Master of European Legal Studies

MELS online in short

  • 2-year bilingual (English & French) programme
  • 120 ECTS in total (60 ECTS per year)
  • French Master II diploma from Université de Lorraine
  • 4 academic weekends per semester

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About MELS

In partnership with renowned universities and leading experts in the academic and professional world throughout Europe we organise specialised Master programmes.

This Master is an international study programme offered in partnership with the Université de Lorraine in France. Participants who successfully conclude the programme are awarded a French Master degree: Master en études européennes – spécialité Droit de l’union européenne.

The fully online programme spans two years and is based on a combination of teaching methodologies. First, students attend online lectures and tutorials using interactive education methods such as group work, case studies, simulation exercises and problem-solving learning. The lectures are recorded and available for later viewing as well. Second, a set of online learning tools such as video tutorials (asynchronous), webinars, assignments and online tests are offered on the learning management platform. Finally, students are invited to engage in guided distance learning. Attendance is compulsory in order to be able to sit the examinations.

The tuition takes place once a month during “academic weekend” with a total number of four academic weekends per semester. The lectures are foreseen to be delivered on Thursday evening, Friday afternoon and Saturday all day. The academic weekends are supplemented by complementary lectures and self-study, providing students with an excellent opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the law and how it works in practice.

By virtue of the ‘Campus’ – the MELS e-Learning platform – students regularly receive up-to-date learning material, including extracts of legislation, case law and references for recommended literature designed to structure and supplement their studies.

MELS co-directors:

MELS Online, a unique programme for professionals

The programme, developed with the reputable Centre Européen Universitaire (CEU), is designed to achieve two principal aims:

  1. to provide an initial background to the fundamental issues underlying the European integration process and
  2. to offer progressive and increasing specialisation in the vast field of European law, with a view to enabling students to deal with legal questions in a practical way.


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Almudena Fuertes Fernández

Coordinator at the Legal Service of the Council of the European Union in Brussels

The European Institute of Public Administration has a good reputation within the EU Institutions. The MELS offers a flexible methodology which adapts to the needs of any professional willing to acquire a comprehensive expertise in the EU Institutions and in Union law. EIPA academics are experienced law practitioners and officials from EU Institutions. The fact of being surrounded by students from different EU and non-EU-countries is highly enriching.

Joao Mata Cruz

João Mata Cruz

Inspector, Portuguese Immigration and Border Service

MELS 2021-2023 has been such a great experience. It has allowed me to acquire a comprehensive view of EU Law in areas I am very familiar with and, simultaneously, in areas that are completely new for me. The level of the lecturers is remarkable and the academic, professional and cultural diversity within the classmates came as a plus that makes this experience even more enriching.