Study programme

This one-year Master starts in September. The academic year consists of:

  • A compulsory part worth 30 EC that comprises two compulsory major courses (15 EC), Capita Selecta (15 EC of which 7,5 EC can be replaced with participation in the European Law Moot Court Competition for a small group of selected students). 
  • A specialisation/track that comprises two compulsory major courses (15 EC)
  • A Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC)

Below you will find the courses of the Master's programme European Law. 

    You can also download the Master's programme European Law year schedule as a PDF file for easy reference. Please note that the names of the courses may change next year. 

      Capita Selecta (15 EC):

      The Capita Selecta comprises six short courses (each 2,5 EC) designed to help you master a specific topical issue quickly, a vital characteristic of a good lawyer! 

      Choose one of the four Tracks (specialisations) (15 EC): 

      You can choose one of the four Tracks within this Master's programme. You can find all the detailed information at this page about the Tracks

      Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC):

      The Research and Thesis Trajectory is another unique aspect of the European Law programme. The trajectory runs throughout the Master’s programme, meaning that it starts in September and ends in June. It is taught alongside existing courses, making use of different interactive (face-to-face, as well as virtual) teaching methods such as individual writing assignments, seminars, group work (including peer feedback), virtual discussion boards, and individual supervision. The thesis constitutes a major, independent academic paper in the field of European law.  

      Educational and examination methods

      Below you can see the overview of the educational and examination methods in this programme.       

      Legal Skills Academy 

      The School of Law takes skills-teaching seriously, integrating professional, legal practice and academic skills into all our Masters’ curricula. Its new Legal Skills Academy puts skills-teaching in the spotlight, so that by the time you finish your Masters you have not only become proficient in the complexities of European Law, but you also have the confidence and skills needed to perform as a professional in legal practice. Your participation in inter alia moot courts, blog-writing and simulated negotiations will give you valuable experience in applied lawyering that will help your CV stand out in a competitive job market.


      An internship is not part of the regular study programme. However there are possibilities to do an internship during the programme in consultation with the programme coordinator.

      Extra opportunities

      Utrecht University offers several honours programmes for students looking for an extra challenge. Honours education is followed on top of your regular Master's programme and goes beyond the regular curriculum.

      Read more about the honours programmes

      Academic Calendar

      Consult our Academic Calendar, where you can find more information about the master's schedule per period, course registration periods and holidays.