🎓 Double Degree in Psychology + Criminology and Security | Universitat Abat Oliba CEU

This double degree in Psychology + Criminology and Security combines the complete training of a psychologist and the knowledge in Criminology.

Double degree in Psychology + Criminology and Security
Course title

Double Degree in Psychology + Criminology and Security

Academic field



5 years


419 ECTS

Progressive International Development 

International perspective

  • Advanced course in Private Security Management

  • Qualification in Private Investigation

Student profile

Students must have an interest in how the mind functions, working with people, criminology and security.

Admission and enrolment

Application is via the website and documentation and enrolment formalisation is at the University.

Calendar and timetable

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We are the only Catalan university to offer the Double Degree in Psychology + Criminology and Security.


1. Double qualification

Abat Oliba CEU University is a pioneer in the methodology that allows students to combine two qualifications and gain two degrees in five years. The Degree in Criminology and Security is taught in a blended learning format, allowing students to combine it with their Psychology studies.

This double degree combines an all-round psychology education with theory on criminology and security. Furthermore, it applies this knowledge to practical experience, so students become specialists in both fields. This will undoubtedly broaden the professional horizons of students in the field of crime prevention and investigation.

At UAO CEU, students gain the necessary skills to easily and confidently move into the profession. They have the support of experienced professors with vast knowledge on the psyche and human behaviour, as well as crime prevention and investigation. Furthermore, they have years of experience in various areas of practice and above all, a strong desire to lead by example, transmitting the values that characterise a true professional.

2. Methodology

A teaching model based on practical and individualised training that allows students to link theoretical knowledge with professional practice through real internships in companies, schools, hospitals and daycare centres, as well as workshops and practical seminars.

It promotes an active, entrepreneurial attitude among students, like the creation of Grupo Psykhé. The group organises the Annual Day of Psychology Students, in which, through different subject areas, students present a project or study they have created during their degree to the public. This reinforces early research work and valuable experience for public presentations.

3. Professional empowerment

The Degree in Criminology and Security includes qualifications from the advanced course in Private Security Management and the qualification in Private Investigation, both accredited by the Ministry of the Interior and aimed at the professional training of private security managers and private detectives, respectively.

4. Employability and job quality

86.7% of our psychology students find work after finishing their studies, 5 percentage points above the average for Catalan universities (AQU employability survey 2017). 87.7% of our students are satisfied with their psychology studies, the second-highest level out of all Catalan universities (AQU 2017).

5. Soft Skills

Degrees in Psychology include this programme of emotionala nd social skills so students will learn to adapt to their environment, work well with others, carry out their duties responsibly and achieve their personal and professional goals. Over the course of the four years of the degree, transversal seminars and workshops will be carried out.

6. Internal student researcher

With the creation of this role, students may support research and apply their knowledge, whether in university teams or in health centres, as already happens in several hospitals around Catalonia.

7. Optional mention

Specialised training in the most high-demand areas of professional psychology:

  • Health: Mention in Clinical and Health Psychology
  • Forensic: Double Degree in Psychology + Criminology and Security
8. CEU ePlus skills programme

A teaching model based on practical, personalised education that links theory to professional practice through case studies and real experiences, workshops and practical seminars.

It includes visits to national and international companies and production centres through internships.

9. Progressive International Development

A new plan that encourages students from all degrees to think internationally from their first year to their fourth, with:

• international collaboration activities
• academic exchanges for faculty and students
• participation in international research projects
• short or long stays in foreign universities

10. Complete programme

The Official Master’s Degree in General Health Psychology prepares students to work in this qualified and regulated profession as a private practitioner or as part of the healthcare system.


Careers and internships


Students who earn the Official Degree in Psychology + Criminology and Security from Abat Oliba CEU University can pursue their careers in the following areas:

  • public and private hospitals, clinics and health centres
  • criminologist in the public or private sphere
  • security bodies and forces at a state, regional or local level
  • educational centres
  • assistance centres (marginalised groups, integration, etc.)
  • courts and criminal institutions
  • private security services: private investigator or detective, private security manager
  • psychology and speech therapy offices
  • teaching and research


In the final year of the degree, students will do an obligatory placement year, or internship, in businesses, offices or institutions in the student's preferred industry.

These practical training programmes, included in the course structure, allow students to apply and enhance what they've learned in the course while acquiring the professional skills that will make their future transition to the workplace much easier.

The work that each student will undertake during the programme will be mutually agreed between the tutor in the business and the Work Placement and Employment Service coordinator in charge of the internship.

Furthermore, students have an academic tutor who provides follow-up and evaluation of the internship to get the most possible out of the placement.

For more information, visit the Work Placement and Employment Service.

