For the master's programme Forensics, Criminology and Law selection takes place on the basis of your quality and suitability. For this your motivation, prior qualifications and your (professional) experience are important.
All applicants should meet the general requirements:
- write a letter of motivation,
- submit a letter of recommendation,
- demonstrate proficiency in English.
Please check below whether additional requirements apply to you.
Also check the required documents under Admission and registration
Graduates from a Dutch or Belgian university bachelor’s or
master’s programme in Criminology
You are eligible for admission to the master’s programme Forensics, Criminology and Law.
No extra requirements apply to you.
Graduates from an acknowledged university bachelor’s or
master’s programme in Law
You are eligible for admission to the master’s programme Forensics, Criminology and Law if you have a university bachelor’s degree in Law. Most European academic law programmes give direct access to the master FCL, as well as a number of non-European Law programmes. The master coordinator has a final say in relation to the eligibility. An Introductory course in criminology, psychology and law, forensic psychiatry or forensic psychology is recommended.
Graduates from other university bachelor’s
or master’s programmes
If you have another educational background, it is up to the master coordinator to decide whether your academic background is suitable, and your motivation sufficient, for participation in the master FCL. If so, you will be invited to do an entrance-exam. You’ll have to pass this exam to get access to the master programme.
Read more about the Entrance exam in Forensics, Criminology and Law
1. Write a letter of motivation
All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme.
2. Submit a letter of recommendation
All candidates should provide one relevant letter of recommendation.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in English
Language requirements for English-language master programmes
In this study programme English is the language of instruction, therefore you have to be proficient in the English language. A minimum level corresponding to academic IELTS 6.5 (IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5 & writing 6.5, or an overall score of minimum 7) is required for this study programme.
In case one or more of the conditions below applies to you, you automatically fulfill to the language requirement for this study programme:
- English is your native language*
- You have completed your preparatory training in a country where English is the national language and language of instruction in education (such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States)
You have completed a WO study programme in the Netherlands
- You have completed an English-language HBO or WO study programme
- You have completed an International or European Baccalaureate (IB)
- You can adhere to the language requirement in a different way, for example by obtaining an IELTS, a TOEFL-, TOEIC or a Cambridge certificate (or similar certification).
- Are you a student with a non-EER degree and you want to study in an English-language master programme? Then the guidelines of the Code of Conduct International Student apply. The Code of Conduct requires a language test.
* Definition of a native speaker:
a) someone who has followed education in English during 6 (or more) of his formative years (between 6 and 18 years old)
b) Someone who has completed a study in English language/literature (bachelor).
If UM, however, has reasonable doubts about your language skills, UM can set additional requirements to demonstrate the required language level.
Non-EEA students must pay a €100 handling fee
Non-EEA students who apply for this master's programme will have to pay a handling fee. Your application will not be taken into consideration without the required fee of €100 (excl. bank costs) which you will have to pay when you apply.
The handling fee is to cover certain administrative costs in relation to your application.