Postgraduate study

Law (Online Learning)

Awards: LLM

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

Funding available

Programme website: Law (Online Learning)

This programme offers an exciting and flexible range of courses, enabling you to tailor the LLM to suit your specific professional and personal needs.

To be effective on the international stage, legal professionals, business people and policymakers need to understand different legal cultures and ways of operating and communicating within alternative business contexts and regulatory frameworks. This programme provides an ideal learning environment for such individuals to develop the skills and knowledge upon which further study or a relevant career can be built.

The programme spans foundational issues in areas of law, including:

  • Commercial law
  • Information technology law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Medical law

To be awarded LLM Law you must successfully complete six courses and a 10,000-word dissertation during your chosen duration of study.

During your studies you will have the opportunity to study courses from a range of subject areas.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
LLMLaw1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
LLMLaw20 MonthsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
LLMLaw32 MonthsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
LLMLaw2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19
LLMLaw3 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2018/19

Having studied the programme, you will emerge with an understanding of legal issues not just in the legal context, but with a sound grounding in ethics, social and theoretical contexts.

Graduates of our online distance learning programmes progress to a range of careers in Law and related legal fields, including work in local and international firms, government legal departments, other public institutions, international organisations and in academia.

The programmes are also an ideal platform for advanced research.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Your degree does not have to be in the subject of law, but it must be from a recognised higher education institution.

We will also consider your other qualifications and professional experience as part of your application.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • an undergraduate or masters degree, that was taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Online Learning English Language Test (OLET)

Edinburgh Law School, in conjunction with the University’s English Language Education department, have developed an alternative English language test for applicants to our online distance learning postgraduate programmes in law for entry in September 2018.

The test is an alternative to the English language tests currently accepted by the University, such as IELTS, TOEFL-iBT, PTE(A), CAE and CPE.

Please note that this test can only be used to satisfy the English language requirements for entry onto a postgraduate programme in law by online distance learning at Edinburgh Law School, the University of Edinburgh. Places available for the OLET are limited and therefore may not be available to all applicants.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Applicants receiving an unconditional offer of admission will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 within 28 days or by the start of the orientation period, whichever is sooner, to secure their place on the programme.

Find out more about tuition fees and studying costs:

  • Edinburgh Law School Distance Learning Office
  • Old College
  • South Bridge
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9YL
Programme start date Application deadline
14 January 2019 13 November 2018

We strongly recommend you submit your completed application as early as possible, particularly if you are also applying for funding or will require a visa. We may consider late applications if we have places available.

We monitor application numbers carefully to ensure we are able to accommodate all those who receive offers. It may therefore be necessary to close a programme earlier than the published deadlines. If this is the case we will place a four week warning notice on this page.

You must submit a reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Edinburgh Law School Distance Learning Office
  • Old College
  • South Bridge
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9YL