Basic information

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

Objectives and competences


- 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.


  • Understanding the historical, social, economical and juridical context of the security to improve the management.
  • Identifying the challenges that bring up the threats in the security.
  • Taking part in the theoretical debate so many like in the practical resolution of the dilemmas of security.
  • Identifying the structure and the functioning of the political systems, their institutions and their administrations with special reference to the Spanish case to identify the competent actors in each case.
  • Interpreting the theoretical and empirical explanations about the human behaviour and its incidence in the field of the security.
  • Identifying and applying the techniques of analysis of the public policies and its cycle of implementation.
  • Identifying the legal framework applicable to the international institutions, as well as the main mechanisms of cooperation that there is between them.
  • Identifying the main axes of conflict of the international stage, as well as applying the instruments for their resolution.
  • Applying the systems of organization, planning and management of the human resources in the several corporations.
  • Relating the foundations of the economical world and Spanish dynamics with the social conflicts.
  • Initial capacity to plan the security in public and private corporations.
  • Identifying and evaluating the risk factors that fall upon the national and international socioeconomic activity.
  • Handling the concepts and the language applicable to situations of emergency.
  • Being capable of leading, to communicate and to intervene in stages of conflicts.


Access and admission

Applicant profile and access requirements

Recommended applicant profile

Mainly the degree in Security is directed to students who recently have finished the studies of high school and who want to orientate their professional future towards the sector of the Security. This degree is also open to professionals of the security and safety (police, firefighters, etc.) that they fulfill the requirements of access foreseen to the valid regulations.

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
Research Paradigms 1st semester Compulsory 6
Final Project 2nd semester Compulsory final project 12

Pathways and specializations

Specialization in International Security
Specialization in Corporate Security
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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