• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The Global Criminology programme offered by 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.

Overview

Tracks

You can choose from two distinctive tracks within the Global Criminology programme:

  • Global Crime
  • Crime, Punishment and Security 

There is a growing demand for qualified researchers, legal practitioners and policy makers who can address these and comparable issues. Are you a multidisciplinary expert or criminologist who wants to make a significant contribution to the field? Are you someone who wants to work in the field of law and social reform – or any sector dealing with growing forms of local and global crime control? Do you want to be part of a Master’s programme with students from different continents? Then the Global Criminology programme offered by Utrecht University is the right choice for you!

Developing Essential Skills

During this programme, you’ll study key issues such as organised and corporate crime, police surveillance, (cyber)security policies or the relation between ethnicity and crime. You will also develop essential skills that will benefit you in both your professional and personal life. You will be able, among other things, to:

  • Develop good insight into the causes and consequences of local and global crime.
  • Analyse the behaviour of offenders from different disciplines and perspectives.
  • Critically assess and evaluate criminal policies and the criminal justice system;
  • Understand the cultural aspects of criminal phenomena;
  • Conduct independent criminological research using qualitative research methods and connect the results with criminological theories.
  • Present research results to an audience of both specialists and non-specialists.

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 programme 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 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.

Accreditation

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

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    93

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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.
  • English proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17078 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17078 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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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.

Funding

Utrecht University, the Dutch Government and other organisations offer scholarships, fellowships and grants. Below is a list of the scholarships that are most often used by international students studying in Utrecht. Note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Bright Minds Fellowships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship - for Chinese students only
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships - for outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Student grant and loan system
  • Tuition fee loan
  • Erasmus+ Master loans
  • Canadian student loans
  • US Federal Loans

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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