Why study IMARC


The International Master’s in Advanced Research in Criminology (IMARC) is the only existing 2-year programme in criminology that focuses on border crossing, security and social justice. The joint programme is offered by three different Universities in Europe.

IMARC deals with crucial issues ranging from the impact of the growing influx of migrants in relation to internal and external border control, transnational organised crime, human rights concerns, urban security and threats of radicalisation and terrorism, to the role of cybercrime, corporate malfeasance and the increase of hate crimes, racism and xenophobia. A major theme in addressing these current issues is the question of how to organize security as well as safeguard human rights. IMARC addresses the need for criminological expertise in the context of a common European criminal justice area coupled with challenges of internal and external border control and wider international developments.

IMARC is a full-time programme that prepares students to engage with current European developments in border-crossing, security and social justice. IMARC aims to enhance the capacity of students to apply new knowledge and advanced analytical skills to problems from an international and interdisciplinary perspective. The programme brings together learning, research and practice through collaboration with already well-established partners among which governments, ngo’s, corporate actors and other Universities, which contributes to the employability of our students.

We offer

International mobility

Intercultural exchange

Theoretical and practical perspectives on border crossing, security and social justice

A double degree (EUR + other University) and possibly a multiple degree.

Courses connected to scientific research of the highest quality

Connections with organisations in the field such as governmental bodies, NGO’s and corporate organizations

Specialization: tracks at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands), University of Ghent (Belgium) and University of Kent (UK)  

Participation in international conferences twice a year with students form other Universities (Common Study Sessions)

Focus of IMARC

Central topics are Theory & Methodology, Geo-Politics, Cities and Urban Transformations, Inclusion and exclusion, Migration, Human Smuggling and Trafficking, Culture and Hybrid Identities, Radicalisation and extremism, European Union Law and Policy on Justice and Home Affairs, and Regulation and Control.

To specialize, students choose one of four tracks at four European Universities:

  • Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands): Global flows, local dilemma’s and glocal answers
  • University of Ghent (Belgium): European Union criminal policy and justice in context
  • University of Kent (UK): Border crossing – theory, culture, power, and the global

Through IMARC you can also utilize possibilities provided by associate partners, which are: University Hassan (Morocco), University of Hamburg (Germany), Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) & Koc University (Turkey). In addition, connections with organisations in the field, among which governmental bodies, NGO’s and corporate organisations offer opportunities for research, internships and impact.

The Common Study Programme in Critical Criminology involves thirteen universities from ten countries. Twice a year, at a different location in the world, these Sessions provide you the opportunity to present papers and come into contact with fellow students. Together you will share knowledge and learn from each other.

You will receive a double degree (EUR + other university) and possibly, depending on your mobility options, a multiple degree.”

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