M.A. On Campus

European Law and Policy

Dublin City University

12 months
15000 EUR/year
7400 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Masters in European Law and Policy at Dublin City University (DCU) is designed to integrate legal and policy analysis and to equip students with complementary knowledge and skills across both fields.


The EU is an increasingly important policy and legal actor. EU action cuts across virtually every policy field including security, economic policy, migration, human rights and the environment. The EU is a major source of regulation and requires ongoing engagement from multi-national and national corporations, NGOs and public authorities. Numerous and complex challenges facing governments and businesses require knowledge of European institutions and legal frameworks and awareness of public policy analysis, design and evaluation. 

Moreover, the European Union is going through a period of transition. The Eurocrisis, the migration crisis, problems with the rule of law and finally Brexit have forced a reflection on the future of Europe, its role and its institutional design. Brexit in particular will require a rethink of Ireland’s engagement with Europe and will generate numerous legal and policy challenges for public and private bodies alike. In response to this DCU has established the Brexit Institute, Europe's first and Ireland's only centre designed to analyse the legal, political and economic impact of Brexit from both a research and a policy perspective.

The Masters in European Law and Policy at Dublin City University aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to navigate and addresses these challenges. A broad curriculum will familiarise students with the legislative and institutional structure of the European Union and the operation of EU law while equipping students with core skills of public policy design and analysis. 


The Masters in European Law and Policy is designed to equip participants with a range of legal and policy related social science skills with specific reference to the European dimension of law and policy. Participants will graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of EU law and processes and public policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates will be equipped to engage in legal and policy advice and analysis across a wide range of fields impacted by European law and policy.

Possible careers

  • Legal policy advisor

  • Policy maker

  • National or European public servant

  • Lawyer and legal advisor

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • EU Institutional Law

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Research and Methods in Law and Public Policy

  • EU Environmental Law and Policy

  • European & International Human Rights Law

  • European Employment Law

  • EU Migration and Asylum Law

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.1 or above) or equivalent.
  • Applicants with the equivalent of a H2.2 in a related discipline with relevant work experience may also be considered.
  • If the applicant has not yet completed their degree than a conditional offer may be made on the basis of most recent grades and pending the achievement of a H2.1 degree.
  • Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7400 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7400 EUR per year during 12 months.

PT fees

  • EU/EEA: 4,000€
  • International: 7,400€

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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