The minor in criminology offers an excellent background in the theme of crime and punishment. In the world of crime fighting and prevention, as well as in the provision of assistance to offenders, there is a great demand for graduates who combine knowledge of the law with familiarity with criminology and forensic psychiatry. Students are introduced to the social science counterpart of their legal knowledge, or to the legal counterpart of their social science knowledge.


You learn to reflect on the function and character of criminal law in a larger social and political context. It is not only about the backgrounds of criminal law, but also about the social and individual psychological consequences of criminal law interventions. This minor offers a good preparation for the master's in Criminology.


The minor Criminology consists of 4 courses, 3 of which are compulsory courses and 1 elective course. Please note: the duration of this minor is 1 academic year (the obligatory course Criminological Research is only offered in period 4).

3 compulsory courses:
RGBUSTR007 Introduction Criminology Social Science (period 1)
RGBUSTR011 Advanced Criminology (period 2)
RGBUSTR005 Criminological Research Social Sciences (period 4)

1 elective course, choose:
RGBUSTR008 Transnational organised crime  (period 1)
RGBUSTR009 Inleiding forensische psychiatrie en psychologie (period 2)
RGBUSTR010 Forensische psychopathologie (period 3)
RGBUSTR023 Crime, Media, Culture (period 4)


The minor Criminology is a requirement for students who want to attend the Master’s programme Criminology.


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How you enroll depends on whether you are already a student at Utrecht University or not.

Utrecht University students can enrol for a minor and courses via Osiris Student during the enrolment period. You can find all relevant information regarding the enrolment procedure, the enrolment periods, the schedules and deadlines under Practical information at the Students Site.

Do you want to take a minor? Then you enrol for that minor and for each course of that minor separately. Enrolment for courses is only possible for the upcoming semester. If the courses of the minor you wish to take are spread over several semesters, you will have to re-enrol for the courses in that semester before the new semester starts, during the regular enrolment period.


Students from outside Utrecht University can enrol via the registration form (only in Dutch available at the moment) during the regular enrolment period.

Download the registration form and fill in the courses you want to attend. Send the registration form together with the documents below to

  • a Certificate of Paid Tuition Fees from your own institution
  • proof that you have permission from your own faculty to follow a certain course with us
  • hbo students should also submit a certified copy of all courses of their propaedeutic year.

Do you want to attend a minor? Then apply for that minor and for each course of that minor separately. Pay close attention to the enrolment periods for the courses.

Once we have received your application by e-mail, you will always receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail. No later than 2 weeks before the start of the course, you will receive a message from us about your student number and your schedule.