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Governance and Law in Digital Society

What role does the government play in digital society? And what impact does this have on the public sector? How should we approach issues of cybercrime from a legal and organizational perspective?

Recent advances in digitization have resulted in an increasing number of parties becoming involved in security issues. 'Security and digitization' is, after all, not restricted to cybercrime and thus affects both the police and courts of law. It is also concerned with issues of surveillance and the maintenance of law and order, including online as well as offline public order. Government agencies have to decide which stratgies to adopt in order to deal with such obstacles and issues brought about by digitization.

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

In this programme, you will work intensively with university partners in both the private and public sectors, to gain insight into the real life problems that organizations encounter. You will gain practical experience in working in a public context in the field of problems related to digitization. Graduates of the programme will be well equipped to discuss and tackle such problems, whether in academic research or in political or governmental organizations or the business world.

Please be advised, this programme is taught at our Faculty campus in Leeuwarden (not Groningen)

Facts & Figures
LLM in Law and Public Administration
Course type
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
Language of instruction
Why study this programme in Groningen?

De mastertrack Governance and Law in Digital Society van de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen is een verbinding tussen drie disciplines: het recht, de bestuurskunde en de veiligheidsvraagstukken. Deze combinatie maakt de mastertrack uniek in Nederland.


This Master's programme takes one year to complete. The first semester consists of an integrated set of course units on the key themes of governance, law and security, within the overarching theme of 'security in a digital society'. The first semester focuses on becoming familiar with theoretical concepts and developing research skills.

This is in part achieved by working with practical case studies from, for instance, a safety control region, insurance companies, banks, the Dutch Traffic Violation Bureau CJIB and governmental organizations. The second semester is aimed at deepening this knowledge.

CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Policy Science and Safety Issues (6 EC)
Safety and Security in Digital Society (6 EC)
Policy Analysis (6 EC)
Modern Public Management (6 EC)
Supervision and Enforcement (6 EC)
Cyber Crime (5 EC)
Governance of Safety (5 EC)

Keuze 2 van 3 keuzevakken

Internship and master's project (20 EC)
Programme options
honours programme (honours program)

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
  • For an average of 20 weeks
  • Maximum of 30 EC
Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
knowledge minimum

Om aan de vereiste sociaalwetenschappelijke kennis te voldoen, is er voor studenten met een juridische achtergrond een (Engelstalig) Summer Pre-LLM Programma beschikbaar. Tijdens dit programma volg je vier intensieve vakken in de 2e en 3e week van augustus waarin je wordt bijgeschoold in sociaalwetenschappelijke onderwerpen. Vanaf 1 mei begin je met de voorbereiding. Meer informatie is te vinden op:

language test

De mastertrack Governance and Law in Digital Society is volledig Engelstalig. Een taaltoets maakt onderdeel uit van de toelatingseisen. Via een van de volgende toetsen kan worden vastgesteld of je het Engels op het voor deze opleiding vereiste niveau beheerst.

TOEFL: 92 (minimumscore op alle onderdelen moet 21 zijn, schrijfonderdeel moet 23 zijn) IELTS: 6.5 (minimumscore op alle onderdelen moet 6.0 zijn, schrijfonderdeel moet 6,5 zijn) CAE of CPE

Heb je een Engelstalig bachelorprogramma afgerond aan een universiteit in Nederland? Dan ben je vrijgesteld van bovenstaande taaltoetsvereisten.

Let op! Het is je eigen verantwoordelijkheid om ervoor te zorgen dat je de benodigde Engelse taaltoets vóór aanvang van de master behaald. Tests mogen niet ouder zijn dan twee jaar.

other admission requirements

Curriculum vitae

In order to enable students to eliminate their deficiencies, the Faculty has created a pre-Master's programme. More information is available here:

There is also a Summer School for the pre-Masters:

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Applied Safety & Security StudiesNHL University of Applied Sciences

Additional requirements

More information:

De bacheloropleidingen Bestuurskunde, Integrale veiligheid en HBO recht aan de NHL geven toegang mits hiervoor speciaal voorbereide minoren (aangeboden vanaf 2017) zijn opgenomen. Neem voor vragen contact op met studieadvies ( of opleidingscoördinator (

