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What will I learn?

Forensic research is becoming increasingly important in criminal investigations and the collection of evidence. Lawyers, public prosecutors and judges experience that in their everyday work. The master’s programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law gives you insights into the different disciplines involved in the field of forensic research. You will also take a look at the part the criminal justice system plays within society. You'll take a number of compulsory courses, and you can choose from a wide range of elective courses and internship opportunities.

In this multidisciplinary programme, you’ll explore the big picture of the criminal justice system. You will study subjects of different forensic disciplines, namely psychology, psychopathology, accounting and medicine, covering topics such as:

  • causes and explanations of criminal behaviour
  • methods of evidence collection
  • human behaviours during criminal proceedings
  • psychological aspects of the search for the truth in criminal law
  • reliability of witness statements
  • responsibility
  • combating fraud and confiscating illegally obtained assets
  • DNA search in criminal investigations and evidence collection

Your future

With a master’s in Forensics, Criminology and Law, a number of career opportunities are open for you. You can enter the legal profession, working as a lawyer, or within organisations such as the judiciary, the Ministry of Justice or the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Law enforcement services, as well as psychiatric services and institutions, are also looking for people with forensic knowledge. You can also become a professional legal researcher within governmental or educational institutions.

Career prospects

More than 300 students have graduated successfully from the master’s programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law. Alumni have found work as:

  • lawyers
  • researchers
  • policy officers
  • consultants
  • forensic advisors
  • jurists
  • teachers
  • anti-fraud coordinators
  • probation officers

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Law

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,27,451) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,

MAASTRICHT,

Limburg,

6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

You are eligible for admission to the master’s programme Forensics, Criminology and Law if you have a university bachelor’s degree in Law. An Introductory course in criminology, psychology and law, forensic psychiatry or forensic psychology is recommended. If you have another educational background, you have to pass an entrance-exam and will be interviewed on your academic skills and their motivation. Graduates from the following programmes can register for the entrance exam: bachelor's from University College, bachelor’s or Master’s in European Studies, bachelor’s or master’s in Psychology, bachelor’s or master’s in Sociology or Social Studies, bachelor’s or master’s in any other forensic related academic discipline.

A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 (IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7) is required for this study programme.

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