MSc Psychology: Psychology and Law

Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Program Description

MSc Psychology: Psychology and Law

Maastricht University, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience

Master of Science (MSc) Psychology - Specialisation in Psychology and Law

How reliable are eyewitness testimonies? Which tests can you use to detect malingers? And how do you predict the risk of recidivism? You'll explore topics like this in the specialisation in Psychology and Law. This programme, the only one of its kind in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, includes courses on topics such as lie detection, eyewitness testimonies, interrogation techniques and false confessions. By combining theory with practical skills, you’ll be equipped with all the training you need to pursue a career in police investigation units, juvenile offenders’ institutions, child protective services and high-security forensic facilities.>

Programme outline

The specialisation in Psychology and Law is underpinned by two important elements: research and testing. The specialisation consists of five courses:

  • Eyewitnesses and victims: provides you with insight into the psychology of eyewitnesses and victims.
  • Perpetrators and defendants: examines different types of offenders and offending behaviour. You'll also learn to analyse these behaviours in the context of legal questions.
  • Experts and their decisions: focuses on the role that experts play in judicial decision-making. You'll also explore the validity of expert opinions.
  • Forensic neuropsychology: familiarises you with the assessment of neuropsychological disorders.
  • Public policy in legal psychology: focuses on the basics of writing public policy in legal psychology.

The literature for these courses consists of various research papers taken from experimental, applied and forensic psychiatric journals. During the second semester, you'll complete a research internship and write your thesis.

English, but with Dutch examples

The theoretical part of the specialisation in Psychology and Law is taught in English. However, you should be aware that many examples and illustrations are drawn from the Dutch judicial system, such as the TBS system (the part of the penitentiary system responsible for mandatory psychiatric treatment on behalf of the state). You’ll also discuss important cases that have made an impact on the psychology and law field in the Netherlands. One important difference in the Netherlands is that legal decisions are made by judges rather than juries. In the practical part of this specialisation, you’ll also visit Dutch court hearings and forensic settings.

Admission Requirements

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Psychology & Law
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 1, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 1, 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
May 31, 2017
Start date Sept. 1, 2017
Netherlands Maastricht
Application deadline May 31, 2017
End date Aug. 31, 2018
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
per year; €14000 for non-EU/EEA students