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MSc Crime and Criminal Justice

Leiden University
Program overview
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2021

September 2022

September 2023

Program description

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.

Individual focus

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.

Practical insights

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.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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Master of Science in Crime and Criminal Justice

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Leiden University

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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...

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