Is postgraduate study right for me?

Postgraduate study is an excellent way to lay the foundations for your chosen career path straight after graduating or it can help you enhance an existing career many years later.

Here, we set out some of the facts about studying a postgraduate degree at Edinburgh Law School, to help you decide if it's right for you.

Degree choices

We offer:

  • 16 taught on-campus masters programmes (LLM & MSc)
  • 2 on campus research LLM programmes
  • 6 LLM degrees by online distance learning
  • PhD supervision in an exceptional range of subject area

Why study an LLM?

The Masters of Laws (LLM) is a prestigious postgraduate qualification increasingly prized by major firms.

An LLM qualification can demonstrate to employers that you have in-depth knowledge of an area of the law, advanced critical thinking ability and the skills to handle complex date.

However, what an LLM won't do is qualify you to practise law (although please check your own country's requirements).

Some of our students do the LLM straight after a law degree to pursue an intellectual interest or start developing a specialism. Others apply to the LLM shortly after qualifying to enhance an existing law career, or to change direction.

Our online programmes are designed for busy professionals who may not be in a position to attend studies in Edinburgh full time. So, many of our online students typically combine LLM study with their careers for professional development or simply to take on the academic challenge. 

The LLM also prepares many of our students for research-based careers in a variety of settings including academia, government, business, regulatory bodies and NGOs.

Information about applying

We ask all our applicants to have at least a 2:1 (hons) degree, or international equivalent, in law or social sciences. Most of our students have previously studied law, and it is an essential requirement for some of our programmes or individual courses, so please check the individual entry requirements for the programme you're interested in.

Our programmes are academically challenging. You will experience a range of teaching styles as part of the Edinburgh LLM and to try and ensure you get an in-depth understanding of the topics you choose, much of the teaching is done in small seminars. Individual participation to classes is expected and in many cases will form a percentage of the overall mark for the course, so we request a high standard of English language skills to help you get the most out of your studies.

Applications are submitted online using the University of Edinburgh's online application portal. The information supplied on the form is enough to help us to decide whether or not to make you an offer.

Find out more about the Application Process.

Funding postgraduate study

A postgraduate degree does come with a fee attached. For that fee you will be able to learn directly from world-leading experts, gain access to specialised careers support, attend the Law School's prestigious events programme, use our respected law library, and graduate with a qualification that can open doors.

The Law School is committed to fundraising for scholarships and bursaries, and some financial support is available as a result. Many charitable organisations also offer funding support so please investigate these options.

Many students self fund their studies. The academic demands of the programme are intensive but some students do take on part-time work while they study.

We recommend that people apply for a place on their chosen programme before submitting a funding application because many funders ask for evidence of an offer of a place before inviting an application. Plus, it will strengthen your funding application if you can demonstrate a commitment to and capability for your chosen programme of study.

Find out more about fees and funding.

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