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MA in European Law and Policy




What will I learn?

We are happy to announce that we will be delivering this programme fully online in 2020-2021.

The EU is an increasingly important policy and legal actor. EU action cuts across virtually every policy field including security, economic policy, migration, human rights and the environment. The EU is a major source of regulation and requires ongoing engagement from multi-national and national corporations, NGOs and public authorities. Numerous and complex challenges facing governments and businesses require knowledge of European institutions and legal frameworks and awareness of public policy analysis, design and evaluation. Moreover, the European Union is going through a period of transition. The Eurocrisis, the migration crisis, problems with the rule of law and finally Brexit have forced a reflection on the future of Europe, its role and its institutional design. Brexit in particular will require a rethink of Ireland’s engagement with Europe and will generate numerous legal and policy challenges for public and private bodies alike. In response to this DCU has established the Brexit Institute, Europe's first and Ireland's only centre designed to analyse the legal, political and economic impact of Brexit from both a research and a policy perspective.

The Masters in European Law and Policy aims to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills to navigate and addresses these challenges. A broad curriculum will familiarise students with the legislative and institutional structure of the European Union and the operation of EU law while equipping students with core skills of public policy design and analysis. Optional modules and a dissertation will enable students to specialise in key policy areas such as migration, the environment or EU foreign policy. A special effort is made to integrate legal and public policy skills and to consider law in light of policy requirements and the role of law in shaping and implementing policy.


The Masters in European Law and Policy is designed to integrate legal and policy analysis and to equip students with complementary knowledge and skills across both fields. It is designed to ensure students have a comprehensive grounding in both EU law and policy analysis while allowing for some specialisation in either law or policy through optional modules and the dissertation topic.

In the first semester you will study three core modules covering EU Institutional law and policy analysis alongside a research skills module specifically tailored to the needs of legal policy analysts. The second semester allows students to deepen their knowledge of key fields while maintaining an inter-disciplinary approach. Students choose three optional modules dealing with specific areas of law and policy. Students must choose at least one law and one policy based module. Finally, students will be expected to complete a dissertation in either law or public policy under the supervisor of an expert member of faculty.


The Masters in European Law and Policy is designed to equip participants with a range of legal and policy related social science skills with specific reference to the European dimension of law and policy. Participants will graduate with a comprehensive knowledge of EU law and processes and public policy design, implementation and evaluation. Graduates will be equipped to engage in legal and policy advice and analysis across a wide range of fields impacted by European law and policy.

Possible careers

Legal policy advisor
Policy maker
National or European public servant
Lawyer and legal advisor

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€15,000.00 (US$ 15,820) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


Dublin City University

Glasnevin Campus,



Republic of Ireland

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have an honours primary degree (any discipline) or equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS academic Overall score 6.5 or above and 6.5 in writing and speaking. Other sections scores 6.0 or above; TOEFL (Overall score 580 or above and all sections scores 55 or above, TOEFL CBT: Overall score 237 or above and all section scores 21 or above, TOEFL IBT: Overall score 92 or above and all section scores 21 or above); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP)/Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 176 in Speaking and Writing and 169 in Listening, Reading; Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 63 in speaking and writing and 59 in listening and reading).

For international students

A degree at the level of an Irish or UK Honours undergraduate degree (H2.1 or above) or equivalent.

Applicants with the equivalent of a H2.2 in a related discipline with relevant work experience may also be considered.

If the applicant has not yet completed their degree than a conditional offer may be made on the basis of most recent grades and pending the achievement of a H2.1 degree.

Applicants with appropriate combinations of professional qualifications and experience may also be considered. This includes discipline-specific knowledge and know-how; transferable skills; basic research competency; personal effectiveness.

International candidates who are non-native speakers of English must satisfy the University of their competency in the English language.

  • Irish Leaving Certificate English: Ordinary Level Grade D3
  • GCE A-Level English Language: Grade D
  • IELTS: Composite score of 6.5 or above, with no less than 6.0 in any one component
  • TOEFL: 237 (computer-based), 580 (paper-based test)
  • TOEFL iBT: Total Score of 92
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAP): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 169 in all components.
  • English Test for Academic and Professional Purposes (ETAPP): C1
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic): 63 (with a minimum of 59 in all components)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Dublin City University

Three-time winner of the Sunday Times University of the year, DCU is a gateway to fantastic opportunities.

  • 20 per cent of student population is international
  • Ranked as one of the world’s top young universities
  • Based in Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in the world
  • Five faculties offering 80 dynamic programmes

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