Leiden University

Leiden University

MSc Crime and Criminal Justice


Rapenburg 70

PO Box 9500

Leiden, Zuid-Holla 2311EZ


Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Crime and Criminal Justice

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Criminal justice is a rapidly expanding field of academic study central to the research programme and mission of The Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology at Leiden University. The concept of criminal justice alludes to the system of principles, rules, practices and institutions through which the state makes sanctions against socially undesirable behaviour. The aim of this one-year full-time master’s programme in Criminal Justice is to equip its graduates with an advanced understanding of criminal justice by providing a multidisciplinary programme addressing key institutions, processes and cross-national issues on crime (prevention), law and policy. A unique feature of the programme is its international comparative perspective, which involves an in-depth analysis of differences in criminal justice systems, legislation, and policies between common law and civil law countries and the contribution of the European Union to the harmonization of criminal law and criminal justice policies among its member states. Moreover, special attention will be paid to the major role The Netherlands have played in the development of national and supra-national crime legislation.


Accredited by the NVAO (Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organisation)

Facts & Figures

Classification: Non-U.S. Higher Ed. Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

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