The IMARC programme is divided into four semesters:

  • The programme starts at EUR, where you take several basic theoretical and methodological courses in criminology, focusing on international criminology in general and border crossing, security and social justice in particular.
  • In the second semester, you choose a specialization track at one of the three Universities.
  • It is possible to move to another University or location in the third semester for an internship or to do fieldwork for your thesis. If you follow the EUR track, moving to another University is mandatory under the mobility rules (two Universities during the programme). For other tracks, you may also stay at the University within that track.
  • In semester 4 you write your Master’s thesis under supervision of the University at which you follow the track.
EUR track
UGhent track
UKent track

Joint semester 1 at EUR Core themes and advanced research methods

EUR specialization: Global flows, local dilemmas and glocal answers

UGhent specialization: European Union criminal policy and justice in context

UKent specialization: Border crossing – theory, culture, power, and the global

EUR*  —or—

UGhent  —or—

UKent  —or—

EUR thesis supervision

UGhent thesis supervision

UKent thesis supervision

* Students who follow the EUR track are obliged to take semester 3 at another University.

  • Globalisation, digitalisation and crime
  • Border crossing, security and social justice
  • Analysing criminal policies in a global perspective
  • Advanced research methods

EUR track: Global flows, local dilemmas and glocal answers

  • Urban issues, culture and crime
  • Migration, radicalisation and control
  • Cross-border organised crime
  • One course includes Common Studies Session
  • One elective course from list: Human rights in international law; or International criminal law and procedures; or Philosophy of human rights 

UGhent track: European Union criminal policy and justice in context

  • Advanced European criminal policy
  • Advanced European and international asylum and migration law and policy
  • Critical criminology and the criminal justice system I
  • One course includes Common Studies Session
  • Two elective courses from list:
    – Organised crime
    – Sexual offending, prostitution and human trafficking
    – Financial and economic crime
    – Cybercrime, technology and surveillance

UKENT track: Border crossing – theory, culture, power and the global

  • Three elective courses from list:
    – Critical and global criminology
    – Cultural criminology
    – Prisons and penal policy
    – Race, difference and belonging
    – Terrorism and modern Society
    – One course includes Common Studies Session

Semester 3: Preparing and doing research

  • Research module I: Where the local meets the global
  • Research module II: European Union criminal policy and justice in context
  • Research module III: Global discourse and narratives of crime
  • Research module IV: Power relations and abuse of power

Semester 4: Writing the Master’s thesis

  • Master’s thesis
  • Presentation

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