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Programme description. Demand is growing for high value data specialists across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities. The aim of this unique, modular, online distance learning programme is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science. Read more

Programme description

Demand is growing for high value data specialists across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities. The aim of this unique, modular, online distance learning programme is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science.

The programme is designed to fully equip tomorrow’s data professionals, offering different entry points into the world of data science – across the sciences, medicine, arts and humanities.

Students will develop a strong knowledge foundation of specific disciplines as well as direction in technology, concentrating on the practical application of data research in the real world.

You can study to an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Development level.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to the University of Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You can study to an MSc, MSc with Medical Informatics specialism, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Professional Development level.

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme. We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

These credits will be recognised in their own right for postgraduate level credits or may be put towards gaining a higher award such as a PgCert.

Learning outcomes

The modular course structure offers broad engagement at different career stages. Individual courses provide an understanding of modern data-intensive approaches while the programme provides the knowledge base to develop a career that majors in data science in an applied domain.

Career opportunities

This programme is intended for professionals wishing to develop an awareness of applications and implications of data intensive systems. Our aim is to enhance existing career paths with an additional dimension in data science, through new technological skills and/or better ability to engage with data in target domains of application.



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The programme disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry. Read more

The programme disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry.

Our flexible, intermittent, part-time, online distance learning (OLDL) programme aims to:

  • to provide an understanding of research that uses neuroimaging techniques
  • to develop research planning and designing skills, incorporating neuroimaging
  • to enable interpretation and analysis of relevant neuroimaging data
  • to relate neuroimaging research to clinical applications

Online learning

Access world class teaching at the University of Edinburgh, while maintaining your local professional & personal commitments where you live, thereby keeping down costs by not being resident in Edinburgh.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You may choose to study to Certificate, Diploma or Masters level.

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme. We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

You may take up to 30 credits per semester, 60 credits per year.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. We offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Please note that individual elective courses will only run if there is a minimum of 4 students taking the course.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications.
  • Discuss how imaging is used to investigate both normal and abnormal processes and functions (clinically and in research).
  • Design methodologically sound and practical research that uses neuroimaging.
  • Analyse results and use statistics relevant to and derived from neuroimaging.
  • Integrate health and safety regulations, and legislation, into the planning and execution of research which uses neuroimaging.
  • Envision the translation from basic neuroimaging research to the clinical arena.
  • Critically appraise existing research that uses neuroimaging, demonstrating awareness of reproducibility, reliability of techniques, and sources of bias, both in research and clinically.
  • Be innovative in the discussion and presentation of work to peers.
  • Formulate suitable grant and research proposals which incorporate neuroimaging.
  • Initiate and execute research autonomously.
  • Produce publishable research summaries.
  • Demonstrate good practice in research communication and collaboration, including modern online methods.
  • Engage with new developments building upon your neuroimaging knowledge.

Career opportunities

This programme is an ideal programme to help you in your neuroimaging research-based career, giving you advanced and well recognised expertise in the field.



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The programme disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry. Read more

The programme disseminates imaging knowledge, skills and understanding, in order to enable effective and efficient use of imaging, clinically, in research and in industry.

Our flexible, intermittent, part-time, online distance learning (OLDL) programme aims to:

  • provide an understanding of imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications
  • develop research planning and designing skills, incorporating imaging
  • enable interpretation and analysis of relevant imaging data
  • relate imaging research to clinical applications

Online learning

Access world class teaching at the University of Edinburgh, while maintaining your local professional & personal commitments where you live, thereby keeping down costs by not being resident in Edinburgh.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

You may choose to study to Certificate, Diploma or Masters level.

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme. We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

You may take up to 30 credits per semester, 60 credits per year.

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. We offer online credit-bearing courses which run for 11 weeks at a time. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

  • Online Learning options. Please note that individual elective courses will only run if there is a minimum of 4 students taking the course.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the full range of imaging theory, techniques, analysis and applications.
  • Discuss how imaging is used to investigate both normal and abnormal processes and functions (clinically and in research).
  • Feel confident to undertake well designed, methodologically sound and practical research using imaging.
  • Create a study design methodology.
  • Analyse results and use statistics as applied to imaging studies.
  • Be aware of health and safety regulations and legislation related to imaging.
  • Translate from basic imaging research to the clinical arena.
  • Be empowered to take a critical view of existing research particularly with an awareness of reproducibility and reliability of techniques, sources of bias in research and clinically.
  • Demonstrate innovation before discussing and presenting their work to their peers.
  • Development of skills in grant and research proposal formulation.
  • Develop the tools to initiate and execute research autonomously and produce publishable research summaries.
  • Develop good practice in communication and collaboration using modern online communication tools.
  • Acquire imaging knowledge to engage with new developments.

Career opportunities

Clinical graduates will exit the programme with improved clinical image management skills, and will also be better able to advise companies and businesses which develop tools and techniques for their specialties, where imaging is required. For pre-clinically focused students, an imaging skill set expands academic possibilities and is more likely to assist with translational techniques necessary to bridge the preclinical and clinical sciences.

The degree will also be attractive as a preliminary qualification before undertaking career training in hospital Medical Physics (for physicists and engineers), as well as a preliminary qualification before taking a PhD or research scientist post involving medical physics, medical imaging, biomechanics in academia or industry.



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This programme is for students who wish to gain a deeper and contextual understanding of how commercial law operates in practice. Read more

This programme is for students who wish to gain a deeper and contextual understanding of how commercial law operates in practice. It allows you to choose from over 25 courses, to reflect your interests, experience and industry focus.

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

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.

The programme focuses on the legal responses to the developments shaping international commerce today, as lawyers and business professionals are increasingly required to look beyond domestic law to find solutions appropriate to their international business needs and opportunities.

Online learning

The programme is delivered by online distance learning, through our bespoke online learning environment ‘eScript’.

The learning process is interactive and research-focused. Courses are taught by leading academics in the field in question; some are also conducted by eminent practitioners with specific expertise in the chosen subject, in conjunction with academics from the School of Law.

Each session comprises a variety of activities, which could include (combinations of) any of the following:

  • questions, answers (or partial answers) to which may be posted on eScript
  • multiple choice questions
  • responses to legislative developments
  • data and opinion gathering, e.g. for use in an assignment
  • debates; assignments
  • master classes (access to expert)
  • collaboration (encourage free exchange of information followed by a summary)
  • student ‘brainstorming’ / generation of ideas and problem solving

Programme structure

The LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice requires that you complete a total of six courses (120 credit points), four of which must be from the core courses listed below. You must also complete a dissertation (60 credits) over your chosen period of study.

Core courses offered in 2016/17:

  • Contract Law in Europe
  • European Competition and Innovation
  • International Law, Human Rights and Corporate Accountability
  • Dispute Resolution Methods
  • Principles of International Taxation
  • Corporate Compliance: Case Studies in Law and Ethics
  • Comparative and International Corporate Governance
  • International Oil and Gas Law
  • Law of Climate Change

Please note the available choice of courses in any given year may change.

Learning outcomes

The LLM in International Commercial Law & Practice will enable you to engage with a wide range of subject areas and to gain advanced knowledge and understanding of international legal principles.

The courses allow you to develop a practical understanding of the legal issues surrounding specific industries, markets and commercial relationships. They also facilitates a broader and more generic understanding of underlying themes such as harmonisation, regulation and compliance.

The programme will enable you to look beyond the technical content of the relevant law and to think critically about the underlying problems and conflicting solutions. Having studied the programme, you will emerge with an understanding not just of legal issues, but regard to ethical principles and the social and economic context. Here, particular emphasis is placed on the economic and commercial context.

Career opportunities

The majority of students on the Law School’s LLM programmes by online distance learning are mid-career, and they often work across international boundaries. Many will already be established in their career, but wish to use the programme to consolidate skills and knowledge accumulated over time.

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.

For some graduates, successful completion of the programme will lead to a promotion within their current positions. Others aim to develop a new professional direction altogether. The programme aims to support students in whichever outcome they aspire to, through developing their knowledge and understanding of the law, but also through acquiring transferable skills and, not least, the experience of engaging with leading academics in the field and with fellow students.

The profile of online distance learning LLM students, and their needs for career guidance, are recognised by the University careers service, which offers information resources relevant to international and non-Law careers, and the opportunity to arrange individual consultations with students who are based remotely.



