Why this programme?
Forensic research is becoming increasingly important in criminal investigations and the collection of evidence. Lawyers, public prosecutors and judges experience that in their everyday work. The master’s programme in Forensics, Criminology and Law gives you insights into the different disciplines involved in the field of forensic research. You will also take a look at the part the criminal justice system plays within society. You'll take a number of compulsory courses, and you can choose from a wide range of elective courses and internship opportunities.
The big picture of criminal justice
In this multidisciplinary programme, you’ll explore the big picture of the criminal justice system. You will study subjects of different forensic disciplines, namely psychology, psychopathology, accounting and medicine, covering topics such as:
- causes and explanations of criminal behaviour
- methods of evidence collection
- human behaviours during criminal proceedings
- psychological aspects of the search for the truth in criminal law
- reliability of witness statements
- combating fraud and confiscating illegally obtained assets
- DNA search in criminal investigations and evidence collection
These topics often overlap with those of other programmes taught at Maastricht University, which is why you will be working closely with students and professors from other faculties. This allows you to profit the most from our existing knowledge base and to use it in your own programme.
You will learn through lectures and tutorial groups. The lectures will provide you with insights into the content of the programme, insights gained through scholarship as well as professional practise. The tutorial groups allow you to dig deeper into the matter at hand, using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In small tutorial groups of 10 to 12 students, you'll seek solutions to ‘problems’ taken from real-world situations or real legal cases. Instructors act as facilitators, giving help as it’s needed. This allows you to build independence and develop problem-solving skills that you’ll need in the field.
At Maastricht University, we look at things in an international context. Also within this programme, the various topics are approached from both a national and international perspective. You’ll also be challenged with differing viewpoints and experiences as you interact with staff and students from all over the world.