Career prospects Victimology and Criminal Justice

Victim-related issues are of increasing interest within academia, policy-making, and the public and the private sectors at both the national and international levels. Graduates of the Master in Victimology and Criminal Justice have found employment in institutions and organizations dealing with victims of crime and/or human rights violations, such as ministries, local governments, victim support or assistance bodies, national, European and international public or private institutions dealing with victims of crime and/or human rights violations.

Examples of job positions and employers are...

Students have found positions at the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) as interviewer, at the public prosecutor's office as policy officer to the implementation of the Youth Act, at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as evidence reviewer, at several universities as PhD candidate, as researcher at Victim Support the Netherlands.

Furthermore, with the growing importance of victims' rights in criminal justice systems, graduates of this Master's program can expect to embark on a rewarding career in victim-related services within judiciaries.

Be well prepared for your future career

Coordinators and lecturers of the program advise students to work on their resume and, for instance, do an internship; get good grades; participate in study trips and other activities organized. Students are made aware that they have to 'stand out'. During the program and after graduation students are informed about job vacancies and activities related to victimology.

Meet our alumni


Leonie Bakker

Leonie Bakker

'I really enjoyed doing an internship during my study. I experienced a lot of freedom to do this and it is actually encouraged to gain work experience during the master'.

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Esther van de Watering

Esther van de Watering

'Plan early to get relevant work experience and work hard both in your job or jobs and in your studies. I never thought that grades were very important at a postgraduate level, but I now realize that getting a good degree does makes a difference – more in some job applications than in others, but the effect is still significant'.

Read about Esther's experiences after graduation


Vusi Kweyama

Vusi Kweyama

'The world needs victimologists who genuinely care about the plight of victims, not just victimologists who treat victims as subjects of study for academic papers, but as people in need of the services of those who have broader knowledge.'

Read about Vusi's experiences after graduation


Alice Bosma

Alice Bosma

'The Master’s program on Victimology & Criminal Justice showed me a whole field of research from many different perspectives, which gave me the feeling that I was finally starting to get a helicopter view of a whole discipline rather than just tackling separate legal problems'

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Eva Mulder

Eva Mulder

'The Master’s program borrowed insights from many different academic fields: not just psychology and law but also sociology and philosophy. This approach encouraged us not only to be critical but, perhaps even more importantly, to be open-minded when evaluating situations or examining concepts such as ‘justice’.'

Read about Eva's experiences after graduation





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