The International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology



The International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC) is the only existing 2-year programme in criminology that focuses on border crossing, security and social justice. The joint programme is offered by four different Universities in Europe.

IMARC deals with crucial issues ranging from the impact of the growing influx of migrants in relation to internal and external border control, transnational organised crime, human rights concerns, urban security and threats of radicalisation and terrorism, to the role of cybercrime, corporate malfeasance and the increase of hate crimes, racism and xenophobia. A major theme in addressing these current issues is the question of how to organize security as well as safeguard human rights. IMARC addresses the need for criminological expertise in the context of a common European criminal justice area coupled with challenges of internal and external border control and wider international developments.

IMARC is a full-time programme that prepares students to engage with current European developments in border-crossing, security and social justice. IMARC aims to enhance the capacity of students to apply new knowledge and advanced analytical skills to problems from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The programme brings together learning, research and practices through collaboration with already well-established partners among which governments, NGO's, corporate actors and other Universities, which contributes to the employability of our students.

The Universities involved in the programme, all 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 main aim of the Strategic Partnership is bringing this expertise together and developing a balanced and innovative curriculum with a number of common activities and courses (mainly in the field of global criminology, research methods and transferable skills) and optional courses in order to provide the possibility to follow different tracks. ln addition, IMARC will include innovative, interactive teaching methods, in which the strengths of both face-to-face student-lecturer contact, informal learning and social media are optimised.

The Universities in this consortium are:

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Law, Criminology Department (coordinator) (the Netherlands)
  • Ghent University, Department of Criminology, Criminal Law & Social Law (Belgium)
  • University of Kent, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research (UK)


The IMARC programme is embedded in a wider network of collaborating organisations, which ensures contact with and access to organisations that are relevant to the programme as well as future employment. This way, IMARC contributes to improving the quality of higher education in the field of criminology and prepares you for engaging with current issues in policy and practice.

Associate universities

In addition to the four Universities, you can also visit associate Universities to do research for your Master’s thesis:

  • University of Hamburg, Institute for Criminological Social Research (IKS) (Germany)
  • Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, School of Law (Hungary)
  • Université Hassan 1er, Settat (Morocco)
  • Koç University (Istanbul), Sociology Department (Turkey)

Organisations in the field

IMARC has built a large network with over 40 organisations in the field of border crossing, security and social justice. Among these organisations are international and national governmental bodies, NGO’s and commercial companies. These organisations collaborate with IMARC by offering internships and assisting with research and data collection for thesis research, providing input for the curriculum, and advising on the relation between the educational programme and the work field.



Erasmus University Rotterdam
Burg. Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA Rotterdam

Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands


University of Ghent
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25
Gent, Belgium

Ghent, Flanders, Belgium


SSPSSR, Faculty of Social Sciences, Cornwallis North East, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF
Canterbury, England, United Kingdom


University of Bologna - Faculty of Law
Via Zamboni, 22, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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