Study Programme

This one-year Master’s programme 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) or 5 EC to be replaced with an European Moot Court 
  • A Master’s–minor (15 EC)
  • A Research and Thesis Trajectory (15 EC)

You can have a look at the study programme for 2020-2021.

Compulsory courses (15 EC):
In this Master’s programme, you will take two compulsory major courses:

  • Regulating the EU's Single Market
  • Constitutional Law of the European Union

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!
By way of example, these may include:

  • EU External Relations;
  • EU Asylum Law;
  • EU negotiations;
  • EU Agencies;
  • State Aid Law in the Energy Sector;
  • EU environmental law
  • EU pension law
  • EU Public procurement
  • Economic and Monetary Union.

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 July. 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. The thesis will be written in English, or in exceptional cases, Dutch. Students have a deadline of three months to write and submit their thesis.

Elective courses (15 EC):
You can either select two courses from European Law or can choose a Master’s minor, which consists of the two major courses from one of the following master’s programmes:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law (Dutch programme)
  • Corporate Law (Dutch programme)
  • Criminal Law (Dutch programme)
  • Private Law (Dutch programme)
  • Public International Law

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Essays
  • Legal clinics, in which students working in small groups write a recommendation for a problem provided by a governmental agency, business, and/or law firm.
  • Case notes (written commentary on legal rulings)
  • Plea practice
  • Presentations and debate
  • Comparative legal research
  • Students organise a final conference with individual presentations and panel discussions
  • Field research, for example visits to specific organisations and conducting interview

Group size

  • Lectures (about 20-35 students) at least two hours a week
  • Tutorials (approx. 20 students). These are focused on developing more substantive insights and practical skills through various assignments
  • Small (approx. 10-15 students) Capita Selecta sessions
  • Group sessions as part of your Thesis Research and Thesis Training  (max. 5 students)
  • Assignments and presentations (max. 10 students)


  • Written and oral tests and assignments
  • Written and oral pleadings
  • Written papers and essays
  • Thesis


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.