Master in Criminal Justice System


Program Description

The criminal justice system constitutes the field in which the resolution of conflicts generated by criminality is aired, both nationally and internationally. It comprises a set of institutions conducted by professionals trained in different scientific disciplines that have not found comprehensive training offer in the traditional map of official degrees.

This master's degree - which has already reached its 10th edition - embodies a firm commitment to the comprehensive training of future professionals and researchers in the area of the criminal justice system. It aims at transdisciplinary training in all the integrating disciplines that integrate criminal sciences. This is the only existing master in the Spanish geographical area in which the in-depth analysis of both legal disciplines and those of more empirical basis related to the criminal phenomenon are addressed. Precisely the master's degree itself, the criminal justice system , has been taken from consolidated international references - such as the postgraduate studies of the University of Massachusetts or the University of Leicester - in which the qualifying “criminal justice system” is used to refer the interdisciplinary approach to the aspects concerned by said activity.

In order to achieve this goal, jurists and criminologists from four different Spanish universities, coordinated from the Universitat de Lleida , have joined forces to enable this teaching offer. Thus, together with the Universitat de Lleida , this title is taught by members of the Rovira i Virgili University, Jaume I University of Castelló and Universitat d'Alacant.

The Master in Criminal Justice System follows a semi-face teaching methodology . Each of the two semesters begins with a classroom teaching block, which has a duration of two weeks in the case of the core module (first semester) and a duration of four days in the elective module (second semester). These days follow the completion of weekly online activities for each of the modules.

Why study?

The master's main objective is to offer specialized training that integrates the various disciplinary contents that converge in the criminal justice system, an objective that corresponds to a need for comprehensive training for those who wish to guide their professional or scientific activity in this area. It intends to grant specialized and integral training to graduates in Law, criminology, psychology, sociology, political sciences and other social sciences related to crime in the different configurative disciplines of the criminal justice system, basically integrated by substantive criminal law, the criminal process , criminology and victimology.

The comprehensive approach to the aforementioned disciplines of the criminal justice system aims, in addition to offering an overview to future professionals in this field, to deepen and complement the partially assimilated knowledge with some degree studies - basically Law and Criminology - in addressing these matters.

Since it is an academic master's degree, but also a research-oriented master's degree, together with the deepening in the study of subjects such as substantive criminal law, criminal proceedings, criminology - basically theories of criminality - and Victimology , it is intended to train students also from the aspect of research methodology. Thus, the purpose is also to provide them with those methodological knowledge and skills that, beyond allowing them to undertake the first research work in the master's degree, introduce them to the undertaking of the completion of a doctoral thesis.

Professional Applications

The master trains specialists in criminal justice system, so it provides tools for the development of professions related to the following areas:

  • the formal criminal process (judges, prosecutors, lawyers or forensic psychologists, among others)
  • restorative justice and criminal mediation
  • victim services and organizations
  • execution of criminal penalties (as criminologists in prisons)
  • researchers in scientific disciplines related to the criminal justice system

The master's degree allows the initiation in the investigation, allowing the integration into the doctoral programs related to the criminal justice system offered by the four universities that offer the degree.

Student profile

People interested in this master's degree can come from a wide range of specialties:

  • Degree in law or criminology. Degree in Law or Criminology or diploma in Criminology.
  • Degree in other degrees members of the branch of social sciences - such as the degree in Psychology, Sociology or Political Science - related, although tangentially, with the study of the criminal justice system
  • Professional activity related to the criminal justice system, in the field of legal professions or technical prison, judicial, police or teams or juvenile or execution teams.

In order to guarantee a basic level of knowledge in core subjects that are part of Module I, for those graduates who are not in Law or Criminology , an entrance test may be carried out. This is intended to ensure the existence of a minimum level in basic subjects of the master in whose study it will abound, either because that level has been proven to have been achieved through the degree of access - degrees in Law and Criminology - already demonstrated by passing a test level when these minimum knowledge do not constitute essential content of other possible degrees of origin - psychology, sociology or political science, among others -.

Admission requirements - Access routes

Before starting the pre-registration, verify that you meet the requirements for admission to the master's program in which you are interested and consult the documents necessary for pre-registration.

In accordance with the provisions of the Academic Regulations of the official University of Graus and Masters of the UdL, the access routes are:

  1. Spanish official university degree. (Bachelor's degrees, Engineering, Architectures, Technical Engineering, Technical Architectures and Degrees)
  2. Certified foreign university degree
  3. Qualification not approved but with a level of training equivalent to the Spanish Degree degree and provided that in the country issuing the degree, it allows the access to Postgraduate studies

Selection criteria

To access the master's degree it is necessary to have completed the university studies that enable the enrollment in the master's degree, that is, law, criminology, psychology, or political science, as well as the completion of other degree studies in the field of social sciences that are related to the criminal justice system. The less basic knowledge of some of the relevant subjects is necessary.

Priority applications will be given to students of law or criminology. In case there are more applications than places, the average grade of the student's record that is included in the official academic certificate of the degree that gives access to the master's studies will be taken into account.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

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