissions criteria: the average grade of the academic record is worth 60%, the candidate's personal interview will be worth 30%, and the essay about why studying the Degree in Psychology and Criminology, 10%.

Structure of the double degree
  • The Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Comillas Pontifical University qualification is part of the field of knowledge of the Health Sciences and the Bachelor's degree in Criminology from Comillas Pontifical University is part of the branch of Social and Legal Sciences. The double degree is delivered over five years.

    The training includes compulsory & optional modules together with internships and two final bachelor's projects (Psychology and Criminology).

  • Specifically,
    on the Bachelor's Degree in Psychology:

    • 176 ECTS of Compulsory basic training, and

    • An external internship of 24 ECTS and other internships (15 ECTS) are also envisaged.

    • 24 ECTS of specific training in optional modules

    • And, the final bachelor's project (6 ECTS).

  • Bachelor's Degree in Criminology:

    • No. of credits compulsory modules - 177

    • No. of credits external internship - 12

    • No. of credits optional modules - 45

    • No. of credits final bachelor's project - 6

    At the same time as studying for the Double Degree in Psychology and Criminology, you will also study the Diploma in Communication Skills and Foreign Language Studies that comprises between 30 and 36 ECTS and will accredit, as a private degree, your level of competence and command of the English language.
Timetables and exam schedule
  • 378 ECTS

  • Combined curriculum for the Bachelor's Degrees in Psychology and Criminology

Graduate profile

Graduates from the Dual Degree Program in Psychology and Criminology must care about academic excellence, ethical commitment and proactiveness when dealing with work challenges. Specifically, graduates will able to bring their skills into multidisciplinary work teams, which are increasingly part of the career prospects of Psychology and Criminology.

Career prospects

As well as the career prospects of the Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, new professional areas will be included that are provided for by the combination of Psychology and Criminology:

  • Policing: Police, victimology and criminology activities in the police administration. Scientific investigation services.
  • Penitentiaries: Criminological prison reports, work in technical teams in the prison administration. Monitoring and follow-up of sentences, coordinating the advisory team of the judge overseeing the enforcement of sentences.
  • Victimology: Victim assistance office, primary assistance to victims, referral, reports, prevention.
  • Private security: Training in security companies, advising, and planning activities in the field of criminology.
  • Judicial: Processing databases on crimes, expert reports, forensic criminology.
  • Legal system for minors: Monitoring of measures, reports, intervention in the reconciliation or reparation process.
  • Social exclusion: Psychosocial investigation and intervention in drug dependence, prostitution, human trafficking.
  • Crime policy: Developing crime policy strategies. Cooperation in technical study groups and proposing policies for preventing and tackling crime and its consequences.
  • Other development areas: Media, new technologies, and crime, gender-based violence, school violence, crimes against older persons, community work, mediation, etc.
Related Postgraduate Programs

Official Master's Degree in General Health Psychology

Official Master's Degree in Teaching Compulsory Secondary and Pre-university Education

Official Master's Degree in Human Resources

Master's Degree in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents

Master's Degree in Systemic Family Therapy

  • CG 01 - Ability to Analyze and synthesize.
  • CG 02 - Ability to organize and plan.
  • CG 03 - Oral and written communication skills in your native language.
  • CG 04 - Decision making ability.
  • CG 05 - Problem solving ability.
  • CG 06 - Information management ability.
  • CG 07 - IT knowledge relating to the area of study.
  • CG 08 - Ability to work in a team and cooperate effectively with others.
  • CG 09 - Interpersonal relationship skills.
  • CG 10 - Critical and self-critical reasoning.
  • CG 11 - Ethical commitment.
  • CG 12 - Recognition of diversity and multiculturalism.
  • CG 13 - The ability to develop and keep up to date your own competences, skills, and knowledge in accordance with the standards of the profession.
  • CG 14 - Ability to adapt to new situations.
  • CG 15 - Ability to work autonomously and to think creatively, developing new ideas and concepts.
  • CG 16 - Concern for the quality and excellence of your own work.
  • CE 01 - Know the functions, characteristics, and limitations of the different theoretical models of psychology.
  • CE 02 - Know the basic laws of the different psychological processes.
  • CE 03 - Know the principal processes and stages of psychological development throughout the life-cycle, including the normal and abnormal aspects.
  • CE 04 - Understand the genetic and evolutionary bases of individual differences in behavior.
  • CE 05 - Know about the psychosocial principles of the workings of groups.
  • CE 06 - Know about the psychosocial principles of the workings of organizations.
  • CE 07 - Know about the social and anthropological dimension of the human being, taking into account the historical and cultural factors that intervene in human psychological configuration.
  • CE 08 - Know about different research designs, and procedures for formulating and contrasting hypotheses and interpreting the results.
  • CE 09 - Ability to analyze differences, needs, and demands of the recipients (individual, group, and family) in different contexts.
  • CE 10 - Ability to negotiate and establish the goals of basic psychological intervention in different contexts.
  • CE 11 - Ability to separate the interests and needs of the recipient from those of the others involved.
  • CE 12 - Ability to identify and measure variables that are relevant to understanding human behavior.
  • CE 13 - Ability to plan and carry out an interview.
  • CE 14 - Know different evaluation methods in different applied areas of psychology, and be able to make diagnoses according to different schools.
  • CE 15 - Ability to describe and measure the processes for interaction, group dynamics, and group and intergroup structure.
  • CE 16 - Ability to analyze the context in which individual behavior, and group and organizational processes develop.
  • CE 17 - Ability to prepare the intervention plan for each of the basic phases of any treatment.
  • CE 18 - Know about different psychological treatments in different applied fields and know how to choose basic intervention techniques.
  • CE 19 - Ability to use strategies and techniques to involve recipients in the intervention.
  • CE 20 - Ability to promote health and quality of life in different areas of intervention.
  • CE 21 - Ability to realize an adequate evaluation of the intervention.
  • CE 22 - Know how to provide feedback to the recipients in an adequate and precise manner.
  • CE 23 - Know and conform with the deontological obligations of the profession.
  • CE 24 - Know about the structure, organization, and functioning of the nervous system in relation with behavior.
  • CE 25 - Understand the physiological mechanisms of neural communication and how psycho-pharmaceuticals affect it.
  • CE 26 - Know about the main psychological research strategies and methods and understanding their uses.
  • CE 27 - Know about human sexual anatomy, the sexual response cycle, and an approach to the bio-physiological bases of sexual desire.
  • CE 28 - Know about the biological bases of the lower psychological functions and the higher psychological processes.


  • 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 in the performance of the profession of criminology.
  • CG 05 - Ability to express oneself correctly both in speech 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 - Ability to use Information and Communication Technology in the performance of the profession of criminology.
  • CG 08 - Ability to make well founded decisions autonomously 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 of 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 of the process for applying legal standards, interpreting them in accordance with the rules and principles of the legal system, and understand 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 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 possible responses given by the legal system, both in the investigation and judging the crime, and in the enforcement of sentences.
  • CE 08 - Identify the offenses specified in the Criminal Code.
  • CE 09 - Distinguish between the different theories and systems of criminal policy.
  • CE 10 - Know 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 acquiring the ability required 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 about different designs for criminological investigation, 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 about 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 investigation, 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 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 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 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.

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

The curriculum of this Dual Degree Program in Psychology and Criminology includes external curricular internships.

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