Ranked as best in the field

The highly regarded Keuzegids Master’s Selection Guide 2019 ranked Utrecht University’s Law and Economics programme as the best in its field in the Netherlands. The programme was rated as 'good' and received an index score of 71 points.

Navigating tommorow's competition and regulation challenges

In the past two decades many aspects of business and social life have been disrupted by high-growth corporates like Google, Apple and AirBnB, and by developments on financial markets. Market power of corporate organisations is based on brilliant but sometimes debatable strategies, which brings challenges to policy makers, regulators and supervisors like ACM and the European Commission. In this highly international environment of powerful corporates and policy makers, competition, regulation and supervision challenges require profound expertise in economics and law to be effective. This programme prepares you for addressing these challenges in present or future markets. 

Bridge the common gap between law and economics

In the Master’s programme in Law and Economics we focus on the academic and practical toolkit to operate in the world of leading corporates, law firms, policy-making organisations, regulatory and supervisory bodies, and economic or legal consulting. You will focus on such issues as the economic and legal aspects of market regulation and supervision, competitive strategy, competition policy, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and finance and banking. 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 and useful interplay between economics and legal perspectives is the prime focus of the programme and is discussed  from both the perspectives of the regulator and of the regulated. As a graduate of this programme, you will be uniquely prepared to bridge the gap between law and economics and contribute to addressing the relevant challenges of public and private organisations. You pursue the joint goal of this programme by following one of the two distinctive tracks heading towards an LLM or MSc diploma. Find out more about the following tracks:

Would you like to know more about studying Law and Economics at Utrecht University? Get in touch with the programme leaders Dr. Miroslava (Mira) Scholten and Dr. Jasper Sluijs (LLM Track) or Dr. Kris de Jaegher (MSc track). Or have a look at our movie to get an impression. 

Real interaction between two disciplines

If your prior education is in law (LLB), you will qualify for the LLM track of this programme, while an Economics background (BSc) qualifies you for the MSc (master degree) track. The unique aspect of this programme is that students from both disciplines in the first semester partly take the same programme. Utrecht University’s Law and Economics professors – recognised as leading academics in their fields – investigate European as well as international regulation and governance.

Focused on both the legal and economic perspectives

Through its interdisciplinary approach focused on competition and regulation, this Master’s programme will equip you with a completely new perspective and tool set.

The curriculum will provide you with the academic knowledge, interdisciplinary understanding and research and analytical skills required for either a professional or academic career at the intersection of economics and law (here you can explore your career prospects). You will also learn to communicate effectively with professionals from either disciplines.

Upon graduation, you will be:

  • Capable of conducting independent research in the areas of law and economics.
  • Able to solve problems in the areas of law and economics, both independently and with others, while taking societal considerations into account.
  • Apply legal and economic knowledge, theories and models for the testing or the development of policies of firms, organizations, or governmental bodies.
  • Able to professionally collaborate with others in interdisciplinary teams while evaluating your own performances, and contribute to combining and generating new knowledge within the team.

Do not waste good students’ research

In this master's programme, we support an idea of doing more with good research done by students. Good students’ research can be used for students publishing academic articles, making education materials for future students and teachers, also in schools, and supporting the society. Watch our video about this idea, discuss this with the director of your programme and propose your own ideas.

Read the blog about the experiences of our Master's students Law and Economics
  • The best investment I could have made in my development.
  • Michal Pardo
    The programme attracts an international, multi-cultural environment of intellectuals


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: LLM/ MSc
  • Master's degree in: Law and Economics, Economics of Competition and Regulation
  • Programme: Law and Economics
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
60742, 60388
Language of instruction:
Part- or full-time status:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance