All courses related to qualitative and quantitative methods and basic principles of research design will give you basic knowledge.

Courses on qualitative data collection methods vary using unstructured or semi-structured techniques, ethnography and interview techniques. For quantitative methods,  courses on interpreting and analyzing statistical analysis (correlation, regression) sampling and sample design with multivariate analyses in SPSS, or similar statistic software such as NVivo or Atlas TI, will provide basic knowledge. 

All courses related to social justice, deviance and control can give you basic knowledge: (E.g. Crime and control in social context, introduction to criminology, policing, justice, punishments, human rights). A good introduction is the book of Carrabine ea. (2014): Criminology: A sociological introduction

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Fussey, P., Hobbs, D., South, N., Thiel, D., & Turton, J. (2014). Criminology: A sociological introduction. Routledge.

The IMARC programme is a joint programme with a multiple degree. All students will be awarded the degree of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), as the first semester is offered here. Students having spent at least one semester at one other university (Ghent or Kent).

The final ranking is made on the basis of your academic credentials and academic performance, strength of the motivation letter, affinity of the previous studies with the objectives of the Master Programme, knowledge of questions of deviance and social control and sufficient knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

You must show evidence of proficiency in English. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to listen, speak and write in the English language because all classes of the programme are held in English. Supervision of master theses is also in English.

If you hold a first degree or higher degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction, you do not need an IELTS test. Your C1 certificate will be sufficient.

The first semesters runs from September – December. The second semester starts after the season holidays, in general the first week of January and ends in June or July (subject to local university schedules).


  • Assessment first semester: Globalization & Crime: last week October. Assessment other courses: paper & assignments.
  • Assessment second semester: subject to local university schedules

We require 15 ECTS as sufficient knowledge (for this we use the average standard of our partner universities, being 1 ECTS for approximately 25 study hours). In your motivation we ask you to motivation on how the courses in your previous education meet the criteria on deviance and social control.

We require 15 ECTS as sufficient knowledge (for this we use the average standard of our partner universities, being 1 ECTS for approximately 25 study hours). The IMARC is a research master  and expects you have skills and experience with multivariate analyses in SPSS.

At this moment our master does not offer funding for our (non)-EEA students. On the central website of the Erasmus University you’ll find more general information on financial matters: https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/financial-matters.

You can send your diploma’s at a later stage. In case you’ll be submitted to the master, your final graduation and diploma is subject to enrolment.

Non-EEA students must be able to provide documented proof that they have sufficient financial means to cover:

  • Your tuition fee: € 9,000 per year for non-EEA/EU students;
  • The immigration fee: € 171,=;

The costs of living in the Netherlands (which is € 900 for every month of your stay in the Netherlands). You have to pay this in one batch (2 year IMARC programme: € 21.600,=) , at the start of the enrollment process. You can reclaim your living costs (€ 21.600,=) as soon as you are in The Netherlands. The amount will be reimbursed to you in one batch soon after your reclaim.

We accept the following:
• IELTS (International English Testing System)
• TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
• Cambridge Certificate Advanced English (CAE). We do not accept Institutional TOEFL test scores.
The test results must not be older than two years. You can arrange a test by contacting a TOEFL or IELT test centre in the area of your country.

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