Governance and Law in Digital Society

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

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How do governments influence effects of digitalisation, such as cybercrime and breaches of privacy? And how can governments make better use of benefits that digitalisation has to offer?

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typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
numerus fixusnee
honoursheeft honours track

In the modern globalised world, privacy and security are two topics that do not lose their relevance. On the contrary, incidents demonstrate how they affect our daily life. This LLM programme discusses the need to protect the privacy of citizens online, the influence of the private sector and the effectiveness of law enforcement.

Our students have a variety of backgrounds. What they have in common is that they are interested in studying how governments deal with challenges of digitalisation. They use their background knowledge of the legal frameworks and governance structures in order to develop this interest.

Consequently, if you are a law student, in addition to your degree, you will need an understanding of governance theories and social research methods before you commence with the degree. If you do not have prior knowledge in this area, you can acquire it by following our online, premaster programme offered between February and May. A successful completion of this programme provides you with proven knowledge of these domains, making you eligible for this Master’s degree.

If you have a social science background, it might be necessary to develop a greater understanding of the law before the start of the Master’s programme. You can acquire this knowledge by completing the premaster during the spring semester. After successful completing the programme you have proven knowledge of the relevant areas of law, such as European and international law, and will be eligible for the Master’s programme. A similar premaster is offered for students of International Relations, which deepens the knowledge of governance structures and legal frameworks.

This master’s programme degree offers you current academic insights to develop knowledge about the topics discussed. In addition, by means of guest speakers, excursions, internships and research, you will gain practical experience with digitalisation issues in a public sector context. After this study, you will have all the necessary skills allowing you to successfully pursue a meaningful career in this highly dynamic and complex environment.

This master responds to an increasing demand of the labour market, since there is a great need for lawyers with knowledge of public administration to deal with the issues of digitalisation. As a graduate of this programme, you will be highly demanded by employers.

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Waarom aan de RUG?

The English-taught LLM Governance and Law in Digital Society combines two distinctive disciplines: Law and Public Administration in order to study consequences of IT (including privacy, safety and security), making it unique in the Netherlands.

Further, the LLM is taught at the University of Groningen's Campus Fryslan in Leeuwarden, offering a chance for a more personalized study experience within a small classroom setting.


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Governance and Law in Digital Society is a one year programme, consisting of lectures, a seminar, an internship and a master's thesis. The first semester comprises of various courses on key themes of governance and law in a digital society, focusing on issues such as privacy, safety and security, but also the construction of effective cooperation and efficient delivery through sharing and analyzing data.
Policy science in digital society
6 EC
Supervision & Enforcement in digital society
6 EC
Seminar Policy Analysis
6 EC
Modern Public Management
6 EC
Security & Privacy in Digital Society
6 EC
Cyber Crime
5 EC
Regulation of digital technologies
5 EC
Thesis Project afstuderen
20 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
onderwijsopzet50% zelfstudie
45% theorie
5% praktijk
case study, colloquium, group discussion, group assignment, lecture, individual assignment, literature study, oral presentation, research, research project, seminar, internship, self study
study guidance
If you come across questions with regard to your programme, study progress, your way of studying, personal circumstances, etc., you can go to the International Office for guidance. All discussed in these conversations is treated confidentially.
honours-/excellence program Master's Honours Programme

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Toelating en kosten


1 september 2022

aanmelding deadline : 1 mei 2022
collegegeld nog niet bekend


You will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 100 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to be at least 23)
  • IELTS: 7 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to be at least 6.5)
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE, Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English);
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English)
  • Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university may be exempt from taking an English proficiency test.
  • For more details about language requirements please check:

The test scores cannot be older than two years.
Native speakers of English may request exemption from providing proof of proficiency.
When you have completed an English-taught bachelor's programme at a university in the Netherlands you are exempt from the above language requirements.

Since the programme Governance and Law in Digital Society (GLDS) is a mix of law and social sciences, most students will have to participate in a pre-LLM programme in order to be admitted. Therefore, two types of pre-LLM programmes are presented here: an intensive online Pre-LLM for law students and regular pre-LLMs for social science students and for International Relations:

Please note, students with a bachelor of Law of the University of Groningen, with the specialisation Juridische Bestuurskunde, are directly admissible. Also for graduates of a bachelor in Public Administration, Applied Safety & Security Studies or Law at NHL Stenden with the integrated premaster direct admission is possible.

