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Comparative and European Private Law (LLM)


Course Description

Programme description

This programme offers a qualification that combines considerable academic interest with professional utility.

It provides a comparative insight into both the modern development of the key areas of private law, and also the dynamics of European harmonisation 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 specialisations.

Programme structure

This programme offers a wide range of subjects that deal with various aspects of private law from a comparative European perspective, enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.

For 2017/18 the programme consists of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits (60 credits per semester) and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

At least 80 credits of taught courses should be made up from the following course options.

Core Courses (80 - 120 credits)

Full year courses (40 credits)

Contract Law in Europe

Semester One courses (20 credits)

Comparative Property Law

Delict and Tort

Fundamentals of Comparative Private Law – New for 2017!

Semester Two courses (20 credits)

Comparative and International Trust Law

International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgements

Option Courses (0 - 40 credits)

  • You may also select up to a maximum of 40 credits from any course offered by the Law School, depending on availability and with the express permission of the Programme Director.

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 equip students with recognised Masters-level training in European Private Law.

You will receive advanced legal training enabling you to identify and interpret problems relating to private law using tools of comparative analysis.

As well as providing training in legal research, you will gain an understanding of the main challenges for modern comparative law, including issues of European harmonisation. The programme will also enable students to progress to the PhD should they so wish.


Visit the Comparative and European Private Law (LLM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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

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

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Last Updated

16 December 2016

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