M.Sc. On Campus

Forensic and Legal Psychology

Erasmus University Rotterdam

12 months
15500 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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This Forensic and Legal Psychology programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam focuses on psychological contributions to both forensic and legal contexts.


This Forensic and Legal Psychology programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam will teach you how to become a forensic psychologist, either in practice, or as a scientific researcher. You can alternatively choose to prepare for a career as legal psychologist. Bear in mind that forensic psychologists study criminal irresponsibility, while legal psychologists study the strength of (criminal) evidence. These two fields are related yet distinct.


This master will make you familiar with forensic and legal psychology topics. There is some room for choice.

If you aim at becoming a clinical forensic psychologist, you should choose a relevant practical internship in the second semester. Note that the number of clinical practical internships is limited, and may require some proficiency at speaking Dutch. Further note that to be successful in your later career as a clinical forensic psychologist, you should have a bachelor degree in clinical psychology. This is so to meet the requirements for the postdoctoral educational programme for GZ-psycholoog.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  •  Etiology of offender types and neuroscience,

  • Forensic diagnostics and treatment.

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

Depending on the specialisation you wish to apply for, you are eligible for admission to the programme if you have obtained a relevant bachelor or undergraduate degree (comparable to the Dutch academic level according to the standards of the Dutch Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Nuffic)) from a research university. Some examples of relevant bachelor programmes are:

  • Psychology
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Criminology

You are also expected to have obtained at least:       

  • 15 ECTS in courses related to the preferred field of your specialisation;
  • At least 15 ECTS in statistics courses and at least basic SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) skills.You are expected to be familiar with the following statistical techniques (and be able to apply them in SPSS): descriptive statistics, correlation, hypothesis testing, between-subjects versus within-subjects designs, multiple regression

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15500 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • €2,168 (Statutory fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €12,300 (Institutional fee: Dutch / EEA students)
  • €15,500 (Institutional fee: non-EEA students)
  • Living costs for Rotterdam

    760 - 1265 EUR /month
    Living costs

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


    For the applicants of the various degree programmes of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam the following funding possibilities are available:

    • Holland Scholarship for excellent non-EEA applicants
    • L-EARN for impact Scholarship
    • Erasmus Trustfonds Scholarship

    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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