Master in Technology and Security (ON LINE)


Key information

Edition: Tercera
Hours: 1500.00
Language: English
Start date: 20/10/2017
End date: 20/08/2018
Credits: 60.00 ECTS
Number of places: 24
Code: 17OHM0021
Open enrollment

Price: 2.840,00€
Timetable: ON LINE
Venue: ON LINE


This master’s degree is the result of several conversations held in recent years between professionals and academics in the field, all of whom highlighted the lack of available training in order to fill academic or technical positions related to security matters, which encompass surveillance related to homeland security, physical security, cybersecurity and public safety, among others.

The role of technology in security policies and their implementation is becoming increasingly important. Contemporary surveillance methods are mainly based on sensor technology such as video cameras or automatic tools for data gathering and monitoring. There is a growing social demand for security policies that integrate a broader perspective on technological innovation, particularly in terms of how policies can be designed democratically, how technologies can be designed taking in account their societal impact and how security polices can reflect societies in which more and more social interaction takes place online and involves the treatment of personal data. It is therefore essential that policymakers, along with private and non-profit organisations, gain an appreciation of the stakes involved in security technologies, in respect of policy evaluation, the democratic control of security policy, and the understanding of technological design.

This master’s degree offers thorough training on a theoretical, political and practical level aimed at academics and professionals keen to broaden their knowledge and gain a more in-depth understanding of the relationship between technology and security. This is a multidisciplinary field, combining approaches from social sciences, law, and engineering. This is due to the multifaceted nature of contemporary security policy, which is reliant on technological designs such as surveillance tools, regulated by public order and privacy legislation, but implemented from a sociological and criminological perspective. This multidisciplinary field requires experts to have a broad knowledge base but also an ability to practically design and deliver on various security-related tasks.

This master’s degree is therefore conceived as a qualification that will meet the existing short-term demands and long-term demands, given that demand is expected to increase exponentially in the next few years.

Career opportunities

Once they complete the master’s degree, students will be able to confidently tackle any task related to technology, privacy and data protection, offering outstanding technical and management skills from both an academic and specialised consultancy perspective. Graduates of the Master’s Degree in Security and Technology will develop talents, interests and skills leading to jobs in various sectors (whether in academia or as specialised consultants).

They will be qualified to work as advisers and/or managers in the field of technology and security in both public and private organisations. They will develop the ability to detect and ensure the compliance of security projects with the legislation in force (national or international), as well as to address key security issues in critical scenarios. They will also be qualified to analyse and develop security policies in their field.

Professionals in the field of security (policymakers, LEA officers) will have the chance to advance their careers by adapting them to the new technological developments.

This programme will also offer possibilities for developing an academic career in this field of studies.

The main aim of the Master’s Degree in Security and Technology is to train students in the design and management of security policies from a local perspective, and to give them a comprehensive understanding of the role played by technology in management.
The specific aims include:
  • To understand, from a comprehensive perspective, the production process of security demands and the public policies designed to address them.
  • To develop, manage and evaluate public security policies.
  • To gain more in-depth knowledge of the risks and potentialities of the technology factor in security management.
  • To gain expertise and skills geared towards developing security strategies with the responsibility needed for the democratic control of security policy.
The master’s degree also addresses the sociological, political, legal and ethical context in which security protection policies and technologies are developed.

The Master’s Degree in Security Policy and Technology aims to provide professionals and researchers with expertise and skills geared towards developing security strategies in a broad sense and from several perspectives.


– Applications from candidates with backgrounds in criminology, law, sociology, computer science, economics and political science.

– Candidates who have completed the first cycle of a degree can also apply; however, the approval of the Master’s Coordination Committee is required.
Note: students who do not hold a previous university qualification will be entitled to obtain, under the same conditions, a certificate of attendance issued by the University of Girona Foundation: Innovation and Training.


1. Crime, society and Technology

Risk, danger and subjective insecurity. Sociology of law, crime and technology. Criminology, deviance, victimisation and surveillance. Security and difference.

