Deze opleiding

The unique LLM in Legal Research gives you the crucial research and analytic skills that are in demand today - whether your ambitions focus on working in academia or in a commercial law firm.

Are you curious, analytical, and ready to take on new challenges in a dynamic academic environment? Are you interested in writing academic texts, or engaging in debate, and tackling complicated legal issues? Would you like the opportunity to complete an in-depth master's-level programme in law that extends beyond the standard one-year period? The two-year Legal Research master's at Utrecht University may be the perfect choice for you!
For legal practitioners and academics alike, legal research skills are increasingly important. Law firms have a growing need for thorough, well-trained lawyers with excellent writing skills and a research-oriented mindset. The Legal Research programme will help you become the type of well-rounded lawyer that our changing society needs.
Legislative and executive processes at the international, national, and local levels need sharp analytical thinkers. Traditional law courses do not always provide graduates with the required knowledge and skills to meet this demand. Utrecht University developed the two-year Legal Research Master's programme to fill this need.


diplomaLLM Legal Research (research)
typeonderzoek, 120 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig Engels
opleidingsduur2 jaar voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
geen honoursprogramma
To get an impression of what it's like to study this 2-year research Master's programme in Utrecht, please have a look at the video.

Waarom aan de Utrecht?

Utrecht University's Legal Research programme is widely renowned, particularly in the fields of European, international and comparative law.
As a Legal Research student, you will receive high-quality contemporary teaching in a stimulating academic environment. Our inspiring and committed faculty researchers, such as Professor Anna Gerbrandy and Professor Robert Widdershoven will share their knowledge with you and encourage you to take part in or help organise activities like conferences and seminars.They may also invite you to assist in their own research.

Open dagen en meeloopdagen

Master's Open Day Utrecht
De Master's Open Day van de Universiteit Utrecht is op vrijdag 15 februari. Op deze dag geven vrijwel alle masterprogramma's van de universiteit voorlichting. Van 13:00 uur tot 18:30 uur op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, op de Internationale Campus en op het Utrecht Science Park
Master's Open Day Utrecht
De Master's Open Day van de Universiteit Utrecht is op woensdag 9 oktober. Tijdens deze avond geven vrijwel alle masterprogramma's van de universiteit voorlichting. Van 17:00 uur tot 21:30 uur op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, op de internationale campus en op het Utrecht Science Park
Master's Open Day Utrecht
De Master's Open Day van de Universiteit Utrecht is op woensdag 9 oktober 2019. Tijdens deze avond geven vrijwel alle masterprogramma's van de universiteit voorlichting. Van 17:00 uur tot 21:30 uur op diverse locaties in de binnenstad, op de internationale campus en op het Utrecht Science Park


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opbouwThis programme begins in September. You will start with five compulsory subjects and the compulsory course Academic Writing and Presentation Skills. In addition, you will complete three research projects, take three optional courses, and write a Master's thesis. With respect to the optional courses, you are (in principle) free to choose from the entire range of legal disciplines on offer within the Utrecht University School of Law. You are, however, expected to develop your own research profile
1e jaar
Academic Writing and Presentation Skills
Dynamics of Law in European and International Context: Part 1
7.5 EC
Methodology of Legal Research I: Internal Perspective
7.5 EC
Elective course within research profile
7.5 EC
Dynamics of Law in European and International Context: Part 2
7.5 EC
Methodology of Legal Research II: External Perspective
7.5 EC
Research Project A
7.5 EC
Methodology of Legal Research III: Advanced Comparative Law Tutorial
7.5 EC
Research Project B
7.5 EC
2e jaar
Elective course within research profile
15 EC
Law as an Academic Discipline, Science and Humanities
7.5 EC
Research Project C
7.5 EC
Thesis Legal Research afstuderen
30 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet65% zelfstudie
15% theorie
20% praktijk
case studies, literatuurstudie, mondelinge presentatie, onderzoek, onderzoeksproject, onderzoeksvoorstel, werkcollege, hoorcollege, werkgroep, groepsopdracht, portfolio, groepsdiscussie, individuele opdracht, zelfstudie, seminar

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2018
wettelijk tarief : € 2060
instellingstarief : € 10512
niet-EU/EER studenten : € 15575
1 september 2019
aanmelding deadline : 1 april 2019
collegegeld nog niet bekend


gemiddeld minimaal een zeven (7)


  • IELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 7.0 overall band, at least 6.5 for writing.
  • TOEFL, Internet based. Minimum score: 100, at least 23 for writing; institutional scores are not accepted (the TOEFL institution code for Utrecht University is 9062).
  • Cambridge Certificates Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.


Inschatting maandelijkse studiekosten

bron: Nibud
336kamerhuur in Utrechtrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1204totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

Bekijk ook de uitgebreide toelichting: wat kost studeren?

Studenten en studentenleven


51 studenten volgen deze opleiding
57% daarvan is vrouw
5 eerstejaars gestart in 2017
60% daarvan is vrouw
30526 studenten aan de Universiteit Utrecht
59% daarvan is vrouw
bron: StudieData

Op kamers in Utrecht

66691studenten studerend
31446studenten woonachtig   
€ 336gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
18 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
bron: Nationale Studenten Enquête

Feiten en / studie in cijfers

bron: Nationale Studenten Enquete 2015
algemeen oordeel3.63.6


De Nationale Studenten Enquete is het grootschalige onderzoek van de overheid onder studenten in Nederland naar de kwaliteit van opleidingen aan hogescholen en universiteiten.
In 2015 hebben meer dan 200.000 studenten hun oordeel gegeven over hun studie en instelling.

Legal Research aan de Universiteit Utrecht is beoordeeld door 15 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.6 uit 5.

Na de studie

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After finishing this Master's programme in Legal Research, you will be well prepared for legal practice at a national or international law firm, in the judiciary, or in a government or non-governmental position.
You can also find a legal research position, such as with one of the major law firms, the research departments of Supreme Courts in various parts of the world or in the Netherlands at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Council of State or the Research and Documentation Centre (Wetenschappelijk Onderzoeks- en Documentatiecentrum) of the Ministry of Justice.

Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Due to the unique nature of the Legal Research Master – a combination of acquiring research skills and completing internships at district courts or courts of appeals, etc. – many LRM students find a job well in advance of their graduation. As far as we know, no graduates are unemployed. LRM graduates pursue careers in academia as PhD students, work as (corporate) lawyers, and enrol in the Academy of Legislation. The scarcity of Dutch Research Masters within the legal discipline is certainly
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Potentiële beroepen

  • assistant professor
  • lawyer
  • lecturer
  • phd researcher
bron: StudieData


T: 030 2532670
LLM Student Desk
T: +31 30 253 70 04
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