Applicants must send a motivation letter (max. 650 words). The letter should be written by the applicants themselves; it is not allowed to submit an (official) translation.

studie kosten
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bedrag kostenpost
€ 10500levensonderhoudper jaar
€ 600studiematerialenper jaar
€ 304visa/permitper jaar

estimated monthly costs

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0kamerhuur in Leeuwardenonder landelijk gemiddelde
172collegegeldop basis van € 2060 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 868totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
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Studenten en studentenleven


24 studenten volgen deze opleiding
42% daarvan is vrouw
? eerstejaars gestart in 2017
?% daarvan is vrouw
29331 studenten aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
51% daarvan is vrouw
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Lucas Haitsma
Starting my LLM programme in Governance and Law in Digital Society

When looking for an LLM program, I was looking for one that that I could tailor to my interests, as well as offer some working experience. During my bachelor's degree in International and European Law and my first master's degree in Global Criminal Law, I developed an interest in cybercrime and the problems it posed for law enforcement and I wanted to further cultivate this interest.

I was also looking for a master’s program that would help me expand beyond a specifically law perspective and provide me with a policy and governance outlook...
This led me to the Governance and Law in Digital Society (GLDS) LLM.How did you hear about the programme and why did you choose to apply?I discovered the GLDS programme via Facebook. Prior to this, I was actually planning to do a different, second LLM that I was not entirely sold on. As soon as I learned more about the GLDS programme, I knew that it was exactly what I was looking for. Within a matter of days, I cancelled my enrollment to the other LLM, and applied and enrolled for the GLDS summer school and degree program. I look back very favorably on that decision. I ultimately chose the GLDS LLM because it was exactly what I wanted. I saw that the LLM was partially based on projects which provided me with an excellent opportunity to tailor such to my interest in cybercrime. The GLDS programme was also quite attractive to me because it involved many guest lectures from people who work in fields related to digitalization, there were several seminars, and there was the possibility for an internship. The internship was also a big selling point for me as this is rare for an LLM programme and it meant that I would not only graduate with a degree but also working experience. Lastly, the master’s provided me with an opportunity to branch out from my law education and dive deeper into how policy and governance play a role in the issue of cybercrime.How has your experience been so far with beginning the programme? So far, the program has been fantastic. I am currently working on a number of projects that fit my interests and am loving it. I am working on projects related to the enforcement of Dutch cybercrime legislation, predictive policing, and problems for law enforcement arising from the use of digital evidence. While I am working on projects related to cybercrime, my peers are working on other topics related to digitalization in the areas of finance, defense, government, and social media. What I have particularly enjoyed so far is the presentations given in guest lectures as it really gives you a feel for why graduates of this program are in high demand and an idea of the various organizations you can end up working for. Furthermore, all of the topics we have covered have been engaging and all of the classes have an interactive element. What are you looking forward to in the programme during the upcoming academic year?In the upcoming year I am especially looking forward to the internship placement. The internship I believe is a great opportunity to put some of our unique knowledge about digitalization into practice. Technology and digitalization are evolving at a very high rate and many companies are looking for students with expertise in the area of digitalization to help them navigate this high paced environment. I am very much looking forward to making my own contributions in that area and conducting research in the field.- Lucas Haitsma, Netherlands, Governance and Law in Digitial Society student

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Jorn Travaille
Jorn Travaille , Netherlands, LLM in Law and Governance in Digital Society

Last year I graduated from the University of Groningen with a bachelors degree in Public Administration. I lived in Groningen for four years with great pleasure, but I thought it was time for something else.My interest in the UG Campus Fryslân (in Leeuwarden) was aroused, because the university was going to offer master programs that deal with contemporary problems there.I was looking for a study that would enable me to help solve social problems and involve my special interest in digitization...
In addition, it was also pretty easy to get a nice and affordable apartment. I like studying at Campus Fryslân; there is a positive atmosphere and they organize interesting lectures with notable experts, for example former Secretary General of NATO Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. Another interesting thing is that students in the LLM have different backgrounds, such as sociologists, lawyers, and safety experts. This multidisciplinarity presence in the classroom provides useful discussions which help me to develop a broader view on certain issues.The programme provides insight into privacy issues, enforcement, and the policy process. I personally like the cyber security courses the most, because it is a subject that is currently developing very quickly within contemporary society. I get the feeling that I am studying something that matters, something that is in the center of political interest. For these reasons I would definitely recommend this LLM.

