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What will I learn?

Comparative Criminal Justice (formerly Criminology & Criminal Justice) is a one-year master programme at the renowned Leiden Law School of Leiden University. The programme explores contemporary criminal justice developments and challenges from legal and criminological perspectives. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope.

Criminal Justice as a concept refers to the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts. While the definition seems rather clear-cut, the practical reality is incredibly complex, with ever-changing demands on many different actors, including supra-national institutions and private companies.

As a student of the Master's in Comparative Criminal Justice you develop academic, theoretical and research insight in all aspects of crime control. Student actively work on current, concrete problems and are challenged to independently find solutions. Students not only learn about the organization of policy and law enforcement, but are also confronted with very practical problems and implications.

Advantages of the programme

As a student of this master you benefit from:

  • the small scale of the programme, which gives you a very intensive education;
  • the focus on active forms of education, where you carry out empirical research yourself, for example, and discuss with fellow students and lecturers about policy choices;
  • the possibility to carry out an internship to gain practical experience;
  • the excellent library of the Faculty of Law in Leiden, and also the library of the Peace Palace in The Hague, one of the largest legal libraries in the world;
  • the good reputation of the Leiden Law Faculty, both in finding an internship and in your later career.

Programme structure

As a student of the Master's in Comparative Criminal Justice you develop academic, theoretical and research insight in all aspects of crime control. Student actively work on current, concrete problems and are challenged to independently find solutions. Students not only learn about the organization of policy and law enforcement, but are also confronted with very practical problems and implications.

Career prospects

The Criminal Justice Master’s programme offered by the institute of Criminal Law and Criminology at Leiden University will provide you with the skills necessary for a successful career in the private or public sector.

Our graduates end up in law(-related) professions, (international) criminal justice organisations, research, teaching, and roles related to policy-making and policy-advice. Examples of graduate destinations include: the Law Reform Commission of Ireland, the Koninklijke Marechaussee, Euro just, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, and EY.

Which department am I in?

Leiden Law School

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Non-EEA/non-Swiss/non-Surinam: Full-time & Part-time: €18800. Part-time for EU/EEA/Surinam applicants: €2168.
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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