Edinburgh Law School

Law

This general LLM programme is the ideal choice for students wishing to expose themselves to diverse areas of advanced legal scholarship.

Edinburgh Law School offers a very wide range of specialist courses, many taught by internationally recognised experts in their fields.

At present, key areas of research and teaching include:

  • international law
  • commercial and corporate law
  • criminal law
  • international economic law
  • international banking and finance
  • medical ethics
  • criminology
  • intellectual property
  • information technology law
  • European law
  • private law
  • comparative law
  • human rights
  • public law.

This allows students on the general LLM to take courses which make up a diverse and challenging curriculum and through which they will be able to develop a broad expertise in cutting-edge legal scholarship.

Entry requirements

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

We may also consider a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a social science subject.

International qualifications

Please 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
    • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries
  • 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 two and a half 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.

Course modules

The programme structure for 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

The programme structure and courses for 2017/18 are currently being finalised.

To give you an idea of what the programme structure and courses might consist of, the below information details the structure and courses for this programme in 2016/17.

For 2016/17 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

To ensure a programme of general interest there are no mandatory courses, however, you may only select a certain number of credits (60 per semester) from particular fields. This is indicated in the course options lists below.

Commercial Law

Choose a maximum of 40 credits:

  • Company Law (40 credits, full year course)
  • Contract Law in Europe (40 credits, full year course)
  • The Law of International Trade (40 credits, full year course)
  • Corporation Law and Economics (20 credits, semester 1)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Principles of Corporate Finance Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • The Law of Secured Finance (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Comparative Corporate Governance (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • European Labour Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Insolvency Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Principles of Insurance Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Criminal Law and Evidence

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

  • General Principles of Criminal Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Current Issues in Criminal Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Sexual Offending and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Criminology

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

  • Criminological Research Methods (40 credits, full year course)
  • Theoretical Criminology (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Criminal Justice and Penal Process (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Cybercrime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Mental Health and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Surveillance and Security (20 credits, semester 2)

EU Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

  • EU Competition Law (40 credits, full year course)
  • EU Constitutional Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • EU Fundamental Rights Law (20 credits, semester 2)

IP, Media and Technology Law

Choose a maximum of 40 credits:

  • Intellectual Property Law 1: Copyright and Related Rights (20 credits, semester 1)
  • International Intellectual Property System (20 credits, semester 1)
  • The Legal Challenges of Information Technologies (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Robotics and the Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Contemporary Issues in the Law and Policy of e-Commerce, the Digital Economy and International Information Governance (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Data Protection and Information Privacy (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Information: Control and Power (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Intellectual Property - Law and Society (20 credits, semester 2)
  • International and European Media Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Law and New Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Risk and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Law of E-Commerce (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Managing Intellectual Property (20 credits, semester 2)

International Law

Choose a maximum of 40 credits:

  • Fundamental Issues in International Law (40 credits, full year course)
  • International Criminal Law (40 credits, full year course)
  • International Environmental Law (40 credits, full year course)
  • WTO Law (40 credits, full year course)
  • European Environmental Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • History and Theory of International Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • International Climate Change Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • International Human Rights Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • International Investment Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • International Law of the Sea (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Advanced Issues in International Economic Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Diplomatic Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • EU Climate Change and Energy Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Inter-State Conflict and Humanitarian Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Migration and Refugee Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Legal History and Legal Theory

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

  • Traditions of Legal Inquiry (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Reasoning with Precedent (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Law and the Enlightenment (20 credits, semester 2)
  • The Anatomy of Public Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Medical Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

  • Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Contemporary Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Life Sciences, Society and Law (10 credits, semester 2)
  • Medical Negligence (10 credits, semester 2)

Private Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

  • Comparative Property Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Delict and Tort (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Principles of International Tax Law (20 credits, semester 1)
  • Comparative and International Trust Law (20 credits, semester 2)
  • EUCOTAX Wintercourse (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Family Law in Comparative Perspectives (20 credits, semester 2)
  • International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Principles of European Tax Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Public Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

  • Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (20 credits, semester 2)
  • Human Rights Law in Europe (20 credits, semester 2)
  • The Anatomy of Public Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Fee status Fee Study period Duration
LLM Full-time Home/EU £ 10,800 Whole course 1 years
LLM Full-time International £ 19,300 Whole course 1 years

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