Programme description

Since the establishment of the Bretton Woods System in the aftermath of the Second World War, we have seen an extraordinary evolution of international economic relations towards interdependence and integration. Discussions on this process, known as economic globalization, are commonplace.

This programme seeks to provide you with in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the institutions, rules, and principles of the international economic system, as well as of key legal and policy issues arising from the globalization of the world economy.

The programme structure is designed to ensure that you gain a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the core branches of international economic law through the compulsory courses while allowing for an individually tailored selection of option courses, depending on your personal interests and future career plans.

Programme structure

The compulsory courses on this programme ensure that you gain a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of the core branches of international economic law. The wide range of courses provides you with the opportunity to tailor the programme to your specific interests and career plans.

You must complete 180 credits of study – 60 credits are taken in the compulsory dissertation and the remaining 120 credits are taken in taught courses.

You will experience a range of teaching styles on these courses, led by members of Edinburgh Law School academic community and experienced legal and industry practitioners.

You are expected to prepare in advance by reading the required materials and by reflecting on the issues to be discussed, and your participation in classes will be assessed.

For the dissertation, you will have a 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.

Learning outcomes

This programme is designed to provide an advanced understanding of the law, institutions, and policy concerning international economic relations and their ongoing development by the United Nations, the World Trade Organisation, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Career opportunities

This programme is suitable for professionally qualified lawyers wishing to practice international law professionally, whether in law firms or at the bar, or as legal advisers in foreign ministries, other government departments, international organizations, or NGOs. It may also be of value to anyone seeking to develop a career in diplomacy or international relations. Recent graduates are now working as attorneys, lawyers, paralegals, tax consultants and legal analysts.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honors degree, or its international equivalent, in law.

We may also consider a UK 2:1 honors degree, or its international equivalent, in a social science subject.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • 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
  • 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

Degrees taught and assessed in English must be no more than three years old at the beginning of your degree programme. Language tests must be no more than two years old at the beginning of your degree programme.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated October 28, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 10, 2019
1 - 2 years
12,300 GBP
Full-time: Home/EU: £12,300, Overseas/International: £21,600.
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