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Master of Law in Criminology and Security

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The Master of Law in Criminology and Security focuses on the study of anti-social behaviour and the social reaction to such behaviour.
It is interested in delinquents and their victims, offences and punishments and penal measures. The scientific survey of deviance allows the development of relevant criminal policies as well as the implementation of programmes for the prevention of delinquency and the care of delinquents.
The Master of Law in Criminology and Security offers a multidisciplinary programme that includes sociology, law, forensic science as well as psychology. The study plan varies according to the type of Bachelor’s degree held by the student.

School of Criminal Justice, Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration

Degree awarded
Master of Law (MLaw) in Criminology and Security

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French. Recommended level: C1. Please note that a very good understanding of English is necessary, since most criminology literature is published in English and a few block courses are given in English.

Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.

Final enrolment dates
The degree course starts in the autumn semester only. Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

More information
Timetables and course descriptions

University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas. This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities such as:

  • Police services at the federal, cantonal, and municipal levels
  • Federal administration and institutions
  • Cantonal public administrations (penitentiary system, probation services, help centres for victims of crime, etc.)
  • Community institutions
  • Private security firms
  • Insurance companies
  • Banks
  • International governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Research work

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 5 August 2016

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Version: February 2016


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