M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic Criminology

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Money laundering, fraud, DNA testing: current affairs is key in this master’s programme. The Forensic Criminology MSc programme at Leiden University provides specialist expertise related to the criminal justice system - from forensic psychiatry to criminalistics.


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 Forensic Criminology MSc programme at Leiden University 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.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • In order to be considered, 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.


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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