Do you want to understand the role of Mexico in the cocaine trade, why a Dutch multinational dumps waste on an African country, or how young Dutch Muslims are recruited for fighting in Syria? Are you curious about phenomena such as Internet fraud, food criminality or mobile banditry? Old and new forms of global crime are rapidly expanding, as are the means to control it. The Netherlands serves both as a major crossroad in the illegal flow of goods, people and services and as a key host for international organisations such as Europol, Greenpeace and the International Criminal Court. Drug trafficking, human trafficking, international terrorism, corruption, environmental harm, financial and corporate crime and conflicts over natural resources all have global dimensions. Tackling these issues requires modern instruments that transcend national boundaries.
You can choose from two distinctive tracks within the Global Criminology programme. Find out more about the following tracks:
- Global Crime
- Crime, Punishment and Security
There is a growing demand for qualified researchers, legal practitioners and policy makers who can address these and comparable issues. Are you a multidisciplinary expert or criminologist who wants to make a significant contribution to the field? Are you someone who wants to work in the field of law and social reform – or any sector dealing with growing forms of local and global crime control? Do you want to be part of a Master’s programme with students from different continents? Then the MA in Global Criminology at Utrecht University is the right choice for you!
The MA in Global Criminology is a one-year Master’s programme that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to work with local and global crime issues, crime policies and crime control strategies. The programme offers a multidisciplinary, critical and comparative perspective in criminology, open for students with a BA degree in law, criminology, social sciences, or any other related social discipline such as economy, history or media studies, to name a few.
Developing essential skills
During this programme, you’ll study key issues such as organised and corporate crime, prison systems, security policies or the relation between ethnicity and crime. You will also develop essential skills that will benefit you in both your professional and personal life. You will be able, among other things, to:
- Develop good insight into the causes and consequences of local and global crime.
- Analyse the behaviour of offenders from different disciplines and perspectives.
- Critically assess and evaluate criminal policies and the criminal justice system;
- Understand the cultural aspects of criminal phenomena;
- Conduct independent criminological research using qualitative research methods and connect the results with criminological theories.
- Present research results to an audience of both specialists and non-specialists.
The Global Crime track concentrates on topics such as the illicit movement of goods and people, crime as a cultural phenomenon, environmental crime, crimes of the powerful and human rights violations. Particular attention is given to cross-border crime and crime control as well as to crime and deviance in Eastern Europe and the Global South. The lectures are given by both local senior staff researching in these fields (Siegel, van Uhm, Zaitch), guest lecturers who have a particular expertise in issues like arms trade, financial markets or transnational migration, and practitioners from different organizations dealing with these issues.
Crime, punishment and security
The Crime, Punishment and Security track focuses on diverse reactions to crime and deviance, including those from public and private security agencies, prisons and probation, alternative sanctions, cyber-intelligence bodies, juvenile courts, mental institutions, and other forms of public and media reactions to crime. While the topics studied in this track also (mainly) concern global issues, the accent here is on different forms of reactions to them by a range of private and public actors (criminal justice system, police, prison, regulatory authorities, media, international bodies, etc.). This track is especially interesting for those students who are interested in working in the fields of security, compliance or penology. Lecturers involve own staff (Oude Breuil, Nagy), guest experts and practitioners from the fields of security and penal institutions.
This program is legally recognized and accredited by the Accreditation Organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO).