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Master's Programme in Law and Society

  • Number of credits 120 Credits

Despite the ambition that the judicial system should be neutral, laws and regulations affect different groups in society in different ways. The Master’s programme prepares you for a working life that requires community-based legal competence and an ability to handle the law from a critical perspective. The programme is web based and aimed at students and professionals in all sectors of society. It has a Nordic and interdisciplinary profile and is a supplementary education that provides legal science excellence.

While studying

Studying in this programme means that the student actively searches for knowledge. The teaching is given through an electronic Learning Management System where the student takes part in lectures and fulfil seminars, quizzes, blogposts, individual written assignments and critically evaluate the production of knowledge. Individual written assignments are the main form for examination. The studies are characterised by a high degree of independent and active search for knowledge, and critical scientific analysis. Students who follow the programme have a guaranteed enrolment in all of the programme courses. This is an international programme with students coming from many countries. All teaching is done in English.

After completing 60 credits, students may, on application, obtain a Filosofie Magisterexamen (Degree of Master of Science, 60 credits). After completing 120 credits, students may, on application, obtain a Filosofie Masterexamen (Degree of Master of Science, 120 credits).


The first and second semesters include four mandatory courses:
- Law and Society. Introductory Course, 15 credits
- Law in Practice: Rights and Justice, 15 credits
- Critical Studies on Law and Gender in Nordic Contexts, 15 credits
- Social law in Nordic Welfare Contexts, 15 credits (alternatively Filosofie Magisterexamen: Student Thesis in Law 15 credits)

During the third semester the student can select a profile through elective courses equivalent to 15 credits. During the final semester the students conclude the studies by a Master thesis in Law equivalent to 30 credits.
- Elective Courses, 15 credits
- Law, Economics and the Family, 7,5 credits
- Gendered violence, 7,5 credits
- Master thesis in Law, 30 credits. (Student who have completed a thesis within the programme worth at least 15 credits during the second semester will further complete a thesis worth at least 15 credits during the fourth semester and also take the course Social Law in Nordic Welfare Contexts 15 credits).

Career opportunities

The programme opens up opportunities to work in the public and private sectors as well as in organisations. This refers to both traditional legal professions within the justice system and employments such as legal experts for governments, strategists, analysts, and also work including implementation, assessment or evaluation of law and policies, international work on peace-building, aid and development and human rights, and work within a wide range of regional and national associations or organisations working for human rights and diversity. Also work within the management and governance of the European Union focusing on the complexity of planning and decision-making within the European Union, and within organisations working directly towards the European Union on a central level, are of interest for the target group of this programme.

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