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Programa de doctorado interuniversitario en Criminología


Since its inception, the Crímina Center for the Study and Prevention of Crime at the Miguel Hernández University of Elche has promoted postgraduate studies in criminology. To this end, it initiated the official Master’s programs in Crime Analysis and Prevention (MAPc) and Criminological and Victimological Intervention (MICv). As a natural continuation, completing the educational offerings in this field, it developed the interuniversity doctoral program in Criminology together with the Universities of Murcia and Granada. Through this doctoral program in Criminology, unique in Spain and Latin America, it aims to formalize interuniversity collaboration that promotes the training of new researchers, seeking the development of academic excellence with university studies leading to the official title of Doctor, the highest degree in our educational system.

In this way, the Crímina Center offers a doctoral program with the possibility of remote supervision, allowing students to pursue these studies from anywhere in the world, crafting a specialized doctoral thesis in criminology with the same level of support and guidance from their supervisor. Given the emphasis on quality teaching, the program ensures continuous contact between the supervisor and the doctoral student, focusing on the search and selection of resources for the development of their work, thus facilitating progress in their research.


The doctoral studies aim to provide advanced training for students in criminological research techniques, including the preparation and presentation of a doctoral thesis, which consists of original research work.

The objectives are:

  • Identification and formulation of relevant research problems.
  • Use of methodologies specific to criminology and social and legal sciences.
  • Promotion of debate and critical interpretation.
  • Preparation and defense of doctoral theses that become benchmarks in their field of research.


Preferred Research Lines
Research Line Specific Area
3 Cybercrime and Transnational Crime Cybercrime
6 Environmental Criminology and Situational Prevention Crime Mapping Analysis
11 Accountability and Crime Regulatory Compliance
12 Effectiveness of Offender Rehabilitation Programs Recidivism Risk Assessment and Management
Admission Criteria

Access to the Interuniversity Doctorate in Criminology requires holding an official Spanish Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and a University Master’s degree. Additionally, the following candidates may also be admitted:

    1. Those holding an official Spanish university degree, or a degree from another country within the European Higher Education Area, that qualifies for access to a Master’s program and have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits in their official university studies, of which at least 60 must be at the Master’s level. 
    2. Those with an official Spanish Bachelor’s degree, whose duration, in accordance with community law, is at least 300 ECTS credits. These graduates must complete additional training requirements unless their undergraduate degree includes research training credits equivalent in educational value to the research credits from Master’s studies. 
    3. Those holding a degree obtained according to foreign educational systems, without the need for official recognition, provided the university verifies that it accredits a level of training equivalent to that of the official Spanish Master’s degree and that it qualifies the holder for access to doctoral studies in the country where the degree was awarded.
Selection Criteria

Nota media del expediente académico, incluyendo las enseñanzas de Grado y Posgrado. Se priorizará la selección de acuerdo con las siguientes preferencias:

Priority Bachelor’s Degree Master’s Degree Weighting Mandatory Complements (1st Year)
Priority 1 Graduates in Criminology Criminological Master’s 50% weighting of the average grades of both degrees NO
Priority 2 Graduates in sciences related to Criminology Criminological Master’s 40% for sciences related to Criminology, 60% for the criminological Master’s · 6 credits in Research Methods and Statistics
· 6 credits in Criminology
(if not previously completed)
(si no se han cursado previamente)
Priority Graduates in Criminology Non-criminological Master’s 70% for the Bachelor’s degree, 30% for the Master’s degree NO
Priority 4 Generic Bachelor’s degree (not in Criminology or related sciences) Criminological Master’s 80% for the Master’s degree, 20% for the Bachelor’s degree NO
Priority 5 Graduates in sciences related to Criminology Non-criminological Master’s 60% for the Bachelor’s degree, 40% for the Master’s degree · 6 credits in Research Methods and Statistics
· 6 credits in Criminology
(if not previously completed)
(si no se han cursado previamente)
Priority 6 Generic Bachelor’s degree (not in Criminology or related sciences) Non-criminological Master’s 50% weighting of the average grades of both degrees · 6 credits in Research Methods and Statistics
· 6 credits in Criminology
(if not previously completed)

