Utrecht University

Law and Economics, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15167
    Tuition (Year)
    2006
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
    Language
In the Master’s programme in Law and Economics at Utrecht University you will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance and mergers. You will learn from an interdisciplinary team of legal experts and economists who enhance the challenging course content with both theory and real-world knowledge.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The interdependence of economics and law is the prime focus of the programme. As a graduate of this programme, you will be uniquely prepared to bridge what is a common gap between these disciplines. You combine the joint goal of this programme with one of the two distinctive tracks of Law and Economics. Find out more about the following tracks:

  • LLM track
  • MSc track
Growing demand for multidisciplinary experts

Utrecht University’s Master of Law and Economics was established in response to growing demands from international employers for multidisciplinary experts in competition, regulatory issues and governance. In the programme, you will examine legal and managerial issues as well as the underlying economic theories behind such cases as:

  • The European Commission’s imposition of a €1.47 billion fine on Philips for operating a cathode ray tube cartel.
  • UPS’s withdrawal from a €5.16 billion deal with TNT Express after European regulators moved to block the acquisition.
  • The European Commission’s investigation into the proposed acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo by US-based Liberty Global.
  • The adequacy of governance codes in addressing Rhineland vs. shareholder economies in the area of executive pay, amongst other things.
  • The demise and subsequent bailouts of international banks by governments attempting to prevent financial system collapse.
  • The relocation of financial headquarters, or the use of transfer prices, to avoid paying taxes, as was recently revealed by firms like Google, Starbucks, and the Rolling Stones.
Real interaction between two disciplines

If you have a law background (LLB), you will qualify for an LLM degree through this programme, while an Economics background (BSc) typically qualifies you for an MSc in Law and Economics. Students from both (and other) backgrounds follow the same integrated programme in order to foster a multidisciplinary setting right from the start. Utrecht University’s Law and Economics professors – recognised as leading academics in their fields – investigate European as well as international regulation and governance.

Focused on both the legal and economic perspectives

Through its interdisciplinary approach focused on market regulation from both the legal and economic perspectives, this Master’s programme at Utrecht University will equip you with a completely new perspective and tool set.

The curriculum will provide you with the academic knowledge, interdisciplinary understanding and research and analytical skills required for either a professional or academic career at the intersection of economics and law (you can explore your career prospects here). You will also learn to communicate effectively with professionals from either disciplines.

Upon graduation, you will be:

  • Capable of conducting independent research in the areas of law and economics.
  • Able to solve problems in the areas of law and economics, both independently and with others, while taking societal considerations into account.
  • Apply legal and economic knowledge, theories and models for the testing or the development of policies of firms, organizations, or governmental bodies.
  • Able to professionally collaborate with others in interdisciplinary teams while evaluating your own performances, and contribute to combining and generating new knowledge within the team.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Joint courses
  • Public law and economics: core issues and case study (compulsory)
  • Corporate governance (compulsory)
  • European competition law (compulsory)
  • Economics of competition law and policy (compulsory)
  • Research and thesis trajectory law and economics (compulsory)
Llm courses
  • Regulation and supervision of markets
  • Economic perspectives in regulation
Msc courses
  • Public policy and competition (compulsory)
  • Financial regulation
  • Tax policy
  • Mergers, acquisitions and restructuring

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

  • LLM Track: Knowledge/competence in the field of Principles of Microeconomics and a bachelor in Law; or a minor in Law (45 ECTS), including knowledge/competence in the field of European law.
  • MSc Track: Knowledge/ competence in the field of European law and a bachelor degree in Economics or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Principles of Microeconomics, Mathematics, Industrial organization and Competition Policy, Corporate Finance, Econometrics.
  • Knowledge of the field of economic public law is recommended, for instance by following the Economic Public Law course (or an equivalent course).
  • For students who have not done a bachelor in Economics and who wish to do the LLM track, an extra economics course in the field of Law and Economics is recommended.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

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