Institution / Queens University Belfast

Law - European Law & Governance

The programme offers a unique approach to European Union and transnational law, aiming to generate comprehensive understanding of European and Global integration alongside approaches to federalism and multilevel governance. For years to come, EU expertise will be in high demand with government departments while the UK finds a new relationship to the EU. Legal practice will require expertise in EU law, whether or not the UK remains affiliated to the EU, in particular in specialisations such as commercial law and competition law. Graduates will be very well placed to excel in careers with EU institutions and organisations providing advice to national and regional governments in European matters.

Why Queen's?
The programme is unique in offering a 'law in context' approach to European Union Law, Transnational Law by teaching substantive law alongside legal theory and political and sociological approaches to federalism and multilevel governance. A high level of academic engagement is complemented by the opportunity to obtain subject specific placements in a competitive process.

Students can specialise on general EU topics and graduate with an LLM in EU Law and Governance or specialise on environmental and sustainability issues and graduate with an LLM in Environmental Law and Governance. Depending on success, students can either deliver a 60 credit (20 ECTS) dissertation or a module consisting of an internship and a dissertation at the same time.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or above or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline (eg Political Sciences, Economics, Sociology, Social Policy, Geography, Business Administration, European Studies). Exemption from these requirements may be considered for those applicants who hold a Masters degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) OR for those applicants with a 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) along with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Admission under the Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be considered for this course. Please visit for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL)
Admission to the programme(s) under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) is permissible in the following circumstances:
•A lower level of performance in an Honours degree, in combination with suitable experience may be acceptable
•Applications will be considered on the basis of experiential learning in combination with a sub-Honours degree level qualification

International Qualifications
For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

Additional Information for International Students
International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

*Taken within the last 2 years.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

Learning and Teaching
Morning and Afternoon.

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Successful completion will open a wide range of career opportunities to graduates. Legal practice is increasingly informed by European matters, in particular in specialisations such as commercial law, competition law, employment law and welfare law.

Graduates would also be very well placed to excel in careers with the EU institutions or organisations providing advice to national and regional governments in matters of EU law and policy or in environmental governance. Global careers in both fields are also an option. This intellectually challenging programme is also the ideal starting point for an academic career.

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

Professor Dagmar Schiek
School of Law
Tel: 028 9097 5122

Subjects taught

Programme Content
The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.

Compulsory modules
•Challenges for a World in Transition
•Multi-level Governance and European Law
•Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words), or Dissertation with Internship

Optional modules
•Environmental Governance from the Global to the Local*
•European Law and Economic Integration
•Transition Europe: the role of the EU in a Changing World

*Note: students who take this module may exit the programme with the award of LLM in Environmental Law and Governance.

Methodology mini-modules
•Approaches to Legal Research
•Legal Methods in the Governance of the Firm
•Making Knowledge Work
•Methods of Legislation

Assessment method

Assessment & Feedback
Assessed coursework and dissertation.

Application date

Postgraduate Taught
Closing dates do apply for some of our courses, and details of these are available on our Course Finder. We advise you to apply as early as possible, particularly for those courses where there is a high demand for places. Early application is also important for international applicants to allow sufficient time to obtain a student entry visa.

How to Apply
Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply. See application weblink below.

Enrolment and start dates

Entry year: 2018

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