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Advanced Master's in International Tax Law (LLM)

Uva Amsterdam


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Advanced Master's in International Tax Law

The University of Amsterdam and the world’s leading tax research institute, IBFD, have combined their expert knowledge to create a unique advanced master's programme in International Tax Law. This one-year, full-time programme is based in the diverse and cosmopolitan city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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Career Prospects

Students following this unique programme can expect to receive a thorough grounding in every aspect of international tax law. The programme teaches the principles and practical issues of international tax law, how it is used in both private and industry practice and, finally, a detailed consideration of policy options available to states at different stages of development. The combination of all these aspects, taught by the best of academia, top practitioners and leading government officials, is designed to provide graduates with all the invaluable skills and knowledge they need to propel their careers forward, whatever direction they choose.


To ensure that students receive individual attention, this program is taught in small-scale classes of selected students. Students participate in many practical exercises, including Technical Meetings, a moot court and a mock tax treaty negotiation. Training in vital skills such as legal research, writing and oral presentation will also be given.

In addition, the UvA provides programme students relocating to the Netherlands with hands-on assistance, from offering practical advice to guidance on living accommodation and much more.

Highlights of this programme are:

  • Sound technical framework plus consideration of policy issues
  • Core teaching staff drawn from the University of Amsterdam and IBFD
  • Guest lecturers from a wide range of countries and backgrounds
  • Programme includes optional courses and skills training exercises
  • Small class of selected students
  • Active involvement of IBFD and access to IBFD resources (library/databases/student workspace)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Scholarships available
  • Career services class
Academic title and accreditation
The quality of this master’s programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that, upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in International Tax Law and the title of Master of Laws (LLM).

Application and admission

The programme starts every September; applications must be received by 1 April of the same year. Apply online via the UvA website.
Download the early admissions flyer

Each year, the programme offers many scholarship opportunities. Please visit the UvA website for more details.
IBFD scholarships
In support of the programme, two IBFD/UvA scholarships of half the registration fee (amounting to no less than €10,500 for the current academic year) are made available for the benefit of the students showing the most promise as active contributors to the programme. The selection process takes into account the students’ academic achievements, and whether they obtained high grades and demonstrate international mobility. 
Please visit the UvA website or download the full brochure for more detailed information, such as tuition fees, practical information about living in the Netherlands and much more.
Ranked in the 2020 Top 10 List for LLM Programs for International Tax Law.