Master of Law (MLaw) in Criminology and Security

Student testimonial (in French)


General Content

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.

Practical information

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. 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.

Admission requirements
Candidates must be holders of a degree from a Swiss university affiliated to the following study branches (swissuniversities): forensic sciences, economics, finance, management, business information systems, political science, social and cultural anthropology/ethnology, sociology, psychology, law, human medicine.
Another degree or university title may be judged to be equivalent and give access to this Master’s degree course, with or without further conditions. The School of Criminal Justice is competent for the final decision on equivalence (, subject to the candidate’s formal admissibility to the Master’s degree course.

Enrolment and final dates
The degree course begins in the autumn semester only.
Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.
Final enrolment date: 30 April. Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland: 28 February.

More information
See the Master's website

Career prospects

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:

  • Cantonal public administrations and cantonal and federal institutions (penitentiary and probation services, help centres for victims of crime, etc.)
  • Police Services at the federal, cantonal, and municipal levels
  • Community institutions
  • Private security firms
  • Insurance companies
  • International governmental and non-governmental organisations
  • Research work
Alumni move into a wide variety of roles, for example as a probation officer in Fribourg canton’s probation service, an evaluation officer in Vaud canton’s prison service, or a worker at a victim support centre in Lausanne.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts sould be considered binding.
Last update: 13 March 2024

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

Université de Lausanne
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