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The International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology

International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC)

Rotterdam, Netherlands

2 Years


Full time

30 Jun 2024

Sep 2024

EUR 2,530 / per year *


* Institutional fee Dutch/EEA-students: €4500 per year, Non-EEA students: €9,000 euro per year


The International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC) is the only existing 2-year programme in criminology in research-oriented criminology with a focus on border crossing, security and social justice, offered by two different Universities in Europe. The need for IMARC follows from the ways in which globalisation, information and knowledge flows change crime and crime control and from continuous efforts of the EU to build a common criminal justice area within its external borders. Large-scale regular and irregular migration and geopolitical conflicts invite new questions that involve national and international actors and require joint international approaches to current European and worldwide developments. IMARC addresses the need for highly qualified, interdisciplinary and internationally oriented criminologists that can offer original and relevant analyses and develop innovative, effective and ethical solutions to advance academic research, policy and practice.

The Universities involved in the programme, Erasmus University Rotterdam (coordinator), Criminology Department (the Netherlands) and Ghent University, Department of Criminology, Criminal Law & Social Law (Belgium), have an ample, albeit different research and teaching expertise in the field of criminology, with special regards to the border crossing, security and social justice. The programme brings together learning, research and practice through collaboration with well-established partners, which include universities, government agencies, public authorities, non-governmental organisations, and private enterprises. IMARC fosters cooperation and dialogue with organisations and civil society, which strengthens academic and societal relevance of the programme and facilitates the development of transversal skills, thus contributing to the employability and citizenship skills of our students. IMARC includes innovative, interactive teaching methods, in which the strengths of both face-to-face student-lecturer contact, informal learning and social media are optimised.

The study program in a nutshell

We offer:

  • Critical theoretical and practical perspectives on border crossing, security, and social justice.
  • Qualitative and quantitative criminological research skills. One year is allocated to the curriculum for conducting research. In this way, the program meets the research ambitions of excellent students who want to grow into research positions.
  • Engagement in research and being open-minded to reflect and respond to new developments and current discussions in criminology and the work field of borders, security, and social justice.
  • The program brings together learning, research, and practices through collaboration with already well-established partners among which governments, NGOs, corporate actors, and other Universities, contribute to the employability of our students.
  • Participation in international conferences, twice a year with students from other universities (Common Sessions).
  • You will have the possibility to attend a joint master's program devoting special attention to research mobility and intercultural exchange.
  • Upon successful completion of the Joint Master’s Programme, you will be awarded a double degree: the national degree of the university where you spent at least one semester.

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