Governance and Law in Digital Society (LLM)

University of Groningen the Netherlands

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The award

How long you will study
12 Months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2209 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
EUR 16201 per year

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About Governance and Law in Digital Society at University of Groningen

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

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 the 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. 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 successfully 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 the 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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardLLMHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2209 per yearInternational course feesEUR 16201 per year

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

LLB or equivalent with a minor in Social Sciences or a BSc in Social Sciences with a minor in Law.

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.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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