This Master's programme begins in September. You start with several compulsory subjects to help you understand the ‘dynamics’ of law as well as legal methodology. In the first semester, you also take the compulsory non-credit course Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. In addition, throughout the first and second year, you complete two research projects, take a minimum of three elective courses, and write your Master’s thesis. In writing your research projects and thesis, you will be supervised by an experienced professor or senior lecturer. In addition, you will be supported by the ‘Methodology Round Table’, which consists of monthly interactive sessions in which you discuss research issues with your peers.
With respect to the elective courses, you are (in principle) free to choose from the entire range of legal disciplines on offer within the Utrecht University School of Law. These courses should form part of your own research profile, which you develop in consultation with the tutor who supervises you throughout the two-year programme.
When completing this programme, you will have gained in-depth knowledge of the field of research in your preferred legal discipline as well as developed a strong set of legal and academic skills. You will also have learned to produce texts that are relevant to legal academics and to participate in a variety of individual and collaborative projects. 
Via this link you can check out the Study Programme 2019-2020.

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Internships
  • Paper and presentation assignments
  • Cooperation in the preparation of and participation in international academic conferences and academic lectures
  • Conducting research and reporting it (in papers or academic articles)
  • Methodology Round Table (discussing matters of methodology, integrity and conducting research with your fellow students)

Group size

  • Lectures: max. 25 students (usually 10-20)
  • Tutorials: max. 25 students (usually 10-20)
  • Preparation of assignments and presentations: individually or in small groups (2-4 students)

Examination Methods

Year 1:

  • For each compulsory course: a paper and one or more presentations. sometimes a written or oral exam is required
  • First research project

Year 2:

  • Second research project
  • Exam for the profile courses, usually written examinations or writing of one or more papers
  • Master’s thesis