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Towards a professional career

As a graduate with an MA in Global Criminology, you’ll have the skills and training to become a researcher on global crime issues, with a strong orientation in qualitative research methods. You could conduct further research at a university (usually through writing a doctoral thesis) or at research institutes (NGOs, commercial research offices, etc.). 

The programme also offers you an excellent foundation for a career in any sector dealing with growing forms of global crime, including public, private and non-governmental organisations (both domestic and international) that are active in areas such as illegal markets, migration, terrorism, environmental crime, fraud and financial regulation. Additional career opportunities exist in the areas of law and social reform, policy making, law enforcement and research, particularly for positions within international organisations or organisations with significant international scope.

After finishing your study, you can work as:

  • Practitioner/policy maker/project manager
  • Researcher (mainly on global crime issues)

Practitioner/policy maker/project manager
This programme offers excellent preparation for a career in different functions as a practitioner, policy maker, project manager or senior advisor in any sector dealing with growing forms of local and global crime, including all public, private and non-governmental international organisations that are active in criminology relevant topics (e.g. illegal markets, prisons, migration, terrorism, environmental crime, finance regulation, recidivism). Career opportunities exist in the areas of law and social reform, policy making, law enforcement and research, with a special emphasis on positions within international organisations or organisations with significant international scope.

Researcher
The MA in Global Criminology offers you the opportunity to become an academic or scientific researcher on global crime issues, with a strong ethnographic orientation. You’ll acquire the skills and training to conduct further research either at a university (usually through, at least initially, the completion of a doctoral thesis) or at a research institute (NGO, commercial research office, etc.).

PhD ceremony

Towards an academic career

On average, Utrecht University School of Law has 40 PhD students who are working under the supervision of a professor towards the title ‘Doctor of Law’. A PhD programme typically takes four years, during which you will produce and submit a thesis. We also encourage you to establish yourself as a researcher during this time by publishing articles related to your research and contributing to seminars and conferences. We have an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching and our academics are at the cutting edge of scholarship. If you wish to find out more about studying our 2-year LLM Master's programme Legal Research, or openings for paid PhD positions, please go to vacancies

Criminological research at the Willem Pompe Institute

The MA in Global Criminology curriculum closely reflects the staff’s research interests and expertise. Criminological research at the Willem Pompe Institute at Utrecht University is multidisciplinary and critical, with a strong international and comparative dimension. The research staff work on both small and larger research projects, mainly in cooperation with anthropologists, psychologists and criminal lawyers. The research is predominantly based on qualitative and ethnographic methods (fieldwork) combined with normative and legal approaches.

Facts and figures

The Job Market Monitor indicates that many alumni from Utrecht University School of Law programmes find jobs immediately after graduating. At an average of four months post-graduation, all of them have found employment. A small percentage goes on to follow a PhD programme or other study after their Master. Many students come into contact with their future employer during their Master, for example during their internship, at a career fair or while carrying out (thesis) research on behalf of an organisation or business. The Utrecht University Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance has strong links with practice.

 

Alumni Stories

Have a look at the testimonials to get an impression of the jobs that alumni of the MA in Global Criminology have obtained. Or browse the LinkedIn profiles below to see some of our graduates in Global Criminology.