LL.M. European Law

Radboud University Nijmegen

Application deadline: May 1; Non-EEA: March 1
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 9,318 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, February  2015
Credits: 60 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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Our English-taught 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 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.

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 thorough understanding of European law in general, but also offers further specialisation. After completing the compulsory courses you can specialise in one of three tracks:

  • European Law Advanced
  • Human Rights and Migration Law
  • European Business Law

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.

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. 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.

Small classes and personal contact

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.

Highest student satisfaction

A recent study shows that the Faculty of Law at Radboud University is rated number one in the Netherlands for student satisfaction.


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 three tracks are available:

  • 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.
  • European 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.


The equivalent of a Dutch Bachelor´s degree in Law and a proven knowledge of International and European Law (as evaluated by the examinations commission)

Fluency in both written and spoken English. In order to meet these requirements international applicants should have:

  • TOEFL score of >550 (paper based) or >213 (computer based) or >80 (internet based)
  • IELTS score of >6.0
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: 60 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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

Radboud Scholarship Programme

As of February 2008 Radboud University Nijmegen has its own Radboud Scholarship Programme. This programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master´s degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.

Programmes under the auspices of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

HSP Huygens Programme: The HSP Huygens Programme is applicable to students from all over the world.

Netherlands Fellowship Programme: This Fellowship Programme offers scholarships for selected NFP programmes including selected programmes of Radboud University Nijmegen.

Dutch study grant system: EU/EEA students who wish to take a degree programme in the Netherlands can sometimes be eligible for a Dutch student grant.

STUNED: The Stuned programme is applicable to postgraduate students from Indonesia.

National scholarships

Please also check if there are scholarships or grants available in your own country for studying in the Netherlands. Below we have listed a number of scholarships that are available from specific countries.

Fulbright scholarships: Fulbright Scholarships are available for American graduate students and researchers.

Ford Foundation: Sometimes private foundations may be willing to fund your study period abroad. The international Fellowship Programme from the Ford Foundation is one example.

Soros Foundations: Grants, scholarships and fellowships are available for students and researchers coming from 23 countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe.

HEC: The Higher Education Commission was set up by the Government of Pakistan and has created a scholarship programme for students from Pakistan.

Colfuturo: This programme is available for students from Colombia.



Please check also the grantfinder of the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in Higher Education (NUFFIC). This grantfinder enables you to find scholarships applicable to students from particular countries.

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