Alumnus Ruben Timmerman:
Alumna Fieke Veringa:
Alumna Sylvia van Swieten:
My lecturers continuously challenged me, all year long
The Master’s programme in Global Criminology at Utrecht University thoroughly prepared me for a career as a criminologist. The programme offered enough freedom to develop the knowledge and skills required for the subject that has my keen interest: cybercrime. The programme offered in-depth lectures about qualitative research methods and analyses. All year long, my lecturers continuously challenged me. They encouraged us to push further than we thought we were capable of. For me, being pushed that little bit further meant I got far better results. We were not only challenged during lectures and work groups, but also during extracurricular activities. Criminological excursions were organised in Utrecht and Amsterdam and, twice a year, we were able to attend international conferences for student-criminologists from all over the world, entitled the Common Sessions.
The lecturers boast a wide network, useful for gaining working experience. In my case, I was able to start at the FIOD, which is the criminal investigation service of the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. The FIOD was interested in launching an academic study into cybercrime, a subject I – partly due to the support of my lecturers – was able to contribute to. As a result of the combination of independence and proper support, I was able to positively complete the internship and subsequently achieve my degree.
The FIOD also observed the qualities I gained from completing the Criminology Master’s Programme. They have employed me as a researcher into financial cybercrime, a position I would not have achieved without this programme.
MA in Global Criminology