Master in Criminal Psychology. Specialization in Forensic Psychology

Program Presentation

The Master in Criminal Psychology. Specialization in Forensic Psychology trains experts in criminal behavior so that they can perform psychological expert reports. In criminal proceedings, the Court need to know the information the forensic experts can provide with regard to the procedural capacity of the defendant and/or accountability. Also, with regard to victims and witnesses, it may be necessary to assess the credibility of their testimony.

The Criminal Psychology is a scientific discipline whose main object was studying the criminal behavior. From its beginnings as a science, at the end of the 19th Century, Criminal Psychology has worked closely with the Law to contribute with its knowledge to the Courts of Justice.

In the field of Criminal Psychology, Forensic Psychology is responsible for providing the needed psychological knowledge for the courts to make decisions about the defendants’ accountability, their procedural capabilities, the credibility of the testimony of victims and witnesses, among others.

The training provided by this master's degree allows you to obtain a university degree with a professional approach. The master's degree aims at providing a much connected training with the professional context. The study plan responds to this intention with the didactic approach of the subjects, and with the teaching staff and tutors in charge, who have a consolidated experience in the judicial field.

Career opportunities are those specific to the professional who works in the Justice field, making expert reports on a proposal from a party or by judicial appointment, advising jurists, working in teams for attention to victims, in Forensic Medicine Institutes or in Technical Teams of Penitentiary Institutions.

Students who successfully complete this Master's Degree will be qualified to:

  • Put into practice the applied, advanced and specialized knowledge in a body of concepts, procedures, techniques and attitudes that allow to work in legal and forensic psychology.
  • Address the various problems that may arise in the field of Forensic and Legal Psychology, being able to take the necessary autonomy to make decisions alone by using the scientific and professional resources necessary for this purpose.
  • Understand and analyze the complexity of the imputability in criminal cases.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of psychic injury and sequelae, and be able to properly assess victims of crime.
  • Check the legal consequences in the field of the imputability of different psychopathological disorders.
  • Apply strategies and techniques that allow you to perform an appropriate intervention in the field of Criminal Justice.
  • Manage the documentary sources that can be used as theoretical support-applied within the scope of the judicial assessments or psychological counseling.
  • Intervene in the assessment of inmates in prisons and develop the different techniques of prison treatment.

Who is the programme for?

The Master in Criminal Psychology. Specialization in Forensic Psychology trains the student in the professional sector of Forensic Science and provides a rigorous and comprehensive training as for the student to be able to develop assessment, counseling and intervention tasks.

The Master's Degree is aimed at graduates in Psychology, Medicine, Law, Criminology, or other similar qualifications.

Diploma

Once the program has been successfully finished, the diploma will be issued by the University in which the student is enrolled with the sponsorship of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER).

Program Structure

The academic program length of the Master in Criminal Psychology Specialization in Forensic Psychology is 90 credits.

Regarding time distribution:

  • Since it is an on-line Program, it does not have a specific starting date, so that the student can register at any time, provided that there is enough place.
  • The maximum time available to complete this Master’s Degree is 24 months. In this period of time, the student must have completed all assessments relating to the subjects, as well as the Master’s Degree Final Project or Master’s Degree Thesis.
  ECTS CREDITSa HOURS
Criminology 24 600
Criminal Psychology 22 550
Forensic Psychology 25 625
Internship 6 150
Scientific Research Methods and Master’s Degree Final Project. 13 325
TOTAL 90 2250

a. One (1) ECTS credit (European Credit Transfer System) corresponds to 25 hours (10 class hours + 15 study hours). If students attending the program are enrolled in a university not belonging to the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), the relationship between credits and hours may vary.

Objectives

General Objective:

The mission of the Master's Degree in Criminal Psychology. Specialization in Forensic Psychology is to train the student to work in the field of Legal and Forensic Psychology. To this end, the student will take subjects related to the legal and forensic psychology, criminal psychology, criminology, psychological disorders and accountability, assessment techniques in legal and forensic psychology and neuropsychology, and psychological expertise in the field of criminal law.

Specific Objectives:

  • Acquiring applied, advanced and specialized knowledge in a conceptual, procedural, technical and attitudinal body enabling students to function in the field of legal and forensic psychology.
  • Acquiring the needed skills to tackle the various problems that may arise in the field of Forensic and Legal Psychology, being able to assume autonomy to make decisions by making use of the scientific and professional resources necessary for this purpose.
  • Being able to understand and analyze the complexity of the imputability in criminal cases.
  • Distinguishing between the concepts of psychic injury and sequelae, and be able to properly assess victims of crime.
  • Checking the legal consequences in the field of the imputability of different psychopathological disorders.
  • Mastering strategies and techniques to develop an appropriate intervention in the field of Criminal Justice.

Career Opportunities

The professionals who successfully complete the Master's Degree Program Criminal Psychology, Specialization in Forensic psychology of FUNIBER will be able to exercise in the following institutions and areas:

  • Judicial expert in forensic psychology
  • Penitentiary institutions
  • Public Administration
  • Psychosocial court teams
  • Forensic medicine institutes
  • Attention to the victims

Study Plan

The Master's Degree Program in Criminal Psychology, Specialization in Forensic Psychology consists of three areas which make a total of 15 subjects, in addition to the internship and the final project.

