LL.M. European and European Legal Studies

Europa Kolleg Hamburg

Application deadline: 15 March each year
Tuition fee:
  • € 8,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 8,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 10 months
  • English
  • German
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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With us. You are fascinated by the process of European integration and the way it holds fascination for other regions in the world? Do you wish to deepen your understanding of this process and be actively involved in it? You aspire to a career in which a well-grounded legal, economic and political science knowledge about European integration is indispensable? You have already completed your first degree preferably in the area of law, economics or political science with an outstanding result?

Then you should apply for participating in our Master Programme.

After attending a one year inter-disciplinary study programme with courses on law, economics and political science, you have the chance to be awarded one of the two academic degrees: Master of Arts (M.A.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.). Today, many graduates from over fifty countries are successfully employed in international institutions, national administrations, law firms and in the private economy. Recently, we have sharpened the outlines of the programme and have increased the options for specialisation.
The newly designed programme is structured into modules according to the requirements of the Bologna-Process. After positive evaluation and decision of the accreditation commission of the accreditation agency AQAS the programme has been accredited on 22/23 November 2010.

One of the distinctive features of our programme is that you can also live at the Europa-Kolleg.
On the following pages you can find more information on the Master Programme and apply for our programme. Of course, my colleagues and I are available for personal consultations in order to provide a very individual insight into our Master Programme as well as the opportunities which will open up after a successful year of studies with us.
Welcome to the Master Programme 2011/2012!

Prof. Dr. Markus Kotzur
Director of Studies


Study course and curriculum

The Master Programme takes ten months from October to July of the following year.

It is subdivided into nine modules, of which five have to be studied during the winter term whereas two during the following summer term.
After the lectures of the winter term come to an end, an academic master thesis is to be written for which a period of four months is provided.
A practice module which is scheduled for the period between the winter and the summer term consists of doing an internship at an institution of the EU, representations of the German Foreign Office in foreign countries, ministries, governmental agencies, law firms, companies etc. Due to its good national and international relations, the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg is in a position to offer assistance to students looking for a suitable place for doing their internship.
At the beginning of the Master Programme three basic modules which are devoted to the legal, economic and political aspects of European integration have to be followed by all students jointly.
During the specialisation phase students have the opportunity to study one of the following fields in depth:

* The EU as a Political Actor
* External Relations of the EU
* Companies as Economic Actors
* Law of the EU

Each specialisation field consists of four modules. The range of specialisation fields may vary from academic year to academic year due to the interests of the applicants.

Examinations, credit points and academic degrees
Each module is completed with an examination, the form of which may vary (oral exam, exam written in class, exam to take home, written paper analysing a topic or a case, presentation etc.). For each successful exam a certain number of credit points (CP) according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) will be awarded.

A total of 60 CP can be earned; the credit points are allocated to the different elements of the Master Programme as follows:

* basic modules: 15 CP,
* modules of the specialisation phase: 25 CP,
* internship: 5 CP, and
* master thesis: 15 CP.

The successful passing of an examination requires the minimum grade "sufficient" (4.0); the same applies to the master thesis.

In case of successful completion of all relevant modules and a master thesis marked at least with a grade of "sufficient" (4.0), the University of Hamburg awards the degree of "Master of Arts (M.A.)".
The degree "Master of Laws (LL.M.)" can only be obtained by students who possess a law degree before taking up their studies at the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg. Furthermore, the award of the degree "Master of Laws (LL.M.)" calls for predominantly legal studies. In the specialisation fields "Companies as Economic Actors" and "Law of the EU" this condition is met if the master thesis is written in law, in the specialisation fields "The EU as a Political Actor" and "External Relations of the EU" in addition to this it is necessary that the internship is juristic in nature.

Further events during the course of studies

Besides participation in the courses which form part of the curriculum of the Master Programme, students have the opportunity to attend or participate in various symposia, workshops and guest lecturers organised by the Institute for European Integration of the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg on a regular basis.
A highlight of 2013 will be the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Europa-Kolleg Hamburg planned for autumn 2013.
During the summer term a week long excursion to the institutions of the EU in Luxembourg (Court of Justice of the European Union) and Brussels (Commission, Council and European Parliament) as well as to Strasbourg (Council of Europe, European Court for Human Rights) is organised.


The Master Programme is primarily run in English, in parts also in German as a secondary course language. It is however possible to study the entire programme in English.

Very good English language proficiencies. Applicants who have received their diploma, which entitles them to be admitted at an institution of higher education, not from an English-speaking institution must prove their English language proficiency by submitting one of the following tests:

* TOEFL a min. result of 79 (iBT), 213 (CBT) or 550 (PBT)
* IELTS with a minimum result of 6.5
* Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) with grade C as a minimum in all parts
* Cambridge in Advanced English (CAE) with grade C as a minimum in all parts.

The test should not date back more than three years.

Applicants who have not received their diploma from a German-speaking institution and who wish to take courses in German language must prove their German language proficiency by submitting one of the following test:

* Kleines" oder "Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom" of Goethe-Institute
* ,"Zentrale Oberstufenprüfung" (ZOP) of the Goethe-Institute
* Deutsches Sprachdiplom der Kultusministerkonferenz - Stufe II"
* "Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang ausländischer Studienbewerber" (DSH) with a minimum total result of DSH-2
* "Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache" (TestDaF) with a minimum result of TDN 4 in all parts, German language part of the examination for qualification at a college of studies with the minimum grade "sufficient"

The test should not date back more than three years.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)
FCE score : (read more)

Cambridge English: First (FCE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at an upper-intermediate level (IELTS 5.5-6.5). It is an international English language exam which provides the perfect foundation for success in study and work. Take Cambridge English: First to prove your ability to use everyday written and spoken English when applying to study abroad.

160 (Grade C)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 79



After positive evaluation and decision of the accreditation commission of the accreditation agency AQAS the programme has been accredited on 22/23 November 2010.


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