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Programme description. The Postgraduate Certificate in Law provides a flexible way for legal professionals, policy makers and practitioners in the private and public sectors to develop the confidence and study/research skills upon which further study in law, or a relevant career, can be built. Read more

Programme description

The Postgraduate Certificate in Law provides a flexible way for legal professionals, policy makers and practitioners in the private and public sectors to develop the confidence and study/research skills upon which further study in law, or a relevant career, can be built.

The programme offers a flexible route to further postgraduate study as successful students can choose to transfer credits gained to one of our LLM programmes.

This certificate provides a flexible way for legal professionals, policymakers and practitioners in the private and public sectors to develop the confidence and study/research skills upon which further study in law, or a relevant career, can be built. It also offers a flexible route to further postgraduate study as successful students can choose to transfer credits gained to one of our LLM programmes.

The programme enables you to engage with a range of subject areas within the discipline, which may include:

  • Commercial law
  • Information technology law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Medical law

Online learning

Our distance learning programmes are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.

Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.

We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality.

Programme structure

You can choose three masters-level courses that best reflect your personal interests and objectives. Courses are chosen from our full range of LLM courses.

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have the option of graduating with the Certificate or continuing your studies through a facilitated transfer onto one of the Edinburgh Law School’s LLM programmes by online distance learning.

Learning outcomes

The Postgraduate Certificate in Law enables you to engage with a range of subject areas within the discipline.

You will emerge with an understanding of specific areas of law, which may include commercial law, information technology law, intellectual property law and medical law.

Career opportunities

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have the option of graduating with the Certificate or continuing your studies through a facilitated transfer onto one of the Edinburgh Law School’s LLM programmes by online distance learning.

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.



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The MSc in International Development programme offers students an unparalleled opportunity to deepen their understanding and engagement with the most pressing challenges confronting people, communities and institutions in the Global South. Read more

The MSc in International Development programme offers students an unparalleled opportunity to deepen their understanding and engagement with the most pressing challenges confronting people, communities and institutions in the Global South. What are the processes that have shaped poverty and inequality across the world – as well as the responses to them? How do they differ across international, national, and local contexts? This programme builds and strengthens critical skills for analysing these development processes and inequities, exploring development issues in a range of different social, historical and political contexts. It aims to provide you with a rigorous multi-disciplinary grounding in major debates, theories and critical concepts as well as proficiency in applying these to investigate contemporary development challenges, policy processes, and initiatives.

Our students are part of a vibrant and growing online distance education community at our prestigious School of Social and Political Science and the College for Humanities and Social Sciences. Through our innovative platform and learning activities, they forge meaningful relationships with their peers and a range of academic colleagues linking them to other relevant online distance learning programmes, such as the MSc Global Challenges (ODL), MSc in Global Health Policy (ODL) and cognate programmes such as the MSc in Social Justice and Community Organising (ODL) in Moray House of Education.

Online learning

The MSc International Development is part of our growing portfolio of online learning programmes.

Recognising the need for flexibility our online programmes are an excellent way for those with professional or family commitments to gain a further qualification with minimum interruption, or to introduce students to a virtual learning environment.

Our award-winning online learning technology is fully interactive, enabling you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You will learn through a mix of online methods, including video lectures, study guides, self-directed and guided reading, and a range of interactive online reflection and discussion activities. You will be part of a vibrant and supportive virtual community.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The MSc International Development is a part-time online distance learning programme which can be pursued over two or three years. All courses are taught through a combination of independent study and online group activities, allowing you to continue your life and career uninterrupted whilst returning to university study.

There are three core courses – Politics and Theories of International Development, Analysing Development, and Global Development Challenges – which equip students with a solid grasp of the key theories, issues, and actors of International Development, providing an optimum balance between policy and academic approaches.

You then further your interests in specific areas of international development, such as mobility and migration, monitoring and project design, the environment, or global health through your optional course choices. New optional courses, based on successful on-campus courses, will be added

Research training is provided via a core course in Researching International Development, which introduces you to cutting-edge innovations in the field whilst preparing your for your dissertation – be it a research or applied project. You will discuss dissertation plans with tutors and the Programme Director in Collaborate seminars and in weekly guidance and feedback sessions. You will also have your own dissertation supervisor.

You will also be mentored by a Personal Tutor — a member of our teaching staff who provides academic guidance and pastoral support.

