Edinburgh Law School - The University of Edinburgh

Introduction

Why Edinburgh Law School

Renowned for our international and interdisciplinary outlook, we have been at the heart of legal education and research for more than 300 years.

1707 marked the foundation of the Faculty of Law, now known as Edinburgh Law School, which is situated in historic Old College in the heart of Edinburgh, minutes from both the Law Courts and Scotland’s Parliament.

By studying at Edinburgh Law School, you’ll join a vibrant, active community of world-leading researchers, legal professionals and students at all stages of their education.

Rankings

When choosing where to study, a university with a strong reputation may be quite high on your priority list and the University of Edinburgh name is one that has high impact all around the world.

  • 14th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for Law.
  • 25th in the world and 6th in the UK for law in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject: Law.
  • 4th in the UK for research power, based on the quality and breadth of our research (Research Fortnight Power Rank, REF 2014).

The city

Scotland's capital is a beautiful, historic city which has regularly been voted as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. Large enough to offer something for everyone, but small enough to feel like home, Edinburgh is a modern, sophisticated and beautiful European city with a diverse, multicultural community.

  • The University's campus is ranked the 2nd most beautiful in the UK (Times Higher Education, 2017).
  • Edinburgh is ranked in the top 20 best student cities in the world, 2nd in the UK (QS Best Student Cities 2017).
  • Edinburgh was ranked 2nd in the world for quality of life (Deutsche bank, 2017).
  • Edinburgh was named the third-safest city in the world according to a survey conducted by conducted by Post Office Travel Insurance in 2015.

We'll support you to reach your career goals

All of our students have access to a specialist law careers advisor who can offer tailored support for your career planning and development.

We also build useful skills into our teaching and assessment, encouraging our students' written and presentation skills and communication and analytical abilities, as well as developing your knowledge in your chosen area.

You'll be part of an impressive network

As a postgraduate student at Edinburgh Law School, you'll learn directly from academics whose work is influencing policy and practice, both here in the UK and worldwide.

You'll study alongside students who come from an exceptional range of countries and professional or academic backgrounds, and whose perspectives will only enrich class discussions.

Of course, your time with us is not all about study. The University has a large choice of student societies to join or you can get involved with the Law School's own student-led postgraduate communities to help you forge friendships outside of class.

Student communities

Edinburgh Law Postgraduate Hub arranges social events to help the Law School's postgraduate students get to know each other.

Edinburgh Law Connections is an alumni community specifically for LLM or MSc graduates. The group organises regular networking events with former students.

We offer lots of choice

Whether you are considering a PhD or a taught programme, you'll find an exceptional breadth of topics on offer here, from criminal justice to commercial law, or from intellectual property to international banking regulation.

You can study with us here at Edinburgh or from afar thanks to our Online Learning programmes.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

LLM

LLM in Commercial Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme provides an excellent grounding for the future study of commercial law, for those intending to enter legal practice, or for those intending to pursue a career in the commercial world. [+]

Programme description

This programme provides an excellent grounding for the future study of commercial law, for those intending to enter legal practice, or for those intending to pursue a career in the commercial world.

You will benefit from the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects at an advanced level and study the law in the fast-paced and varied context of the commercial world.

On this programme, you will benefit from connections to the legal profession and professional networks of the Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law.

Programme structure

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 which may include the options listed below. On these courses, your studies will be led by members of the Law School academic community, most of whom are legally qualified in Scotland, England or other jurisdictions, as well as some experienced legal and industry practitioners.... [-]


LLM in Comparative and European Private Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme offers you the opportunity to obtain an advanced qualification that is both academically rigorous and professionally beneficial. [+]

Programme description

This programme offers you the opportunity to obtain an advanced qualification that is both academically rigorous and professionally beneficial. Drawing on both the civil and common-law traditions, it combines the comparative study of the modern development in key areas of private law, and also the dynamics of European harmonization initiatives. It is particularly suited to those who have studied a range of private law subjects at undergraduate level, although it is also open to those whose undergraduate law degree has combined other specializations.

Programme structure

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. Your courses will be led by members of the Law School academic community.... [-]


LLM in Corporate Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This innovative programme aims to transcend a narrow focus on legal rules and put the study of corporate law in a wider interdisciplinary and comparative framework. The portfolio of courses offered on the programme allows you to acquire in-depth knowledge of legal, economic, financial and comparative matters covering the entire life-cycle of a corporation. [+]

Programme description

This innovative programme aims to transcend a narrow focus on legal rules and put the study of corporate law in a wider interdisciplinary and comparative framework. The portfolio of courses offered on the programme allows you to acquire in-depth knowledge of legal, economic, financial and comparative matters covering the entire life-cycle of a corporation.

