Department of Criminology

Department of Criminology

The core activity of  the Department is to teach criminology at the BA and MA levels, not only for the Faculty of Law Enforcement, but all Faculties in the frame of the ‘comprehensive module’. The principal courses taught by the Department are: general criminology in the BA program; the maltreatment of juveniles and seniors; the theory and practice of crime prevention; and the law enforcement management of drug problems in the MA program. Our teachers support the developing of a network of acting professionals at the police forces, the Prosecutor’s Offices, the National Institute of Criminology, and at civil organisations associated with law enforcement activities. They regularly participate in national and international conferences related to Criminology and organise conferences themselves.

The main research fields are: crime prevention, criminal geography, fear of crime, victimology; the different type of crimes, restorative justice; the impact of the former political regime on crime; organised crime; terrorism, the criminology of juveniles; drug policy; the media and the police force; crime prevention; and research into the efficiency of drug strategies and law enforcement prevention.

Our teachers and professors take part in numerous scientific conferences both in Hungary and abroad. They often present their papers and publish the outcomes of their research in English. Many of our teachers have participated in English workshops organized by CEPOL. They are also actively engaged in Erasmus mobility activities, as we believe that the exchange of knowledge and best practices is crucial in terms of personal development.  We have  represented our University at the international conferences e.g. on the Criminology Symposium in Stockholm.

We also help the students in their Students’ Scientific Association activities as general competitions are organised every six months. A large number of our students take part in the Scientific Students’ Association competition with great results.

Head of Department of Criminology

A lawyer and a criminologist, Dr. Tünde Andrea Barabás graduated from ELTE's Faculty of Law in 1988. In 1990, she pursued postgraduate studies at the Criminal Law Department of the University of Fribourg, supported by the Swiss Confederation Fellowship. In 2005 she won the research fellowship of the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg. In 2008 she won the Bolyai János Research Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to study the possibilities of extending the application of mediation and of regulating mediation in prison. She teaches criminology at a number of universities in Hungary.  From the founding of National University of Public Service  -  since 2012 - she is Chair of Department of Criminology at the  Faculty of Law Enforcement.

She is a founding member and the Vice-Chair of the Restorative Justice Section of the Hungarian Society of Criminology and Chair of the Section of Victimology. She is the founding member of the Punishment Execution SubCommittee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Her fields of research include restorative justice, mediation, alternative solutions in criminal procedure, the reintegration of offenders, victims, and supporting victims.

Contact Information

Department of Criminology

Postal address: 1441 Bp. Pf. 60. (P.O. Box)

Office: 1083 Budapest, Üllői út 82., University of Public Service Educational Centre, Room Nr. 230.


Telephone: 00 36 1 432 9019

Head of Department: Dr. Tünde Andrea Barabás CSc. Professor

Secretariat: Anita Fodor