LL.M. European Law

Radboud University | Nijmegen , Netherlands
The Masters 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. You have the opportunity to create your own programme that could include competition law, company law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law, insolvency law and public international law. Youll obtain a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.
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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

This programme was recently rated number one in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2015 (Guide to Master's programmes).

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline May 1 & 1 December ; Non-EEA: April 1 & 1 November
Tuition fee
  • EUR 9232 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 1984 Year (EEA)

The tuition fee for the double degree Master's specialisation Insolvency Law consists of a Radboud University fee of 5,650,- plus the Nottingham Law School fee of 7,380,-. In total this amounts to 13,030,-.

Start date , January 2017 Insolvency Law only in September of every year
Credits (ECTS) 60 ECTS
Credits 60 ECTS Insolvency Law: 81 ECTS
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

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.


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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