Programme structure

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.

Courses will be taught in seminars, led by members of the Law School academic community and by experienced legal and business practitioners. In some courses, you will be required to deliver individual or group presentations. Entry to some courses depends upon you having studied the relevant topic at the undergraduate level. You will also undertake a dissertation under the supervision of an academic member of staff.... [-]


LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme offers the ideal opportunity to study contemporary debates in both criminal law and criminal justice at an advanced level. Our wide portfolio of courses will help you understand the key concepts and theories underpinning criminal law and criminal justice and how they operate in practice. [+]

Programme description

This programme offers the ideal opportunity to study contemporary debates in both criminal law and criminal justice at an advanced level.

Our wide portfolio of courses will help you understand the key concepts and theories underpinning criminal law and criminal justice and how they operate in practice.

It is suitable for students who have studied law at the undergraduate level and wish to develop their understanding of criminal justice in particular. It prepares you for further work in this area, whether professional or academic.

Programme structure

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.... [-]


LLM in European Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme provides the momentum for anyone interested in a rewarding career in law, business, politics or policy within the EU, or beyond. In-depth knowledge of EU law has become even more relevant after the recent vote of the UK electorate to leave the EU. [+]

Programme description

This programme provides the momentum for anyone interested in a rewarding career in law, business, politics or policy within the EU, or beyond. In-depth knowledge of EU law has become even more relevant after the recent vote of the UK electorate to leave the EU. EU law is a complex and fascinating subject that weighs ever more heavily on policymaking in the UK, Europe and internationally, which is why in-depth knowledge of European law is vital to any legal career.

The negotiations on the UK’s departure from the EU will raise complex questions with a possible special status for Scotland (or even renewed calls for independence) adding a further layer. Even after a so-called Brexit, EU law will remain relevant to lawyers in the UK not only when they are dealing with pre-Brexit questions, but also because any future EU-UK relationship is likely to be heavily influenced by it. Against that background, the importance of advanced knowledge in EU law to employment in the public and private sectors will only increase.... [-]


LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme is designed to equip you with an advanced, multidisciplinary knowledge of the legal issues and techniques related to environmental protection and the management of natural resources, with special emphasis on climate change. [+]

Programme description

This programme is designed to equip you with an advanced, multidisciplinary knowledge of the legal issues and techniques related to environmental protection and the management of natural resources, with special emphasis on climate change.

You will analyze and evaluate the historic and ongoing development of international, European and national law for environmental protection, the interrelations between these different levels of law-making and the interactions between environmental law and other areas of law. You will also choose option courses to complement your legal studies with an analysis of the scientific and socioeconomic aspects of environmental protection.... [-]


LLM in Information Technology Law (ONLINE LEARNING)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This LLM in Information Technology Law focuses on the regulatory framework that governs information technology within international, European and domestic settings. [+]

Programme description

This LLM in Information Technology Law focuses on the regulatory framework that governs information technology within international, European and domestic settings.

The programme is highly topical, exploring the second generation – and sometimes even third generation – of regulation that has evolved from the legal framework of the early 2000s. New developments in technology are also a key focus, as these force us to constantly review the very concept of information technology and appropriate legal responses.

Information technology regulation operates across jurisdictions, and a cross-fertilization of regulatory responses occurs at the interface between domestic, regional and international law. Our aim is to enable you to understand this cross-fertilization, to be able to contextualize it and place yourself within it.... [-]


LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of the relationships between law, technology, commerce and society in the widest possible sense. [+]

Programme description

This programme aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of the relationships between law, technology, commerce and society in the widest possible sense.

It explores the role of law in responding to, regulating and promoting, new and emerging technologies, and also emphasizes the role of technology in supporting and guiding legal and judicial processes.

The focus of the degree is on the international nature of the subject matter and each course offers a comparative analysis of current legal developments.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of courses from the fields of technology, communications, IP and medical law with an international perspective, giving you the option to tailor the programme to suit your needs and interests.... [-]


LLM in Innovation, Technology and the Law (ONLINE LEARNING)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This unique and internationally focused LLM programme explores how the law responds to, regulates, and promotes new and emerging technologies. [+]

Programme description

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 analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each. The potential of technology to support legal and judicial processes is also examined.... [-]


LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This programme is designed to equip you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law within an international, European and domestic (UK) setting. [+]

Programme description

This programme is designed to equip you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of intellectual property law within an international, European and domestic (UK) setting.

