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Study durations

Flexibility is built into our LLM programmes, with a range of study durations to choose from and start dates in both September and January.

The University of Edinburgh has two, ten-week semesters per year.

Semester 1 (September - December 2021)

  • Orientation starts week beginning 6 September 2021
  • Teaching starts week beginning 20 September 2021
  • Teaching ends 3 December 2021

Semester 2 (January - March 2022)

  • Orientation starts week beginning 15 December 2021
  • Teaching starts week beginning 17 January 2022
  • Teaching ends 8 April 2022

Depending on your start date and the duration of your studies, you have some flexibility to choose how many courses you take in a semester.

Please note that you must take at least one course per semester, and no more than three courses in any one semester.

Study duration Starting month No. of semesters No. courses per semester
1 year September 2 3 courses
20 months January 3 2 courses
2 years September 4 1 or 2 courses
32 months January 5 1 or 2 courses
3 years September 6 1 course

LLM students on the two-year route will either take one course in two semesters and two courses in two semesters; or one course in three semesters and three courses in one semester.

LLM students on the 32-month route will take one course in four semesters, and two courses in one semester.

Please note that the one year and 20 month study durations for the LLM in Intellectual Property Law will not be available for entry in the 2019/20 academic year.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Law by online learning can be studied over one year or 20 months and has start dates in September and January.

Please note that you must take at least one course per semester, and no more than three courses in any one semester.

Study duration Starting month No. of semesters No. courses per semester
1 year September or January 2 1 or 2 courses
20 months September or January 3 1 course

You should expect to spend around 10-15 hours per week on each course and allow additional time for assessments.

Contact us

If you have any questions about our online programmes please don't hesitate to contact us.

llm.online@ed.ac.uk