LLM Governance and Law in Digital Society

General

Program Description

What role does the government play in the 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 strategies 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 the digital society and responding to them accordingly. This Master's program is designed to meet this demand and prepare students for a career within this field.

In this program, 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 program 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 program is taught at our Faculty campus in Leeuwarden (not Groningen).

Program

Year 1

This Master's program 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.

Courses

  • Policy science in the digital society (6 EC)
  • Supervision & Enforcement (6 EC)
  • Seminar Policy Analysis (6 EC)
  • Modern Public Management (6 EC)
  • Safety & Security in Digital Society (6 EC)
  • Cyber Crime (5 EC)
  • Governance of Safety (5 EC)
  • Thesis Project (20 EC)

Study abroad

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

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More 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, the theory of social science, policy studies, and organization studies.

language test

Native speakers of English may request an exemption from providing proof of proficiency. Otherwise, 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 program at a Dutch research university may be exempt from taking an English proficiency test.

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 letterhead and signed by the referee and must contain contact details of your referee, including his or her institutional e-mail address.

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
Dutch students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 € 14650 full-time
EU/EEA 2020-2021 € 2143 full-time

Job prospects

In this program, 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 program, 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 program 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, inter-municipal 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
Last updated Oct 2019

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