Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Leiden University · Law

Entry requirements

Course specific entry requirements available at http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/programmes/criminal-justice/en/introduction

Months of entry

September, February

Course content

Criminal Justice is a one-year Master’s at the renowned Leiden Law School at Leiden University. The programme focuses on criminology, criminal law and their mutual relationship. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope.

Crime and crime prevention

As a student in this programme , you will thoroughly study the concept of criminal justice: the system of principles, rules, practices and institutions through which the state administers sanctions against socially undesirable behaviour. The programme addresses key institutions, processes and cross-national issues on crime and crime prevention, law and policy. The Criminal Justice Master’s distinguishes itself by its international comparative perspective, analysing criminal justice systems, legislation and policies in common law and civil law countries.

Lectures and fieldtrips

Our programme is taught by academic staff as well as by professionals working in the criminal justice sector. Apart from following lectures, you will also participate in fieldtrips to Dutch and international institutions such as the Netherlands’ Council of State, Europol and the European Parliament.

Teaching methods at Leiden University

Studying at Leiden University can be quite different from what foreign students are used to. Take student ambassador Daniel, for example. He is a Romanian student and is currently in his third year of the bachelor’s in Dutch Studies. He explains: ‘Whereas in other countries lectures tend to only be about taking notes, here you’re encouraged to participate.’

In this video the international student ambassadors from China, Turkey, Germany and India explain the different teaching methods and show you how studying at Leiden university is different from studying in other countries.

Fees and funding

UK students
€ 2,006 (2017-2018)
International students
€ 16,600 (2017-2018)

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

International Studyline Team