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European Law

This programme provides the momentum for anyone interested in a rewarding career in law, business, politics or policy within the EU, or beyond. In-depth knowledge of EU law has become even more relevant after the recent vote of the UK electorate to leave the EU. EU law is a complex and fascinating subject that weighs ever more heavily on policymaking in the UK, Europe and internationally, which is why in-depth knowledge of European law is vital to any legal career.

The negotiations on the UK's departure from the EU will raise complex questions with a possible special status for Scotland (or even renewed calls for independence) adding a further layer. Even after a so-called Brexit, EU law will remain relevant to lawyers in the UK not only when they are dealing with pre-Brexit questions, but also because any future EU-UK relationship is likely to be heavily influenced by it. Against that background, the importance of advanced knowledge in EU law to employment in the public and private sectors will only increase.

At Edinburgh, we take an interdisciplinary approach. You'll combine study of the law and legal systems of the EU with courses on both policy implications and applied economics. The involvement of legal practitioners and policymakers in our programme, as well as the high-profile lectures and activities hosted by the Europa Institute, will give you first-hand knowledge of what is happening in Europe right now.

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.

If you did not study European law and institutions at undergraduate level you may be assigned extra reading to bring you up to speed with the syllabus.

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

Courses may include:
Contract Law in Europe
EU Competition Law
EU Constitutional Law
EU Criminal and Immigration Law
EU Law Moot Court
BREXIT: withdrawal from the European Union
EU and National Climate Change Law
EU Fundamental Rights Law
European Labour Law
International and European Media Law

Option courses: You may choose 0-40 credits of option courses from any of the courses offered by the Law School (including the courses listed above). A full list to be published in September. For detailed information about courses being offered on this programme please visit our website.

Assessment methods

The programme offers a wide range of subjects across legal fields from a European perspective, enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests. For 2017/18 the programme structure consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits. Each semester you will take 60 credits of core and option courses.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Part-time September 2018 2 Years
LLM Full-time September 2018 1 Years

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