Bachelor's Degree in Criminology

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Not offered as an individual program.

4 years (Full-time study)

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Credits: 240 ECTS

Comillas Pontifical University does not offer this degree as an individual qualification, but as a dual degree combined with a second degree.

The Bachelor's Degree in Criminology responds to the growing awareness of citizenship with regard to security and crime prevention. We train criminologists able to comprehensively address the causes and consequences of criminal activity, including its legal and statutory regulation and aspects such as the prevention of violent environments and the promotion of tolerance and quality of life.

Criminologists carry out a wide range of professional functions which have a direct impact on the development of people and the quality of life of community life and social well-being, within an ever-changing environment and in cooperation with other professional profiles from legal and social sciences.

Submission of applications

This degree in not offered as an individual qualification, but as a dual degree combined with a second degree.

Information about the documentation to submit

Open Days

February 9, 2021

April 16, 2021

June 18, 2021


Full-time study.

Attending mode 

Face to face.

Financial information

This degree in not offered as an individual qualification, but as a dual degree combined with a second degree.


Applicant profile

The Bachelor's Degree in Criminology responds to a global and integral perspective on human security, focused not only on crime, but also on people, including aspects such as the prevention of violence, fostering quality of life and tolerance, and working directly with victims and offenders.

The degree trains professionals who are capable of dealing with aspects including the detection of situations of risk and helplessness, prevention work, victim focus and care, mediation between victims and offenders, assisting and monitoring judicial measures, participating in offender rehabilitation programs, investigating the causes and consequences of crime, and coordinating and managing multi-professional teams.

As such, students on the Bachelor's Degree in Criminology will be professionally directed towards the field of investigation, prevention and intervention regarding criminal situations, as well as being largely motivated and geared towards the safety and well-being of people, in terms of the law and control of criminal offence.

They should have a desire to work in service, be motivated by people and have the skills to communicate and form interpersonal relationships. They should also possess critical analysis and reflection abilities, be able to work independently and on their own initiative, be committed to their work, and have the skills and motivation to work in teams.

Professionals of Advanced Vocational Training Programs in Social Integration and Sociocultural Activities, who want to study Advanced university studies and want to work in areas relating to the prevention of and intervention in crimes, for example, abuse, academic-related violence and harassment, human trafficking, or relating to penitentiaries, can also access this degree.

Admission requirements:

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

Admissions test

The admissions tests comprise a personal interview with a lecturer on the degree, in which the applicants' motivations for choosing the degree will be explored and their academic records reviewed and discussed, as well as submission of a short written essay.

In order to be accepted as a student, applicants must have an A2 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages. Applicants will sit an English exam in order to be assigned a level for the English modules of the degree.

The admissions criteria that are assessed for admissions purposes are:

  • The average grade of the academic record (60%).

  • Personal interview with the applicant (30%).

  • Written essay (10%).

Each application is presented and jointly assessed by the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, which comprises the following members: The Dean, Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs, Heads of Studies, and the interviewing lecturers. The Committee notifies the Dean of its decision who, in turn, grants admission to students.

Services for students with special needs:

'Support Program for Students with Disabilities'

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Academic Calendar

Timetables and Exam Calendars are available on Dual Degrees programs websites


1st YEAR
1st Term
Christianity and Social Ethics 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Introduction to Criminology 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Introduction to Law 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term
Anthropology 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Foundations of Public Law 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Theories of Criminality 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Annual courses
Introduction to Psychology 9.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Métodos de Investigación I 9.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
General Sociology 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd YEAR
1st Term
Family and Juvenile Law 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Anthropological Fundamentals of Psychology 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Métodos de Investigación II 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Social Psychology 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Theory of Criminal Law and Crime 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term
Legal Consequences of Crime, Penitentiary Law and Criminal Procedure 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Intervention with Minors 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Legal Medicine and Forensic Psychiatry 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Criminal Sociology and Penitentiary Systems 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Tratamiento e intervención con delincuentes 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Annual courses
English for Social Sciences 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
3rd YEAR
1st Term
Criminal Law: Special Part I 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Exclusión social 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Forms of crime 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Legal English and English for Criminology 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Forensic Police 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Criminal Policy and Restorative Justice 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Victimology 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term
Criminal Law: Special Part II 3.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Criminal Procedural Law 4.5 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Family intervention 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Mediation and Conflict Resolution 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
4th YEAR
1st Term
Professional Ethics 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
2nd Term
Annual courses
Prácticas 12.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA
Final Degree Project 6.0 ECTS ICO/DESCARGA

Career prospects

  • Police, victimology and criminalistic activity in Police Administration and Police Forensic Science Units.
  • Penitentiaries: Criminological penitentiary reports, working in specialist teams in penitentiary administration, monitoring sentences and advising judges on observation.
  • Victimology: Victim Assistance Office, primary victim care, reports and experts, sources and activities of prevention.
  • Juvenile Justice: Control and monitoring of measures, detection and evaluation of situations of juvenile risk.
  • Intervention in conciliation and redress processes.
  • Applying scientific research to the study of crime, security and prevention.
  • Direct protection, mediation and intervention regarding victims and offenders in situations of gender-based violence, violence in academic environments, violence against elderly and dependant persons, violence against immigrants and refugees, workplace harassment and cyberbullying.
  • Group and community-based prevention and education work.
  • Participation in large-scale emergencies caused by criminal offenses.
  • Advising on and planning activities in criminological aspects in the field of private security.
  • Criminal policy: Drawing up strategic criminal policies, participating in specialist teams studying and proposing prevention policies, and the handling and public impact of crimes and their consequences, for example, in hate crimes, the media or cybersecurity.

Applicant profile

Students who want to pursue careers in areas of intervention, investigation and prevention in crime-related situations, who are interested in the safety and well-being of people, and who are concerned about injustice and suffering.

They must have a desire to work in service and possess critical analysis and reflection abilities, as well as communication and interpersonal skills. They must also able to work independently and on their own initiative, be intellectually curious and motivated by academic excellence and learning.

Graduate profile

Criminology graduates are all-round professionals in the field of security and crime, with the skills to have direct contact with victims and offenders, to produce and propose strategies, policies and programs, to develop prevention activities, to assess and evaluate risk situations and to monitor sentences, as well as to investigate, mediate, conciliate and remedy wrongs.

In particular, the aim is that graduates are able to work in multidisciplinary teams, have strong ethical commitment and are proactive when faced with work and professional challenges.


  • CG 01 - Ability to search for and manage information in the field of Criminology.
  • CG 02 - Ability to analyze and summarize data and information relevant to the professional field of Criminology.
  • CG 03 - Ability to organize and plan your work as a criminologist.
  • CG 04 - Ability to use Information and Communication Technology in your work as a criminologist.
  • CG 05 - Ability to express yourself correctly, both orally and in writing, in your criminology work.
  • CG 06 - Ability to work in a team and to form interpersonal relationships in your work in the Criminology field.
  • CG 07 - Ability to use critical and self-critical reasoning in your work as a criminologist.
  • CG 08 - Ability to make decisions independently that are based on professional problems in the Criminology field.
  • CG 09 - Ability to recognize diversity and multiculturalism, and adequately handle them in your work as a criminologist.
  • CG 10 - Ethical commitment in the professional work of Criminology.
  • CG 11 - Ability to carry out your profession as a criminologist with meticulousness and seriousness in your work.
  • CG 12 - Ability to adapt to new situations and work creatively in the field of Criminology.


