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Look at conflict-related crime from every angle

International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology

Do you have a deep desire to analyse, understand and help combat international crimes and gross human rights violations? Have you got a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Social- or Politial Sciences, Psychology or any other relevant discipline? And are you fascinated by conflict-related crimes, political violence, or international criminal justice?

Then join the International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology programme at the VU Amsterdam. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Check if you meet the admission requirements and apply.

  • Merit based admission

    Admission to this interdisciplinary Master’s programme is based on a relevant degree, and on merit and your fit with the programme. 

    Merit is demonstrated by academic excellence, as evidenced by your overall grade average, admission essay, academic English proficiency and recommendations. You should have a B or 7.3 as an overall average or a GPA of at least 3.

    Fit with this interdisciplinary programme is demonstrated by your motivation, CV, relevant experience (e.g. internship and (voluntary) work) and substantiated interest in conflict related crimes, political violence, international crimes and/or international criminal justice.

    These criteria are of equal importance. A somewhat lower score in one area may be compensated by a strong score in another.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU premaster or bachelor's degree at another university)

    You can apply with a Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), Criminology, Social Sciences, Political Science or Psychology or any other related subject.

    If you do not meet the abovementioned requirement you may still apply, your application will be assessed on:

    • talent and motivation
    • proficiency in research methods and techniques

    VU premaster

    The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    You can apply on the basis of one of the HBO degrees listed below in combination with a relevant premaster:

    • HBO-Rechten plus VU SchakelzoneRecht (in Dutch)
    • HBO-Rechten plus doorstroomprogramma HvA-VU (in Dutch) at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
    • HBO in Law, Criminology, Social or Political sciences or Psychology plus relevant premaster


    Your application will be assessed on:

    • talent and motivation
    • proficiency in research methods and techniques
  • I have an international degree

    Admission

    Applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), Criminology, Social Sciences, Political Science or Psychology or any other related subject can apply.

    If you do not meet the abovementioned requirement you may still apply, your application will be assessed on:

    • talent and motivation
    • proficiency in research methods and techniques.

    If you have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences, you need a completed relevant premaster to apply. The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.

    We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application. Especially students from non-EEA countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree may not be sufficient for acceptance to this Master of Science programme.

    Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

    VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their secondary or academic education in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma or have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in the EU.

    You must have passed the test no longer than two years before you start the ICC programme, the following minimum scores apply for this master:

    • IELTS: minimum total score ≥ 7.0, minimum score per test section: 6.5
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum total score ≥ 100, minimum score per test section: 22 
    • TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: minimum total score 68, minimum score per test section: 22 
    • C1 Advanced (CAE): minimum score B 
    • C2 Proficiency (CPE): minimum score C

    The proof of English proficiency can be submitted after the application deadline, but must have been received by the faculty before the start of the programme. Without an English proficiency test score which meets the specifications mentioned above, or a waiver, you cannot start the programme.

    Application

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.

    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadlines are:

    1 February  for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships

    1 April for degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries

    1 June for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    International students applying for university accommodation are strongly advised to apply before 1 April.

    Use this procedure for international degrees.
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) in VUnet: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme (maximum 1500 words)
    • essay as proof of academic writing in English: introduce and answer the following research question (maximum 1000 words including references):
      What are the differences between international crimes and (transnational) organized crime?
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified copy of academic degree or if not yet graduated: declaration from your home university with an expected graduation date
    • certified transcript of grades obtained so far
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded in VUnet, but referees may also mail their references directly to masters.law@vu.nl
    • copy of passport and copy of residence permit (if applicable)

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    If applicable to you: send your English language test score to masters.law@vu.nl, this may be sent at a later stage, but must have been received before the start of the programme.

    Decision schedule
    The Admissions Board starts reviewing applications and accepting students starting in January.

    Application dossier complete by 31 Decemberdecision in 3rd week of January
    Application dossier complete by 31 Januarydecision in 3rd week of February
    Application dossier complete by 28 Februarydecision in 3rd week of March
    Application dossier complete by 1 Aprildecision in 3rd week of April
    Application dossier complete by 1 May (EU/EEA only)decision in 3rd week of May
    Application dossier complete by 1 June (EU/EEA only)decision in 3rd week of June
  • Application

    I have a Dutch degree

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.
    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadline is 1 June.

    Use this application procedure for Dutch degrees.
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) in VUnet: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme (maximum 1500 words)
    • short research paper: introduce and answer the following research question (maximum 1000 words including references):
      What are the differences between international crimes and (transnational) organized crime?
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified transcript of grades obtained so far
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded in VUnet, but referees may also mail their references directly to admission.law@vu.nl

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    Decision schedule
    The Admissions Board starts reviewing applications and accepting students starting at the end of January.
     

    Application dossier complete by 31 Januarydecision in 3rd week of February
    Application dossier complete by 1 Aprildecision in 3rd week of April
    Application dossier complete by 1 Junedecision in 3rd week of June

    I have an international degree

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.

    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadlines are:

    1 February  for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships

    1 April for degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries

    1 June for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    International students applying for university accommodation are strongly advised to apply before 1 April.

    Use this procedure for international degrees.
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) in VUnet: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme (maximum 1500 words)
    • essay as proof of academic writing in English: introduce and answer the following research question (maximum 1000 words including references):
      What are the differences between international crimes and (transnational) organized crime?
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified copy of academic degree or if not yet graduated: declaration from your home university with an expected graduation date
    • certified transcript of grades obtained so far
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded in VUnet, but referees may also mail their references directly to masters.law@vu.nl
    • copy of passport and copy of residence permit (if applicable)

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    If applicable to you: send your English language test score to masters.law@vu.nl, this may be sent at a later stage, but must have been received before the start of the programme.

    Decision schedule
    The Admissions Board starts reviewing applications and accepting students starting in January.

    Application dossier complete by 31 Decemberdecision in 3rd week of January
    Application dossier complete by 31 Januarydecision in 3rd week of February
    Application dossier complete by 28 Februarydecision in 3rd week of March
    Application dossier complete by 1 Aprildecision in 3rd week of April
    Application dossier complete by 1 May (EU/EEA only)decision in 3rd week of May
    Application dossier complete by 1 June (EU/EEA only)decision in 3rd week of June

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Send your questions about admission and application to admission.law@vu.nl. If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink, VUnet etc., please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Are you applying with a non-Dutch diploma? Send your questions about admission and application to the International Student Advisor at the International Office, Alexander Lindemans: masters.law@vu.nl. If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink, VUnet etc., please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

Students with a non-Dutch degree are also welcome to call the International Student Advisor of the Faculty of Law, Alexander Lindemans: +31 20 598 2788

Do you have any other questions?

Send an email to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

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