Career opportunities

With a solid background in international development study and practice, our graduates pursue current and future careers in a range of institutions including United Nations agencies, charities, non-governmental organizations, government ministries, and the private sector, as well as in research institutions and journalism.



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Program Description. Please note this programme is only open for applications for those wishing to start year one of the three year programme in September 2018, with the view to having entry for Professional Accountants available for academic year 2019/20. Read more

Program Description

Please note this programme is only open for applications for those wishing to start year one of the three year programme in September 2018, with the view to having entry for Professional Accountants available for academic year 2019/20.

A fully online, part-time, flexible programme which focuses on the wider, non-technical, aspects of accounting which have a broader impact on organisations and society.

The programme content and method of delivery will prove attractive to both professional accountants, and other non-professional accountant applicants, who are unable to commit to a full-time on-campus programme.

Professionally qualified accountants will gain exemption from year one of this three year distance learning programme.

This MSc looks at how accounting, the accounting profession and various calculative practices impact on the management and governance of organisations, cultural formations, and the definition of economic and social relationships.

Through the School’s Centre for Accounting and Society (CAS) an established research tradition in the area of interdisciplinary studies of accounting has been established and this programme draws upon this tradition, and on exceptionally strong relationships with professional and accounting bodies.

This new MSc will focus on the three strands: Accounting, Culture and Society, The Accounting Profession, and Communication, Governance and Control.

Online learning

Course resources and learning materials for students to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme will be delivered to participants by the following means:

  • Weekly study plan to include topic overview, learning objectives, required reading and listening, self-assessment material and assignments to be completed
  • Recorded lectures and tutorials available to course participants on the Blackboard Learn Virtual learning Environment (VLE).
  • Real-time virtual classes through the VLE
  • Online Discussion Forums via the VLE
  • Access to online electronic resources of the University of Edinburgh Library:
  • University of Edinburgh Business School Seminar Series recorded for delivery via the VLE
  • Selected electronic textbook resources

Program Structure

This is a three year fully online programme which is assessed by a mix of online assignments together with case studies and essays.

Professionally qualified accountants are exempt from year one which consists of three technical accounting courses as a foundation for years two and three.

Five courses in each of the years two and three are then taken in the specific area of Accounting and Society and a final project is completed in the final semester of year three.

Learning Outcomes

The programme is intended to further knowledge and skills in a number of ways:

  • Develop a high level of competence in using various online tools and resources together with enhanced independent learning and time-management skills.
  • Ability to analyse and assess ethical, political, cultural, governance and social responsibility issues and their impact on organisations and society overall.
  • Analysis of existing practice in organisations in the areas of Accounting and Society with a view to recommending change.
  • Further develop cross-cultural and inter-personal communication skills sensitive to diversity in people and cultures through sharing knowledge.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles and concepts of Accounting and Auditing together with ability to apply tools and techniques in these areas. (For students not already holding a professional accounting qualification and required to take Year One of the programme).

Career Opportunities

This online distance learning MSc programme enables you to study part-time for an internationally recognised degree, wherever you are in the world, while maintaining busy professional and personal commitments.

Because of its breadth, this Masters will advance or prepare you for a variety of career paths within the areas of accounting, financial management, auditing, governance, regulation, and management consulting amongst others. There is scope for careers development opportunities within both the private and public sectors.

The programme is aimed at both professional accountants and other non-professionally qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds who may already have careers in practice and industry but who wish to gain an additional MSc qualification to advance their existing career opportunities and to study accounting in the broader context which includes the organisational, social, historical, cultural and technical aspects.

The three technical accounting courses in year one of the programme may also serve as a basis for the professional exams of a number of accounting bodies, should students wish to take those exams in the future, and it is possible that exemptions may be negotiated by students on an individual basis.

Our programme is promoted as a professional and personal development opportunity by the Chartered Accountants Worldwide whose members include the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS), The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) among others.



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This unique degree programme explores how the law responds to, regulates and promotes new and emerging technologies. The programme promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of the relationship between law, technology, commerce and society in the widest possible sense. Read more

This unique degree programme explores how the law responds to, regulates and promotes new and emerging technologies.

The programme promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of the relationship between law, technology, commerce and society in the widest possible sense.

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.

Online learning

Our distance learning programmes are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.

Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.

We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality.

Programme structure

You must complete a total of six courses (120 credits), five of which must be from the compulsory courses listed below. You also complete a dissertation (60 credits) over your chosen period of study.

Core courses offered in 2016/17:

  • Communications Law
  • Electronic Commerce Law
  • Forensic Computing and Electronic Evidence
  • Information: Control and Power
  • Law of Robotics
  • Information Technology Law
  • Intellectual Property Law – Copyright and Related Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law – Industrial Property
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International and European Media Law
  • Legal Aspects of Managing Intellectual Property
  • Law and Medical Ethics – Fundamental Issues in Consent and Negligence
  • Law and Medical Ethics – Start and End of Life Issues
  • International Public Health Law and Security
  • Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society
  • European Health Care Law

Please note the available choice of courses in any given year may change.

Learning outcomes

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.

Career opportunities

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.



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The LLM in Intellectual Property Law enables you to study the fundamental principles behind the laws of intellectual property. Read more

The LLM in Intellectual Property Law enables you to study the fundamental principles behind the laws of intellectual property.

The programme aims to provide you with an advanced knowledge of substantive intellectual property law, and of the place and role of intellectual property within domestic, regional and international contexts.

This programme enables you to develop a fully rounded understanding of intellectual property rights, their role in society and the impact of intellectual property (IP) on global economics and development.

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

The programme covers all the major IP rights, including copyright, designs, trade marks, and patents as well as confidentiality, passing off, database rights and other IP protection.

The programme also addresses global policy-making and the framework of international treaties that govern intellectual property law, as well as consideration of IP rights in their social, cultural and commercial contexts.

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 2017/18 academic year.

Online learning

Our distance learning programmes are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.

Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.

We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality.

Programme structure

You must complete a total of six courses (120 credit points), four of which must be core IP law courses, and complete a dissertation (60 credit points) over your chosen period of study.

Core courses offered in 2016/17:

  • European Competition and Innovation
  • Intellectual Property Law - Copyright and Related Rights
  • Intellectual Property Law - Industrial Property
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Legal Aspects of Managing Intellectual Property

Please note the available choice of courses in any given year may change.

Learning outcomes

The subjects of the degree are intended to equip you with both an advanced knowledge of substantive intellectual property law and of the place and role of intellectual property within a domestic, regional and international context, laying a foundation for a specialised dissertation.

By the end of your studies you will have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of intellectual property law, a sophisticated awareness of the problems in the area and of the differing approaches to their solution.

Career opportunities

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.



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The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh to deliver an internationally focussed, 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. Read more

Programme description

The LLM in Medical Law and Ethics draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh to deliver an internationally focussed, 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.

This programme draws on the expertise and tradition of Edinburgh 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 centre 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.

The programme enables you to explore the international and interdisciplinary dimensions of medical law and ethics. You will have opportunities to examine healthcare policy and the regulation of medicine in different parts of the world. You will also evaluate responses to technology and debate possible futures for medical law.

Applications are welcomed from healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses and from all those with an interest in this area.

Online learning

Our distance learning programmes are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.

Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.

We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality.

Programme structure

You must complete a total of six courses (120 credits), four of which must be core medical law courses from the list below. You also complete a dissertation (60 credits) over your chosen period of study.

Core courses:

Compassionate Care and the Law
Law and Medical Ethics - Fundamental Issues in Consent and Negligence
Law and Medical Ethics - Start and End of Life Issues
Health, Research and Commercialisation
International Public Health Law and Security
Biotechnology, Law and Society
European Health Care Law

Learning outcomes

Having studied the programme, you will emerge with an understanding of medico-legal issues not just in the legal context, but with a sound grounding in ethics, social and theoretical contexts.

This programme is suitable to prepare students for advanced research.

Career opportunities

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.

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This LLM in Information Technology Law promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of information technology law, in its broadest sense, within international, European and domestic settings. Read more

This LLM in Information Technology Law promotes advanced knowledge and understanding of information technology law, in its broadest sense, within international, European and domestic settings. You will develop an understanding of information technology law not just in its legal but also its social, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts.

The programme gives you the opportunity to study subjects where IT law interfaces with other disciplinary dimensions of the law, with modules in intellectual property law, commercial law and medical law.

