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Gain a true understanding of international crimes

International Crimes and Criminology is a one-year, full time programme. It is taught fully in English. The programme deals with international crimes in a broad framework. The focus is on the role of individuals, groups, states and the international community. You will gain insight into the psychology of perpetrators, get acquainted with criminological theories on organisational processes and discuss political issues in the international arena. In class we often talk about subjects like torture, rape and genocide. This can be emotionally demanding, but the ultimate aim is to take an academic approach to these topics and to try and understand why and in what contexts such acts take place.

You learn to analyse what makes people commit international crimes (etiology), are trained how to measure and investigate these crimes (prevalence) and challenged to critically reflect on various modes of transitional justice (reaction). You do so by discussing important concepts of international criminal law and by applying criminological, sociological and psychological theories and methods to international crimes.
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diplomaMSc International Crimes and Criminology
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma

Waarom aan de Amsterdam VU?

ICC-students visit all the important legal institutions in The Hague, while international experts regularly teach guest lectures and provide research seminars. High performing students can follow the selective course 'International Law Clinic', in which they occupy a position as Research Associate with the Netherlands Office of the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). In 2016 VU University will also send a team to participate in the yearly ICC Moot Court Competition.
In the rapidly developing field of supranational criminology there is a dire need for theoretically sound and empirically based knowledge. A better understanding of the underlying dynamics that lead to international crimes can help criminologists and legal experts to draft plans for effective intervention in explosive situations. VU University Amsterdam is the only university in the Netherlands and one of the few universities worldwide to offer this specialization. This means that you will possess unique skills when you successfully complete the Master's programme.

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Expert course
International Crimes
International Criminal Courts and Tribunals
Master Thesis
Perpetrators and Bystanders
Research Methodology


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet65% zelfstudie
20% theorie
15% praktijk
The goals of this Master's programme are:
  • To measure and map international crimes;
  • To define and conceptualize international crimes;
  • To map the consequences and measure the costs of international crimes;
  • To study the causes of international crimes;
  • To analyse ways to effectively prevent, stop and react to this type of criminality.
The following subjects are covered in the programme:
  • Violence in Sudan, the genocide in Rwanda, Syria, Libya, Iraq
  • The War on Terror and Abu Ghraib
  • The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Social psychology: Stanford Prison and Milgram experiments
  • Corporations as perpetrators of international crimes: the oil and mining industry
  • Modern bureaucracy and Hannah Arendt's banality of evil;
  • The history and political context of the ad-hoc tribunals and the International Criminal Court
  • Geneva Conventions, Convention Against Torture, Genocide Convention
  • Command responsibility, superior orders, joint criminal enterprise;
  • Case law: Nuremberg trials, Milošević, Taylor, Karadžić, Lubanga, Gbagbo

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend
For both Dutch and international students, it is possible to send in an application from as early as November in the academic year preceding the academic year you would like to start with the programme. The ICC Admission Board starts reviewing applications and accepting students in January and continues to do so until all available places are filled. Therefore early application is strongly advised.
The deadlines for application are:
1 April for students from outside the EU.
1 June for all other students. Please note: if international students apply after 1 April, we cannot guarantee accommodation for you.

Please note that the deadline for applying for the VU Fellowship scholarship programme is usually set to 1 March. If you wish to apply for the scholarship, both the scholarship application and the application for the programme should be completed simultaneously.

toelaatbare profielen
WO bachelortoelaatbaar
WO mastertoelaatbaar

The main focus of selection will be on GPA or an overall grade average. Students should at least have a B or 7.3 as an overall average or a GPA of at least 3.
Other factors which will be taken into account in addition to the GPA:

  • A student's level of interdisciplinarity
  • Mark and content of the bachelor or master thesis
  • Relevant experience (internship and work)
  • General impression of the candidate such as shown interest in international crimes, letter of motivation, letter of recommendation, proof of academic writing

VU University Amsterdam requires all applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. For Dutch students or students already residing in the Netherlands it's possible to take the institutional TOEFL test that the VU University Amsterdam offers.

Applicants must have at least a Bachelor's degree in Criminology, Law, Social Sciences or Political Science. Applicants who do not meet this requirement are also encouraged to apply, provided that they have a sound academic background and a demonstrated interest in and knowledge of international crimes.

The Master's programme International Crimes and Criminology is accessible to both Dutch and international students. It is up to the Admissions Board to decide on the selection of students. Each year the programme is open to a limited number of students only. Applicants must have a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Criminology, Law, Social Sciences, Political Science or any related subject, and a special interest in political violence, international crimes or other gross human rights violations. Students also need to hand in several additional documents, like a cv and motivation letter. For more information on admission, see

studie kosten
bron: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
bedrag kostenpost
€ 500studiematerialenper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
424kamerhuur in Amsterdamboven landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1292totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


45 studenten volgen deze opleiding
89% daarvan is vrouw
17 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
76% daarvan is vrouw
22357 studenten aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
57% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Amsterdam

115129studenten studerend
47168studenten woonachtig   
€ 424gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
21 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Lisa-Claire Hutchinson
Lisa-Claire Hutchinson (Australia), International Crimes and Criminology

International Crimes and Criminology combines two of my passions. Prior to taking this programme, I had studied the domestic application of Criminological theory, and my exposure to International Law was confined to its legal context. Exploring the two disciplines together now is such an eye-opener!

Reconciling the social science and the legal perspectives challenges students' assumptions regarding the adequacy of past international criminal outcomes and encourages us think critically and flexibly about how the commission of international crimes might be averted in the future...

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Mohammed Khater
Mohammed Khater (Sudan), International Crimes and Criminology

I am from Sudan and I worked for several years for the International Committee of the Red Cross. The programme in International Crimes and Criminology gives me the unique opportunity to compare the practical side of the work that I have done for the Red Cross with its theoretical component.

The subjects in the programme reflect reality and they give me a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the field. It requires quite some effort, intellectually as well as emotionally, but it's so valuable that I can recommend it to anyone...
Study facilities like Blackboard are outstanding and the general atmosphere is great: very collegial and personal.

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Feiten en / studie in cijfers

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In 2017 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

International Crimes & Criminology aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is beoordeeld door 13 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

Na de studie

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

On completing the programme, you will be able to objectively assess empirical data, critically comment on theoretical notions and assess legal documents. On the practical side, you will be able to draft policy documents, develop preventive strategies and carry out fieldwork.
Successful graduates of the Master's programme are equipped to embark on careers in a variety of organizations such as:
  • International criminal courts and tribunals
  • Human rights organizations
  • Refugee organizations
  • Government departments
  • Universities or other research institutes
  • Intergovernmental organizations

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