12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Comparative Criminal Justice programme from Leiden University is a one-year master programme at the renowned Leiden Law School of Leiden University. The programme explores contemporary criminal justice developments and challenges from legal and criminological perspectives. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope.

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A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach to Criminal Justice

Globalisation poses new challenges for the fight against national and international crime. Students will learn to apply a comparative perspective to analyse the criminal justice process regarding its ability to deal with crimes that takes place both within and beyond national borders. Transnational crimes like human trafficking and terrorism increasingly demands coordinated criminal justice responses on a European or international level, which has created a demand for graduates who understand these relevant processes and its actors. The masters programme also devotes attention to the involvement of non-state actors and agencies outside the criminal justice system in crime control and the implications for legitimacy and accountability.

Career prospects

The  Comparative Criminal Justice programme from Leiden University will provide you with the skills necessary for a successful career in the private or public sector.

Skills for navigating a complex world

Globalisation poses new challenges for national and international crime problems. As our graduate you will be well prepared to analyse these challenges and work towards a solution. The mix of legal and criminological perspectives discussed during the course, equips students with the tools to operate in a large variety of organisations, including international criminal justice actors. The course also aims to develop students’ transferable skills, including research, writing and presenting skills, so that they will be able to solve problems and convey their ideas in a wide range of contexts.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Lawmaking, Politics & Society
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Human Rights and European Criminal Law in Context
  • Research Proposal
  • Public and Private Policing
  • Prosecution and Diversion 
  • Courts and Sentencing 
  • Punishment and Prisons

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be considered for the Master programme Comparative Criminal Justice, you should possess (before the start of the programme) a Bachelor's degree in Criminology (BSc) or a bachelor’s degree in law (LL.B) or another discipline related to criminology and criminal justice from a recognised research university. Generally, social science degrees (e.g., international relations, sociology) are considered relevant, if the applicant can demonstrate an interest in criminal justice.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100  per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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