Forensic Criminology

Leiden University

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
18800 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Money laundering, fraud, DNA testing: current affairs is key in this master’s programme. Forensic Criminology at Leiden University provides specialist expertise related to the criminal justice system - from forensic psychiatry to criminalistics. Please note that this programme is taught in Dutch.


Do you want to find out more about furnishing evidence in cases of crime? Are you interested in the theory and practice of investigation, in people and in what’s going on in society? Then the master’s  programme Forensische Criminologie is right for you. Also if you have a bachelor’s degree in a social science field like Psychology.

Students choose this master's degree because they have an affinity with crime and its analysis and evidence. You can help improve investigation and investigation methods. Criminologists (lawyers and non-lawyers!) Are employed by, among others, the police, NFI, consultancy and research agencies and the business community.

Why the Masters in Forensic Criminology at Leiden University?

  • The Leiden Law Faculty has a good reputation, nationally and internationally: your diploma has value.
  • It is a broad education, with 'trips' to psychiatry, accountancy, tracing, the reliability of witnesses and the use of evidence and data for risk assessment.
  • More than 80% of Leiden Master's students of Forensic Criminology have a suitable position within six months. We help you with our online mentor network and personal career coaching.

Programme Structure

In the master's degree you have to deal with different forms of education:

  • Lectures and working groups in which motivated teachers present the subject matter and connect it with current events and their own research. You are expected to prepare these lectures by studying the specified literature.
  • Thesis. You conduct a research independently for your thesis and you state this in a scientific argument.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Copy of valid passport or ID card
  • Copy of Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV
  • Proof of proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas or extracts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2168 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Forensic Criminology
Leiden University


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