University of Barcelona

Criminology, Criminal Justice Policy and Sociology of Criminal Law

Objectives and competences


This master's degree is intended for professionals interested in using the methodology of criminal science to find novel ways of dealing with crime, the causes of crime, and crime prevention. The programme builds on the approaches of the social and legal sciences to provide a clearly defined academic framework in which to address the needs and interests of criminal science and political science professionals.
Universities have proved to be effective in the design and development of new conceptual approaches methodological tools for criminology, particularly in the area of sociology of criminal law, which can be put to practical use in specific realities. Therefore, this master's degree is of particular interest to recent graduates in criminology and related areas of the social sciences.
The programme aims to foster a vocational interest in scientific research among recent graduates, with a view to driving further advances in criminology as an independent scientific discipline. The course also targets the progressive qualitative improvement of professional knowledge in this discipline and its practical application.


Basic competences:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
  • apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the specific field of study;
  • integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgments based on incomplete or limited information, giving due consideration to the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgments;
  • communicate conclusions, judgements and the grounds on which they have been reached in a clear and unambiguous manner to specialists and non-specialists.

Specific competences:
More specifically, successful students will be able to:
  • analyse the causes, factors and consequences of crime from a multidisciplinary perspective;
  • diagnose and predict crime scenarios and take part in reactive and preventative actions with criminals, victims and communities;
  • design and implement delinquency prevention and intervention programmes;
  • analyse, plan and manage criminal justice and security organizations and institutions;
  • identify and analyse different socio-historic and epistemological approaches to social and penal problems;
  • develop skills to resolve social conflicts and disputes stemming from new models of living and forms of coexistence;
  • distinguish between different prescriptive frameworks (legal, religious, ethical and social).