Study programme

The Master’s programme begins with two compulsory courses in Period 1: 

  • Critical Reflection on Criminology 
  • Advanced Methodology 

After following these courses, you follow three other modules in the second period: the third compulsory course (Cultural Criminology), and two elective courses out of the following four:

  • Cross Border Crime
  • Crimes of the Powerful 
  • Green Criminology 
  • Digital Criminology

Below you can find the courses of Global Criminology. 


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

    Research thesis

    Programme participants also complete a research thesis. Work on the research thesis runs throughout the Master’s programme, beginning in December and ending in August. 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.


    You will also have the chance in the second semester to undertake an internship in the Netherlands or in another country, provided it relates to your thesis project.

    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 Gobal Criminology, 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.

    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

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