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LLM in Law

The LLM in Law by online learning offers an exciting and flexible range of courses enabling you to tailor your LLM degree to meet your academic and professional interests. By selecting courses tailored to your interests, you will be able to develop the skills and knowledge on which to base both further study, and relevant career aspirations.


Lorna Richardson, Lecturer at Edinburgh Law School, talks about the subjects that can be studied on the LLM and the benefits of studying by online distance learning.

The programme offers breadth and flexibility enabling you to study a wide range of subject areas within the discipline, without specialising in any area of law.

The general LLM aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of the law within international, European and domestic settings, and spans foundational issues in areas of law including:

  • commercial law
  • information technology law
  • intellectual property law
  • medical law and ethics
  • innovation and technology law.

Having studied on the programme, you will emerge with an understanding of legal issues grounded in ethical, social and theoretical contexts.

The LLM in Law programme is designed for legal and non-legal professionals seeking a range of choice among a number of advanced courses. For legal and non-legal professionals alike, we offer a range of introductory and support materials on the legal system, and legal research. That, along with a highly interactive online learning environment, will ensure that you are properly supported throughout your studies. As well as direct academic support from experienced tutors, you will benefit from the ongoing support of a multi-disciplinary team of online learning specialists.

Edinburgh Law School is Scotland’s leading legal research institution, with a reputation for research excellence in the United Kingdom, Europe and across the globe.

We take a research-led approach to teaching and academic staff teaching on our programmes are all experts in their field and involved in cutting-edge research. As a student on this programme, you will have the flexibility to follow specific interests and benefit from diverse learning opportunities on the courses that you select. Each is convened by an academic with direct research experience in the field. That means that in the interactive online learning environment, you will benefit from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors, and the results of high quality innovative cross-cutting research.

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The LLM in Law enables you to study a wide range of courses within the areas of information technology law, intellectual property law, medical law and international commercial law.

The programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.  Full programme details including course descriptions are available on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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Courses listed below are scheduled to run in the 2019/20 academic year. 

Group 1

You must study at least 100 credits of courses from group 1, choosing up to 40 credits of courses from any individual subject area during your chosen study duration. You will have the opportunity to study six courses from this group.

  • EU Data Protection Law (20 credits)
  • Forensic Computing and Electronic Evidence (20 credits)
  • International and European Media Law (20 credits)
  • Law of Robotics (20 credits)
  • Information: Control and Power (20 credits) - this course will not be offered in the 2019/20 academic year.

Full programme details including course descriptions on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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  • Intellectual Property Law - Copyright & Related Rights (20 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law - Industrial Property (20 credits)
  • Legal Aspects of Managing Intellectual Property (20 credits)
  • International Intellectual Property System (20 credits) - this course will not be offered in the 2019/20 academic year.
  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights (20 credits) - this course will not be offered in the 2019/20 academic year.

Full programme details including course descriptions on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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  • European Competition and Innovation (20 credits)
  • Law of Climate Change (20 credits)
  • Withdrawal from the EU and the Law (Brexit) (20 credits)
  • EU Law (20 credits)
  • Principles of International Taxation (20 credits) - this course will not be offered in the 2019/20 academic year.

Full programme details including course descriptions on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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  • Fundamentals in Bioethics (20 credits)
  • European Health Law and Policy (20 credits)
  • Governance of Innovative Medicine (20 credits)
  • Shaping Modern Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals (20 credits)

Please note that courses 'Shaping Modern Healthcare' and 'Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals' are co-requisites and must both be taken in the semester in which they run.

Full programme details including course descriptions on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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Group 2

During your studies you will have the opportunity to concentrate on a particular subject area by studying up to 20 credits of courses from this group of courses, with the approval of your Programme Director.

Please note also that if you have already taken 40 credits of courses from a single subject area, for example, two courses from one of group 1, you can only take a course from group 2 that belongs to a different subject area.

