Master's and bachelor's programmes

Do you want to engage with global challenges in innovative ways? These Master's and Bachelor's programmes provide you as a student with the knowledge and analytical tools to do so. The interdisciplinary approach of these programmes teaches you to appreciate the complexities of the international field and to communicate effectively with professionals from all disciplines. 

Short descriptions of our Master's programmes:

Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Within this study programme, the Master of Arts in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme that combines the study of theories of political conflict with evidence-based case analysis.  Our approach to international studies is to synergise theoretical, historical, socio-cultural, and policy perspectives in the analysis, understanding, and explanation of the processes and dynamics of violent political conflicts, and the problems associated with domestic and international military and/or humanitarian intervention by agencies such as the UN, NATO, or non-governmental organisations.

European Governance

The Master’s programme in European Governance explores pressing concerns facing Europe today. The issues involve activities at the local, national, and European level, and require insight into the fields of economics, law, and public administration. The interdisciplinary Master’s programme in European Governance will equip you with the knowledge and skills to answer these questions and to formulate appropriate responses to the challenges they pose. Our programme prepares you to deal with and work within the framework of European governance – both in Brussels and at home.

European Law

Today’s Europe demands lawyers who possess a thorough mastery of European law. The European Union increasingly affects all areas of law and the national legal systems of its Member States have reached a high level of integration. Our unique programme will help you build both substantive and institutional knowledge of European law while giving you an opportunity to analyse European law in relation to the legal systems of the Member States. Futhermore, the flexibility of the programme allows you to focus on areas of personal interest. The programme provides a thorough grounding in European law, covering areas such as internal market law, competition law, social law, judicial protection, human rights law, criminal law, and public law.

International Relations in Historical Perspective

The MA programme International Relations in Historical Perspective (IR/HP) centers on the development of the international state system since the twentieth century. Differently than most other IR Masters it starts from an historical approach. IR/HP acknowledges the value of IR theory but it does not want to put the historical reality of the international political system in a theoretical framework. On the contrary, it takes the reality of international relations as it is, only using IR theory as a helpful tool to explain its complexity. With this philosophy as its point of departure IR/HP brings together political science and historical approaches of international relations into one MA program thereby serving the best of both worlds.

Law and Economics

The innovative, multidisciplinary Master of Law and Economics programme combines the exciting and rapidly growing fields of competition, market law and regulation. You will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance and mergers. You will learn from an interdisciplinary team of legal experts and economists who enhance the challenging course content with both theory and real-world knowledge. The interdependence of economics and law is the prime focus of the programme.

Public International Law

In our Master’s programme Public International Law we study and research international relations from a legal point of view. Our programme addresses international human rights and sustainability issues. In our PIL programme, students will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in Human Rights or Environment and Law of the Sea.

Global Criminology

The MA in Global Criminology is a one-year master’s programme that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to work in any public, private or non-guvernamental organisation dealing with local and global crime issues, crime policies, and crime control strategies. The programme offers a multidisciplinary, critical, and comparative perspective on criminology. Particular emphasis is placed on conducting empirical research in the fields of transnational organised and corporate crime, environmental crime and harm, drug trafficking and policies, prostitution, cross-border illegal markets, migration, prisons, policing and security. 

Applied Ethics

The Applied Ethics Master’s programme offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas. At the end of your studies, you will possess a thorough theoretical background in ethics, including important methods and debates in applied ethics. You will also understand the implications of legal and political frameworks for ethical argumentation. The programme offers the opportunity to do an internship with a national or international organisation or NGO, and to participate in elective Master-level courses abroad.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (BSc)

The PPE programme at Utrecht University considers political and economic issues from four different perspectives: philosophy, politics, economics and history. The addition of a historical dimension to PPE is something you will only find in Utrecht, where we are convinced that understanding the past will help us make better choices for the future. As well as gaining thorough knowledge of each of these four fields, you will also be trained to combine them to address the world’s most challenging problems. At Utrecht University, we believe that this is the best approach to designing complete and effective solutions. 

University College Utrecht (BA/BSc)

University College Utrecht provides English-language Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate education. Founded in 1998, as the first university college in the Netherlands, we are part of Utrecht University. Our campus is home to 750 students with 70 different nationalities. We encourage our students to explore and design their individual curriculum cross-cutting Science, Social Sciences and Humanities, and to engage in extra-curricular activities. At University College Utrecht, students learn for life.

European Criminal Justice in a Global Context

The programme links the national criminal justice systems of the EU Member States to EU criminal law, EU constitutional law, including fundamental rights law, and EU administrative law. It deepens your knowledge on EU criminal law. It analyses the interactions with the criminal justice systems of other EU Member States or third countries (such as the United States) under new, innovative forms of enforcement cooperation. It examines the relationships of national criminal justice with the sharply increasing number of EU enforcement agencies. This unique and innovative programme provides an inspiring intellectual challenge, as well as the platform for a rewarding legal career at a national, European or international level.