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Course Description

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.


- 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.

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.

Entry Requirements


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