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Forensics, Criminology and Law

Course Description

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.

Entry Requirements

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 in law have 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-exam and will be interviewed on their academic skills and their motivation.

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