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International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology at at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Conflicts lead to looting, killing, recruitment of child soldiers, genocide – and even terrorism. They can also lead to cross-border crimes such as human trafficking, kidnappings and wildlife crimes. International organisations, NGOs and governments are confronted with questions about how to prevent and respond to these criminal acts, and how to deal with their harmful consequences. But a lack of knowledge means that effective responses often never get off the ground.

 

This Master’s programme is unique in several ways: literally, in that it’s not offered by any other university in the world. But also in its scope, because you’ll learn to combine insights and methodologies from several different disciplines: criminology, law, psychology, sociology and political science. And finally, VU Amsterdam is close to The Hague – home to the UN’s International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court – the legal capital of the world. This programme will truly prepare you for an international career in the field.


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International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology

International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology is a one-year, full-time programme taught entirely in English. You’ll learn to analyse why people commit crimes in times of conflict (etiology), how to measure and investigate these crimes (prevalence), and what modes of Transitional Justice exist (reaction).

 

In this programme you’ll have active discussions about international criminal law, and you’ll get the chance to apply criminological, sociological and psychological theories and methods to real-world case studies. Those might include the genocide in Rwanda and the civil war in former Yugoslavia; conflict and terrorism in Syria, Libya and Iraq and transitional justice processes in Colombia, South Africa, Angola and Afghanistan.

 

The ultimate aim of the programme is to understand why and in what contexts criminal acts take place, and what the suitable responses should be. The courses use many different disciplines to approach conflict-related crimes – including insights from criminology, sociology, psychology, international criminal law and political science. But this isn’t just an academic programme – it’s training for your professional career. You’ll have the tools to look at the evidence objectively, get hands-on experience in the field, challenge criminological theories, draft up policies to fight crime, and develop strategies to prevent future crimes. Plus, you’ll get to visit all the important legal institutions in The Hague, while international experts regularly teach guest lectures and provide research seminars.

 

Teaching staff of the International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology programme conduct research at the Centre for International Criminal Justice (CICJ). As a Master’s student, you will be the first to hear about the outcomes of the research carried out, since the results will be incorporated in your lectures. If your grades are particularly high, you might be invited to take part in the research projects run by CICJ and the selective International Law Clinic course.

 

Throughout the year, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in guest lectures, excursions, documentary nights and study trips. These activities are organised either by teaching staff or by students who participate in the social committee. For more information, and to get an impression of past activities, visit our Facebook page!


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International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology

As a graduate in International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology, you’ll have the ability to critically analyse empirical, legal and socio-legal studies and texts. You’ll you’ll also be equipped with excellent writing skills, as you’ll be well trained in drafting academic texts and policy documents.

 

During the programme, you’ll be studying with a select group of highly skilled and motivated students from various backgrounds and nationalities. This diversity only adds to the exchange of knowledge and experiences. In recent years, lawyers, journalists, criminologists, psychologists, sociologists, historians and many others have taken this programme. Alumni come from across the globe, including Rwanda, Colombia, Afghanistan, Armenia, Sudan, the United States, Canada and the EU. VU Amsterdam is the only university in the Netherlands, and one of the few universities in the world, to offer a programme like this– giving you truly unique skills and experience to kick off your international career.


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International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology

I have an international degree


Admission

Applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), Criminology, Social Sciences, Political Science or Psychology or any other related subject can apply.

If you do not meet the abovementioned requirement you may still apply, your application will be assessed on:

  • talent and motivation
  • proficiency in research methods and techniques.

If you have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences, you need a completed relevant premaster to apply. The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.

We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application. Especially students from non-EEA countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree may not be sufficient for acceptance to this Master of Science programme.

 

Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their secondary or academic education in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma or have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in the EU.

You must have passed the test no longer than two years before you start the ICC programme, the following minimum scores apply for this master:

  • IELTS: minimum total score ≥ 7.0, minimum score per test section: 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum total score ≥ 100, minimum score per test section: 22 
  • TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: minimum total score 68, minimum score per test section: 22 
  • C1 Advanced (CAE): minimum score B 
  • C2 Proficiency (CPE): minimum score C

 

The proof of English proficiency can be submitted after the application deadline, but must have been received by the faculty before the start of the programme. Without an English proficiency test score which meets the specifications mentioned above, or a waiver, you cannot start the programme.


 

I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU premaster or bachelor's degree at another university)

Admission

You can apply with a Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), Criminology, Social Sciences, Political Science or Psychology or any other related subject.

If you do not meet the abovementioned requirement you may still apply, your application will be assessed on:

  • talent and motivation
  • proficiency in research methods and techniques


VU premaster

The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.


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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam De Boelelaan 1105
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities, Law, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Amsterdam

Field of study

Humanities, Law, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science

Language

English

Start

winter semester - September

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 1 year

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 16630 EUR / year

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