2. Managing crises, emergencies and mega events

Concepts and models: leadership, coordination and scenarios. Civil protection. Public order. Security and major events. Resilience. The Driver project.

3. Security and surveillance

Surveillance and policing. Social and criminological externalities of surveillance. Dataveillance. Sousveillance and counterveillance. The surveillance industry.

4. Analysis of security policies     

The policy cycle: design, implementation, evaluation and indicators. Diagnosing and defining public problems. Stakeholders: media and civil society. Impact, effectiveness and legitimacy. The economics of security technology. The Respect project.                                                                             

5. Security and urban management

Urban sociology and community safety. Public space, situational crime prevention and urban sprawl. Resilience, conviviality and mutual support. Technology and urban management: from CCTV to the Smart grid. The Graffolution project.

6. Security in a global world

Globalisation and new fears: terrorism, organised crime, cybercrime. The security industry. Security and intelligence. Data mining and counterterrorism: the Snowden case. The Secile project.

7. Privacy policy, law and Technology

The fundamentals of privacy. Chief Privacy Officer. DPAs: competencies, possibilities, limitations. Surveillance impact assessments. The ABC4EU project.

8. Security systems in comparative perspective

Legal frameworks, policing, prison systems and prevention models. Public security systems: training, structures, deployment, functions, objectives. Community policing: theory and practice. The challenge of coordination: forces, stakeholders, jurisdictions. Public and private security. Foreign policy, international relations and defence.

9. Tools, strategies and resources

Social prevention policy: community and coexistence. Managing conflict and mediation. Measuring and monitoring citizens’ attitudes and perceptions: statistics. Managing data and privacy. Participation and community involvement. Technologies for managing community security. Communications and media relations. Management of human, material and financial resources. Statistics and data mining.

10. Security, data and surveillance

Social networks, mobile devices, web searches and mapping. Sensitive data and databases. Policing and data management. Big data: public and private. The SLANDAIL project.

11. Sociology and history of surveillance

The rhetoric of surveillance: from Bentham to Foucault. Surveillance societies. Identification practices and techno-social relations (STS). Surveillance, discrimination and gender. The IRISS project.

12. Master's degree final project

The programme must be completed through the writing of a research paper, which takes the form of a final research project, and involves presenting a proposal beforehand.

Modular structure

This course is part of a program that includes the possibility of enrolling independently in the following degrees:

Master in Technology and Security

Postgraduate Diploma Technology and Security

Teaching staff

– Antonella Galetta. PhD researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

– Augusto Délkader. Political scientist and public sector consultant

– Ben Brucato. PhD in Science and Technology Studies

– Cecilia Milesi. Sociologist, MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development

– Diana Miranda. PhD researcher, University of Minho

– Elvira Santiago. Postdoctoral researcher

– Gemma Galdon Clavell. PhD in Public Policy

– Genís Margarit. Telecom engineer and IT security consultant

– Gertjan Boulet. PhD candidate in Law at the Faculty of Law & Criminology of Vrije Universiteit Brussel

– Gloria González Fuster. PhD in Law

– Hervé Falciani. Systems engineer, whistle-blower and creator of the Falciani list, providing information on 130,000 suspected tax evaders with Swiss bank accounts

– Katarzyna Szymielewicz. Lawyer specialised in human rights and technology, co-founder and President of the Panoptykon Foundation

– Lisa Lucile Owens. PhD candidate and Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow at Columbia University, New York

– Mario Viola. PhD in Law

– Nahikari Sánchez. Degree in Criminology

– Pete Fussey. PhD in Criminology and Sociology

– Susan Maret. PhD and lecturer at San Jose State University

– Whitney Iles. CEO of Project 507 Ltd., serious youth violence practitioner

*The management team  reserves all rights to make changes If any teacher can’t teach a subject, always ensuring the same quality and professional category levels.


Gemma Galdon Clavell. PhD in Public Policy.

Griselda Casadellà Cunillera, Alejandro Vélez Salas

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