LawNHL University of Applied Sciences

Additional requirements

More information:

De bacheloropleidingen Bestuurskunde, Integrale veiligheid en HBO recht aan de NHL geven toegang mits hiervoor speciaal voorbereide minoren (aangeboden vanaf 2017) zijn opgenomen. Neem voor vragen contact op met studieadvies ( of opleidingscoördinator (

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
LawUniversity of Groningen

No additional requirements

More information:

Extra informatie: De afstudeerrichting Jur. Bestuurskunde binnen de bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid geeft een drempelloze toelating. Andere afstudeerrichtingen binnen de bachelor Rechtsgeleerdheid dienen aangevuld te worden met essentiële instroomvakken. Neem daarvoor contact op met de studieadviseur.

Juridische BestuurskundeUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade average

On top of providing the Admissions Board with transcripts and diplomas, students should have an equivalent minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) of 7/10 (Dutch grading scale).

knowledge minimum

Knowledge minimum law: basic knowledge of administrative law, constitutional law, property law, and contract law plus elementary knowledge of public international law and/or European law.

Knowledge minimum social science: basic knowledge of social science research methodology, theory of social science, policy studies, and organisation studies.

language test

If you are not a native speaker of English, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 92 (all sections need to be at least 21; the writing section needs to

be at least 23)

  • IELTS: 6.5 (all sections need to be at least 6.0; the writing section needs to

be at least 6.5)

  • CAE or CPE

Applicants who are taking/have completed an English-taught bachelor programme at a Dutch research university are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

For more details about language requirements please check: The test scores cannot be older than two years.

previous education

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

reference letter

Candidates must provide one letter of reference from an academic referee who has detailed knowledge of their academic records. The reference can be emailed to the Admission Office from your referee's institutional e-mail address or uploaded in the Online Application System. The uploaded letter should be on a letterhead and signed by the referee and must contain contact details of your referee, including his or her institutional e-mail address. More information can be found at :

written request

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.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2018-2019€ 2060full-time
non-EU/EEA2018-2019€ 14350full-time
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time
After your studies

Job prospects

In this programme, you will work intensively with partners in the private and public sectors. In this way you will encounter real problems that public sector organizations face. You will gain practical experience in working in a public context in the field of digitization problems. As a graduate of this programme, you will be well equipped to discuss and tackle such problems, whether in academic research or in political or governmental organizations or the business world.

Graduates of this programme go on to work in a variety of positions in the public sector. Career opportunities lie not only with traditional authorities such as ministries or provincial and local governments but particularly also in organizations surrounding them: agencies, independent governing bodies, intermunicipal and regional organizations, European and international organizations and in the business world. Take, for example, the National Police, departments of ministries such as the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism, the Public Prosecution Service, the Special Investigative Services and private parties who work together with public organizations.

Job examples

  • Researcher in a safety control region
  • Veiligheidsmanager/dataspecialist bij een overheidsuitvoeringsorganisatie
  • Toezichthouder bij een autoriteit als de Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens
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								Testimonial of Jorn Travaille

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

    – Jorn Travaille
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    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. For that reason the choice for the master program Law and Governance in Digital Society was made quickly.

    I have lived in Leeuwarden since September 2018 and it is a vibrant and cozy city. 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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    A specialization for which there is a great demand in the market

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    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. Our society is digitizing at a rapid pace and that raises questions about the ways in which the public sector can and should react. 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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Student profile

The Master's track in Governance & Law in Digital Society is an interdisciplinary track for students with a legal or social sciences profile. Both groups of students will first have to complete a Pre-Master's programme to ensure adequate mastery of key competences and knowledge.

For Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden (NHL) graduates in Public Administration, Applied Safety & Security Studies and Law this is achieved through a set of Minors in their own programme. Other students must follow a Pre-Master's programme. The admission requirements for international students are still being considered; these do not, of course, lie in the area of Dutch law, but in the areas of European and international law.

Study support

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.