Master of Studies (MSt) in Legal Research or Governance Studies

European Law and Governance School

Program Description

Master of Studies (MSt) in Legal Research or Governance Studies

European Law and Governance School

The ELGS Master of Studies is a 1-year degree program which enables students to conduct independent research in the fields of Legal Research, Governance Studies, or on an interdisciplinary topic.

It is supported by the expansive ELGS International Faculty network of over 100 legal and governance scholars and practitioners worldwide, the ELGS’ Partner Universities across Europe and the world, and the EPLO. Importantly, students of the program will be granted access to attend EPLO events on key themes in EU law and governance and to interact with renown EU leaders and decision-makers. Students graduate with a clear understanding and awareness of the most up-to-date scholarly research, as well as a solid network to support them in their career after the ELGS.

Successful applicants will be assigned a supervisor, based upon their academic interests, from the renown International Faculty Network of the ELGS. Full-time residency is not a requirement for this degree, but students will be required to attend several training sessions throughout the program which will be held at the EPLO premises in Greece. The first training session will introduce students to advanced research methods, while consecutive sessions focus on tutoring and teaching skills. Students are also expected attend classes, seminars, and lectures, as designated by their supervisors. Upon completion of the program, students will deliver a 30,000-word thesis and must successfully defend their thesis in front of an international jury to attain their MSt.

While this program encourages mobility and flexibility, students are expected to be devoted full time to their MSt studies. Students that are employed must be able to balance work and study and be able to deliver their thesis within the established time period.

Program Benefits

The ELGS MSt program is a modern program of the highest academic standard, which has been designed with flexibility and mobility in mind.The International Faculty Network is comprised of professors and practitioners from throughout the world, which enables students to conduct research on a wide range of topics, in many countries and in roughly 10 languages.*

*Pending the availability of an appropriate supervisor

Program Content

  • Attend 2-week orientation program in mid-October at Sounion (25 hours of classes in research methods, statistical methods, presentation preparation, public speaking)
  • Assigned a Supervisor and Devise Work Program
  • Attend classes and conferences as determined by supervisor and meet with supervisor
  • Delivery of Thesis
  • Thesis Defense


The faculty for the MSt in Legal Studies and/or MSt in Governance is comprised of scholars and practitioners with notable international experience in their fields of research. Students will be matched with an appropriate supervisor by the ELGS from the list of members of the International Faculty Network and from the resident faculty of the school.

Academic Requirements

Students from all over the world are admitted following a rigorous application process. Prospective students for the MSt should have a first or second class undergraduate degree in law, political sciences, or in a relevant field of the social sciences. High caliber students with a background in a different field of studies or a particularly competitive profile with evidence of relevant professional experience and long-term dedication to the field will also be considered. Due to the international nature of the program, degree equivalencies will be determined by the Faculty Board. Please note that students that are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. but that do not have a postgraduate degree should apply for the MST or MPhil program.

Language Requirements

All courses of the program will be taught in the English language. As a result, students originating from non-English speaking countries must evidence their level of English language skills in accordance with the following:

  • TOEFL Internet-based, Score of 90 or above
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency, Grade B or above
  • Any other internationally recognized test with equivalent marks

Students intending to conduct their research in a language other than English must demonstrate their level of the relevant language skills.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 25, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Oct. 2019
1 year
Full time
13,800 EUR
Greece - Athens, Central Athens
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Oct. 2019
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