Program Victimology and Criminal Justice

The Master's program Victimology and Criminal Justice consists of 60 ECTS:

  • 1 compulsory optional subject (3 ECTS)
  • 8 compulsory subjects (39 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis (18 ECTS)

Many students combine Victimology with a second master, work or an internship. If possible, lectures are scheduled on three fixed days in the week.

Check the study guide for more information about the courses and the program structure.

If you are a current student in this Master’s program, then please check the exact requirements in the  Teaching and Examinations Regulations for the exact requirements! 

Compulsory optional subjects

Two preparatory courses are available for students to bridge the disciplinary gaps in their educational backgrounds. Introduction to Law and Introduction to Research Methodologies in Social Sciences. These courses take place in the first week of the academic year.

  • Students with law or liberal arts backgrounds are required to take the course Introduction to Research Methodologies in Social Sciences (3 ECTS)
  • Students with a background in psychology, sociology, anthropology or criminology are required to take the course Introduction to law (3 ECTS)

The preparatory courses are compulsory unless students are able to demonstrate a proficiency in both law and the social sciences. After admission, students will receive information about which course they need to follow.

Senior and junior staff from INTERVICT who have a background in social sciences or law will recommend literature for students who find these areas of the program challenging.

Compulsory subjects

Fall semester (September - December)

  • Current Issues in Victimology I (3 ECTS)
  • Ethics and Victimology (6 ECTS)
  • Theories and Perspectives on Victimization (6 ECTS)
  • Victimization and Health (6 ECTS)
  • Victims in National and International Criminal Justice (6 ECTS)

Spring semester (February - June)

  • Current Issues in Victimology II (3 ECTS)
  • Psychology and Law (3 ECTS)
  • Victimization of Vulnerable Groups (6 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis Victimology and Criminal Justice (18 ECTS)

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.


Dr. Suzan van der Aa, Program Coördinator

Suzan van der Aa

"My colleagues at the International Victimology Institute and I are thrilled that we can translate the experience our institute has gained through years of victimological research into this new Master.

An enthusiastic team of lectures from different disciplinary backgrounds who share a common interest in victimology and criminal justice will introduce students to the multiple facets of victimhood and victim empowerment."

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