  • Communications Law Covers (20 credits)
  • Electronic Commerce Law (20 credits)
  • Information Technology Law (20 credits)

Full programme details including course descriptions on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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  • Contract Law in Europe (20 credits)
  • Corporate Compliance: Case Studies in Law & Ethics (20 credits)
  • International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits)
  • International Oil and Gas Law (20 credits)
  • Comparative and International Corporate Governance (20 credits)
  • Dispute Resolution Methods (20 credits)
  • International Law, Human Rights and Corporate Accountability (20 credits)

Full programme details including course descriptions on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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  • Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society (20 credits)
  • Global Health: Law and Policy (20 credits)
  • The Fundamentals of Law and Medical Ethics (20 credits)
  • Law and Ethics at the Start and End of Life (20 credits)

Full programme details including course descriptions on the University Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study website.

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Having successfully completed 120 credit points of courses within the LLM, you will be ready to move onto a single piece of independent and in-depth research. The 10,000 word dissertation allows you to focus on a preferred topic from within the options available in the programme.

Title

Your dissertation title will be agreed with your supervisor during your final semester of taught study. Dissertation topics must fall within the scope of your programme and will relate to specific courses that you have taken at Edinburgh. Supervision continues throughout the research and writing of the dissertation.

Aim

Your dissertation must demonstrate a comprehensive grasp of the relevant literature and an ability to engage in critical analysis. More credit will be given for originality and evidence of independent thinking, whether in terms of the material used, or the manner in which it is presented.

Timing

The dissertation is written in the summer months (April to August) after the taught courses are successfully completed.

Courses are offered once in an academic year. Each semester you will choose the course(s) you wish to study in that particular semester. Courses are then allocated. Details of the courses available will be provided in advance.  Courses are then allocated.

The allocation process is intended to support student choices as much as possible, while taking account of optimum class sizes for specific courses.

Class sizes

Class sizes have typically ranged from 15 to 25 students in the past. If more students request a course than can be allocated, students who need to take the course in order to fulfil core programme requirements will have priority and others may be asked to defer that course choice to a later year of study.

Terms and conditions

Please note the University reserves the right to make variations to the contents of programmes, including the range of courses offered, and the available choice of courses in any given year may change.

Find out more about the University's terms and conditions

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.

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If you have any questions about the LLM in Law by online learning please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Academic staff teaching on courses on the LLM in Law in 2019/20 are experts in their field and are actively involved in cutting-edge research in their area of expertise.

Staff teaching courses available on this programme may include:

Dr Murray Earle: Programme Director 2019/20

Murray Earle is a Teaching Fellow in medical law. He is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand (BA Law & International Relations; BA (Hons) Comparative Literature), and the University of Edinburgh (LLM Medical Jurisprudence &the Sociology of Law; and PhD in Medical Law).

Murray started his career as a lecturer in medical law at the University of Glasgow, while completing his PhD. That was followed by work as a Senior Researcher at the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe, 2000-2011). From there he developed an independent career, writing, and teaching on, a wide range of online postgraduate medical law courses offered by the School of Law, at the University of Edinburgh.

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Academic staff leading commercial law courses may include:

Academic staff leading information technology law courses may include:

Academic staff leading intellectual property law courses may include:

Academic staff leading medical law and ethics courses may include:

The staff teaching on this programme are subject to change for 2020/21 and will depend on the core courses offered. Staff listed as on sabbatical will not be available to teach for the duration of their sabbatical.

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If you have any questions about the LLM in Law please don't hesitate to contact us.

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Find out what it's like to study for an LLM in Law by online learning from our current and former students.

Calvin, Hong Kong

Calvin studied the LLM in Law online over 20 months with Edinburgh Law School at the University of Edinburgh. In this video, Calvin talks about his experience of studying for an LLM by online learning.

Christina completed an LLM in Law via online learning while working in Germany. After completing her undergraduate degree on-campus at the University of Edinburgh, the online Masters enabled her to enhance her education while embarking on her career in Europe.

Esmira Hackenberg talks about her experience of studying for an LLM in Law by online distance learning at Edinburgh Law School, the University of Edinburgh.

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If you have any questions about the LLM in Law by online learning please don't hesitate to contact us.

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The LLM in Information Technology Law by online learning has start dates in September and January of each academic year. We recommend that you apply as early as possible; this is particularly important for applicants who may need to allow sufficient time to take an English language test.

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Entry requirements

We require a minimum 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.

Entry to this programme is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements for consideration does not guarantee an offer of study.

If you have a non-UK degree, please check whether your degree qualification is equivalent to the minimum standard before applying.

