Study programme

Below you will find the courses of the Master's programme European Criminal Justice in a Global Context.

You can also download the Master's programme European Criminal Justice in a Global Context year schedule as a PDF file for easy reference. Please note that the names of the courses may change next year.

The academic year consists of:

  • A compulsory part worth (45 EC) that comprises compulsory four major courses (30 EC) and elective modules (Capita Selecta) (15 EC).
  • A Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC).

Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC):
Programme participants also complete a research thesis. Work on the research thesis runs throughout the Master’s programme, beginning in September and ending in late June. You will fully work on the thesis in the second semester, making use of different interactive teaching methods in conjunction with an individual trajectory with your supervisor.

Educational methods

Below you can see the overview of the educational methods in this programme.        

Legal Skills Academy

The School of Law takes skills-teaching seriously, integrating professional, legal practice and academic skills into all our Masters’ curricula. Its new Legal Skills Academy puts skills-teaching in the spotlight, so that by the time you finish your Masters you have not only become proficient in the complexities of European Criminal Justice, but you also have the confidence and skills needed to perform as a professional in legal practice. Your participation in inter alia moot courts, blog-writing and simulated negotiations will give you valuable experience in applied lawyering that will help your CV stand out in a competitive job market.


The programme provides students with significant flexibility to complete practical placements. For example, undertaking an internship may entitle you to an extended enrolment in the LLM. Internships are also facilitated by the UU’s extensive network of professionals in a multitude of public and private organisations at national and international level.

Extra opportunities

Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master's programme and goes beyond the regular curriculum.

Read more about the honours programmes

Academic Calendar

Consult our Academic Calendar, where you can find more information about the Master's schedule per period, course registration periods and holidays.