Programme website: Law
This general LLM programme is the ideal choice for students wishing to expose themselves to diverse areas of advanced legal scholarship. We offer a very wide range of specialist courses, many taught by internationally recognised experts in their fields, and legal and industry professionals.
You will select courses from across the School’s key research and teaching fields, including:
- commercial law
- criminal law
- EU law
- IP, media and technology law
- international law
- legal history and legal theory
- medical law
- private law
- public law
This structure ensures you can pursue a truly diverse and challenging curriculum through which you will be able to develop a broad expertise in cutting-edge legal scholarship.
This programme is made up from 120 credits of taught courses and a 60-credit dissertation on an approved topic (generally one that builds upon one of the courses that you have studied with us).
There are no compulsory courses on the general LLM that all students have to take. Instead you may choose from the diverse range of specialist courses offered within the School (subject to the availability of places or whether courses are running in a given year).
You will experience a range of teaching styles on this programme and you are expected to prepare in advance by reading the required materials and reflecting on the issues to be discussed. Your participation in classes will be assessed.
For the dissertation, you will be allocated a supervisor, who will provide guidance and support. The purpose of the dissertation however, is to allow you to independently design and conduct an original piece of research and analysis.
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.
By the end of this programme, you should have acquired a more sophisticated understanding of your chosen subjects, including the diverse functions of law in contemporary society, differing approaches to the subject and a greater familiarity with research materials and methods.
The LLM in Law is an excellent way to identify and develop a legal specialism for a career in legal practice or academic research.
Many recent graduates have used the programme as a platform for further study. Others who are professionally qualified are now working as attorneys, lawyers, legal advisers and specialists, financial analysts and tax associates for organisations including Deloitte, The Royal Bank of Scotland, the Brooklyn Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Japan.
A minimum UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law.
We will also consider a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a social science subject.
Supporting Your Application
Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
Relevant professional qualifications will be considered.
Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.
Students from China
This degree is Band C.
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 or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
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 (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 25 in writing and 23 in each other module)
- 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:
If you receive an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, you will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit of £1,500 (within 28 days of receiving your offer) to secure your place on the programme.
Find out more about tuition fee deposits:
You will be responsible for covering living costs for the duration of your studies.
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
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.
Other funding opportunities
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This programme is not currently accepting applications. Applications for the next intake usually open in October.
Start date: September
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 2021-2022 are shown below.
|Round||Application deadline||Places awarded|
|1||04 December 2020||28 January 2021|
|2||26 February 2021||31 March 2021|
|3||07 May 2021||18 June 2021|
|4||30 June 2021||27 July 2021|
- Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Office
- Phone: +44 (0)131 650 2386
- Contact: email@example.com
- Edinburgh Law School Postgraduate Office
- Old College
- South Bridge
- Central Campus
- EH8 9YL