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Look at conflict-related crime from every angle

International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology

Do you have a deep desire to analyse, understand and help combat international crimes and gross human rights violations? Have you got a Bachelor’s degree in Law, Social- or Politial Sciences, Psychology or any other relevant discipline? And are you fascinated by conflict-related crimes, political violence, or international criminal justice?

Then join the International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology programme at the VU Amsterdam. Check here whether you meet the admission requirements and find out how to apply.

Check if you meet the admission requirements and apply.

  • Merit based admission

    Admission to this interdisciplinary Master’s programme is based on a relevant degree, and on merit and your fit with the programme. 

    Merit is demonstrated by academic excellence, as evidenced by your overall grade average, admission essay, academic English proficiency and recommendations. You should have a B or 7.3 as an overall average or a GPA of at least 3,2.

    Fit with this interdisciplinary programme is demonstrated by your motivation, CV, relevant experience (e.g. internship and (voluntary) work) and substantiated interest in conflict related crimes, political violence, international crimes and/or international criminal justice.

    These criteria are of equal importance. A somewhat lower score in one area may be compensated by a strong score in another.

  • I have a Dutch university level (WO) bachelor’s degree (VU bachelor's degree, VU premaster or bachelor's degree at another university)

    Admission

    You can apply with a Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), Criminology, Social Sciences, Political Science or Psychology or any other related subject.

    If you do not meet the abovementioned requirement you may still apply, your application will be assessed on:

    • talent and motivation
    • proficiency in research methods and techniques

    VU premaster

    The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master. Instead, students who require a premaster to qualify for this master can take a premaster in the field of their bachelor degree (Law, Criminology, Social or Political sciences, Psychology or other relevant field for the ICC master).

  • I have a Dutch higher vocational education (HBO) bachelor’s degree (premaster)

    Admission

    You can apply on the basis of one of the HBO degrees listed below in combination with a relevant premaster:

    • HBO-Rechten plus VU SchakelzoneRecht (in Dutch)
    • HBO-Rechten plus doorstroomprogramma HvA-VU (in Dutch) at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
    • HBO in Law, Criminology, Social or Political sciences or Psychology plus relevant premaster


    Your application will be assessed on:

    • talent and motivation
    • proficiency in research methods and techniques
  • Application with a Dutch degree

    Application

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.
    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadline is 1 June.

    Use this application procedure for Dutch degrees but please upload the documents as mentioned below and not the documents mentioned on the general application procedure webpage. The other website can be used for general information about the application procedure but mentions a different set of documents. 
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) on your VU Dashboard: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme (maximum 1500 words)
    • short essay as proof of academic writing in English: introduce and answer the following research question (maximum 1000 words including references):
      What are the differences between international crimes and (transnational) organized crime?
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified transcript of grades obtained so far
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded on your VU Dashboard, but referees may also mail their references directly to admission.law@vu.nl

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    Decision schedule

    Application dossier complete by 21 Marchdecision by 31 March
    Application dossier complete by 1 Junedecision by 15 June
  • I have an international degree

    Admission

    Applicants with an academic Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB), Criminology, Social Sciences, Political Science or Psychology or any other related subject can apply.

    If you do not meet the abovementioned requirement you may still apply, your application will be assessed on:

    • talent and motivation
    • proficiency in research methods and techniques.

    If you have a degree from a University of Applied Sciences, you need a completed and relevant premaster to apply. The faculty does not offer a pre-master for this master.

    We use the UK Naric comparison system and the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes to assess your application. Especially students from non-EEA countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree may not be sufficient for acceptance to this Master of Science programme.

    Proof of sufficient proficiency in English

    VU Amsterdam requires all international applicants to take an English test and to submit their score as part of the application. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their secondary or academic education in the Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an international Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma or have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in an accredited English-taught programme in the EU.

    You must have passed the test no longer than two years before you start the ICC programme, the following minimum scores apply for this master:

    • IELTS: minimum total score ≥ 7.0, minimum score per test section: 6.5
    • TOEFL iBT: minimum total score ≥ 100, minimum score per test section: 22 
    • TOEFL Paper-delivered Test: minimum total score 68, minimum score per test section: 22 
    • C1 Advanced (CAE): minimum score B 
    • C2 Proficiency (CPE): minimum score C

    The proof of English proficiency can be submitted after the application deadline, but must have been received by the faculty before the start of the programme. Without an English proficiency test score which meets the specifications mentioned above, or a waiver, you cannot start the programme.

  • Application with an international degree

    Application

    First check whether you meet the admission requirements.

    You can apply from 1 October. The application deadlines are:

    3 January (with complete dossier) for international students applying for one of the VU scholarships

    1 April for degree holders from non-EU/EEA countries

    1 June for degree holders from EU/EAA countries

    Important: all international students applying for university accommodation and non-EU/EEA students who need a visa or resident permit are strongly advised to apply well before 1 April. To get a decision in time, your application dossier must be complete by 21 March.

    Use this procedure for international degrees but please upload the documents as mentioned below and not the documents mentioned on the general application procedure webpage. The other website can be used for general information about the application procedure but mentions a different set of documents. 
    For this Master’s programme you must upload the following documents (PDF) on your VU Dashboard: 

    • letter of motivation, explaining why you wish to join the programme (maximum 1500 words)
    • short essay as proof of academic writing in English: introduce and answer the following research question (maximum 1000 words including references):
      What are the differences between international crimes and (transnational) organized crime?
    • curriculum vitae
    • certified transcript of records (graded) obtained so far in English. If you have already obtained a bachelor's or master's degree please also upload this.
    • 2 letters of recommendation from academic referees (if possible including the ranking position of the applicant); we prefer digital copies uploaded on your VU Dashboard, but referees may also mail their references directly to masters.law@vu.nl
    • copy of passport and copy of residence permit (if applicable)

    Only complete dossiers will be considered. We may ask for additional information on your academic record if this is deemed necessary to come to a decision.

    If applicable to you: send your English language test score to masters.law@vu.nl, this may be sent at a later stage, but must have been received before the start of the programme.

    Decision schedule

    For students applying for a VU Scholarship only:

    Application dossier complete by 3 January

    decision by 15 January
    Application dossier complete by 21 Marchdecision by 31 March
    Application dossier complete by 1 Junedecision by 15 June

Want to know more?

Don't hesitate to contact us!

Are you applying with a Dutch diploma? Send your questions about admission and application to admission.law@vu.nl. If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink, your personal dashboard on vu.nl etc., please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl

For general questions, please send an e-mail to contact@vu.nl

Call us on +31 20 5985000 (on working days from 10.00 till 16.00)

International diploma applicants

International diploma applicants are welcome to send an e-mail to masters.law@vu.nl or book a phone appointment to get in touch with the International Student Advisor of this programme

If you have questions about the tuition fee, Studielink or your personal dashboard on vu.nl, please contact the Student Desk: studentdesk@vu.nl.

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