Master of Criminology

University of Leuven

Application deadline: June 1 (EEA); March 1(Non EEA)
Tuition fee:
  • € 610 / Year (EEA)
  • € 610 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 60 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Master of Science in 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 in which 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. In this graduate degree programme, students study with a staff of criminology experts that have first-rate expertise in a wide range of topics, from the theoretical to the applied.

The Master's programme has an explicit international orientation that strongly promotes a comparative approach. In this way, students' critical and reflective attitudes, methodological skills and area of specialisation are strengthened.
The Master of Science in Criminology is an initial Master's programme. You can follow this programme on a full-time or part-time basis.

A successful graduate of the Master of Science in Criminology programme distinguishes him or herself from other academic and professional colleagues active in the domains of safety, police, justice, youth care, execution of sentences and penal measures and forensic mental healthcare thanks to the methodological skills and critical and reflective attitude acquired during the programme. Sectors in which criminologists are employed include policing and justice, youth care, the private sector focussing on security and safety as well as civil service and the non-profit sector.

Contents

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.

Requirements

Direct admission:

- Bachelor of Criminology
- Bachelor of Science in de criminologische wetenschappen
- Bachelor of Laws in de rechten, afstudeerrichting criminologische wetenschappen

After "voorbereidingsprogramma" (57 to 60 credits):

Bachelor's or Master's degree in Humanities and Social Sciences, i.e. Political en Social Sciences, Communication Sciences, Law, History, Arts, Archaeology, Literature, Eastern Studies, Linguistics, Classical Studies, Economics and Applied Economics, Theology, Philosophy, Canon law, Psychology and Educational Sciences

After preparatory programme (26 credits)

Bachelor's or Master's degree in Humanities and Social Sciences equivalent to Political en Social Sciences, Communication Sciences, Law, History, Arts, Archaeology, Literature, Eastern Studies, Linguistics, Classical Studies, Economics and Applied Economics, Theology, Philosophy, Canon law, Psychology and Educational Sciences, after admission decision: the admission procedure tends to check whether the student
- already had the advantage of a basic training in criminal law and criminal procedure (either regional, European or international)
- already had the advantage of 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
TOEFL (Computer-based test 250 pt., Internet-based test 100 pt., Paper-based test 600 pt.) or IELTS (7 - 7.5 pt.)
Admission decisions are always based upon evaluation of a complete application file, please consult the

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100

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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