I appreciated the effort to create a diverse student body
This Master's programme equips you with critical thinking and research skills through engaging courses, supported by seminars that facilitate in-depth discussions in smaller groups. You also have the opportunity to go on study-related trips. I experienced exceptional qualities right from the start, thanks to the dedicated care and effort shown by the programme coordinators. As an international student, I appreciated the effort to create a diverse student body, consisting of both international and Dutch students, which fed different perspectives and only enriched the experience. Even after finishing the programme, I still maintain a strong connection with the university and its lecturers. I also had the privilege of presenting my thesis research at the Dutch Association of Criminology, where I received recognition for the best criminology research among Dutch universities. During my thesis I was encouraged to explore new methodologies, including web crawling technologies, and to adopt mixed theoretical approaches.
Subsequently, I pursued a career in the intelligence and management consultancy field and continue to explore opportunities to guest lecture at Utrecht University, as I remain motivated to combine research and real-world applications to make a meaningful impact in the fields of digital, organised crime and security!
Amanda Brincat (Malta)
MA Global Criminology
It is a small-scale informal, though professional, programme in which constant interaction is key
Today, I’m still very happy that I made the choice to do a second master. The Master’s programme in Global Criminology was a completely new experience at Utrecht University and went beyond my expectations! It is a small-scale informal, though professional, programme in which constant interaction is key. The lecturers are all very passionate and knowledgeable about a broad range of socially relevant subjects, and they really enthuse and inspire you about exploring and carrying out qualitative research and critical thinking. This programme doesn’t include any exams, instead you have to write papers on a regular basis, give presentations and write a thesis. You get a lot of freedom - and responsibility - to choose your topics for all these assignments, which enables you to place your own interests in a criminological perspective. As a result of this active learning approach, you gather solid research skills and in-depth knowledge about different subjects in a relatively short time frame.
From the start of my master, I had a special interest for global issues such as environmental crime, organizational crime and crimes of the powerful. During the programme my interest in the field of green criminology - and especially food crime - increased. Therefore, I was pleased that after completing the Master’s programme, I could start working at the criminal investigation service (IOD) of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA). I worked at the NVWA-IOD for five years, in different intelligence and research positions. I gained a lot of practical experience, as well as specific knowledge about the food and agricultural system and juridical frameworks. However, at some point I missed being intellectually stimulated. Therefore, I was really glad that a teaching position at the criminology department of Utrecht University opened up and that I can now call myself a staff member!
Anne Mariet (The Netherlands)
MA Global Criminology
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