This programme 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-fertilisation of regulatory responses occurs at the interface between, domestic, regional and international law. Our aim is to enable you to understand this cross-fertilisation, to be able to contextualise it and place yourself within it.

Online learning

Our distance learning courses are delivered through eSCRIPT, our flexible online learning environment.

Through eSCRIPT you will access learning materials and interact with your tutor and fellow students. eSCRIPT is accessible through the internet from any computer. A fast connection is an advantage, but you do not need any special equipment, applications or plug-ins to use it.

We aim to provide challenging, research-led teaching with students benefiting from the expertise of a multidisciplinary team of tutors and the results of innovative cross-cutting research of the highest quality

Programme structure

You must complete a total of six courses (120 credit points), four of which must be core IT law courses, and complete a dissertation (60 credit points) over your chosen period of study.

Core courses offered in 2016/17:

  • Communications Law
  • Electronic Commerce Law
  • Forensic Computing: Electronic Evidence
  • Information: Control and Power
  • Information Technology Law
  • Law of Robotics
  • International and European Media Law

Please note the available choice of modules in any given year may change.

Learning outcomes

By the end of your studies you should emerge with an understanding of information technology law not just in its legal but also its social, ethical, cultural and commercial contexts.

Career opportunities

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.



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This programme situates health, health inequalities and health policy in a global context, examining the extent to which health and its determinants are shaped by social, economic and political processes and the impacts on health policy of multiple factors. Read more

This programme situates health, health inequalities and health policy in a global context, examining the extent to which health and its determinants are shaped by social, economic and political processes and the impacts on health policy of multiple factors.

With its multidisciplinary approach and online distance learning delivery, this programme will provide you with a flexible and focused examination of health, health inequalities and health policy in a global context.

Whether you’re from a health or social science background, you’ll develop a critical awareness of the role of the state, the commercial sector, civil society and international organisations in health policy and global governance, and an understanding of the challenges confronting policymakers in addressing health and reducing health inequalities.

Online learning

The programme will be taught through a mix of online methods, including video lectures, study guides, self-directed and guided reading, and a range of interactive online reflection and discussion activities.

You will become part of a vibrant and supportive virtual community, and will be taught through a combination of group work and independent study.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this programme you will be able to understand, critically appraise and apply key concepts and theories within public health and policy studies with specific reference to social and economic determinants of population health status.

You will also develop the skills to:

  • apply social science perspectives to public health questions
  • assess the changing context of public health policy formulation
  • analyse diverse source materials and apply to public health questions
  • articulate your own conception of core challenges confronting public health
  • engage in public health advocacy
  • work across disciplinary boundaries

Career opportunities

The programme aims to provide the skills you need to pursue or develop a career in a health-related agency, public sector or non-governmental organisation.

The transferable skills you gain in areas such as communication and research will give you an edge in the employment market, whatever your eventual career.



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The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms. Read more

The overall objective of this online distance learning programme is to provide knowledge and an understanding of animal welfare science, with a focus on the international issues arising from animal use in all its forms.

The programme is delivered by researchers and teachers from both the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education (within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) and the Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) with a series of guest lecturers from around the world.

The programme offers courses in a variety of areas, including:

  • history, culture and concepts of animal welfare
  • animal behaviour
  • animal welfare assessment
  • animal ethics
  • recommendations and policy
  • legislation, regulation and enforcement
  • science communication
  • applied animal welfare - production, companion and captive wild animals

Learn more about why you should study with us:

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy:

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

A blend of online learning methods are utilised, such as discussion forums, podcasts and live tutorials. The programme is modular, allowing us to offer a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied.

Students may choose to study to certificate, diploma or masters level.

Students can take up to 6 years to complete the full MSc programme and there is also the option to graduate with either an International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law postgraduate certificate or diploma.

Year 1: certificate

You will take two compulsory courses - International Animal Welfare Science and Animal Ethics, Policy and Law - plus an optional course.

Year 2: diploma

You can choose up to 60 credits of optional courses, which include:

  • Production Animal Welfare
  • Cat and Dog Welfare
  • Captive and Free-ranging Wild Animal Welfare
  • Animals in Research, Testing and Education
  • Clinical Animal Behaviour
  • Equine Behaviour and Welfare
  • Equitation Science
  • Anthrozoology (new for 2017)

Year 3: masters

You complete a dissertation of between 10,000-15,000 words which can be a research project or an extended systematic review of the literature in a topic of Animal Welfare Science, Ethics or Law.

