Postgraduate study

Corporate Law LLM

Awards: LLM

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Corporate Law

This innovative programme aims to transcend a narrow focus on legal rules and put the study of corporate law in a wider interdisciplinary and comparative framework.

The portfolio of courses offered on the programme allows you to acquire in-depth knowledge of legal, economic, financial and comparative matters covering the entire life-cycle of a corporation.

You must complete 180 credits of study – 60 credits are taken in the compulsory dissertation and the remaining 120 credits are taken in taught courses.

Courses will be taught in seminars, led by members of the Law School academic community and by experienced legal and business practitioners. In some courses you will be required to deliver individual or group presentations.

Entry to some courses depends upon you having studied the relevant topic at undergraduate level.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances or lack of demand for particular courses, we may not be able to run all courses as advertised come the start of the academic year.

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
LLMCorporate Law1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
LLMCorporate Law2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

On successful completion of the programme, you will have acquired an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of business transactions, as well as legal and financial skills that are particularly valuable to businesses, professional practices and regulatory bodies.

This programme is for individuals seeking to start or develop careers in the fields of corporate law, business or finance.

A minimum UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law.

Applications from strong candidates with a degree in a related discipline which includes relevant prior study will also be considered, with high achievement in corporate law subjects at degree level and relevant professional experience.

Entry to this programme is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements for consideration does not guarantee an offer of study.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

For 2020 entry we accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: 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

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 7.0 in the writing component and 6.5 in each other module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 25 in writing and 23 in each other module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 67 in writing and at least 61 in each of the other "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 185 in writing and 176 in each other module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
LLMCorporate Law1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
LLMCorporate Law2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

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

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2020/21 are shown below.

Round Application deadline Places awarded
1 15 November 2019 20 December 2019
2 31 December 2019 25 February 2020
3 21 February 2020 03 April 2020
4 09 April 2020 21 May 2020
5 15 May 2020 26 June 2020
6 30 June 2020 28 July 2020

You must submit one reference with your application.

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

Further information

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