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Academic Excellence Track

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The Academic Excellence Track (AcET) is a new Honours programme for Master's students that focuses on academic depth and opportunities for professional development. It is designed for excellent law students with evident research talent. The programme can be pursued in addition to all LLM programs (Dutch and English). You will receive advanced training in research methods and academic skills as well as gather first-hand research experience during a research internship at one of our research projects.

The study programme

The Academic Excellence Track (AcET) is worth 18 ECTS. The curriculum comprises of the course Law as a Change Maker (6 ECTS), a substantial research internship (9 ECTS) and a topped-up master thesis (+3 ECTS).

In the course Law as a Change Maker you will get acquainted with different approaches and methods used in legal research to critically reflect on the question how law produces change. During the research internship you will contribute to a research project at the Amsterdam Law School under the supervision of an experienced researcher. While writing your master thesis, you can receive extra credits for accomplishing a higher methodological and analytical complexity in your thesis research.

Why Honours Master's Academic Excellence Track?

Would you like to join a group of talented students at the Amsterdam Law School? Do you want to receive advanced training and contribute to a research project at our research-intensive faculty? Through participating in AcET you will get the chance to distinguish yourself and make a difference!

Academic staff

Prof. dr. M. (Marija) Bartl

Faculty of Law

Dep. Private Law

Dr. B. (Balázs) Bodó

Faculty of Law

Information Law

Dr K. (Kristina) Irion

Faculty of Law

Information Law

Prof. mr. P.A. (André) Nollkaemper

Executive Staff



Graduating from the Honours programme will testify to your academic and professional excellency. AcET will prepare you for a career in academic research, policy making or strategic advice where advanced research skills will be an asset. The programme will also equip you with the skills required to meet the high demands of working in ministries, courts, national and intergovernmental organizations and top law firms.

Is this Honours Master’s programme right for you?

  • Are you a top student who is curiosity-driven and keeps asking questions that matter for society?
  • Are you eager to take your academic skills a level higher and to join a vibrant research community that seeks answers for complex societal changes?
Master's student Tom
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Being surrounded by students who were enthusiastic and willing to challenge themselves encouraged me to work hard. Tom, student European Competition Law and Regulation Read the interview with Tom
Facts & Figures
Mode Honours programme
Credits 18 ECTS, 5 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in March