Forensics Criminology and Law Maastricht University

Forensics, Criminology and Law at Maastricht University: Why this programme?Forensic research is becoming increasingly important in criminal investigations and the collection of evidence. Lawyers, public prosecutors and judges experience that in their everyday work. The master’s programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law gives you insights into the different disciplines involved in the field of forensic research. You will also take a look at the part the criminal justice system plays within society. You'll take a number of compulsory courses, and you can choose from a wide range of elective courses and internship opportunities.

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  • MA
  • English
  • Full time

Why study Forensics Criminology and Law at Maastricht University?

Do you aspire to build a career in law or as a forensic consultant in business or in government? And would you like to be better prepared for this, with additional knowledge about crime and how evidence is obtained?  If so, the master’s programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law (FCL) can help you get there.

You will dive into the world of forensic psychology, accounting and medicine, and will continuously analyse these disciplines in relation to the law. You will develop an understanding of why forensics increasingly plays a decisive role in solving crimes and in getting the perpretrators convicted. You will also learn to identify the limits of how forensic techniques and insights can be applied.

Thanks to the programme's multidisciplinary approach to crime and criminal justice, in addition to the usual legal professions, you can also look for work in law enforcement agencies, psychiatric services or policy functions within the Ministry of Justice.


Students work in tutorial groups, collaboratively seeking practical solutions to open-ended, real-world problems. Instructors act as facilitators, giving help when and where it is needed. This allows you to build independence and develop research skills. Problem-Based Learning is well suited to the broad-based nature of the master’s programme. Problem-Based Learning requires you to be proactive in setting learning goals. In tutorial groups you will actively engage your peers over matters of forensics, criminology and law, helping you build the academic skills necessary for your career.

  • Psychology and law
  • Advanced Criminal Procedure
  • Forensic psychopathology
  • Criminological perspectives
  • Criminalistics and Forensic DNA
  • Evidence
  • Effective criminal defence
  • International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Court
  • Organisational crime

The master programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law is designed for students with various educational backgrounds. Students with a bachelor's or master's degree in law have direct access to the programme but may have to hand in an IELTS or TOEFL test result. Students with other educational backgrounds have to pass an entrance-exam and will be interviewed on their academic skills and their motivation.

Criteria for assessing applications:
  • CV Screening
  • Motivation letter
  • References
  • Examination

Applicants who are non-native English speakers and have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS test with a minimum overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 paper-based (PBT), 233 computer-based (CBT) or 90 internet-based (iBT)
  • Cambridge examinations CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with grade A, B or C or CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) with grade A, B or C+


Admission Requirements:
  • Bachelor
  • Equivalent qualification
Contribution to selections: YES
Maximum number of students admitted: 50
Cost of the master: Not declared
UM Career Services aims at assisting students in a successful preparation for their future career. This goal is achieved by providing students with the required education, information, advice and counselling. In addition UM Career Services links students of Maastricht University to the job market in various ways.

  • Job posting
  • Multimedia resources: links/e-books
  • Dedicated office
  • Assessment tool (strenghts, weaknesses, attitude etc.)
  • International opportunities
  • Companies presentations
  • Careerday
  • Careerday per area (finance, HR, etc.)
  • Support in CV writing
  • Orientation seminars
  • Interview preparation
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