LLM - Forensics, Criminology and Law

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

Program Description

LLM - Forensics, Criminology and Law

Maastricht University, Faculty of Law

LLM - Forensics, Criminology and Law

Taught in English or Dutch

If you want to work as a criminal law jurist, whether as a lawyer, judge, public prosecutor or policy official, it is increasingly important to know about and understand forensic disciplines. The master’s programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to crime and the administration of criminal justice. You will examine criminality and the gathering of evidence from different disciplinary perspectives. You will also gain an understanding of why forensic disciplines are so relevant in legal investigation and argumentation. This multidisciplinary approach makes the programme also interesting for non-jurists wishing to work in forensics.


During the programme you will try to answer questions such as:

  • What are the causes of criminal behaviour?
  • How can we test the reliability of a witness statement?
  • How do judges come to their decisions?

To broaden your understanding of forensics and research methods, you will work with three Maastricht University faculties:

  • Economics and Business Administration
  • Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
  • Psychology and Neuroscience

Programme Information

In the Master Forensics, Criminology and Law, lecturers and researchers engaged in criminal law, criminology, economics, medicine and psychology work together, making optimal use of the forensics-related know-how and research available in their respective faculties.

All staff members are engaged in highly qualified scientific research programmes and incorporate the findings of their research activities in the different courses. Due to the fact that a number of staff members also render services to the Maastricht Forensic Institute (tMFI), there is a direct link between the activities of tMFI and the courses in the Master in Forensics, Criminology and Law. The connection with real-life cases is also enhanced by means of apprenticeships and guest lectures.

Fast Facts

  • Programme: Forensics, Criminology and Law
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 1 year full time
  • Start date(s): September, Februari
  • Study load per week: 8 hrs classes; 32 hrs individual study. Total: 40 hours
  • Learning method: problem-based learning; (guest) lectures; presentations; assignments; papers
  • Assessment method: written and oral exams; final papers; group participation

Admissions


Bachelor’s or Master’s in Law

  • Admission requirements: Possibly TOEFL or IELTS
  • Other recommendations: Introductory course in criminology, psychology and law, forensic psychiatry or forensic psychology



Bachelor’s or Master’s in Criminology from a Dutch university

  • Admission requirements: TOEFL or IELTS



Bachelor's from University College

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in Substantive Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Procedure
  • Other recommendations: Introductory course in criminology, psychology and law, forensic psychiatry or forensic psychology



Bachelor’s or Master’s in European Studies

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in Substantive Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Procedure
  • Other recommendations: Introductory course in criminology, psychology and law, forensic psychiatry or forensic psychology



Bachelor’s or master’s in Psychology

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in Substantive Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Procedure. Possibly TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Other recommendations: Introductory course in criminology



Bachelor’s or Master’s in Sociology or Social Studies

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in Substantive Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Procedure. Possibly TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Other recommendations: Introductory course in criminology, psychology and law, forensic psychiatry or forensic psychology



Bachelor’s or Master’s in any other forensic related academic discipline

  • Admission requirements: Entrance exam in Substantive Criminal Law and Comparative Criminal Procedure. Possibly TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Other recommendations: Introductory course in criminology, psychology and law, forensic psychiatry or forensic psychology

The master programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law is designed for students with various educational backgrounds. Students with a bachelor's or master's degree inlawhave direct access to the programme but may have to hand in an IELTS or TOEFL test result. Students with other educational backgrounds have to pass an entrance-examand will be interviewed on their academic skills and their motivation.

Language proficiency

Applicants who are non-native English speakers and have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet one of the following requirements

  • IELTS test with a minimum overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 paper-based (PBT), 233 computer-based (CBT) or 90 internet-based (iBT)
  • Cambridge examinations CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with grade A, B or C or CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) with grade A, B or C+

Entrance exam in Forensics, Criminology and Law

Contact the Faculty for more information.

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Last updated January 7, 2016
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