International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology (Master Degree)

the Netherlands

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The award
Master Degree

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
EUR 2143 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 14762 per year

All study options

About International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Conflicts lead to looting, killing, recruitment of child soldiers, genocide - and even terrorism. They can also lead to cross-border crimes such as human trafficking, kidnappings and wildlife crimes. International organisations, NGOs and governments are confronted with questions about how to prevent and respond to these criminal acts, and how to deal with their harmful consequences. But a lack of knowledge means that effective responses often never get off the ground.

This Master's programme is unique in several ways: literally, in that it's not offered by any other university in the world. But also in its scope, because you'll learn to combine insights and methodologies from several different disciplines: criminology, law, psychology, sociology and political science. And finally, VU Amsterdam is close to The Hague - home to the UN's International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court - the legal capital of the world. This programme will truly prepare you for an international career in the field.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMaster DegreeHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2143 per yearInternational course feesEUR 14762 per year

Entry requirements

Applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), Criminology, Social Sciences, Political Science or Psychology or any other related subject can apply.

If you do not meet the abovementioned requirement you may still apply, your application will be assessed on:

  • talent and motivation
  • proficiency in research methods and techniques.

If you have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences, you need a completed relevant premaster to apply. The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.

We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application. Especially students from non-EEA countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor's degree may not be sufficient for acceptance to this Master of Science programme.

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their secondary or academic education in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma or have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in the EU.

You must have passed the test no longer than two years before you start the ICC programme, the following minimum scores apply for this master:

  • IELTS: minimum total score ≥ 7.0, minimum score per test section: 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum total score ≥ 100, minimum score per test section: 22
  • TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: minimum total score 68, minimum score per test section: 22
  • C1 Advanced (CAE): minimum score B
  • C2 Proficiency (CPE): minimum score C

The proof of English proficiency can be submitted after the application deadline, but must have been received by the faculty before the start of the programme. Without an English proficiency test score which meets the specifications mentioned above, or a waiver, you cannot start the programme.

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