University Fernando Pessoa
Criminology (master)

Degree/Duration/ECTS
2nd Cycle (Master)/4 semesters/120 ECTS

Coordination
Prof. Pedro Freitas (pedrofreitas@ufp.edu.pt)

Introduction and aims
We are experiencing a time that is socially marked by the global crime phenomenon, which is continuously increasing its diversity and sophistication. The causes of this phenomenon need to be studied in depth, as well as its consequences, which should be scientifically analyzed, in order to get the best answers and solutions to protect society. Finding those answers requires scientific knowledge and skills, in order to deal with the crime complexity, and to help preventing the criminal act, and to proceed to criminal’s rehabilitation.

The Master in Criminology allows students to learn the most important aspects of contemporary crime, such as economic, environmental, and cybercrime, also enabling them to know more about the ethnic and gender motivated crimes. Also, conditions and opportunities are offered and created in order to trigger a reflective attitude on current crime reaction systems, and on its prevention mechanisms, along with the criminals’ social reintegration. The diversification of contents and skills development, with added practical approaches, seeks to provide students with the necessary abilities to work in the field.

Study plan

1st Semester
Justice, Ethics and Fundamental Rights
Criminal Profiles and Prognosis of Crime: Risk and Protection Factors
Culture and Comparative Criminology
Crime, Development and Community Safety
Information Sources in Crime: Criminology and Criminal Investigation

2nd Semester
Social Reintegration: Intervention Programs and Alternative Sentencing
Biosocial Criminology and Gender Issues
Environmental, Cyber and Transnational Crime
Judicial and Police Organization and Intervention Models
In-depth Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

3rd and 4th Semesters
Scientific Work Methodology
Dissertation

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