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About us Faculty of Law International programmes LLM programmes 2021-2022 Governance and Law in Digital Society

Programme requirements and structure


Important notice
If you are a new incoming student for the 2021-2022 academic year, please read here.

The Governance and Law in Digital Society programme is a one year long, full-time programme. The language of instruction and examination in the programme is English.

Programme requirements
In order to obtain an LLM degree in Governance and Law in Digital Society a candidate must successfully complete a total of 60 ECTS:

a. Six compulsory courses*:

  • Policy science in digital society (6 ECTS)
  • Supervision & Enforcement (6 ECTS)
  • Modern Public Management (6 ECTS)
  • Safety & Security in Digital Society (6 ECTS)
  • Cyber Crime (5 ECTS)
  • Governance of Safety (5 ECTS)

b. The Seminar Policy Analysis (6 ECTS)
c. Thesis Project, including an internship (20 ECTS)

*Please note, course names and schedules are occasionally subject to change.

Programme structure
The programme consists 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, focussing on issues such as privacy, safety and security, but also the construction of effective cooperation and efficient delivery through sharing and analysing data. The focus is not only on becoming familiar with theoretical concepts, but also on developing research skills.

During this year you will become familiar with problems the public sector face. You will gain practical experience through guest lectures and discussions about present-day topics of organisation such as the National Police Corps, Europol, consultancy agencies, or governmental organisations as broad as local authorities or the Immigration Services.

The second semester is aimed at deepening this knowledge. The semester starts with two additional courses. Furthermore, students will become familiar with the current practice through an internship. The final assessment is a master thesis, which is written for an organisation of preference, that will answer a scientific question of practical importance by combining a juridical analysis and social scientific research.

Do you have a question about an LLM programme? Contact the Faculty of Law directly through our information request form.

If you'd like to know more about the special features of this LLM, there will be online webinars for the programme on:


As the programme is a hybrid of both law and the social sciences, applicants must have an LLB or equivalent with a minor in Social Sciences or a BSc in Social Sciences with a minor in Law. If you do not have a minor in one of the required fields, you can apply to the Pre-LLM programme for this programme.

Also, please be advised this programme is taught at our Campus Fryslan in Leeuwarden (not Groningen).

The Faculty reserves the right to cancel or alter courses when necessary. Applicants receive due notice of any changes in the curriculum. These webpages will always hold the most recent information about the programmes.

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