The corresponding subjects are shown in the following tables:

  1st BLOCK: CRIMINOLOGY
1 General Criminology
2 Special Criminology
3 Criminal Structure
4 Legal Medicine
5 Drug addiction
  2nd BLOCK: CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGY
6 Criminal Psychology
7 Criminal Personality
8 Juvenile Delinquency
9 Psychology of Terrorism
10 Sects
  3rd BLOCK: FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGY
11 Criminal Psychological Assessment
12 Forensic Psychopathology
13 Criminal Behavior Treatment
14 Legal Psychology
15 Family Violence
  4th BLOCK: INTERNSHIP
16 Supervised Face-to-face Internship
  5th BLOCK: SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH METHODS AND MASTER’S DEGREE FINAL PROJECT.
17 Scientific Research Methodology
18 Master’s Degree Final Project

Management

  • B.D. Luis Jiménez Romero. Managing director of the Escuela de Criminología de Cataluña since 1995. From 1980 to 1992 he served as a civil servant of the Spanish State specialized in safety, explosive ordnance disposal and criminal investigation. Since 1994, he is a freelance forensic psychologist with experience in developing expert reports on accountability, credibility of the witness, procedural capacity, civilian capabilities, assessment of victims, etc. He holds a Higher Diploma in Criminology and Private Research, Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, National Distance University Education.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Miguel Ángel Soria Verde. PhD in Psychology, University of Barcelona. Teacher of Legal and Criminal Psychology and Advanced Criminology Advanced at the Psychology and Law Faculties of the University of Barcelona. Director of the Master’s Degree in Criminal Investigation (UB), as well as of the Master’s Degree in Legal and Forensic Psychology (UAB). Since 1990 he has participated as an expert forensic in murder cases, rapes and child sexual abuse. He has published more than 70 articles and chapters, and a dozen of books on the subject. Researcher in violent crimes (familicides, serial rape and child pornography).
  • Dr. Luis Fernández Estrada. Member of the Real Academia de Jurisprudencia y Legislación of Spain. PhD in Law, University of Barcelona, Spain. Currently teaching at the European University of the Atlantic, he has been teaching at the University of La Rioja and at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid. He has published several books and monographs of his specialty in Public Law. He served, for five years, as Head of the Legal Advice of several International Organizations in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
  • Dr. Tomás Salás Darrocha. PhD in Law, University of Barcelona and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science issued by the same university.. With a long and proud history in the judiciary, he is a practicing Judge-at the Criminal Courts of Barcelona, as well, he is Former Chief of the Technical Cabinet of the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), among other responsibilities.
  • Dr. Laura Natalia Perez. PhD (Cum Laude) and Master's Degree in Cognitive Science and Language at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Academic Director of the Master’s Degree in Clinical and Health Psychology and teacher at the International Iberoamerican University in Mexico. Psychologist and coach, founder of Human Flourishing. Research Experience at the University of Barcelona, Spain. Experience as a psychologist at the Hospital San Juan de Dios and La inmaculada, Colombia.
  • Dr. (c) Eduardo Silva. PhD in Projects, Iberoamerican International University (in process). Master's Degree in International Business Management, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Lawyer and notary public, Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala). Lawyer of the Legal Department of the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER). Director of FUNIBER Guatemala. Academic Coordinator of the International Business and Trade Program, FUNIBER.
  • Dr. (c) Paul Eisendecher. Lawyer, Master's Degree in Public Law, Master's Degree in Mediation and Conflict Resolution, PhD in law, University of Chile, with more than 15 years of work experience and academic background in the areas of corporate, administrative and environmental law. He has served as an assistant professor of Environmental and Administrative Law, Mining Law and Water Law, at the Universidad Austral de Chile, and as a teacher of undergraduate and postgraduate programs in a number of Chilean universities. He was a trail attorney for more than 10 years, and he is currently the Director of the Iberoamerican University Foundation in Chile and Paraguay.
  • Dr. (c) Maria Carla Martin Gonzalez. Teaching at the European University of the Atlantic and at the Iberoamerican University Foundation. Degree in Psychology, University of Havana (Cuba). Master's Degree in Art education and Degree in Pedagogy and Psychology of Art by ISA, Universidad del Arte, Cuba. PhD in Education, University of Zaragoza (in process).
  • M. Alejandra Sandoval Villalobos. Director and Teacher of the FUNIBER’s Specialization in Graphology and Neuro-writing. Graduated in Pedagogy and Psychology. Teaching at Elementay School, psychopedagogyst (US). Graphoanalyst. Judicial expert calligrapher, Master's Degree in Graphystics, and Forensic Graphology and Graphopathology, Graphopsychologist in Family and Professional Guidance, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
  • M. Alba Hernández Santana. Teacher and Final Project’s Director at the Iberoamerican University Foundation, lecturer at the International Iberoamerican University. Master’s Degree in Social Psychology and Degree in Psychology, University of La Havana, Cuba. Expert in conflict resolution, with more than 20 years of experience in research and organizational consulting.
  • M. Sonia Juliana Pérez Pérez. Teacher and Final Project’s Director at the Iberoamerican University Foundation, lecturer at the International Iberoamerican University. Master’s Degree in Music Therapy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Degree in Anthropology, University of the Andes, Colombia; Degree in Psychology, UNAD Florida Online University.
  • B.D. David Martínez Bautista. General Secretary of the Escuela de Criminología de Cataluña since 1995. From that date he also acts as Judicial Expert in Ballistics and Armament and in Fire Investigation. In academics, he holds a PhD (in process) in Pharmacy History, Complutense Univeristy of Madrid, Graduated in Pharmacy at the same University, Higher Diploma in Criminology and Private Research, Expertus in Palaentologia , Geological Museum of Barcelona.
  • B.D. Nuria Alba Quintero. Practicing lawyer (civilian and criminal) with extensive experience in both the private and public fields, she is also teaching at the Escuela de Criminología de Ctaluña. Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.