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Nynke Dijkstra
The study responds to current events and the field of study is constantly evolving

After obtaining a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the RuG, I decided to follow a pre-master to gain access to the master's degree in Governance and Law in Digital Society.This master's programme appealed to me enormously, because the field of law is so topical. Technological developments are ongoing, more and more devices are being connected to the internet...
For example, different laws and regulations were discussed that have been introduced in the field of cybercrime and data protection. In addition, we have devoted a great deal of attention to the digitisation of government and government services, for example through the use of algorithms and automated decision-making.The internship, which is part of the master's programme, allows you to gain practical experience and apply the knowledge gained from the various subjects in practice. In addition to an internship assignment, it is also possible to write your thesis for an organisation.During my master's degree I gained a lot of knowledge about policy making and various laws and regulations in the field of privacy and cybercrime. Through my internship, I was able to apply my knowledge in practice and get a better idea of what I wanted to do after my master's degree.I graduated in July 2019, but even before I was given a contract as a Cyber Trainee at the Dutch I-Traineeship. This traineeship lasts 2 years, during which I will work for three clients for 8 months periods. My first assignment is at the Lower House, where I am responsible for information security policy and security awareness.I can strongly recommend the master in Governance and Law in Digital Society. The study responds to current events and the field of study is constantly evolving.

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A specialization for which there is a great demand in the market

As professor I am responsible for the Bachelor and Masters' tracks in Law and Governance. I teach within these tracks and carry out research. My research interests lie with the working of general and administrative law in practice and the functioning of the public sector and specific parts thereof .My job gives me the opportunity to satisfy my curiosity about how legal arrangements work in practice. I find the workings of the public sector the most interesting because that affects us all.This track provides a specialization for which there is a great demand in the market...
In particular, issues of digital security receive a lot of attention – from security of financial transactions to security in elections, as well as public order and safety in the physical world, which is also influenced by developments of digital technology.This is the right track for you if you are interested in problems at the intersection of government, market and society and in particular the consequences of digitization for the ways in which our society works and should be governed.This is a track with a very interesting profile for the job market and an interdisciplinary setup that deals with current problems that affect all of us.

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Evgeni Moyakine
As an Assistant Professor I am involved in various teaching and supervision activities connected to cyber security, privacy and data protection

As an Assistant Professor at the IT Law Section of the Department of Transboundary Legal Studies of the University of Groningen, I am involved in various teaching and supervision activities connected to cyber security, privacy and data protection. In addition, I continue to carry out research concerning the processing of personal data by State and non-State actors and the issue of international responsibility for cyber operations...
The same concerns can be raised with regard to cyber activities of private persons and entities who cause different forms of harm to others but operate on behalf of States and together with them manage to escape responsibility. Therefore, it is crucial to stand still and think about not only the existing legal norms and principles but also their interpretation in the light of these developments stemming from the cyberspace and having a tangible impact in the physical world.

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Oskar Gstrein
For the teaching in this program insights from the EU-funded “Cutting Crime Impact” are of great relevance.

I am Assistant Professor at the department of Governance and Innovation at Campus Fryslân, where I am also member of the Data Research Centre. With my background in law and philosophy I explore topics such as human rights in the digital age, security and surveillance in context of the rule of law, privacy and data protection, digital identity, as well as the use of digital technologies for governance purposes. I combine my teaching with insights from ongoing research on the use of state-of-the-art technologies such as predictive policing or blockchain applications...
In this project we collaborate with law enforcement agencies and security experts from the Netherlands and all over Europe. We research the impact of ethical, legal and social aspects on the design of innovative security technologies. Finally, for this master we frequently organize excursions to international and national institutions so that students get the chance to exchange with practitioners on relevant topics (e.g. dark-web investigations) and receive the opportunity to enhance their network.

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Governance and Law in Digital Society
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NAN% vrouw
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100% Engelstalig
2/3 RUG
Juridische Bestuurskunde
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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100% Nederlandstalig
3/3 RUG
Recht en Bestuur
€ 303 gemiddelde kamerhuur
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NAN% vrouw
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100% Nederlandstalig
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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

In the job market, there is a clear demand for graduates with an interdisciplinary profile capable of interpreting development in digital society and responding to them accordingly. The Master's programme is designed to meet the increasing demand and prepare students for a career within the field.

Graduates of this programme go on to work in a variety of positions in the public sector. Career opportunities are not limited to traditional authorities such as ministries or subnational authorities but also found within organizations surrounding them, for example the Public Prosecution Service, consultancy agencies and the police organisation.

Further, all students have access to the university Careers Services Law which can help them in finding and preparing for internships and employment.

Potentiële beroepen

consultant, for example of it risks, digital transformation, digital safety or law enforcement in digital society
onderzoeker/ adviseur bij de politie
specialist at a regulatory body, such the data protection authority
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