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Course content

This programme is now available for entry in September 2018.

The LLM in Innovation, Technology and Law offers advanced study of a range of law or law-related subjects, which address the opportunities and risks posed by innovation and new technology.

The programme also offers an opportunity to develop more detailed knowledge, understanding and research skills in a chosen dissertation topic.

This unique degree programme explores the role of the law in regulating and promoting new and emerging technologies. The courses on offer allow students to examine legal, ethical and regulatory issues in fields such as information technology, intellectual property, data protection, biotechnology, medical sciences, online media and artificial intelligence.

The core subjects of the degree provide in-depth knowledge of domains where law engages with technology, laying the foundations for a specialised dissertation. By the end of their studies for this degree, students will have acquired a sophisticated awareness of the problems that arise in the field of law and technology and the differing approaches to their solution.

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.

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.

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

Having completed the programme, students will emerge with an understanding of technology-related law and technology support for legal processes, not just in their legal but also their commercial, social, ethical and cultural contexts.


Visit the Innovation, Technology and the Law (LLM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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