Selection Interview: Conducted by the Doctoral Commission

    • Pre-enrollment: July 15 to September 13, 2024
    • Publication of Provisional Listss:  October 14, 2024
    • Claims or Corrections October 14 to October 21, 2024
    • Publication of Final Lists October 29, 2024
    • Enrollment October 29 to November 1, 2024
    • Enrollment for Returning Students September 16 to September 30, 2024
1. Complete the form available at the following link:
2. The documentation to be uploaded in the “Attach documentation” section of the pre-enrollment form includes:
a)    a) Mandatory documentation COMMON to all students:
DNI (both sides), NIE (residents in Spain) or passport (foreigners). Students with UMH degrees do not need to present this document. Standardized Curriculum Vitae.
 b) Mandatory SUPPLEMENTARY documentation depending on the mode of access to the doctoral program:

1. Access through Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees: (*)

Bachelor’s and University Master’s degree.
Academic Certificate of Bachelor’s and Master’s studies.

2. Access with a Bachelor’s degree of at least 300 ECTS credits: (*)

Bachelor’s degree.
Official Academic Certificate of Bachelor’s studies.
3. Students accessing with an official Spanish or EHEA university degree with at least 300 ECTS credits, of which 60 must be at Master’s level: (*)
Official university degree.
Certificate(s) of the ECTS credits in the entire university studies, of which 60 must be at Master’s level.

4. Students accessing with at least two years of positive evaluation in the Health Sciences specialization:

University degree granting access to the specialization.

Specialist degree or Certificate of at least two years of positive evaluation in the Health Sciences specialization.

5. Students accessing with a foreign degree not belonging to the EHEA:

University degree that qualifies for access to doctoral studies in the country of issue (diplomatically legalized).

Academic Certificate of the studies qualifying for access to doctoral studies (diplomatically legalized).

6. Students accessing with a Doctorate, DEA, or Recognition of Research Proficiency: (*)

Doctorate degree or Academic Certification accrediting the DEA or Recognition of Research Proficiency.

7. Students accessing with an official university degree corresponding to level 3 of the MECES: (*)

Access degree.
Correspondence certificate to level 3 of the MECES.
 c)      Motivation letter

If the documentation is submitted by postal mail, it must be original or a certified photocopy. Applicants who have been UMH students are exempt from presenting originals for verification or certified photocopies; a photocopy of the requested documentation will suffice. Failure to provide the required documentation within the established period will result in the automatic cancellation of the pre-enrollment. In cases where grades are pending, a sworn statement must be attached, stating that once the grades are incorporated, the applicant will be able to obtain the official university degree that allows access to master’s studies.

Training Activities
Activity Type Hours Year Semester
General Research Methodology Mandatory 15 1st year (FT) 1st/2nd year (PT) 1st Semester
Specialized Scientific Meetings Mandatory 60 1st/2nd/3rd year (FT) (20 h/year)
1st/3rd/5th year (PT)
Mobility Optional 480 2nd/3rd year (FT) 3rd/4th/5th year (PT) 1st-2nd Semester
Doctoral Student Meetings Mandatory 36 1st/2nd/3rd year (FT) (12 h/year) 1st/3rd/5th year (PT) 2nd Semester
Languages for Scientific Communication Optional 50 2nd/3rd year (FT) 2nd/3rd/4th year (PT) 1st-2nd Semester
Scientific Communication: Writing and Publishing Articles. Public Presentation of Scientific Results Optional 20 2nd year (FT) (10 h theoretical and 10 h workshops) 3rd year (PT)

(FT: Full-time; PT: Part-time)

Directed Doctoral Theses

At the Crímina Center for the Study and Prevention of Crime, there has always been a strong commitment to the development of high-quality studies and research on topics related to crime analysis, prevention, and the promotion of security, all from the most rigorous empirical and interdisciplinary analyses. With this goal in mind, and especially now with the implementation of the Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Criminology, the following doctoral theses have been developed or are currently being developed at our center:

  • Analysis of Cybercrime and Digital Fraud Prevention
  • Environmental Criminology and Crime Mapping Techniques
  • Evaluation of Rehabilitation Programs and Recidivism Prevention
  • Transnational Crime and International Security Measures
  • Impact of Socioeconomic Factors on Crime Rates and Prevention Strategies
  • Victimology and Support Systems for Crime Victims
  • Legal Compliance and Accountability in Criminological Contexts
  • Innovative Methods in Crime Data Analysis and Prediction

These topics reflect our commitment to fostering advanced research that contributes to both academic excellence and practical solutions in the field of criminology.

      • Number of Seats: 9
      • Official Price: 300 € (Public Price)
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