You may start your application without letters of reference. We will start the selection procedure under the condition you will provide us with the requested documents at a later stadium. Send us your application using this email address (imarc@law.eur.nl). Application via the website is not possible without these documents.

Please indicate with your application the estimated date for the missing documents.

We have extended the deadline for application for EEA-students. Also, the Dutch government has decided to extend the current study residence permits for 9 months. If withdrawals are caused by potential restrictions due to corona measures taken by either IMARC or student’s home country, tuition fees will be entirely reimbursed. 

All three universities of IMARC guarantee that every student who enrols will be offered a full educational programme, whether on campus (if possible), online, or a mixture of the two. We have developed an imaginative, flexible and student-friendly approach to the online dimensions of IMARC. Moreover, students are represented in the governance of the programme and we are able to respond quickly to any new circumstances. Our digital libraries remain open and accessible in this period, with extended access to e-books, journals and other resources.

In case test centers or admission-document issuing authorities are closed, you should inform us when you apply. If documents or tests (such as English tests, certified copies of diploma and transcripts) are unavailable due to restrictive measurements, deadlines may be postponed on individual basis and only upon agreement with the IMARC office. We proceed with the application procedure and will evaluate your admission with reservation of the missing documents.

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. 

In IMARC we expect you to be familiar with SPSS (or similar statistic software) and NVivo or Atlas TI. You could check MOOC courses , e.g. https://www.coursera.org/specializations/social-science (Methods and Statistics in Social Sciences Specialization). This is free for read only. You’d have to pay in case you desire a certificate. Of course you are free to choose your own way of gaining better understanding of quantitative research. In either case, this will help you a lot in the IMARC programme.

If you feel your knowledge is not sufficient yet, you could always consider to take courses on criminological knowledge. All courses related to transnational crime, migration, border crossing, social justice and security are very interesting to attend. For your general criminological knowledge it is always wise to read the book of Carrabine (Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, 2014). Also, we can recommend you to read a comprehensive overview written by Tim Newburn (Criminology, 2013) which provides an introduction to the fundamental themes, concepts, theories, methods and events that underpin the subject and form the basis for all undergraduate degree courses and modules in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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 we expect you have skills and experience with multivariate analyses in SPSS.

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 elaborate on how the courses in your previous education meet the criteria on deviance and social control.

The IMARC programme is a joint programme with a double or multiple degree. All students will be awarded with 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) will obtain a degree from the university of their track.

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’s Programme, knowledge of questions of deviance and social control and sufficient knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Applicants must demonstrate the ability to listen, speak and write in the English language because all classes of the programme are taught 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.

In semester two, some courses offered by EUR are open for non-IMARC students. Please check with the IMARC coordinator.

Unfortunately, at this moment IMARC does not offer funding for our (non)-EEA students. On the central website of the Erasmus University you can find more general information on financial matters: https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/financial-matters. Another practical website is  https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/immigration/visa-or-residence-permit/non-eu-students-coming-rotterdam-2.

You can send your diplomas at a later stage. In case you are 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: € 174,=;

The costs of living in the Netherlands are € 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 enrolment process. You can reclaim your living costs (€ 21.600,=) as soon as you have arrived in the Netherlands. The amount will be reimbursed to you in one batch after your reclaim.

We accept the following:
• IELTS (International English Language 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 IELTS test centre in the area of your country.

You do not need to use a format for your reference letter. Guideline is one page (A4). Former teachers and employers both are suitable, as long as they speak about your work experience, skills, expertise, personal qualities, and/or academic performance. The letter can also be written by a colleague, client, or someone else who can speak positively about you.

Student housing is not arranged for you by IMARC; it is your own responsibility. We can imagine that this can be a  struggle for some of you. You are encouraged to arrange housing directly after a succesful application. To help you get started in the first semester, we organized a webinar on the Rotterdam Housing Market that you can review online. If you have not arranged residence yet, we strongly advise you to start looking for accommodation as soon as possible to avoid stress and disappointment. All information can be found at:

Webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pwt-YKmRZIE

You can have any type of insurance as long as it also covers your stay in the Netherlands, so you do not need to take out a new one if your current one suffices. Please check with your insurance company for the policy.

Start and finish dates semester 1: 31 Augustus 2020 – 18 December 2020

Start and finish dates Semester 2 (approximately)

  • EUR: January – June. Exams July
  • UGhent: February-May. Exams May -July
  • UKent: Mid January –  April

Semester 3 and 4: research, no modules.

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