Innovation, Technology and the Law, LLM (Online Learning) The University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 16th in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2022.
This unique and internationally-focused LLM programme explores how the law responds to, regulates and promotes new and emerging technologies.
Innovative technologies and convergence in technologies are causing unprecedented societal change. New legal issues are arising, and new regulatory responses emerging. The law can help – or hinder – society’s ability to reap the optimal rewards from technological development.
Across the programme, you will study different modes of regulation – the law, the markets, the technology itself – and critically analyse the advantages and disadvantages of each. The potential of technology to support legal and judicial processes is also examined.
This LLM will enable you to develop an advanced knowledge of domains where law engages with technology, awareness of the problems in the area and understanding of the differing approaches to their solution.
Our online learning programmes are delivered entirely online via a virtual learning environment. Learning and teaching happen ‘asynchronously’. This means that you have the flexibility to log in at times and in places convenient to you, contribute your views and respond to others, and still maintain a sense of community with your fellow students across time zones.
By the end of your studies, you should have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of law and technology, a sophisticated awareness of the problems in the area and of the differing approaches to their solution.
These entry requirements are for the 2023/24 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2024/25 academic year will be published on 2 October 2023.
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law.
We will also consider candidates with a degree in a related discipline which includes relevant prior study.
Entry to this programme is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements for consideration does not guarantee an offer of study.
Supporting your application
Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
Relevant professional qualifications will be considered.
Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.
Students from China
This degree is Band C.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other components.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 25 in writing and 23 in all other components.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 185 in writing and 176 in all other components.
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with passes in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 70 in writing and 62 in all other components.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English-speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English-speaking countries (non-MESC).
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.
To be awarded LLM Innovation, Technology & the Law you must successfully complete six courses, five of which must be core courses, and a 10,000-word dissertation during your chosen duration of the study.
Our broad range of courses covers the areas of information technology law and medical law. During your studies, you may also have the opportunity to study one course from our range of commercial law courses.
Information Technology Law courses
- EU Data Protection Law (20 credits)
- Forensic Computing and Electronic Evidence (20 credits)
- International and European Law of the Media (20 credits)
- Regulation of autonomous systems: the law of robotics (20 credits)
- Information: Control and Power (20 credits)
Medical Law and Ethics courses
- The Fundamentals of Law and Medical Ethics (20 credits)
- Fundamentals in Bioethics (20 credits)
- Law and Ethics at the Start and End of Life (20 credits)
- Shaping Modern Healthcare (10 credits)
- Global Health: Law and Policy (20 credits)
- Regulating Health and Social Care Professionals (10 credits)
- Governance of Innovative Medicine (20 credits)
- Public Health Ethics (20 credits)
- European Health Law and Policy (20 credits)
- Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society (20 credits)
Commercial Law courses
You can choose between 0 and 20 credits from the following courses:
- Contract Law in Europe (20 credits)
- Comparative and International Corporate Governance (20 credits)
- Corporate Compliance: Case Studies in Law & Ethics (20 credits)
- Dispute Resolution Methods (20 credits)
- European Competition and Innovation (20 credits)
- International Law, Human Rights & Corporate Accountability (20 credits)
- International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits)
- EU Law (20 credits)
- Banking and Financial Law: Case Studies (20 credits)
- Withdrawal from the EU and the Law (Brexit) (20 credits)
- International Oil & Gas Law (20 credits)
- Law of Climate Change (20 credits)
- Principles of International Taxation (20 credits)
Please note that a course from this collection can only be taken with the approval of your Programme Director.
Having successfully completed 120 credit points of courses within the LLM, you will be ready to move on to a single piece of independent and in-depth research. The 10,000-word dissertation allows you to focus on a preferred topic within the options available in the programme.
Your dissertation title will be agreed upon 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.
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.
The dissertation is written in the summer months (April to August) after the taught courses are successfully completed.
Graduates of our online distance learning programmes progress to a range of careers in Law and related legal fields, including work in local and international firms, government legal departments, other public institutions, international organisations and in academia.
The programmes are also an ideal platform for advanced research.