Our LL.M. programme in European Law is primarily designed for students who wish to develop their understanding and knowledge of European Union law with the intent of pursuing a legal career with a strong international dimension. This Master's offers a thorough education in European law, including competition law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, and public international law. Students receive a sound basis for an international legal career.
Experts A student of the Master's programme of European Law benefits from the extensive experience and expertise of our academic staff. About twenty years ago, the Faculty of Law of Radboud University was the first in the Netherlands to start a European Law programme. During the past decades the Faculty has built an international reputation in the field of European (competition) law, immigration law, and private law. Its approach to teaching is small-scale, personal, and interactive. Master’s students have close contact with both lecturers and fellow students, as classes are deliberately kept small. The Faculty of Law at Radboud University is rated number one in the Netherlands for student satisfaction.
International orientation The Faculty of Law has a truly international orientation and is part of a large network that includes more than fifty universities in Europe, the United States and Australia. All staff and students speak English.
Programme The Master’s programme in European Law at Radboud University is unique in that it not only provides a thorough understanding of European law in general, but also offers further specialisation. After completing the compulsory courses one of four tracks are available:
Track 1 - International and European Law Advanced
This track offers a generalist approach with an emphasis on the concepts of European Union law. It gives students the opportunity to acquire an advanced understanding of the core issues of EU law. By participating in the European Law Moot Court students can practice their legal skills at a high level.
Track 2 - Human Rights and Migration Law
A unique feature of this track is that it combines human rights and immigration law courses, two areas that are among the most important in the European Union today. LL.M. students benefit from the outstanding knowledge and experience of the Centre for Migration Law, which focuses on issues related to migration and minority protection.
Track 3 - Business Law
This track offers students the chance to become experts in the area of European business law. They benefit from the knowledge of the renowned Business and Law Research Centre. This centre combines academic excellence with the practical expertise of major companies and law firms. The centre has been accredited by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Track 4 - Insolvency Law
In this exciting Dual Master’s programme, offered with Nottingham Law School in the UK, you will develop an understanding and knowledge of comparative and international corporate, insolvency and European Law. This one-year double degree programme, taught in both the Netherlands and the UK, prepares you for a legal career with a strong international focus. Please note that the tuition fee for the double degree Master’s in Insolvency Law for the academic year 2015-2016 is the legal or institutional tuition fee of Radboud University of €1,984 (EEA students) or €5,386 (Non EEA students), plus the Nottingham Law School fee of €7,564. In total this amounts to €12,950 for non EEA students .
Career prospects The Master’s programme European Law provides an excellent basis for an international legal career. Graduates are able to work all over the world as lawyers with international law firms, national governments, European institutions and agencies, universities, multinationals and NGOs.
Quality label This programme was recently rated number one in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).
Admission requirements As an international student your prior education must meet certain requirements.
Bachelor's degree First and foremost, the foreign certificate on the basis of which you seek admission must be at least the equivalent of a Dutch Bachelor’s degree obtained at a university (BA or BSc). Furthermore, the Master's programme you apply for should be in the same area of studies as your previous education. When you have a Bachelor’s degree from a university of professional education you are not admitted straight away. Most of the time you need to follow a special transition programme (schakelprogramma) to improve your knowledge of the scientific field before you can gain admission to a Master’s programme.
Language requirements In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:
- A TOEFL score of >87 with a minimum of 23 for writing;
- An IELTS score of >6.5 average (test score of 6.5 overall with a 6.0 minimum for each test result: listening, reading, writing and speaking);
- a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.
With a language test score between an 80 to 87 (TOEFL) or a 6 to 6.5 (IELTS) an interview via Skype might be part of the selection procedure. It may also be demanded that you participate in an intensive summer course in academic English and academic writing before you begin the programme.
Deadlines Programmes starting in September
- Non-EEA students: 1 April.
- EEA students: 1 May.
Both the Keuzegids Masters and the Bachelor’s programme information guide Keuzegids Universiteiten have now designated Radboud University as the ‘Best General University’ in the Netherlands.
Last updated March 24, 2016