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Look at conflict-related crime from every angle

International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology

As a graduate in International Crimes, Conflict and Criminology, you’ll have the ability to critically analyse empirical, legal and socio-legal studies and texts. You’ll you’ll also be equipped with excellent writing skills, as you’ll be well trained in drafting academic texts and policy documents.

During the programme, you’ll be studying with a select group of highly skilled and motivated students from various backgrounds and nationalities. This diversity only adds to the exchange of knowledge and experiences. In recent years, lawyers, journalists, criminologists, psychologists, sociologists, historians and many others have taken this programme. Alumni come from across the globe, including Rwanda, Colombia, Afghanistan, Armenia, Sudan, the United States, Canada and the EU. VU Amsterdam is the only university in the Netherlands, and one of the few universities in the world, to offer a programme like this– giving you truly unique skills and experience to kick off your international career.

What can you do after your Master's degree?

Start working or continue your research

The career opportunities are as fascinating as they are wide-ranging. After graduating, you could look forward to a career in:

  • International criminal courts and tribunals
  • National prosecutions services and police
  • Secret Services and intelligence organisations
  • Europol or Eurojust
  • United Nations or International Organisation for Migration
  • Intergovernmental organisations such as the UN or IOM
  • Human rights organisations
  • Refugee organisations
  • Ministries and think tanks
  • Universities or other research institutes
  • Private sector: insurance companies, consultancy
  • Journalism (potentially freelance)
  • Documentary making

With your excellent analytical, methodological and writing skills, you’ll also be well prepared for a PhD trajectory. For those students wanting an academic career, we also offer the faculty-wide Research Talent Track – a huge advantage if you want to brush up on your research skills.