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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)

    Admission

    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)

    Admission

    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
  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Application

    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 but please upload the documents as mentioned below and not the documents mentioned on the general application procedure webpage. The other website can be used for general information about the application procedure but mentions a different set of documents. 
    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 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 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

    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 and 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 with an international degree

    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 but please upload the documents as mentioned below and not the documents mentioned on the general application procedure webpage. The other website can be used for general information about the application procedure but mentions a different set of documents. 
    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 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 transcript of records (graded) obtained so far in English. If you have already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree please also upload this.
    • 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
  • Academic year 2021-2022

    VU Amsterdam expects all students to be able to attend classes on campus again as of September. We look forward to meeting you on campus. If you live abroad and are unable to come to the VU Amsterdam campus in September due to strict travel restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to offer an online alternative for this study programme. We advise you to start your study at VU Amsterdam a year later. Should the current events concerning Covid-19 in the Netherlands give rise to changes in (online) education, we will report it on the website. 

  • Coronavirus: additional information admission

    This measure only applies to students who are pursuing a Bachelor's degree in an EEA country.

    If you will have nearly completed your Bachelor's degree on 31 August 2021, then you may be able to start the Master's degree programme on 1 September 2021 if you meet the conditions of the corona measure. You will be required to complete your Bachelor's degree during the 2021-2022 academic year.
    Completing your Bachelor abroad while starting a Master at Vrije Universiteit is very difficult, we do not recommend it. We advise you to complete the Bachelor first and apply again next year.

    Conditions you must meet by 31 August 2021 to be eligible for the measure:
    - you have been selected for the programme; and
    - the missing credits are corona related; and
    - you meet the language requirements by 31 August 2021; and
    - you have obtained at least 162 ec (or 90%) of the curriculum of your Bachelor's degree.

    Additionally the following stipulations apply:
    - the provisional admission is only valid for academic year 2021-2022;
    - you have obtained your visa/resident permit no later than 31 August 2021;
    - before you can start the Master thesis, you must demonstrate to the thesis coordinator that you have successfully completed your Bachelor thesis;
    - the Master's degree can only be obtained after you have formally completed your Bachelor's degree;
    - if you do not complete your Bachelor's degree by 31 Augustus 2022, you cannot continue with the Master's programme until you do; completed courses will remain valid for 4 years. 

    Submit a request :
    If you meet the conditions mentioned above, you can submit a request to be exceptionally admitted to the Master's programme. Send the request no later than 1 August  2021 via this form. We require a scan of your official transcript(s) as proof that you meet the conditions.
    If you qualify during August, you have until 31 August 2021 to prove this, until then we will keep your request under advisement.

    If you cannot meet the conditions by 31 August 2021, there is no point submitting a request.

    Please note: if you were exceptionally admitted for academic year 2020-2021 (i.e. without a completed Bachelor’s degree), then you cannot apply for this measure again for academic year 2021-2022.

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?

For general questions, please send an email to contact@vu.nl.

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

Or send a Whatsapp message to +31682548367