MSc in Victimology and Criminal Justice

Tilburg University

Program Description

MSc in Victimology and Criminal Justice

Tilburg University

MSc in Victimology and Criminal Justice

The Master Victimology and Criminal Justice at Tilburg University is the only Master's program in Europe and one of a handful of programs worldwide, focusing on victimology.

What is this master about?

Victimology can be considered the younger sister of criminology. Its object of study is the position of victims in society. Drawing upon the insights offered by law, psychology, criminology and other social sciences, victimologists look at the consequences of becoming of victim of crime, accidents or disasters with the ultimate aim of setting people on the path of recovery and restoration.

For whom is it meant

Being the top-notch program in Victimology and Criminal Justice, this master is aimed at motivated students with educational backgrounds in criminology, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology and liberal arts.

Why study Victimology and Criminal Justice?

The Master aims at teaching students to academically analyze and professionally solve psychosocial, economic, political, and legal problems arising from victimization. It particularly focuses on the victim within the context of the criminal justice system.

Students can expect to acquire the necessary intellectual knowledge and skills to tackle victimological or related challenges in either a academic research or professional setting. With a growing need for employees with an academic background in victimology in international and national, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of criminal justice, health care, disaster relieve, human rights, etc. graduates of this program have a wide range of employment opportunities. The master also offers an excellent preparation for those who want to pursue a Ph D.


The curriculum of the one-year Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice consists of 60 ECTS. Five compulsory courses must be completed along with two elective courses. All compulsory and elective courses comprise 6 ECTS. A Master's thesis of 18 ECTS must be written on a topic within victimology and/or criminal justice. A presentation on and defence of the thesis are part of the final examination.

Preparatory courses

Two preparatory courses are available for students to bridge the disciplinary gaps in their educational backgrounds. These courses take place in August, before the start of the academic year. Students with law or liberal arts backgrounds are required to take the course Introduction to Research Methodologies in Social Sciences. Students with a background in psychology, sociology, anthropology or criminology are required to take the course Introduction to law. These courses are compulsory unless students are able to demonstrate a proficiency in both law and the social sciences. Senior and junior staff from INTERVICT who have social sciences or legal backgrounds are also available to tutor any students finding these areas of the program challenging. Students from different disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to work together throughout the program on group assignments and when preparing for exams to share mutually complementary knowledge.

Career Perspective

Victim-related issues are of increasing interest within academia, policy-making, and the public and the private sectors at both the national and international levels. Graduates of the Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice are in high demand by institutions and organizations dealing with victims of crime and/or human rights violations, such as:

  • ministries
  • local governments
  • victim support or assistance bodies
  • national, European and international public or private institutions dealing with victims of crime and/or human rights violations

Furthermore, with the growing importance of victims' rights in criminal justice systems, graduates of this Master's program can expect to embark on a rewarding career in victim-related services within judiciaries.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 5, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2016
1 year
Full time
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1st of April for non-EU/EEA citizens / 1st of July for EU/EEA citizens.
Start date Aug. 2016
Netherlands Tilburg
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1st of April for non-EU/EEA citizens / 1st of July for EU/EEA citizens.
End date July 24, 2017
Duration 1 year
Price Free
1998 euro EU/EEA, 14000 euro non-EU/EEA