Postgraduate Professional Development

Postgraduate Professional Development (PPD) is aimed at working professionals who want to advance their knowledge through a postgraduate-level course(s), without the time or financial commitment of a full Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate.

You may take a maximum of 50 credits worth of courses over two years through our PPD scheme. These lead to a University of Edinburgh postgraduate award of academic credit. Alternatively, after one year of taking courses you can choose to transfer your credits and continue on to studying towards a higher award on a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme. Although PPD courses have various start dates throughout a year you may only start a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme in the month of September. Any time spent studying PPD will be deducted from the amount of time you will have left to complete a Masters, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate programme.

Career opportunities

Graduates can use their qualification to enhance their career prospects in academia, research, governmental and non-governmental organisations and consultancies.



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This two-year part-time masters programme, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM). Read more

This two-year part-time masters programme, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM).

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, it provides the opportunity for trainees in urology to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared specialty and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

The programme is designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme runs on a semester basis over two years and involves approximately 10 hours of study each week, in a flexible modular manner. It is anticipated that some of this study would receive credit or mirror 'in-the-workplace' activities.

The online distance learning nature of this programme is perfect for doctors working unsociable shift patterns. You will have access to high-quality, interactive online resources, e-journals and online textbooks, as well as dedicated technological support.

Year 1

Compulsory modules will cover the basic elements of the specialty of urology, including oncology, andrology, stone disease, reconstructive urology, paediatric urology and renal transplantation. Each module is based around relevant surgical cases and includes discussion board and video master classes.

Year 2

Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, whilst enabling students to develop the ability to analyse published evidence and enhance their interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an academic research project in Year 2 e.g. Original research or a Systematic Review in a relevant area of work. Following completion of the programme, students are encouraged to seek publication of their study in a peer-reviewed journal.

Students are supported throughout the programme through asynchronous discussions with e-tutors who are all leading clinicians in their field. Students also have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. A written examination (MCQ) is held in the second year, following completion of core modules.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen surgical subspecialty and to apply this knowledge to the systematic assessment and management of surgical patients in the elective, urgent and emergency clinical setting.



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This two-year, part-time masters programme, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM). Read more

This two-year, part-time masters programme, taught entirely online, is offered by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh, and leads to the degree of Master of Surgery (ChM).

Based on the UK Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum, the ChM in Trauma and Orthopaedics provides the opportunity for trainees to select those advanced modules relevant to their declared specialty and supports learning for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) examinations.

The programme is designed to run alongside clinical training and complement in-the-workplace assessment.

Online learning

Our online learning technology is fully interactive, award-winning and enables you to communicate with our highly qualified teaching staff from the comfort of your own home or workplace.

Our online students not only have access to Edinburgh’s excellent resources, but also become part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

The programme runs on a semester basis, over two years, and involves approximately 10 hours of study each week, in a flexible modular manner. It is anticipated that some of this study would receive credit or mirror ‘in-the- workplace’ activities.

The online distance learning nature of this programme is perfect for doctors working unsociable shift patterns.

You will have access to high quality, interactive online resources, e-journals and online textbooks, as well as dedicated technological support.

Year 1

Academic modules will explore research and teaching methodology, whilst enabling students to develop the ability to analyse published evidence and enhance their interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students will also have the opportunity to complete an academic research project in Year 2 e.g. Original research or a Systematic Review in a relevant area of work. Following completion of the programme, students are encouraged to seek publication of their study in a peer-reviewed journal.

Students are supported throughout the programme through asynchronous discussions with e-tutors who are all leading clinicians in their field. Students also have access to a large learning resource, including subscriptions to key online books and journals. A written examination (MCQ) is held in the second year, following completion of core modules.

Year 2

Compulsory modules cover the core elements of the subsections of the orthopaedic syllabus. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material.

Having gained experience from the academic modules in the previous year, students will be expected to critically analyse reference material and where appropriate relate to their own work.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen surgical subspecialty and be able to apply this knowledge to the systematic assessment and management of surgical patients in the elective, urgent and emergency clinical setting.



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