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Postgraduate study in the field of law requires a thorough, complex and demanding knowledge of English, so we ask that the communication skills of all students are at the same minimum standard.

Students whose first language is not English must therefore show evidence of one of the following qualifications below:

  • 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).

Your English language certificate must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

We also accept 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). The UK Government's website provides a list of majority English speaking countries.

View the UKVI list of majority English speaking countries

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or equivalent, that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about the University's English language requirements

Your application may not be successful if you do not currently satisfy any of these requirements; alternatively, you may be offered a place conditional on your reaching the satisfactory standard by the time you start the degree.

English language support

The University runs a series of programmes for English Language Education, including a pre-sessional English Language Programme intended to strengthen your English Language skills before you start your programme of study.

Find out more about English language support offered by the University

We aim to review applications and make selection decisions throughout the cycle and we monitor application numbers carefully to ensure we are able to accommodate all those who receive offers. It may therefore be necessary to close a programme earlier than the published deadline and if this is the case we will place a four-week warning notice on the relevant programme page.

January 2020 entry

The deadline for applications for entry in January 2020 is 4:00pm (UK time) on 12 November 2019.

Please note that if you receive a conditional offer of a place on one of our programmes, the deadline for meeting the conditions of your offer is 26 November 2019.

September 2020 entry

The deadline for applications for entry in September 2020 is 4:00pm (UK time) on 9 July 2020

Please note that if you receive a conditional offer of a place on one of our programmes for September 2020, the deadline for meeting the conditions of your offer is 31 July.

Applications are made online via the University Application Service, EUCLID.

Please follow the instructions carefully and make sure that you have included the following documentation with your application:

  • Degree certificates showing award of degree.
  • Previous academic transcripts for all past degree programmes (please upload the full transcript showing results from all years of study). Where academic paperwork is not in English, certified translations must be provided (these must have been produced by a certified translator);
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  • Details of professional qualifications and any appropriate professional registrations.
  • A reference in support or your application. The reference should be academic and dated no earlier than one year from the start of study on the LLM programme. We may accept a non-academic reference from applicants who have been out of higher education for five years or more.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if required.
  • Personal statement - you will be asked to complete a personal statement (maximum 3500 characters - approximately 500 words) as part of your application. 
  • Relevant knowledge / skills - this may include details of any skills or voluntary work that you have undertaken that you feel are pertinent to the programme (maximum 3500 characters - approximately 500 words).

If you are currently studying for your degree or you are not in a possession of an English test result you may still apply to the programme. Please note that it is your responsibility to submit the necessary documents.

After your application has been submitted you will be able to track its progress through the University's applicant hub.

Application processing times will vary however the admissions team will endeavour to process your application within four to six weeks of submission. Please note that missing documentation will delay the application process.

You will be informed as soon as possible of the decision taken. Three outcomes are possible:

  • You may be offered a place unconditionally
  • You may be offered a conditional place, which means that you must fulfil certain conditions that will be specified in the offer letter. Where a conditional offer is made, it is your responsibility to inform the College Postgraduate Office when you have fulfilled the requirements set out.
  • Your application may be unsuccessful. If your application has not been successful, you can request feedback from us or refer to our guidance for unsuccessful applicants, which explains some of the common reasons we why we reach this decision.
    View the University's guidance for unsuccessful applicants

You can find full and detailed application guidance on the University's website.

Find out more about applying to the University of Edinburgh

Applicants receiving an unconditional offer of admission to the LLM in Information Technology Law will be asked to pay a deposit of £1000 to secure their place on the programme

The deposit fee will be deducted from the first tuition fee instalment you have to pay and so enables you to spread the financial cost of the LLM.

January 2020 applicants

The deposit must be paid within 28 days of the date that the unconditional offer was made or by 29 November 2019, whichever is sooner.  

September 2020 applicants

The deposit must be paid within 28 days of the date that the unconditional offer was made or by 7 August 2020, whichever is sooner.  

Find out more about our deposit policy

The University’s terms and conditions form part of your contract with the University, and you should read them, and our data protection policy, carefully before applying.

University of Edinburgh admissions terms and conditions

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Contact us

If you have any questions about applying to the LLM in Law by online learning please don't hesitate to contact us.

llm.online@ed.ac.uk