Criminology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    890
    Tuition (Year)
    890
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
University rank #40 ,
The Master of Criminology programme is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of crime, public response to crime and, specifically, criminal justice in Europe and beyond. It includes instruction in general topics such as criminological theories and models of law enforcement, psychology, law and criminal justice, youth criminology and juvenile justice, and research methods.
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About

The Master of Criminology programme is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of crime, public response to crime and, specifically, criminal justice in Europe and beyond. It includes instruction in general topics such as criminological theories and models of law enforcement, psychology, law and criminal justice, youth criminology and juvenile justice, and research methods. It also includes a number of cutting-edge courses in areas where LINC professors are internationally renowned as experts: international police and judicial cooperation, political crimes and transitional justice, restorative justice, and terrorism, organised and corporate crime.

The programme is intended to prepare students for research and professional employment in national and international policy and operational agencies in the fields of criminal justice and victim assistance. It is characterised by a strong link between education and research. Students are supported by a staff of criminology experts with expertise in the field, in both its theoretical and applied aspects.

The programme has a strong international orientation and promotes a comparative approach, with special attention to the cross-border character of criminality. This strengthens students' critical and reflective attitudes, methodological skills and areas of specialisation. All students compete a thesis as part of the programme.

This is an initial master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Programme Structure

OBJECTIVES

Goals:

  • the criminological program provides an appealing specialized, European and internationally oriented and research-based study of crime and the way of dealing with it as well as the study of the processes of (de)criminalization
  • to optimize methodological skills and attitudes in order to make autonomous constructive and high standing contributions to the field as well as further research possible
  • an international and comparative approach has been highlighted in the Master program, bearing in mind however the characteristic Belgian situation

Final terms:

Knowledge:

The graduates need 1) to obtain specialized and more in-depth theoretical insights into the criminology; 2) to know facts concerning the developments and (the possible solutions for) problems in policy and practice of institutions that are involved in dealing with criminality. 3) to have specialized knowledge of recent developments in the field of methodology that allows to examine the problems from a point of legal and empirical-criminological view.

Skills:

The graduates must be able to make an autonomous contribution in the development in the search to solutions for complex social and individual questions on the field of crime and the treatment of crime. More specifically: to be able to formulate relevant challenges for further criminological research; to observe, detect and analyze the large variables and indicators; to collect information independently; to comment and report in a methodically founded statement; can possibly function in (multidisciplinary) surroundings with eye for its own input and the guarantee of its quality.

Attitude:

the graduates need to develop a discerning mind and recognize the importance of theoretical, methodological and moral reflection, both to guarantee the quality of policymaking as the quality of the own vocational practice. From an ethical notion the students develop further sensitivity for the tensions which occur at the treatment of crime and (in)security, at the individual, institutional and social level on the one hand and between these levels on the other hand.

AFTER GRADUATION

Direct access:

  • Master of European Social Security (Leuven)

Career paths:

Graduates find employment in the domains of safety, police, justice, youth care, execution of sentences and penal measures, forensic mental healthcare, as well as in private security and safety, the civil service and the non-profit sectors at the national, European and international level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

All applicants must submit as proof of sufficient knowledge of the English language, one of the following test scores: Toefl test (minimum 600 "paper based", minimum 250 "computer based" en minimum 100 "internet based"); I.E.L.T.S. test score of minimum 7; or, Cambridge-Proficiency level certificate.

Application procedures:

  • holders of a non-Flemish university degree: http://www.kuleuven.be/english/application/
  • holders of a Flemish university degree: http://www.law.kuleuven.be/education/prospective/criminology

Admission decisions are always based upon evaluation of a complete application file: http://www.kuleuven.be/application/

After admission procedure

On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community:

  • Bachelor in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven)
  • Bachelor in de rechten (Leuven) (Optie criminologische wetenschappen)
  • Bachelor of Criminology
After a preparatory programme, bridging programme or abridged bachelor programme

On the basis of the following degrees, or similar degrees, obtained in the Flemish Community:

  • Bachelor in de communicatiewetenschappen (Leuven), after Voorbereidingsprogramma: Master in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 40 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de communicatiewetenschappen (Leuven), after Bachelor in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 120 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de pedagogische wetenschappen (Leuven), after Voorbereidingsprogramma: Master in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 40 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de pedagogische wetenschappen (Leuven), after Bachelor in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 120 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de politieke wetenschappen en de sociologie (Leuven), after Voorbereidingsprogramma: Master in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 40 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de politieke wetenschappen en de sociologie (Leuven), after Bachelor in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 120 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de psychologie (Leuven), after Voorbereidingsprogramma: Master in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 40 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de rechten (Kortrijk, Leuven), after Bachelor in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 120 sp.)
  • Bachelor in de rechten (Kortrijk, Leuven) (Algemene optie, Optie economie, recht en bedrijfskunde, Optie overheidsmanagement en -beleid, Optie politieke wetenschappen), after Voorbereidingsprogramma: Master in de criminologische wetenschappen (Leuven, 47 sp.)

Through the preparatory programme (24 credits)

The applicant must hold a Belgian academic bachelor or master degree in Humanities, or hold a foreign bachelor or master degree equivalent to a degree in Political and Social sciences, Communication Sciences, Law, Psychology and Educational sciences. (Holders of other academic bachelor and master degrees could exceptionally be admitted.

The applicant must proof:

- having had a basic training in criminal law and criminal procedure (either regional, European or international)

- having had sufficient methodology training (for at least 22 ECTS) in the field of setting up a scientific research, especially concerning research design, data collection, data analysis, reporting research and statistics.

After having graduated in the "voorbereidingsprogramma" (fully taught in Dutch) (40-46 credits)

Holders of:

  • Academic bachelor degree in Psychology
  • Academic bachelor degree in Educational (Pedagogy) Sciences
  • Academic bachelor degree in Political Sciences
  • Academic bachelor degree in Social Sciences
  • Academic bachelor degree in Communication
  • Academic bachelor degree in Law

Holders of other academic bachelor upon specific admission

After having graduated in the 'verkorte bachelor in de criminologische wetenschappen' (language of instruction: Dutch) (120 credits)

1.

Holders of a:

Bachelor degree in Law

Bachelor degree in Psychology

Bachelor degree in Educational Sciences

Bachelor degree in Political Sciences

Bachelor degree in Social Sciences

Bachelor degree in Communication

Bachelor degree in Sociology

Other bachelor degree in Human Sciences

2.

Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences, upon specific admission

All other bachelor degrees in exact sciences, upon specific admission

3..

Bachelor degree in Applied Psychology

Bachelor degree in Social work

Bachelor degree in Special (remedial) Education

Bachelor degree in Nursing

Bachelor degree in Management, option (judicial practice)

Bachelor degree in Educational Sciences, upon specific admission

Other professional bachelor degrees, upon specific admission

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 890 International
  • EUR 890 EU/EEA

€ 890 (full-time), € 560 (part-time)

Funding

Scholarship and funding opportunities

EU

INCOMING

  • Central bilateral agreements - Grants for Phd students and staff
  • FWO Research Funding
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • AXA Research Fund

NON - EU

INCOMING

  • Coimbra group Scholarships programme for young researchers and professors from Latin America
  • Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme (Ukraine and Balkans)
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young Researchers from European Neighbouring Countries
  • Coimbra Group scholarships Programme for Young African researchers
  • Erasmus Mundus Partnerships
  • FWO Research Funding
  • Doctoral Scholarships in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
  • Travelling allowances for teaching staff and professors in the framework of the Interfaculty Council for Development Cooperation
  • Specialisation grants for researchers from developing countries
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for short training programme ITP (developing countries)
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for Master Programmes ICP (developing countries
  • VLIR-UOS Scholarships for ICP PhD students
  • Science without Borders Brasil (2012-2014)
  • Belgian bilateral cooperation grants for study and training for nationals of partner countries (Algeria - Benin - Bolivia - Burundi - DR Congo - Ecuador - Mali - Morocco -Mozambique - Niger - Palestinian Territory - Peru - Rwanda - Senegal -South Africa - Tanzania - Uganda - Vietnam)
  • DBOF - PhD Scholarships
  • F+ - Fellowships for incoming postdocs
  • Latin America Fund
  • EU-ALFA III (Latin-America)
  • EU-ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific)
  • EU-ASEM
  • EU-SARC (South Asia)
  • EU-SARC (South-East Asia)
  • EU - Central Asia
  • EU - ENPI (Neighbourhood and Russia)EU - Central Asia

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