• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
In the Master’s programme in Law and Economics offered by Utrecht University, 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.

About

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 the Law and Economics programme offered by Utrecht University, 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:

  • LLM track
  • MSc track

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.

Careers

 Graduates of this programme typically apply for positions in regulatory and competition law or corporate environments (such as consultancies or regulatory departments of multinationals). They also obtain positions at regulatory bodies (such as the European Commission, ECB or national banks), competition authorities (like the ACM in the Netherlands) and various other regulatory agencies. 

These positions may be at the national level or in European-level institutions, such as ACER or ESMA. Positions in government departments, such as the Ministries of Economic Affairs or Healthcare, are also possible. 

Some graduates develop as entrepreneurs in start-up companies. Those obtaining the LLM degree, may also continue on either to large law firms with a strong corporate and competition law focus or to smaller firms specialising in competition law and regulatory law. 

LLM students will obtain the Dutch civil effect qualification (when Bachelor requirements are met), meaning that they qualify for the  professions of both judge and lawyer. Graduates also have continued in academia, either as lecturers or as PhD candidates.

Accreditation

Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Law and Economics of Market Regulation
  • Methodologies of Law and Economics
  • Law and Economics of Competition and Market Dominance
  • Supervision of Markets: Agency Design and Success
  • Competition and Regulation of Network Sectors
  • Research and Thesis Trajectory Law and Economics
  • Capita Selecta Law and Economics: Research Proposal Thesis 

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    96

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):

    193

    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • LLM Track: Knowledge/competence in the field of Principles of Microeconomics and a bachelor in Law, or a minor in Law (45 ECTS), including knowledge/competence in the field of European law.
  • MSc Track: Knowledge/competence in the field of European law and
    • a bachelor degree in Economics.
    • or sufficient knowledge of economics including knowledge/competence in the fields of: Microeconomics, Mathematics, Industrial organisation and Competition Policy, Corporate Finance and Econometrics or Advanced Statistics.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16600 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Utrecht

  • 900 - 1450 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited. You can begin your search for funding by reviewing the list below.

  • Law Economics and Governance International Talent Scholarship (LEG ITS)
  • Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • Holland Scholarship
  • Utrecht Sylff Scholarships
  • For outstanding graduates from University College Utrecht and Economics and Business Economics (UU)
  • Canadian student loans
  • Fulbright / NAF
  • US Federal Loans
  • Orange Tulip Scholarship
  • Erasmus+ Master loans

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