MSc Forensic and Legal Psychology Program By Erasmus University Rotterdam |Top Universities

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Main Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree MSc
  • Study Level Masters
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Fees(EUR) 15700-
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep

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Approximately 10% of all 13,000 psychologists in the Netherlands who are member of the Dutch Association of Psychologists (NIP) are forensic psychologists. Meanwhile, forensic psychologists are in numbers by far the most influential forensic experts (NRGD).
This master programme will teach you how to become a forensic psychologist, either in practice, or as a scientific researcher. You can alternatively choose to prepare for a career as legal psychologist. Bear in mind that forensic psychologists study criminal irresponsibility, while legal psychologists study the strength of (criminal) evidence. These two fields are related yet distinct.
The curriculum consists of 3 courses (including practicals and assignments) that are relevant for forensic and legal psychology, an advanced statistics course, a research internship, and either a forensic practical internship or a moot court. The first three courses are:
1) Introduction to forensic and legal psychology,
2) Etiology of offender types and neuroscience,
3) Forensic diagnostics and treatment.
In these courses, there is much attention for psychological influences on crime, and functional, neuroscientific concepts of misconduct and crime. The fourth course is uniform for all psychology masters: A course in advanced statistics.
In the second semester, students who wish to pursue a career in forensic (neuro)psychology complete a practical and research internship. Students who wish to specialize in legal psychology complete a research internship and an elaborate moot court assignment in which they practice doing legal psychological research and writing legal psychological reports. Depending on personal interest, topics can be chosen such as deceptive behaviour in psychopathy, neuroscience of antisocial behaviour, or the validity of eyewitness testimony.

About University

A unique institution based on the concept of a "multicultural classroom", Erasmus University Rotterdam blends high-quality education with an enriching global perspective.

International rankings name Erasmus University among the world’s leading players, and students recommend the institution for the quality of the lectures, expertise of the staff and opportunities in preparation for a successful career.

International students

Located in the Netherlands in the city of Rotterdam, Erasmus University is known for its global mindset, offering the chance to join a truly international environment. The university has 5,000 international students, comprising just under 20% of the whole student body. Furthermore, 40-60% of students enrolled in English-taught programs come from outside the Netherlands.

Financial aid

Erasmus University offers different types of scholarships and financial aid based on students’ needs. It also offers guidance for students who are eligible for grants offered by the Dutch government.

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Erasmus University's main campus was designed to offer students everything they need in a place where they feel safe. In addition to excellent study areas and a modern library, students can also eat at the Food Court or get active in the sports center. The campus is also home to a grocery store, bike shop, hair salon, bar and many more facilities - it's like a mini city!

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Erasmus University offers both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, covering the following subjects:

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