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International outlook 




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Universidad Católica de Argentina4*AR UCASpanish
Universidad Fasta2*AR UFASTASpanish


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Medical School Berlin2D BERLIN38German B2


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Universidade de Ribeirao Preto2BR UNAERPPortugués


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Universidad Finis Terrae2*CL FTSpanish
Universidad del Desarrollo2*CL UDDSpanish


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Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Seccional Cali2*CO JAVESpanish


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Institut de Philosophie Comparée (IPC)1F PARIS350French B2
Toulouse Catholic University2*F TOULOUSE09French B2/English B2


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Maynooth University12*IRL MAYNOOT01English B2


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Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore6I MILANO03Italian B1+/English TOEFL 79 o IELTS 6.0
Università Suor Orsola Benincasa3I NAPOLI04Italian B1
Libera Università Maria Assunta LUMSA10I ROMA04Italian B1/English B1
Università Europea di Roma2I ROMA23Italian B1


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Universidad Anáhuac México2*MX UAMNSpanish/TOEFL 89 o IELTS 7.0
Universidad Panamericana2*MX UPSpanish
Universidad del Valle de Atemajac1*MX UNIVASpanish


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Universidad de Piura2*PE UDEPSpanish
Universidad Católica San Pablo2*PE UCSPSpanish


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Universidade Catolica de Lisboa (Lisboa)3P LISBOA01Portugese A2/English B2


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University of Warsaw2PL WARSZAW01Polish B2/English B2


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Catholic University of America10*US CUATOEFL 80 (IBT)
Florida International University4*US FIUTOEFL 550(PBT)/80 (IBT)/IELTS 6,5
University of Missouri - St. Louis4*US UMSLTOEFL minimum iBT score:  61 (PBT: 500, CB: 173) IELTS minimum score: 5.5
University of the Incarnate Word2*US UIWTOEFL iBT 79/ Cambridge English Advanced Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)  C1/ TOEIC 650/ IELTS 6.5



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Universidad Católica de la Plata1*AR UCALPSpanish
Universidad Fasta2*AR UFASTASpanish


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Liverpool John Moore University10*UK LIVERPO02English B2


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Florida International University4*US FIUTOEFL 550 (PBT)/80 (IBT)/ IELTS 6,5
University of the Incarnate Word2*US FIUTOEFL iBT 79/ Cambridge English Advanced Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)  C1/ TOEIC 650/ IELTS 6.5
*: Places are split across different courses.

Fees and scholarships


€ 11,481*

*Price for the 2022-23 academic year

Tuition fees correspond, solely and exclusively, to the provision of teaching as part of the programme enrolled on, and this is the only service offered in exchange for the payment of those fees. By enrolling, the student accepts that decisions made by the competent authorities may, directly or indirectly, render it necessary to carry out teaching, tutoring, work placements or assessment tests either in person or via distance learning.

The student accepts that they remain obliged to pay any such fees in full even if, for reasons beyond the control of the University, some of the educational activities included in the degree cannot be carried out as initially provided for in the course guides at the beginning of the academic year. If restrictions are part in place, the University will provide the student with a guarantee that the activity will be rescheduled when possible, taking into consideration the interests of the student and any other applicable academic criteria.


By paying €1,500 (deductible from the total course fees), you can reserve your place at Abat Oliba CEU University, guaranteeing you a place on the course, pending your passing the exams to enter university or other applicable requirements.

Cancelling your place after reservation: Students have until 31 July to cancel their reserved place. This way, you can book your place now and be free to cancel if your circumstances change*
*Deadline for cancelling subject to changes in the official enrolment calendar


Once you have formalised reservation of your place, the remaining amount can be paid in the following ways:

  • One-off payment

    A one-off payment entitles you to a discount of 3% on tuition fees.

  • Payment by instalments

    5 instalments per year.


  • Monthly payments

    10 instalments with special 0% interest financing from CaixaBank. This also entitles students to a discount of 3% on tuition fees.

  • new special financing

    New financing agreements with banks with special conditions.

    - Banc Sabadell

    - CaixaBank

    - Banco Santander

    All options entitle prospective students to a discount of 3% on tuition fees.


Contact the Information Service if you want us to help you draw up a personalised economic plan.
+34 932 53 72 00

Quality and regulation


Students must have an interest in how the mind functions and working with people. Similarly, they must have a good understanding of biology and science, interest in the latest basics of human life; the ability to analyse and identify problems and propose solutions. Furthermore, they must be able to analyse, summarise and work in a team, understand and abstract ideas, express ideas clearly, be social, broaden their world view and have a perspective on their own possible evolution. They must also have an interest in people's well-being and respect for their inalienable dignity.

Knowledge of another language (preferably English) is desired and required, as is a flair for communication.


  • To gain a solid understanding of the historical, philosophical, methodological, biological, systematic and evolutionary basics of psychology.
  • To gain a solid understanding of health psychology and the rare and pathological variants of psychological life.
  • To gain a full understanding of different psychological evaluation, diagnostic and treatment methods in applied areas of psychology.
  • To gain an education, inspired by Christian humanism, that searches for the truth and encourages a personal commitment to the human dignity of individuals and the common good.
  • To be able to understand, evaluate, critique and argue theoretical and practical approaches to psychology and ethics.
  • To develop habits of reasoning, debating and researching in psychology, as well as communicating knowledge clearly and concisely.
  • To develop psychological evaluation and intervention abilities in the main areas of the profession, in collaboration with others.
  • To become a responsible and diligent psychologist who works for the good of people and institutions within a framework of professional ethics.





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