LLM - International and European Tax Law

Taught in English

Studying tax law is not about numbers: it is about bringing to bear the best in legal and financial consultants and managers. Tax professionals operate in a globalized environment where trade and investment take place on a multinational level. Thanks to their broad-based expert knowledge of financial and business matters, tax specialists/lawyers are highly successful in the job market. Generally speaking, their salary levels are higher than for jurists who graduate in other fields of law. A specialist in International and European tax law will be particularly suited to work with major international companies and other clients.

As from 1 September 2011, the master in International and European Tax Law will no longer be a specialization of the Dutch master Fiscaal Recht but a fully accredited master's programme.

The master is an intensive, one-year programme taught entirely in English. The Maastricht law faculty also offers a Dutch taught master in Tax Law.

Programme information

International and European Tax Law focuses on corporate taxation and international tax planning. Its multidisciplinary approach combines tax law, European law, business, and politics. The programme is for students with a bachelor’s in financial law, economics, business administration or a related field. Students gain insight into the interdependence of corporate structures, investment, cross-border employment and tax law.

Tax law forms the core of the programme. A broad range of economic, legal and social topics are discussed from the perspective of international and European tax law. Students gain a hands-on approach by discussing and solving real-life tax problems and cases.

The master’s programme in International and European Tax Law is an intensive, one-year programme taught entirely in English.This programme is accessible to students from all over the world who have a basic knowledge of the tax system of their home country or country of previous studies. For students with a solid background in Dutch tax law, our programme offers the possibility of taking an advanced Dutch course in corporation tax instead of a comparative course in corporate taxation in order to comply with the relevant requirements set by Dutch professional organizations.

Fast Facts

  • Programme: International and European Tax Law
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Duration: 1-year full time
  • Start date: September
  • Study load per week: 8 hrs classes; 32 hrs individual study. Total: 40 hours
  • Learning method: problem-based learning; (guest) lectures; presentations; assignments; papers
  • Assessment method: written and oral exams; final papers; group participation


Previous education - Requirements:

  • Bachelor's in Tax Law (university level) - directly admissible
  • Bachelor's in Fiscal Economics (university level) - directly admissible
  • Other bachelor’s degree (e.g. economics, business administration and others) or law degree at a higher vocational education level - entrance exam in tax law

If you do not have a bachelor's degree in either Tax Law or Fiscal Economics, the regular Dutch language entrance exam is compulsory in order to be admitted to the Nederlandse Orde van Belastingadviseurs (NOB).

Language proficiency

Applicants who are non-native English speakers and have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS test with a minimum overall score of 6.5
  • TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 paper-based (PBT), 233 computer-based (CBT)or 90 internet-based (iBT)
  • Cambridge examinations: CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with grade A, B or C or CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) with grade A, B or C+

Note: a master's degree in fiscal economics alone (without a bachelor's degree in fiscal economics) is not sufficient to be directly admissible to the master's programme in tax law.

Entrance exam in Tax law

Students with a bachelor's degree in accounting, business, economics or law may qualify for an exemption of the admission exam, depending on the inclusion of sufficient tax law courses in their bachelor's. We advise all students to have taken a course in substantive tax law in their home countries.

Please keep in mind that the admission exam is only required if a candidate is not directly admissible.

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