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Earn an MSc in Crime and Criminal Justice at Leiden University
The program in criminal justice is a one-year master’s at the renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The criminal law program focuses on criminology, criminal law and their mutual relationship. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary approach.
This MSc program explores the legitimacy and effectiveness of criminal justice systems around the world and the challenges they face in a globalizing world. Applying a comparative perspective, criminal justice systems are analyzed regarding their ability to deal with crimes that take place both within and beyond their national borders.
Transnational crimes like human trafficking and terrorism increasingly demand coordinated criminal justice responses on a European or international level. The comparative study of criminal justice institutions therefore includes the study of supra-national bodies.
Students from all over the world with different backgrounds, such as criminology, social sciences, law, political sciences, and philosophy, critically engage themselves with important questions in small-scale groups.
Leiden Law School is located in two beautifully renovated national monuments in the historic heart of the medieval city of Leiden. Leiden is the perfect place to study criminal justice because of its vicinity to the Hague: international city of peace and justice.
Due to the criminal justice master’s unique multidisciplinary and comparative perspective, graduates gain a deep understanding of the dynamics against which criminal justices processes take place. As the program provides students with a broad and solid background in the realm of criminal justice, they are widely deployable in a variety of national and international institutions. Students are offered plenty of space to pursue their own specific topics of interest through various practical assignments.
This program is interactive and taught in small groups resulting in compelling discussions with students from all over the world with different disciplinary and (legal) cultural backgrounds. As a result, you'll benefit from an extremely rich and interactive learning environment.
Academic staff in this master has close ties with the relevant criminal justice issues in practice. Apart from following lectures, you will also participate in field trips to Dutch and international institutions such as the Netherlands’ Council of State, Europol and the European Parliament.
In order to be considered for the criminal justice master’s program, you should:
- Have a bachelor’s degree in Criminology or a bachelor’s degree in law or another discipline related to criminology and criminal justice.
- Proven English language proficiency, demonstrated by way of a TOEFL test (overall score of 600 paper-based/250 computer-based or 100 Internet-based) or IELTS test (overall score of 7.0), evidenced by an appropriate test, occasionally complemented by a telephone interview. In addition to the above-mentioned overall English test scores, minimum band scores of IELTS 6.0 (TOEFL 20) are required for all sub-sections.
Degree & diploma
Master of Science in Crime and Criminal Justice
With a long and rich history, Leiden University is the oldest in the Netherlands. Students may choose to study from 7 faculties and 3 campuses, watch this video to learn what Leiden can offer you!
Services & Facilities
Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world. The university is comprised of...
Location & accommodation
Leiden, the Netherlands
Life in Leiden is greatly influenced by the relatively large number of students, as most of them both live and study in the historic city of Leiden, which has approxomately 120.000 inhabitants. Leiden University does not have a campus, but the city is it’s campus. You will almost always run into someone you know when you go shopping or when you go out at night. Since Leiden is...
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