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Crime and Criminal Justice (MSc)

Dutch English


September - February 


1 year


The Hague

Taught in The Hague

Detecting and combatting crime is becoming increasingly complex. Security is high on the national and international agenda. This master’s programme provides the skills to face these challenges. You can choose the specialisation Comparative Criminal Justice that explores contemporary criminal justice developments and challenges from legal and criminological perspectives. It is unique in its cross-national and multidisciplinary scope. Or choose the Dutch specialisation Criminology and Security Policy that explores contemporary criminal justice developments and challenges from a criminological, sociological and public policy perspective. It focuses on security and crime issues in the Netherlands and the development of effective and legitimate policy in order to tackle these issues.


  • Comparative Criminal Justice (in English, in Leiden)

  • Criminology and Security Policy / Criminologie en Veiligheidsbeleid (in Dutch, mainly in The Hague)


Graduates of Comparative Criminal Justice end up in law(-related) professions, (international) criminal justice organisations, research, teaching, and roles related to policy-making and policy-advice. Graduates of Criminology and Security Policy end up as crime and security advisors, researchers or policy officers (public order and safety) at ministries and municipalities; the police; organisations that are involved in research into and tackling crime and safety.

Best preparatory bachelor’s

A bachelor’s degree in Criminology or other social sciences discipline, or a bachelor’s degree in law

English proficiency**

IELTS: 6.5 / TOEFL internet-based: 90 (only applicable to Comparative Criminal Justice)

Leiden Law School


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master's students


international master’s students
(95% in Advanced LL.M.  programmes)




EU/EEA student tuition fee*


Non-EU/EEA student tuition fee

The Advanced LL.M. programmes are not subsidised by the Dutch government. For these programmes an institutional tuition fee applies. The tuition fee for the Advanced LL.M. programmes for all students is €20,900 (€10,450 Advanced LLM programmes - part-time)

* This tuition fee is per year and only applies if this is your first master’s programme in The Netherlands
**  English language proficiency requirements are subject to change. Please check  our website for the updated English language proficiency requirements. You can  find the exact language requirements and more detailed language requirements  per programme under each programme description. Also check our website for  detailed information on the types of English tests accepted and the equivalent  scores for IELTS, TOEFL and Cambridge English tests.
NOTE: Tuition fees are subject to change. Please check online our updated tuition fees.