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The Department is involved in research and teaching in the field of Criminology, Enforcement, Forensic Sciences, Forensic Medicine, related Social Policy issues and similar areas of study. It also acts as a resource centre for the provision of experts and expertise in the various fields of its activity to the Courts of Malta, the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security and other Ministries. Furthermore, it acts as an advisory body to the Government on matters pertaining to criminal justice.

Besides carrying out a series of courses, the Department is also involved in a number of EU-funded research projects. In addition, the Department provides consultancy to the Ministry for Home Affairs and National Security and is represented on various Boards.


What is Criminology?

Criminologists try to answer the questions: Who breaks the criminal laws and why? What can be done to prevent crime? What can be done to help victims? How should criminals be treated? Is rehabilitation possible? In the middle ages, it was assumed that human behaviour was influenced by the supernatural. Consequently, those allegedly evil where presumably exorcised by the use of barbaric tortures which resulted in futile loss of life. This is, for example, reflected in historical accounts of the inquisition.

Modern Criminology is built on this platform. It is a multidisciplinary subject since it attempts to answer any crime-related question with the help of the knowledge brought in from the various fields, both from laboratory, traditional sciences, spatial sciences and social sciences particularly: biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, environmental studies, information technology,spatial information systems, crime scene reconstruction, psychology and sociology. Criminology is a dynamic subject since its knowledge is kept updated (even by keeping abreast of technological advancement) and since it rises to contemporary crime-related challenges, like for example: terrorism, human trafficking, drug trafficking and illegal immigration. However, no degree course in Criminology would be complete without a solid base of research methods since Criminologists are expected to be able to conduct criminological research on which to base planning and policy-making, not only to answer the questions: Who breaks the criminal laws and why? But also to come up with solutions to reduce crime, help victims and treat criminals. The multidisciplinary nature of Criminology brings a lot of different professionals/academics together and a degree in Criminology is found to be applicable and useful to people working in diverse fields. 

 

Opportunities

Criminology offers students a wide range of expertise opportunities which they will be able to employ in the field. Whilst  the University does not offer job opportunities, students are encouraged to be informed of the various options available in the diverse fields related to the criminal justice system. These include probation services, parole, policing, vice issues and many other streams. The arena is open both within the public  sector and private enterprise.

Students have sought employment in policing, security, analytics, crime scene reconstruction., warders, wardens, money laundering experts, enforcement officers, environmental enforcers, insurers, planning and transport enforcers and planners, and other expertise fields. 

Further opportunities for studies are also available in local and foreign scenarios.

 

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Last Updated: 24 September 2018

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