Radboud University

European Law, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
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  • English
Develop your understanding and knowledge of European Union law and pursue a legal career with a strong international dimension. In the Master's in European Law you can focus on competition law, company law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law, insolvency law and public international law, and obtain a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.


This Master's offers you a thorough education in European law, including competition law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law and public international law. During this course, you gain knowledge of both the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world. Thus, you receive a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.

Excellent international reputation

At the Nijmegen Law School, you will benefit from the extensive experience and expertise of our academic staff. The Faculty of Law in Nijmegen was the first in the Netherlands to start a European Law programme. It has built an international reputation in the field of European (competition) law, immigration law and private law and is part of a large network that includes more than fifty universities in Europe, the United States and Australia.

Specialisations in the Master's in European Law

The Master's programme at Radboud University Nijmegen is unique in that it not only provides a detailed understanding of European law in general, but also offers further specialisation. After completing the compulsory courses you can specialise in one of four specialisations, which are:

· International and European Law Advanced

· Human Rights and Migration

· Business Law

· Insolvency Law

Preparation for a job in a multicultural environment

Even more than in any other field, an international classroom is important when you prepare yourself for an international career in Law. Radboud's European Law programme attracts students from all over the world. This international mix gives classes and project work a multicultural touch. You will be able to explore areas that could include competition law, company law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law, insolvency law and public international law. By the time you receive your Master's diploma, you will have gained excellent skills to work in the Netherlands, your own country or in any other culture.

Personal and interactive

The university's 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. Besides this, our law professors and teachers are easily approachable to discuss your study interests. You will receive excellent supervision from internationally recognised academics in order to get the best out of yourself.

Quality label

Radboud University holds the title for Best General University in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2017 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Programme Structure

Within the Master's programme in European Law, we offer you a broad range of perspectives on European Law. You receive the best foundation possible to study the principles of European Law. What makes this Master's programme at Radboud University unique is that it not only provides a thorough understanding of European law in general, but also offers further specialisation.

Three compulsory courses

Because a thorough knowledge of the essentials of European law studies is indispensable, you will follow three compulsory courses. You will get acquainted with the law of the European Union; not only institutional and procedural issues but also an introduction to the substantive law of the internal market (the four freedoms and competition law).

Treaty of the European Union

It also permits students to become familiar with the case law of the courts of the European Union, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the General Court. Examples of the subjects discussed are the provisions of the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.

EU and External markets

There is also attention for the external dimension of law in Europe. This means that all activities of the EU on the global scene will be considered and discussed, from a legal perspective and at an advanced level. Among the course topics will be the external competences and international legal personality of the EU, the European security and defense policy, EU trade relations with third countries and its activities under international economic law.

Specialisations within the European Law programme

After completing the compulsory courses one of four tracks are available:

  • International and European Law Advanced
    This track offers a generalist approach with an emphasis on the concepts of European Union law. It gives you 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.
  • Human Rights and Migration Law
    Within this track, we combine 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.
  • Business Law
    This track offers you the chance to become an expert in the area of European business law. You 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.
  • Insolvency Law (Dual degree programme)


Graduates from our law school can expect to find a wide variety of employment prospects. The knowledge and skills that you have acquired whilst studying for a degree in European Law prepared you for the demands of many careers in politics and international government, business and media.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Insolvency Law only in September of every year
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS 60 ECTS Insolvency Law: 81 ECTS alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in European Law or equivalent

You are required to have a Dutch Bachelor's degree (or equivalent, from a research university) in law and knowledge of the basic concepts of international or European Law (as established by the Examinations Board).

For the dual programme Insolvency Law, you can also be admitted if you have a UK undergraduate degree in Law (2.2 or above), or an honours degree in another discipline plus either the CPE (Common Professional Examination) or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) conversion qualificiation. You may also be admitted if you have a recognised undergraduate degree in law equivalent to either of the above qualifications.

2. A proficiency in English

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 (internet-based) with a minimum of 23 for writing
  • A 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.

Please visit the programme's website for more detailed information on requirements!

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 9879 International
  • EUR 2060 EU/EEA

The tuition fee for the double degree Master's specialisation Insolvency Law consists of a Radboud University fee of € 9,879 plus the Nottingham Law School fee (to be determined)


There are various scholarships available for studying at Radboud University. Please check which scholarship is applicable in your case.

Radboud Scholarship Programme

Open to talented prospective non-EEA students - the scholarship consists of a partial tuition waiver.

Orange Tulip Scholarship

Open to students from Brazil, Mexico, Indonesia, South-Korea, Russia and China - offers a tuition fee waiver of 6,750 euros and exemption from visa and health insurance costs.

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes

The NFP target group consists of professionals who are nationals of, and work and live in, an NFP country. It offers Master's candidates a full scholarship, including contribution towards study materials, e-learning facilities, visa costs and international travel.

Fulbright-Radboud Scholarships

Open to excellent American students - the grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of 1,050 euros, international travel and the cost of the residence permit will be covered.

Sino-Dutch Bilateral Exchange Scholarship

Open to students from China - the Dutch contribution to the scholarship consist of monthly allowance 1,000 euros, international travel costs 1,400 euros, tuition/research fee 1,951 euros, it also covers the cost of visa, insurance and other.

DIKTI-Neso Scholarships

Aimed at lecturers at higher education instituations in Indonesia who wish to pursue a PhD or Master's at a university in the Netherlands. A DIKTI scholarship includes allowances for living expenses, insurance, travel costs, tuition fees and more.

Dutch Student Finance

EU/EEA students and Swiss students under 30 years of age are eligible if they are working at least 56 hours per month in the Netherlands, or have been living in the Netherlands for five years or more. Dutch student finance consists of four components: a basic grant, a supplementary grant (depending on the parental income), a student travel product, and a loan.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.