  • CE 01 - Knowing and understanding the conceptual bases of law and its relevance as a controller of social relationships, identifying the sources of law and its hierarchy.
  • CE 02 - Knowledge of the application process of legal regulations, 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 failing to comply with them.
  • CE 03 - Knowledge of the structure of the State and its institutions, identifying the constitutional bodies and their respective functions.
  • CE 04 - Knowledge of the system of constitutional rights and duties, and public freedoms and their system of guarantees.
  • CE 05 - Understanding the legal system as a whole and its complexities, indentifying the legal sources of Public Law and apply them to specific cases.
  • CE 06 - Understanding the basic theoretical concepts regarding criminal law and the different dogmatic categories of the legal theory of crime.
  • CE 07 - Analyzing factual situations and the possible answers provided by the legal system, both in the investigation and prosecution of crime, and in delivering judgments.
  • CE 08 - Identifying crimes established in the Spanish Criminal Code.
  • CE 09 - Distinguishing between theories and systems of criminal policy.
  • CE 10 - Knowledge of the concepts, objectives, means and values of restorative justice.
  • CE 11 - Specific knowledge of the Spanish criminal justice system in order to know how it is correctly used by criminology professionals.
  • CE 12 - Knowing and understanding the organization of the Spanish criminal justice system, identifying all the bodies and the jurisdiction of each one.
  • CE 13 - Identifying problematic aspects of criminal law, proposing alternatives for their resolution.
  • CE 14 - Understanding the fundamental Legal concepts of family and juvenile relationships, and acquiring the precise skills to apply that knowledge to practice.
  • CE 15 - Clearly and orderly drawing up legal documents, identifying the basic legal sources and using convincing legal arguments regarding Family and Juvenile Law.
  • CE 16 - Ability to identify and measure relevant factors to understand criminal behavior.
  • CE 17 - Knowledge of different criminology research designs, procedures for drawing up and contrasting hypotheses, and interpreting the results.
  • CE 18 - Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of criminology and delving deeper into the different psychosocial theories of crime and social deviance.
  • CE 19 - Clearly identifying the different forms of criminality, their historical and social origins, as well as their characteristics and the different consequences they entail regarding the law, penitentiaries and the police.
  • CE 20 - Providing up-to-date information on the impact of new technology on contemporary society and its effect on criminal conduct, the possibilities it affords regarding the prosecution and reduction of crime, and its involvement in social control.
  • CE 21 - Knowledge of the social and economic structures, the processes of social change and the consequences that social inequality triggers in the development of people, groups and the community, as well as their criminogenic effects.
  • CE 22 - Providing tools with which to critically analyze social reality.
  • CE 23 - Knowledge of various factors such as ethnicity, culture and gender, as well as their influence in situations of discrimination, oppression, vulnerability and social exclusion.
  • CE 24 - Applying fundamental concepts of sociology and anthropology, such as socialization, stratification or social control, to the analysis of marginalization, social exclusion, criminal subcultures and the design of social intervention and criminological programs.
  • CE 25 - Adequately understanding and applying the basic terminology and concepts of Forensic Medicine, Forensic Psychiatry, Police Forensic Science and Forensic Toxicology, and their relationship with the law and other forensic sciences.
  • CE 26 - Knowledge of the biological foundations and basic principles of behavioral genetics and applying such knowledge to the study of behavior (normal and abnormal) and the psychological processes.
  • CE 27 - Understanding expert reports (medical, psychiatric and police) provided in legal proceedings, including their production criteria and the rules which allow legal conclusions to be produced, and the consequence of their use in criminal and civil proceedings.
  • CE 28 - Knowledge of the functions, characteristics and limitations of the different theoretical models of Psychology applied to the forensic and criminology fields.
  • CE 29 - Knowledge of the main processes and stages of psychological development throughout the life cycle in their normal and abnormal aspects.
  • CE 30 - Ability to identify and measure relevant factors to understand human behavior regarding crime and deviancy.
  • CE 31 - Knowledge of the social and anthropological dimensions of human behavior that affect the normal and criminal psychological make-up.
  • CE 32 - Knowledge of the basic laws of different psychological processes related to normal and criminal behavior.
  • CE 33 - Knowledge of the psychosocial principles regarding the functioning of normal and marginal groups.
  • CE 34 - Knowledge of the relationship between victims and the criminal justice system insofar as its substantive, procedural and care aspects are concerned.
  • CE 35 - Knowing and understanding the diverse aspects of victimization from its theoretical and investigative standpoint.
  • CE 36 - Knowledge of treatment and intervention processes with victims, especially in working with people in vulnerable situations.
  • CE 37 - Knowledge of the effective crime prevention programs, positive criminal intervention techniques and the diverse crime response models or systems. Understanding the general action organization, methods and strategies of public and private institutions regarding the prevention of and action against crime.
  • CE 38 - Knowledge of the non-judicial conflict resolution systems and the legal effects that arise from them, as well as acquiring necessary strategies and skills to engage in conflict mediation work and in negotiations in risk environments.
  • CE 39 - Understanding personal and family relationships, and knowing the various forms of intervention as regards partners (marriage, separation and divorce), children (rights and obligations concerning children, adoption, fostering and child protection) and elderly and dependant persons due to illness.
  • CE 40 - Identifying and managing ethical conflicts, dilemmas and problems, and creating strategies to overcome and reflect on them.
  • CE 41 - Fostering Criminological practice within the framework of professional ethics through knowledge and understanding of the ethical codes on Criminology and their applicability in specific contexts.
  • CE 42 - Critically analyzing and examining the contemporary social, political and cultural reality and applying the basic principles of social teaching of the church, with sensitivity to social problems and injustice, and knowing how to detect social and personal situations of vulnerability regarding people you will come into contact with in your work as a criminologist.
  • CE 43 - Describing and analyzing the religious phenomenon in modern society, its unity and diversity, assessing the importance of religion as a fundamental part of people's identity in your work with victims and offenders.
  • CE 44 - Ability to read and understand scientific literature written in English on subjects relating to criminology, as well as to write clear and detailed texts on the same field.
  • CE 45 - Ability to follow and understand the main ideas in extensive discourses in English on social science, criminology and law topics.
  • CE 46 - Ability to fluently participate in academic conversation on the field of criminology and to express your point of view.
  • CE 47 - Knowing how to analyze differences, needs and demands of people in professional interventions as a criminologist in different contexts: Community prevention, Intervention with juvenile and adult offenders. Intervention with victims of crime. Forensic criminology and criminology reports.
  • CE 48 - Ability to produce an intervention plan in each of the basic stages.



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