Master Criminal Justice, Subject Area Criminology and Security

University of Lausanne | Lausanne , Switzerland
The Master of Law in Criminal Justice, subject area Criminology and Security, focuses on the study of anti-social behaviour and the social reaction to such behaviour.



The Master of Law in Criminal Justice, subject area Criminology and Security, focuses on the study of anti-social behaviour and the social reaction to such behaviour.

It is interested in delinquents and their victims, offences and punishments and penal measures. The scientific survey of deviance allows the development of relevant criminal policies as well as the implementation of programmes for the prevention of delinquency and the care of delinquents.

The Master of Law in Criminal Justice subject area Criminology and Security offers a multidisciplinary programme that also includes sociology, law, forensic science and psychology. The study plan varies according to the type of Bachelor´s degree held by the student.

Career prospects

  • Police Services at the federal, cantonal, and municipal levels
  • Federal administration and institutions
  • Cantonal public administrations (penitentiary system, probation services, help centres for victims of crime, etc.)
  • Community institutions
  • Private security firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • International governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Research work

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland : 28 February.
Tuition fee
  • EUR 555 Semester (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 555 Semester (EEA)
CHF 580 per semester
Start date
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

1st2nd year


  • General Criminology course
  • Research Methods in Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Victimology and Assistance to Victims
  • Crime Prevention
  • Policing
  • Analysis of Criminality and ICT
  • Forensic Science Ia
  • Penology
  • Introduction to Qualitative Methods
  • Statistics I
  • Statistical analysis methods
  • Criminal Law I
  • Criminal Law II
  • Criminal Policy
  • Criminologists and Intervention Services
  • Women, Victimisation and Delinquency
  • Comparative Criminal Policy
  • Organised Crime
  • Economic Crime
  • Crime, Justice and Prison in Switzerland
  • Psychopathology of Deviant Behaviour
  • Criminology and Film

90 ECTS credits

Dissertation and Criminology Seminar

30 ECTS credits

English Language Requirements

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The candidate must be the holder of one of the following Bachelors degrees: Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science, Economics or Psychology, Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences, or Bachelor of Medicine formally recognised by UNIL.

Teaching language
  • French. Recommended level: C1 (please note that a very good understanding of English is necessary, since most criminology literature is published in English and a few block courses are given in English)

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Switzerland Founded in 1537, the University of Lausanne is composed of seven faculties where approximately 11,500 students and 2,200 researchers work and study. Emphasis is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close cooperation between students, professors and teaching staff. The UNIL campus is spread across three locations, the largest of which is in Dorigny, on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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