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.
Bridge the common gap between Law and Economics
In the Master’s programme in Law and Economics, 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. As a graduate of this programme, you will be uniquely prepared to bridge what is a common gap between these disciplines. You combine the joint goal of this programme with one of the two distinctive tracks of Law and Economics. Find out more about the following tracks:
Growing demand for multidisciplinary experts
Utrecht University’s Master of Law and Economics was established in response to growing demands from international employers for multidisciplinary experts in competition, regulatory issues and governance. In the programme, you will examine legal and managerial issues as well as the underlying economic theories behind such cases as:
- The European Commission’s imposition of a €1.47 billion fine on Philips for operating a cathode ray tube cartel.
- UPS’s withdrawal from a €5.16 billion deal with TNT Express after European regulators moved to block the acquisition.
- The European Commission’s investigation into the proposed acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo by US-based Liberty Global.
- The adequacy of governance codes in addressing Rhineland vs. shareholder economies in the area of executive pay, amongst other things.
- The demise and subsequent bailouts of international banks by governments attempting to prevent financial system collapse.
- The relocation of financial headquarters, or the use of transfer prices, to avoid paying taxes, as was recently revealed by firms like Google, Starbucks, and the Rolling Stones.
Real interaction between two disciplines
If you have a law background (LLB), you will qualify for an LLM degree through this programme, while an Economics background (BSc) typically qualifies you for an MSc in Law and Economics. The very unique aspect of this programme is that students from both (and other) backgrounds follow the same integrated programme in order to foster a multidisciplinary setting right from the start. 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 market regulation from both the legal and economic perspectives, 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.
- 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