This programme can be studied either full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.* It offers a wide range of subjects that deal with various aspects of private law from a comparative perspective, with the possibility of choosing additional courses so as to enable you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.
Since 2018 this LLM programme offers two courses that focus on trust law. Those with a specific interest in studying trusts from a comparative perspective will therefore have a unique opportunity to specialise in this area.
The programme structure for 2018/19 consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits. The 120 credits of taught courses should be made up from the course options below.
We are in the process of confirming the programme structure for the 2019-20 academic year. Courses shown below are for illustrative purposes.
80 out of the 120 credits of taught courses should be made up from the following courses.
- Child Law in Comparative Perspectives (20 credits) - new for 2019/20
- Contract Law in Europe (40 credits)
- Comparative and International Trust Law (20 credits)
- Delict and Tort (20 credits)
- Family Law in Comparative Perspectives (20 credits)
- Fundamentals of Comparative Private Law (20 credits)
- International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgements (20 credits)
- Natural Law: an Historical Introduction (20 credits) - new for 2019/20
- Reasoning with Precedent (20 credits) - new for 2019/20
- Trusts across the Common Law World (20 credits)
- Comparative Property Law (20 credits) - not running in 2019-20 academic year
In addition, you can select up to a maximum of 40 credits from any course offered by the Law School, depending on availability and with the express permission of the Programme Director.
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.
How you will learn
At Edinburgh Law School, we encourage an interactive approach to teaching so that you not only learn from academic teaching staff but also discuss your ideas with your fellow students.
*Due to current UKBA regulations, the part-time programme is only available to UK or EU students.