Radboud University

European Law, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 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.


All nations in the world trade and interact with the EU, which has rules and regulations that have to be complied with. Law students from all over the world will therefore benefit from the Master’s in European Law

You’ll obtain a sound basis for an international legal career as a European law expert. 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. 

You can design your own programme, choosing to focus on competition law, immigration law, external relations law, judicial protection, human rights law or public international law. With general courses and specialised study you will develop a solid basis for an international legal career as a European law expert.

Choose your focus

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 five specialisations, which are:

  • International and European Law Advanced
  • Human Rights and Migration
  • European Law and Global Affairs
  • Business Law
  • Insolvency 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 fields of European law, immigration law and private law and is part of a large network that includes more than fifty universities in Europe, the United States, Asia 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 will give you the extra benefit of gaining multicultural communication skills as well as a multitude of legal and cultural perspectives in this field. By the time you receive your Master's diploma, you’ll have gained excellent skills to work in the Netherlands or in any other country.

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

The Master's in European Law was rated as a Best Programme in the Keuzegids Masters 2017  (Guide to Master's programmes). Radboud University also holds the title for Best General University in the Netherlands in the Keuzegids Masters 2017.

Programme Structure

When studying European Law at Radboud University, you will choose one of our specialisations. 

  • Business Law
  • European Law and Global Affairs
  • Human Rights and Migration Law
  • Insolvency Law (dual degree programme)
  • International and European Law Advanced

Except for the specialisation Insolvency Law, all of the specialisations have a course load of 60 EC* (one-year). All the courses within these specialisations are 7 EC and the Master’s thesis is 18 EC. Each specialisation has a set of mandatory courses, semi-optional courses and optional courses. You will be attending 6 courses in total.

Enhance your skills

You’ll have the option of doing an internship, although this will require a bit more work. However, an internship will deepen you knowledge of academic skills and will help you start building a network for your future career.

Dual degree programme

The programme outline of Insolvency Law is different. Being a dual degree programme the course load is 81 EC (one-year). The programme starts with a semester at Radboud University in Nijmegen and after the Christmas break you will move to the UK and you will attend lectures at Nottingham Trent University in the second semester.


Many of our graduates are working in the 'traditional' legal professions as a lawyer, judge or prosecutor. Graduates are also well-qualified for research, consultancy or diplomacy. Prospective employers include NGOs and international organisations like the European Commission, European Central Bank, United Nations, international courts and tribunals, lobby organisations, and charity foundations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Insolvency Law only in September of every year
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • 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 programme 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 or Master’s degree in Law equivalent to the Dutch educational level.

2. A proficiency in English

  • A native speaker of English if they are a citizen of Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA or South Africa,
  • A TOEFL score with a minimum score of 90 overall (internet-based, with a minimum of 23 for writing) or 575 (paper-based)
  • An IELTS score with a minimum of 6.5 overall (with a minimum score of 6.5 for writing and  6.0 for the other components
  • A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a grade of C or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a grade of C.

3. Motivation letter in English

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9879 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9879 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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)

Living costs for Nijmegen

880 - 1400 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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