Basic information

TypeBachelor's degrees
Faculty or schoolInstitute of Public Security of Catalonia
Branch of knowledgeSocial Sciences
Length of course4 academic years
Approximate price per credit17,69 €
Compulsory placementsNo
Course detailsIndicators

Objectives and competences


What you will learn

- The scientific basis of the fundamental aspects of security and the transnational importance of the sector, taking into account the range and complexities of security threats in an international context: climate change, environmental disasters, food risk, terrorism, computer crime, financial crime, etc.

- The importance of a holistic approach to security management that incorporates the varied aspects of safety and security, which, in addition to the traditional activities carried out by police and security forces, private security firms, fire protection services and civil protection, encompass a range of tasks frequently carried out by chemists, engineers, physicists, geologists, criminologists, doctors, and other professionals (the degree does not provide professional training for these profiles but it does give students a general understanding of their relationship with the general field of security).

- The need to adapt to major changes in contemporary society and to acquire a specific analytical language through which to discuss and address the challenges encountered in the different areas of security.

- To work as professionals in the broadest possible security community, making the most of opportunities in the international and transnational sectors.

- Number of ECTS credits: 240
- Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law
- Faculty or school: Institute of Public Security of Catalonia (ISPC)


Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

What you will need - An interest in pursuing an international career in the security sector. - A general interest in security in the public and private sectors. - A capacity for analysis and synthesis and for abstract critical thought. - Language skills, primarily English. - A capacity for spoken and written communication.

Access requirements and conditions

Admission for students with studies completed outside Spain.

Applicants holding higher educational qualifications from a university outside Spain should consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications to find out about specific admission requirements.


Students that have studied abroad and who wish to study at the University of Barcelona may be admitted to EHEA bachelor's degree courses. Procedures for gaining admission will depend on the qualifications held by each applicant.

For further information about admission, consult the page Admission with foreign qualifications.


As a general rule, at the UB you will be required to enrol online via the Món UB portal. To find out the date and time you have been assigned, check the specific information for your course. Remember that you can lose your place if you do not enrol on the day you have been assigned.

Academic information



Support and guidance

Pre-enrolment information and events


Course curriculum

Subjects and course plans

Distribution of credits

Basic training 60
Compulsory 126
Optional 42
Compulsory placements 0
Compulsory final project 12

List of subjects

Subject Language Type Credits
Constitutional law 1st semester Basic training 6
Contemporary Political and Social History 1st semester Basic training 6
Introduction to Psychology of Safety 1st semester Basic training 6
Introduction to Sociology 1st semester Basic training 6
Political science 1st semester Basic training 6
Administrative Science 2nd semester Basic training 6
Introduction to Criminology 2nd semester Basic training 6
Introduction to Public Policies 2nd semester Basic training 6
Political and Constitutional System 2nd semester Basic training 6
Principles of Criminal Law 2nd semester Basic training 6
Subject Language Type Credits
Collective Action and Social Movements 1st semester Compulsory 6
Police Administration 1st semester Compulsory 6
Psychology Applied to Security 1st semester Compulsory 6
Security Theories 1st semester Compulsory 6
Statistics 1st semester Compulsory 6
Data Analysis and Interpretation 2nd semester Compulsory 6
New Transnational Risks: Financial Security, Markets and Energy Sources 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Private Security I 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Public International Law 2nd semester Compulsory 6
World Political System 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Subject Language Type Credits
Food Safety 1st semester Compulsory 6
Geopolitics 1st semester Compulsory 6
Leadership and Communication 1st semester Compulsory 6
Private Security II 1st semester Compulsory 6
Strategic Intelligence 1st semester Compulsory 6
Business Management: Human Resources and Outsourcing 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Civil Protection 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Cybersecurity 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Negotiation and Mediation Techniques 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Terrorism and Anti-Terrorism 2nd semester Compulsory 6
Subject Language Type Credits
Research Paradigms 1st semester Compulsory 6
Final Project 2nd semester Compulsory final project 12
Subject Language Type Credits
Collective Security Systems 2nd semester Optional 3
Consumer Protection 2nd semester Optional 3
Crime Prevention Policies 2nd semester Optional 3
Emergency Management 2nd semester Optional 3
Energy Security 1st semester Optional 3
European Union 1st semester Optional 3
Health Security and Pharmacology 1st semester Optional 3
Industrial Security 1st semester Optional 3
Institutional or Company Placement 1st semester
2nd semester
Optional 6
International Cooperation in Security 1st semester Optional 3
International Protection and Care for Armed Conflict Victims and other Emergencies 1st semester Optional 3
Migration Flows, Immigration Control and Integration 2nd semester Optional 3
New Threats to Security 1st semester Optional 3
Organized Crime 2nd semester Optional 3
Public-Private Cooperation 1st semester Optional 3
Regional Security Studies 2nd semester Optional 3
Repression of International Crimes 1st semester Optional 3
Risk Analysis 2nd semester Optional 3
Safety in Critical Facilities 1st semester Optional 3
Security Planning and Management in Private Companies 1st semester Optional 3
Self-Protection Plans 2nd semester Optional 3
Sistema d'Informació Geogràfica 2nd semester Optional 3
Specific Crimes 2nd semester Optional 3
Transitional Justice 2nd semester Optional 3
Urban Security 2nd semester Optional 3

Pathways and specializations

Specialization in International Security
Specialization in Corporate Security
Pathway without Specialization
Check the planning of the different pathways of the degree

Previous years


Placements are supervised by tutors and subject to assessment.They are therefore included in the academic record.  There is also an option to complete non-curricular placements of up to 500 hours, which can be extended to 900 hours. For both curricular and non-curricular placements, an educational cooperation agreement is signed between the UB and the company, institution or other organization at which the placement will be carried out.

Institutional information

Career opportunities

What can you work on ?

You will be able to work in the following fields: Career opportunities in Corporate Security - Corporate security and risk management in small and medium-sized business. - Private security, in qualified roles including security director, company manager, staff trainer and security advisor. - Security in local corporations: security office and civil protection roles. Career opportunities in International Security - Security advisory services for business internationalization projects. - International security analysis and consultancy. - International cooperation in non-governmental organizations. Career opportunities not directly linked to either specialization - Security management in the public and private sectors, providing solutions to the problems generated by an increasingly restrictive legislative framework. - Security consultancy for companies and organizations. - Security advisory services for business associations. - Security analysis for public policy design, implementation and evaluation. - Services to state security forces, fire protection services and civil protection. - Professional areas associated with emergency response. - The media. - Teaching and research in the field of security, with a particular focus on knowledge generation.

Contact us

Institut de Seguretat Pública de Catalunya
Ctra. C-17, Barcelona-Ripoll km 13,5 - 08100 Mollet del Vallès, Barcelona

93 567 50 00

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