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Law PhD, LLM by Research

Open Day: 21 November 2014

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PhD Law - 3 Years (Full-time)
PhD Law - 6 Years (Part-time)
LLM by Research History and Philosophy of Law - 1 Year (Full-time)
LLM by Research History and Philosophy of Law - 2 Years (Part-time)
LLM by Research Law - 1 Year (Full-time)
LLM by Research Law - 2 Years (Part-time)
LLM by Research Legal Research - 1 Year (Full-time)
LLM by Research Legal Research - 2 Years (Part-time)

Fees & costs information

Where available, individual programme fees are linked above. For details information on fee status, policies and payment see:

£100 for the LLM (R) and PhD programmes.

Funding opportunities

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Contact information
Aimie Little
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 2010
Address: School of Law (Postgraduate Office)
Old College
South Bridge
Central Campus

Entry requirements

To study at postgraduate level you should have a first degree in an appropriate subject or relevant qualifications and experience.

Confirm with the School to find out whether there are specific entry requirements for this programme.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.

IELTS minimum score
  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
Other accepted tests and scores
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A

Find out more about our language requirements:

How to apply

You must submit two references with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

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Research profile

Research is central to the Law School's activities, with our staff actively engaged in research across a wide range of legal and socio-legal areas.

Rated a 4* in the UK's 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the Law School has a strong international reputation for high-quality research.

As you will see from our website, our academic staff produce numerous books, articles and other scholarly publications.

Our research expertise informs our programmes of teaching and learning, meaning that students learn in a research-active environment, at an institution with a strong research reputation, and on programmes designed to lead them into exploring the key research issues in each field.

The School's research students form an important part of our academic community and are engaged in cutting-edge research in their respective fields.

Our School of Law research centres include:

Training and support

Research training courses are offered to all research students.


We have dedicated facilities for research students and can provide supervision leading to LLM (R) degrees, which include:

  • LLM by Research (one year) - this degree is based solely on completion of a supervised dissertation;
  • LLM in Legal Research (one year) - this programme combines modules on research theory, training and skills, a core course from the general LLM programme, and completion of a supervised dissertation;
  • LLM in History and Philosophy of Law (one year) - this programme builds on Edinburgh Law School's national and international reputation in the fields of Philosophy of Law and Legal History.

We also offer supervision for PhD (minimum three years) degrees in any of the Law School's areas of study.

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