Admission Research Master in Law

LLM Research Master in Law

Thank you very much for considering the Master’s program LLM Research Master in Law. On this page you will find all relevant information in order to apply to this program.

Admission requirements

Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following admission requirements:


  • You have a Bachelor's degree in Law (with above average to excellent results) before the start of this Master's program;
  • You have an adequate knowledge of English before the start of this Master's program. In order to prove your English proficiency you need to take (or have taken) one of the following tests:
    • Academic IELTS (minimum score 6.5 overall, minimum score of 6.0 on individual parts);
    • TOEFL (minimum score of 90 for the internet based test, TOEFL institutional code of Tilburg University is 9860);
    • Cambridge Proficiency Examination (CPE, score A, B or C) or Cambridge Advanced English (CAE, score A, B or C).

You are exempt for the English proficiency test if:

  1. You are a native English speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America;
  2. You completed all your secondary education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America;
  3. You completed all your university education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Application package

In order to prepare your application, you will need a digital version of the following documents:

  • Your diploma(s) and transcript(s). If you have not obtained your diploma yet (but you will obtain it before the start of the program), please upload a certified copy of your most recent transcript + a list of courses you still need to finish. If your diploma(s) and transcript(s) are not in English language, you will need to provide a sworn translation into English of these documents;
  • An academic IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge Proficiency Examination or Cambridge Advanced English certificate;
  • A letter of motivation (free format);
  • A snapshot (here you can download the format);
  • A thesis / paper / article written in the English language;
  • Your Curriculum Vitae;
  • Two letters of recommendation or reference from senior researchers or professors, to be send to admissions-law@tilburguniversity.edu by the author of the letters themselves.
  • A photocopy of a valid passport (your passport should be valid at least until the end of the Master's program) or ID-card (only for EEA/EU students);
  • For Chinese applicants only: Nuffic Certificate (formerly known as NESO Certificate). For information how to obtain a Nuffic Certificate, please visit the website of NESO China.

Online application procedure

Stage 1)

Read the requirements carefully and prepare your application package as explained in section ‘Application package’.

Stage 2)

Create an online application account. After you have created this account, the online application system (MySAS) will send you an email asking you to activate your account. Once you have activated your account, you may return to MySAS and start your application.

Stage 3)

Start your actual online application:

Step 1) Fill out personal details (name, date of birth, nationality, etc.)

Step 2) Fill out address details (where you live, emergency contact address)

Step 3) Proposed program (the program you are applying for)

Step 4) Language and other tests (your proficiency in English and if applicable other tests)

Step 5) Educational background (your previous education, schools attended)

Step 6) Supporting documents (required documents needed to apply)

Step 7) Additional documents (other optional supporting documents, not obligatory)

Step 8) Survey (how did you learn about Tilburg University?)

Step 9) Review (double check that you have completed steps 1 to 8)

Step 10) Submit (you will be able to submit your application after steps 1 to 8 have been completed)

Stage 4) Compulsary enrollment via Studielink

Please bear in mind that you must enroll in a study program both at Tilburg University and via Studielink (before the deadline). Please read the relevant information regarding your Studielink enrollment and registration on the webpage of Studielink.

After submitting your application

The Admission Committee needs a maximum of four weeks to come to a decision. After we receive the application package, a first review round will take place. The best candidates of this first review will receive an invitation for a Skype interview or an interview in person (depending on the location of the student). In the end there are three decisions possible:

  • Unconditional admission to the Master's program (you can start the Master's program at the next intake);
  • Conditional admission to the Master's program (you still need to upload your diploma and/or proof of English proficiency to start the program at the next intake);
  • Rejection of your application (you do not meet the requirements to start the Master's program).

Application deadlines TLS

Please make sure that you submit your application well in time, even if you have not yet made up your mind whether you want to do the program or not. That way you will receive the admission documents with plenty of time to spare.

Next course begins: 01-09-2018

Deadline for application:

  • NON-EU/EEA: 01-04-2018
  • EU/EEA: 01-07-2018

Practical information

After being admitted to one of our programs at Tilburg University, a number of arrangements (visa, housing, insurance etc.) must be made before your arrival. For more practical information, please go to the practical issues section.

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