LLM Law and Chinese

Programme Structure and Courses

This is a two year programme. There is no part-time option for this degree.

You will experience a range of teaching styles on these courses, led by Edinburgh Law School's academic community and the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies.

You will be provided with appropriate reading lists and course materials to allow you to prepare in advance. Courses are split over two years as follows:

Year One

  • 60 credits of law courses
  • 80 credits of language training in Modern Standard Chinese
  • 20 credits in Chinese culture and politics subjects.

Year Two

You will spend semester one improving your Chinese language skills at an institution in China. This part of the programme is coordinated by the Scottish Centre for Chinese Studies and you can contact them directly for further information.

In semester two you will return to Edinburgh to complete 40 credits in law courses and 40 credits in Chinese language studies. Subject to satisfactory completion of the taught part of the programme, you will undertake a 10,000-word dissertation. You will be allocated a specialist supervisor from whom you can expect guidance and support, but the purpose of the dissertation is to allow you to independently design and conduct a 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.


We are currently in the process of confirming courses for the 2018/19 academic year.

Courses listed below are provided for illustrative purposes.

Year 1 core courses

You will also take 60 credits (40 credits in semester 1, 20 credits in semester 2) of Law courses.

Year 2 core courses

You will also take 40 credits of Law courses.

If you are taking one of the specialist LLM in Law and Chinese programmes (see list below) you must take 80 credits of nominate courses over the course of the two years from the relevant specialist programme.

Subject to satisfactory completion of the taught component of the degree you will complete a 10,000 word Dissertation in Law (worth 60 credits), on an approved topic, over the summer of your second year.

We cannot guarantee that all courses will run each year, and will provide adequate notice of any changes to the programme structure and courses.