• Duration (years): 1.5 years
  • Qualification Awarded: Master of Science in Criminology
  • Level of Qualification: 2nd Cycle ( Masters)
  • Language of Instruction: Greek
  • Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time
  • Minimum ECTS Credits: 90

Profile of the Programme

The programme has been designed for graduates who wish to expand their knowledge of criminology, for persons with professional responsibilities in policing, probation and prison who wish to enhance their knowledge on recent developments and further their practitioner experience, and for those who wish to follow criminal justice careers.

General Objectives

  1. Equip students with advanced written and oral communication skills, as well as research techniques for independent contributions to the field of criminology and further research.
  2. Prepare students for pursuing careers in fields such as law enforcement, criminal justice agencies and/or academia.
  3. Provide students with the knowledge and skills required by most criminal justice agencies.

Specific Objectives

  1. Allow students to obtain specialised knowledge in criminology.
  2. Provide students with an advanced study of crime, its extent, causes of criminal behaviour and victimisation, public response to crime and criminal justice issues.
  3. Develop a broad understanding of the criminal justice system and current criminological issues.
  4. Provide opportunities for students to examine a range of criminological subjects.
  5. Develop a thorough understanding of how criminological theories are applied to law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.
  6. Gain insight into the motivations and factors behind the deviant behaviour, and the ways agencies work together to prevent, detect and combat crime.
  7. Critically examine various types of crimes from offender, victim and criminal justice perspectives.

Career Prospects

The programme's graduates will have the opportunity to pursue careers in various settings such as:

  • Law enforcement agencies (police officers or civilian staff). Law enforcement personnel will benefit from this programme also for ranking/promotion matters.
  • Probation and parole services.
  • Correctional settings.
  • Social services.
  • Research and analysis for the government or private consulting firms, such as crime analysis and crime prevention programmes.
  • Non-Government Organisations active in relevant fields.
  • Academia.

Access to Further Studies

Graduates of the programme can be accepted into Third Cycle degrees (Doctorate Degree)


Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid-terms, projects, and class participation.

Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.

Graduation Requirements

The student must complete 90 ECTS and all programme requirements.

A minimum cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.0 is required. Thus, although a ‘D-‘ is a PASS grade, in order to achieve a CPA of 2.0 an average grade of ‘C’ is required.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this programme, the students should be able to:

  1. Employ the principles and practices of social and criminological research.
  2. Engage critically and independently with contemporary developments and debates concerning crime and criminology.
  3. Apply criminological principles and concepts to real-life situations in the criminal justice field.
  4. Recognise the intertwining of different psychological and sociological theories relevant to understanding crime and criminal behaviour.
  5. Demonstrate a reflective understanding of comparative and applied criminal justice.
  6. Critically evaluate theory, research and practice in criminology.
  7. Evaluate the various ways for crime control and crime prevention.
  8. Show evidence of in-depth knowledge of the changing nature of crime and victimisation.
  9. Examine the role of the victim in the overall criminological spectrum, and recognise that victims make up half the crime equation and therefore are of utmost importance.
  10. Enhance their understanding of the contribution of forensic psychology to all levels of the criminal justice system.
  11. Critically assess the various forms of violent and sexual offending, as well as methods of evaluation and management of such offenders.
  12. Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge of research conducted in the field of violent and sexual offending patterns.
  13. Appraise current trends and developing issues in juvenile delinquency.
  14. Evaluate the current developments in police and policing as well as compare different policing practices.
  15. Assess the evolution and impact of cybercrime to society, and the difficulties law enforcement agencies face worldwide

Scholarships - Financial Aid

The University offers scholarships and financial aid to full-time students, in the form of academic merit scholarships, financial-aid assistance, athletic scholarships, and on-campus work-study programmes.

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