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About us Faculty of Law International programmes LLM programmes 2021-2022 Global Criminal Law

Programme requirements and structure

(Image: The anonymity of the internet has opened the door to new kinds of international criminal activity over the past 20 years)

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Important notice
If you are a new incoming student for the 2020-2021 academic year, please read here.
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The Global Criminal Law programme is a one year long, full-time programme. The language of instruction and examination in the programme is English.

Programme requirements
In order to obtain an LLM degree in Global Criminal Law a candidate must successfully complete a total of 60 ECTS:
a. Six compulsory courses*:

  • Comparative Criminal Law (6 ECTS)
  • Criminal Procedure and Human Rights (6 ECTS)
  • Cybercrime and Cyber Security (6 ECTS)
  • International Crimes (6 ECTS)
  • International Criminal Tribunals and Courts (6 ECTS)
  • Organised and Financial Crime (6 ECTS)

b. The seminar International Cooperation in Criminal Matters (6 ECTS)
c. Master’s thesis (18 ECTS)

* Students who already took one of the compulsory courses in their Bachelor can apply for an exemption for such a course through the Board of Examiners. An extra course(s) should be chosen to replace the exempted course(s).


Programme structure
All programmes consist of six courses (minimum), a seminar and the writing of a thesis. The academic year in Groningen runs from the first week of September to the end of August and is divided into two semesters of two blocks each. Each lecture block is followed by periods of examinations.


The Faculty reserves the right to cancel or alter courses when necessary. Applicants receive due notice of any changes in the curriculum. These webpages will always hold the most recent information about the programmes.

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