Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, Governance and Police Science

Ruhr University Bochum
Herne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Master's Degree
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Entry Requirements

This international advanced extra-occupational program is in particular open to applicants with:

  • a successful completion of a university/college degree (BA, BSc and MA, MSc or equivalent) degree in the program relevant subject areas (240 CPs*);
  • at least one year of relevant practical experience after graduation;
  • an excellent knowledge of the English language

Students gain 60 credit points during the course, and must have obtained already 240 credit points prior to the program. Applications from outside the European Union will be evaluated and assessed accordingly. Any lacking CPs can be gained through additional attainments. This may also be through recognition of attainments achieved at other universities, special training programs or a certain amount of work experience in years.


The study curriculum offers eight unique modules, which allow you to experience recent groundbreaking developments in criminal justice, governance and police science with particular focus on international security and justice perspectives. After the completion of all modules, students will be able to proceed with their Master's thesis in term 4.

  • Module 1: Law Enforce­ment in Countries in Transition
  • Module 2: Human Rights for Police and Justice Officials
  • Module 3: International Peacekeeping
  • Module 4: Critical Assessments of Applied Empirical Research Methods
  • Module 5: Governance and Ethics
  • Module 6: Governance of Security
  • Module 7: State and International  Core Crimes and the Emerging Global System of International Criminal Justice
  • Module 8: Key Qualifications for Future Leaders

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