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The Department of Criminology

The Department of Criminology serves as the fulcrum of criminological research, operational interactivity and innovative research.

The Department was established through a transformative change processes, having formerly been designated as the "Institute of Criminology" (2008-2012)  and subsequently the "Institute of Forensic Studies" in 1993. It was established, was set up with the aim of serving as a resource centre of experts and expertise for the Maltese criminal justice system.

In 2012, the Faculty for Social Wellbeing was set up and the Institute was transformed into a Department within the same Faculty.

The Department is established in the national and international arenas as a centre of criminological research focusing its efforts in such fields as policing, corrections, domestic violence, migration, juvenile crime, gender and crime, environmental criminology, spatio-temporal crime statistics, amongst others.

The Department is involved in research and teaching in the field of Criminology: policing, corrections, terrorism, geo-spatial analysis of crime, psychology/psychiatry/biology of crime, criminological research methods, cyber crime, criminal investigation, crime/criminal profiling, domestic violence, hate crimes and other crime-related areas of study.


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