Study programme

The academic year consists of:

  • A compulsory part worth (30 EC) comprised of four compulsory major courses and Capita Selecta (15 EC).
  • A Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC)

Course overview

Please find below the courses of the LLM Law and Sustainability in Europe. You can also download the  Master's programme Law and Sustainability in Europe 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 three-week modules (2.5 EC each) designed to help you quickly master a specific issue: a key competency of any good lawyer. These may include: Comparative Moot Court European Environmental Law, Sustainability in EU Procurement Law, Green Crime, Sustainable Strategic Litigation, Feminist and other critical approaches to sustainability, Human Rights Perspective: the right to a healthy environment, Geo-engineering in the EU, Philosophy and Ethics of Sustainability, or Comparative Regional and national approaches to sustainability.
      One module (2.5 EC) of the Capita Selecta is part of the Research and Thesis Trajectory, namely the research design module. Aside from that, the Capita Selecta modules we offer vary from year to year.

      Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC)

      You will also complete a research thesis. This runs throughout the Master’s programme, beginning in September and ending in late June. You will fully work on the thesis in the second semester, using different interactive teaching methods and an individual trajectory with your supervisor. 

      What role does the law play in a sustainable future for the EU? Better said: what role should it play? These challenging questions are key to our Master's Programme

      Educational methods

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

      Legal Skills Academy

      The School of Law takes skills teaching seriously. We integrate professional, legal practice and academic skills into all our Master’s curricula, while our new Legal Skills Academy puts skills teaching in the spotlight. By the time you’ve finished your Master’s, not only are you proficient in the complexities of sustainability and law, but you also have the confidence and skills to thrive in the professional world. Your participation in inter alia moot courts, blog writing and simulated negotiations will give you valuable experience in applied lawyering that helps your CV stand out in a competitive job market.


      The programme provides students with the flexibility to complete practical placements. For example, undertaking an internship may entitle you to an extended enrolment in the LLM. Internships are also facilitated by UU’s extensive network of professionals in public and private organisations at a national and international level.

      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

      Have a look at our Academic Calendar, where you can find more information about the Master's schedule per period, course registration periods and holidays.