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The programme is, first of all, a continuation of the Faculty’s first-cycle academic study programme and is comparable to study programmes such as the first-cycle study of Security and Police Work and the study of Information Security. The second-cycle study programme takes two years to complete (120 ECTS). After the completion of the programme a graduate receives the title M.A. in Criminal Justice and Security.
Graduates become experts in the field of security studies; they gain good insight and understanding of the real world, the trends in the field of security operations and management, as well as of the functioning of the judicial system and law enforcement agencies (police, prosecutors, courts, prisons, intelligence agencies, etc.), the role of informal social control mechanisms (families, school, associations, civil-society organisations, and other factors of socialisation), and also of the role of institutionalised informal social control mechanisms (mostly detective agencies and private security companies). At the postgraduate level, students deepen their knowledge of social, psychological, economic, behavioural, historic, and political aspects of criminality, delinquency, and criminal law; knowledge of research methods, research aetiology, prevention, control of and reactions against criminality and delinquency; skills to evaluate and detect criminal and delinquent behaviours in society; gain an overview of criminal law and criminal prosecution procedures; and develop an understanding of police work, the role of prosecutors, judges, and prison administrations.
In the second-cycle Criminal Justice and Security study programme, which comprises two academic years, students acquire deeper knowledge from the fields of security sciences and master the research methodology necessary to produce a master’s thesis and to continue research in the field. Study subjects are composed so that the content items of a specific study year complement each other. The above-mentioned knowledge combines with that from the fields of constitutional law, critical thinking, and problem solving. Mentors help students choose the right study modules for them. The student then makes an individual study plan that directs him/her, in the second study year, into a specialisation ending with a master’s thesis. The student focuses his/her research interests within the framework of the chosen module. Horizontal compatibility of basic study subjects and specific study subjects constituting a module; elective subjects greatly increase the scope of knowledge and guarantee that a graduate’s expertise will benefit society. The master’s thesis must be contextually connected to the study subjects of a specific module.
This second-cycle or master’s degree study programme is designed so that the study subjects are vertically connected. In the first year, elective study subjects give students a wide overview of the field, and in the second year, the focus is narrowed down to specific areas – students can choose modules with the study subjects they are most interested in. The whole study programme is designed so that in the first-year students gain basic knowledge from the field of Criminal Justice and Security and upgrade this with a more focused study of specific subjects. All along, students also gain knowledge about various issues, which they will be able to use in practical research and leadership. The basic knowledge is further deepened by teaching students the methodological foundation that they need in order to develop the field in the future. Students reinforce their knowledge inside the framework of their chosen module and focus their efforts into a specialisation.
The goal of the master’s level study programme is to produce graduates who are experts in the field of security studies; they gain a deep insight into and develop an understanding of the real world, trends in the field of security operations and management, the functioning of the judicial system and law enforcement agencies (police, prosecutors, courts, prisons, intelligence agencies, etc.); the role of informal social control mechanisms (families, school, associations, civil-society organisations, and other factors of socialisation) and that of institutionalised informal social control mechanisms (mostly detective agencies and private security companies). At the postgraduate level, students deepen their knowledge of social, psychological, economic, behavioural, historical, and political aspects of criminality, delinquency, and criminal law; knowledge of research methods, research aetiology, prevention, control of and reactions against criminality and delinquency; skills to evaluate and detect criminality and delinquent behaviours in society; gain an overview of criminal law and criminal prosecution procedures; and an understanding of police work, the role of prosecutors, judges, and prison administrations.
A graduate’s general competencies originate from the basic academic-level knowledge in the field and become elements of their general academic profile. In the course of their study at the Faculty, students develop their competency based on theoretical knowledge and their attitudes toward the use of the knowledge acquired, the two inseparable components of the higher-education goals.
The general competencies developed by graduates are:
Further, in the second-cycle study programme, students: get deeper knowledge in the wider fields of expertise; gain skills to seek new sources of knowledge in scientific research areas; learn how to use scientific research methods to tackle a wide range of problems in new situations; assume responsibility for managing the most demanding systems; develop critical introspection, and social and communication skills necessary in leadership and team work.
Security is becoming increasingly more important in all spheres of the modern world. In the past few years, companies expressed much more interest for the knowledge gained by students of security sciences. In the past decade, the Faculty adapted its study programmes to the needs of the economy and deepened its expertise in this field. As experts in the field of criminal justice and security, the graduates of the second-cycle Criminal Justice and Security Studies programme can find employment in the non-business sector, especially in the public sector and non-government organisations, the police, and military, and in the business sector, where the following areas are emphasized: implementation of integral security in corporations (retail businesses, casinos, tourist sector, etc.); security specialisation (physical protection, national security, international security integrations, information security); interdisciplinary expertise in security and management (manufacturing, retail, transport of energy sources, chemical technology, etc.); design and development of security models for the optimisation of security processes; marketing of products and services, such as security techniques and software; and private intelligence and investigation services.
The graduates are equipped with knowledge to be able to work efficiently and professionally, but they can truly be successful only if society has a need for their expertise and values it. A graduate from the second-cycle Criminal Justice and Security study programme at the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security becomes an expert with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to manage different organisations, various demanding processes and professional tasks in the field of security. Furthermore, graduates with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Security are capable of:
A graduate with a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Security is capable of taking on the most demanding tasks of analysing, planning, developing, and leading security processes in the public and private spheres of the economy or in non-government organisations.