Postgraduate study

School: Law

About the School

Established in 1707, Edinburgh Law School has been at the heart of legal research and education for more than 300 years. Our Old College home, newly refurbished for 2019, is a symbol of international excellence in legal education.

Situated in the heart of Scotland’s beautiful and cosmopolitan capital, Edinburgh Law School values outstanding legal scholarship. We pride ourselves on our welcoming and supportive community, as well as our capacity to attract the world’s brightest legal minds.

Excellence in teaching

Our programmes are delivered by academic staff who are experts in their field. Our postgraduate provision is research-led, with a focus on real-world relevance. This means that whichever path of study you choose, you can be confident that the course material is drawn from the most up-to-date research available. Our academics are passionate, supportive and inspirational in their teaching.

World-leading research

All of our teaching is underpinned by world-class research. Edinburgh Law School was ranked 2nd in the UK by research impact Grade Point Average (Times Higher Education, impact ranking, REF 2014) and 4th in the UK by research power (Research Fortnight REF 2014) acknowledging the breadth and quality of our research output. Overall, 77 per cent of our research was rated world leading or internationally excellent on the overall quality profile.

Our research has a real impact on people and communities – one recent project led to a change in police stop and search practices, while the work of one of our academics has been cited as hugely influential on the Colombian peace process. You will benefit from learning from people who are genuinely shaping our world as they contribute to scholarly and policy-oriented publications and projects.

At the heart of the city

Edinburgh Law School will return to its historical Old College home for 2019, following an extensive refurbishment. This project has transformed our premises at Old College into a 21st-century home for the School, whilst celebrating and preserving the building’s heritage and history. Designed for the way you study, the incredible new features include a spectacular Law Library, spacious seminar rooms and dedicated student social spaces at the heart of the School. Old College sits in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre, just a few minutes’ walk away from many of the city’s famous attractions. We are also at the centre of Scotland’s legal community, a short walk from the courts of Scotland and within easy walking distance of the nation’s legislative centre, the Scottish Parliament.

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We offer a range of options for postgraduate study: from professional qualifications to independent research, on-campus taught programmes to part-time, online study. Find out which graduate study option is right for you: