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Innovation, Technology and the Law (Online Distance Learning)

This unique degree programme explores how the law responds to, regulates and promotes new and emerging technologies.

The programme promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of the relationship between law technology, commerce and society in the widest possible sense.

This unique and internationally focused LLM programme explores how the law responds to, regulates, and promotes new and emerging technologies.

Innovative technologies and convergence in technologies are causing unprecedented societal change. New legal issues are arising, and new regulatory responses emerging. The law can help - or hinder - society's ability to reap the optimal rewards from technological development.

Across the programme, you will study different modes of regulation - the law, the markets, the technology itself - and critically analyse the advantages and disadvantages of each. The potential of technology to support legal and judicial processes is also examined.

This LLM will enable you to develop an advanced knowledge of domains where law engages with technology, awareness of the problems in the area and understanding of the differing approaches to their solution.

Entry requirements

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.

Programme entry requirements

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.

Edinburgh Law School English Language Test

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 the 2017/18 academic year.

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.

Course modules

You must complete a total of six courses (120 credits), five of which must be from the compulsory courses. You also complete a dissertation (60 credits) over your chosen period of study.


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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM On-line study January 2018 20 Months
LLM On-line study September 2018 3 Years
LLM On-line study September 2018 1 Years
LLM On-line study September 2018 2 Years
LLM On-line study January 2018 32 Months

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