Global Criminology, M.A. | Utrecht University | Utrecht, Netherlands
12 months
17518 EUR/year
2314 EUR/year
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The Global Criminology programme at Utrecht University is a one-year Master’s programme that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to work with local and global crime issues, crime policies and crime control strategies.


Do you want to understand the role of Mexico in the cocaine trade, why a Dutch multinational dumps waste on an African country, or how human smugglers operate in war zones? Are you curious about phenomena such as Internet fraud, food criminality or mobile banditry? 

Old and new forms of global crime are rapidly expanding, as are the means to control it. The Netherlands serves both as a major crossroad in the illegal flow of goods, people and services and as a key host for international organisations such as Europol, Greenpeace and the International Criminal Court. 

Drug trafficking, human trafficking, international terrorism, corruption, environmental harm, financial and corporate crime and conflicts over natural resources all have global dimensions. Tackling these issues requires modern instruments that transcend national boundaries.

Career Prospects

As a graduate with an MA in Global Criminology, you’ll have the skills and training to become a researcher on global crime issues, with a strong orientation in qualitative research methods. You could conduct further research at a university (usually through writing a doctoral thesis) or at research institutes (NGOs, commercial research offices, etc.). 

The Global Criminology programme at Utrecht University also offers you an excellent foundation for a career in any sector dealing with growing forms of global crime, including public, private and non-governmental organisations (both domestic and international) that are active in areas such as illegal markets, migration, terrorism, environmental crime, fraud and financial regulation. Additional career opportunities exist in the areas of law and social reform, policy making, law enforcement and research, particularly for positions within international organisations or organisations with significant international scope.


Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Reflection on Criminology
  • Advanced Methodology
  • Cultural Criminology 
  • Research and Thesis Trajectory Criminology 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Eligible are students who have a bachelor degree in Criminology, Law or Social Sciences.
  • Candidates have to show sufficient criminological knowledge (through optional courses, minors in criminology or work experience).
  • Exceptions: candidates with other degrees may be admitted, if they can show sufficient criminological knowledge –through optional courses, minors in criminology or work experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17518 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17518 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2314 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2314 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Utrecht

900 - 1450 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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