The core subjects of the programme cover both substantive intellectual property law and the place and role of intellectual property, not just in its legal context but also in its social, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts. The programme spans patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, database rights, breach of confidence, passing off and sui generis rights, as well as investigating a range of issues which underpin contemporary intellectual property law and policy.

Programme structure ... [-]

LLM in Intellectual Property Law (ONLINE LEARNING)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This programme enables you to develop a fully rounded understanding of intellectual property (IP) rights. The programme aims to equip students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of IP law and policy within a domestic (UK), regional (European) and international context. [+]

Programme description

This programme enables you to develop a fully rounded understanding of intellectual property (IP) rights.

The programme aims to equip students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of IP law and policy within a domestic (UK), regional (European) and international context.

The programme covers substantive law on all of the major IP rights, including copyright, designs, trademarks, and patents, as well as confidentiality, passing off, database rights and other IP protection. The programme also addresses the international treaties that govern IP law, legal aspects of commercializing and enforcing IP and a range of topical legal and policy issues.

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LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice (ONLINE LEARNING)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This programme aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of how international commercial law operates in practice, with a range of course options that reflect the interests, experience and industry focus of our academic staff. [+]

Programme description

This programme aims to provide you with a deeper understanding of how international commercial law operates in practice, with a range of course options that reflect the interests, experience and industry focus of our academic staff.

Globalisation and developments in technology have led to a marked increase in international trade in goods and services, in international investment, and in the development of global financial markets. In parallel, the world of international commerce has seen major growth in the regulation of commercial activity at a national and international level, and in international litigation and arbitration. This LLM aims to help you understand the international context in which business currently operates.... [-]


LLM in International Economic Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

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. [+]

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.... [-]


LLM in International Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

This popular programme offers you a firm foundation in the fundamentals of the international legal system and international relations. It offers you an opportunity to pursue advanced specialist courses according to your personal interests and career plans and is ideally suited to those wishing to specialize in public international law. [+]

Programme description

This popular programme offers you a firm foundation in the fundamentals of the international legal system and international relations. It offers you an opportunity to pursue advanced specialist courses according to your personal interests and career plans and is ideally suited to those wishing to specialize in public international law.

Programme structure

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.

Courses will be led by members of Edinburgh Law School academic community, who are leaders in their field. 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.... [-]


LLM in Law (ONLINE LEARNING)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

This programme offers an exciting and flexible range of courses, enabling you to tailor the LLM to suit your specific professional and personal needs. [+]

Programme description

This programme offers an exciting and flexible range of courses, enabling you to tailor the LLM to suit your specific professional and personal needs.

To be effective on the international stage, legal professionals, business people, and policymakers need to understand different legal cultures and ways of operating and communicating within alternative business contexts and regulatory frameworks. This programme provides an ideal learning environment for such individuals to develop the skills and knowledge upon which further study or a relevant career can be built.

The programme spans foundational issues in areas of law, including:

Commercial law Information technology law Intellectual property law Medical law Programme structure ... [-]

LLM in Medical Law and Ethics

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2019 United Kingdom Edinburgh + 1 more

Individual and population health is a matter of growing social concern. Achieving good health and delivering effective healthcare demands innovation. A variety of fields have a role to play, including law. [+]

Programme description

Individual and population health is a matter of growing social concern. Achieving good health and delivering effective healthcare demands innovation. A variety of fields have a role to play, including law.

As a student on this programme, you will examine topics that reflect some of the main contemporary legal and ethical challenges faced by those working in medicine, and place them in their social and historical context. These include issues that arise in the context of genetics, assisted reproduction, abortion, standards of medical treatment, transplantation medicine, mental health, advance decisions, assisted suicide, medical research, and the allocation of scarce resources.... [-]


LLM in Medical Law and Ethics (ONLINE LEARNING)

Online Full time Part time 1 - 3 years January 2019 United Kingdom UK Online + 1 more

The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh Law School to deliver an internationally focused, interdisciplinary programme that combines flexible learning with the most up-to-date teaching on all of the important issues affecting medicine, law, and ethics today. [+]

Programme description

The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh Law School to deliver an internationally focused, interdisciplinary programme that combines flexible learning with the most up-to-date teaching on all of the important issues affecting medicine, law, and ethics today.

Medical law is a fascinating field of study as advances in medical research and new technologies shift the boundaries of medicine. New health issues are emerging and patient rights are increasingly taking center stage. New and complex medico-legal dilemmas arise in clinical practice, in the realities of human health, and in the relationships between patients and healthcare professionals.... [-]