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Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSc)

Criminology and 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.

Paul Nieuwbeerta

Professor of Criminology

Paul Nieuwbeerta

“The international dimension to crime and crime prevention efforts becomes increasingly relevant.”

" The Leiden Criminology programme and its internationally oriented staff acknowledge that a new generation of criminologists need to understand how globalisation affects the world of crime.”

Why did Loïc choose the master Criminology and Criminal Justice?

A Comparative and Interdisciplinary Approach to Criminal Justice

Globalisation poses new challenges for the fight against national and international crime. Students will learn to apply a comparative perspective to analyse the criminal justice process regarding its ability to deal with crimes that takes place both within and beyond national borders. Transnational crimes like human trafficking and terrorism increasingly demands coordinated criminal justice responses on a European or international level, which has created a demand for graduates who understand these relevant processes and its actors. The masters programme also devotes attention to the involvement of non-state actors and agencies outside the criminal justice system in crime control and the implications for legitimacy and accountability.