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Objectives and competences


To provide specialized and comprehensive training to graduates in law, criminology, psychology, sociology, political science and other social sciences related to criminality in the different disciplines that make up the criminal justice system (substantive criminal law, criminal procedure, criminology and victimology).

It seeks to address in a global manner the in-depth study of all those subjects that affect the configuration of the criminal justice system and explain its current operation, carrying out a cross-sectional study to the partially initiated with some degree studies - basically Law and Criminology - in the approach to these subjects. Since this is an academic master's degree, but also a research-oriented master's degree, together with an in-depth study of subjects such as Substantive Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Criminology -basically theories of criminality- and Victimology, the aim is to train students also from the point of view of research methodology. Thus, the aim is also to provide them with those knowledge and methodological skills that, apart from allowing them to undertake the first research work in the master's itself, introduce them to the undertaking of a doctoral thesis.

In short, the aim of this master's degree is to provide graduates with in-depth knowledge of both the disciplines that have an impact on the criminal justice system and the research methodology specific to each of these disciplines. It aims to be a hybrid, legal - substantive criminal and criminal procedural - and criminological master's degree in which the study of disciplines that make up the tree of criminal sciences that are not analysed in depth in a joint manner either in the degree of Law, on the one hand, or in the degree of Criminology, on the other. With this, the fundamental objective consists of complementing the quality training of students who come from both basically designed degrees from a criminological perspective and those delineated according to a preferably legal profile, with the fundamental aim of enabling them both to access the job market and to undertake a major research task in any of the disciplines that make up the master.

Given that the current curricula of the Law and Criminology degrees basically detect a deficit in the study of more empirical disciplines in the former, and a deficit in the study of legal-criminal disciplines in the latter, the design of this master's degree is intended to remedy this deficit and deepen the legal and criminological knowledge provided to students according to their origin.


The training model that promotes the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) incorporates the concept of competence, which refers to training designed to work and professional activity.

Throughout these studies will be necessary, therefore, achieve competencies of various types. First, the specific competencies: knowledge in the field of study and application of these specific professional situations, using proper procedures. They are:

  1. Knowledge of the characteristics, conceptual schemes and procedures of the criminal justice system
  2. Knowledge of the different perspectives of antisocial behavior approach
  3. Knowledge of the difference between antisocial behavior and criminal legal relevance
  4. Apprehension of criminal elements of the concept of crime
  5. Demarcation of large criminal groups
  6. Knowledge of the system of criminal sanctions
  7. Understanding the basics of the system of punishment
  8. Differentiation between the peaceful resolution of conflicts and adversarial
  9. Understanding the structure of criminal
  10. Knowledge of the mechanisms to desvictimación
  11. Understanding the factors which affect the process of victimization
  12. Knowledge of theories of crime
  13. Skill in the use of criminological research methods, empirical
  14. Skill in the use of legal research methodology
  15. Acquisition of critical awareness in the criminal system analysis
  16. Ability to advise on possible responses to a criminal legal problem
  17. Knowledge of factors affecting the design of the criminal policies
  18. Knowledge of the specific nature of corporate crime
  19. Knowledge of the legal treatment of domestic violence

Secondly, the general skills, attitudes and bias in interpersonal relations, communication and cooperation, as well as responsabilité and decision making. Are defined as:

  1. Correction in spoken and written in technical language
  2. Mastery of a foreign language
  3. ICT skills
  4. Ability to apply acquired knowledge and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader contexts (multidisciplinary) within their area of study
  5. Ability to integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments with information that, incomplete or limited include reflecting on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments
  6. Ability to communicate your own conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to public-skilled and unskilled in a clear and unambiguous.
  7. Possess skills that enable learning to continue studying self-directed or autonomous mode
  8. Respect for fundamental rights of equality between men and women, the promotion of human rights and values of a culture of peace and democratic values
  9. Capacity for teamwork
  10. Management capacity of the information