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The Master Victimology and Criminal Justice at Tilburg University is the only Master's program in Europe and one of a handful of programs worldwide, focusing on victimology.
What is this master about?
Victimology can be considered the younger sister of criminology. Its object of study is the position of victims in society. Drawing upon the insights offered by law, psychology, criminology and other social sciences, victimologists look at the consequences of becoming of victim of crime, accidents or disasters with the ultimate aim of setting people on the path of recovery and restoration.
For whom is it meant?
Being the top-notch program in Victimology and Criminal Justice, this master is aimed at motivated students with educational backgrounds in criminology, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology and liberal arts.
Why study Victimology and Criminal Justice?
The Master aims at teaching students to academically analyze and professionally solve psychosocial, economic, political, and legal problems arising from victimization. It particularly focuses on the victim within the context of the criminal justice system.
Students can expect to acquire the necessary intellectual knowledge and skills to tackle victimological or related challenges in either a academic research or professional setting. With a growing need for employees with an academic background in victimology in international and national, governmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of criminal justice, health care, disaster relieve, human rights, etc. graduates of this program have a wide range of employment opportunities. The master also offers an excellent preparation for those who want to pursue a Ph D.
The Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice focuses on the phenomenon of victimization and on the interaction between victims and the criminal justice system, not only from a traditional legal standpoint, but also from a psychological, socio-political and economic perspective.
Highly-motivated students with educational backgrounds in criminology, law, psychology, sociology, anthropology or liberal arts are invited to apply for the program. Two introductory courses are designed to bridge disciplinary gaps.
Interdisciplinary, innovative, and global
The Victimology and Criminal Justice Master is the only program of its kind in Europe and only one of a handful of programs worldwide, that offers in-depth training in victimology and criminal justice at the graduate level. Insights into both victimology and criminal justice are drawn from multiple academic fields, including law, criminology, psychology, sociology, anthropology and related fields - and all from a global perspective.
First-class academic environment
Students in this program enjoy a first-class academic environment. Most lecturers are connected to or affiliated with the International Victimology Institute Tilburg, a world-class center that is part of the Tilburg Law School and Tilburg University. INTERVICT maintains an impressive network with institutions and academics involved in the field of victimology. Students are taught by renowned scholars from within and outside Tilburg University as well as by practitioners. The content of the program is regularly updated to reflect developments in the academic field of victimology but also in practice.
Interactive learning & top facilities
Small class sizes of not more than 50 students ensure that students enjoy both a high degree of individual attention and greater interaction in class with their fellow classmates and professors. Learning takes place at Tilburg University within the premises of Tilburg Law School. All lecture rooms are equipped with the latest audio-visual and other teaching facilities.
Outstanding career prospects
The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides students with outstanding preparation for a future career dealing with victims and related issues. Graduates have employment opportunities within a wide range of institutions and organizations both nationally and internationally, in the public and private sectors.
The curriculum of the one-year Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice consists of 60 ECTS. Five compulsory courses must be completed along with two elective courses. All compulsory and elective courses comprise 6 ECTS. A Master's thesis of 18 ECTS must be written on a topic within victimology and/or criminal justice. A presentation on and defence of the thesis are part of the final examination.
Please be aware that the curriculum and course information is subject to change.
Two preparatory courses are available for students to bridge the disciplinary gaps in their educational backgrounds. These courses take place in August, before the start of the academic year. Students with law or liberal arts backgrounds are required to take the course Introduction to Research Methodologies in Social Sciences. Students with a background in psychology, sociology, anthropology or criminology are required to take the course Introduction to law.
These courses are compulsory unless students are able to demonstrate a proficiency in both law and the social sciences. Senior and junior staff from INTERVICT who have social sciences or legal backgrounds are also available to tutor any students finding these areas of the program challenging.
Students from different disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to work together throughout the program on group assignments and when preparing for exams to share mutually complementary knowledge.
Tilburg University offers scholarships for both prospective and current students.
Scholarships for prospective international Master and PhD students
At Tilburg University we are committed in supporting financially talented and motivated students to study in our graduate programs. Below you will find a short description and a link to various types of scholarships which can help you finance your study at Tilburg University.
Please note that the number of scholarships are limited and mainly targeted at students with excellent study results. We therefore recommend you to carefully read the requirements and deadlines.
Scholarships sponsored by Tilburg University
- Tilburg University Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Scholarship and tuition waiver for excellent non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
- TSH - Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Scholarship for excellent EU/EEA students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg School of Humanities.
- TSB - Scholarship for Academic Excellence
Scholarship for excellent EU/EEA students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
- CentER Scholarships
Scholarship for excellent students enrolling in a Research Master's degree program at Tilburg School of Economics & Management.
- Erasmus Mundus Scholarship: IMSE
Scholarship for excellent EU- and non-EU students enrolling in the International Master in Service Engineering (IMSE) at Tilburg School of Economics and Management.
- IMMIT Scholarships
Scholarship for both excellent EU- and non EU-students enrolling in the International Master in Management of IT (IMMIT) at Tilburg School of Economics and Management.
- Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship China
Tuition waiver for outstanding Chinese students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
- Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship Indonesia
Tuition waiver for outstanding Indonesian students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
- Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship Korea
Tuition waiver for outstanding Korean students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
- Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship Mexico
Tuition waiver for outstanding Mexican students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
- Tilburg - Orange Tulip Scholarship Taiwan
Tuition waiver for outstanding Taiwanese students enrolling in a Master's degree program at Tilburg University.
Scholarships and Loan Programs in cooperation with Tilburg University
- NFP Scholarship
The Netherlands Fellowship Program is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and offers a scholarship to students from more than 60 different countries. The NFP Scholarship is designed to promote capacity building, and is applicable to PhD programs or to one of the following Master study programs at Tilburg University:
- LLM in International Business Law
- LLM in International and European Public Law
- LLM in Law and Technology
- MSc in Human Resource Studies
- MSc in Sociology
- MA in Communication and Information Sciences
- MA in Management of Cultural Diversity
- Research Master in Law
- Research Master in Language and Communication
- Research Master in Philosophy
- Research Master in Theology
- StuNed Scholarship
Scholarship available for Indonesian professionals with at least two years of work experience in a development-related organization.
- Conicyt Scholarship
Scholarship available for Master and PhD candidates from Chile. Tilburg University offers an additional tuition waiver.
- COLFUTURO Scholarship
Loan-scholarship available for Master and PhD candidates from Colombia. Tilburg University offers an additional tuition waiver.
- SENECYT Scholarship
Scholarship available for Master and PhD candidates from Ecuador. Tilburg University offers and additional tuition waiver.
- UAF Scholarship
Scholarship available for refugees and asylum seekers who would like to pursue their study program at a Dutch University.
- China Scholarship Council Scholarship
Joint Scholarship Program for Chinese Master and PhD students, who will take a Master program or full PhD study or period of PhD dissertation research at Tilburg University.
- FIDERH Scholarship
Scholarship available for Mexican citizens, with a bachelor's degree, that have an unconditional offer for a Master or PhD.