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Law and Chinese (LLM)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme is designed to equip you with recognised masters-level training in both law and Chinese studies.

You will receive advanced legal training, enabling progression to PhD should you wish. You will also achieve competence (reading, writing and oral) in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) and a solid understanding of contemporary Chinese society, culture, politics and business.

Once on the programme it will be possible for students to study more specialised areas of law and, where appropriate, graduate with a named LLM degree in one of the following areas:

Commercial Law & Chinese
Intellectual Property Law & Chinese
International Law & Chinese

Programme structure

This is a two year programme. There is no part-time option for this degree.

The programme structure for 2017/18 is currently being finalised. You will take a total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester, which may include the following:

Year 1 core courses:

Chinese Language 1A or Chinese Language Intermediate 1A
Chinese Language 1B or Chinese Language Intermediate 1B
Politics and Economics of the People's Republic of China after 1978
Law courses worth 60 credits (40 credits in semester 1, 20 credits in semester 2)

Year 2 core courses:

Approved Residence in China (July-December)
Chinese Language Advanced 1 or Chinese Language Advanced 2
Law courses worth 40 credits

If you are taking one of the specialist LLM in Law and Chinese programmes (see list below) you must take 80 credits of core law courses over the course of the two years from the relevant specialist programme

Specialist LLM in Law and Chinese programmes:

LLM in Commercial Law and Chinese
LLM in Intellectual Property Law and Chinese
LLM in International Law and Chinese

Subject to satisfactory completion of the taught component of the degree you will complete a 10,000 word dissertation in Law (worth 60 credits), on an approved topic, over the summer of your second year.

Learning outcomes

The programme provides students with an in-depth understanding of broad areas of law and legal scholarship.

It will provide you with intermediate/advanced level competence in Modern Standard Chinese (Mandarin) and with a good understanding of contemporary issues in Chinese society, culture, politics and business.

The programme fosters independent thinking and provides students with the tools to conduct masters-level research in Law.

You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese language and culture through Approved Residence Abroad. And gain a recognised advanced-level interdisciplinary qualification equipping you for work in a variety of legal institutions and policy-relevant positions, or further advanced level study.

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

Student Profiles

Tercentenary Awards for Excellence - 7 Awards

Thanks to kind sponsorship as part of the Edinburgh Law School Tercentenary campaign, Edinburgh Law School is pleased to be able to offer 7 Tercentenary Awards for Excellence of £5,000 towards tuition fees in any LLM or MSc programme offered by the School, starting in September 2017 (including distance learning programmes).You must have applied for study at Edinburgh Law School before applying for this award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000 towards tuition fees


Any applicant accepted for a place on any of the LLM or MSc programmes offered by the School (including Online Distance Learning programmes) for 2017/18 entry.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made by completing the Edinburgh Law School Scholarship application form.To apply please visit: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/scholarships_and_funding_for_LLMMSc/tercentenary_awards_for_excellenceCompleted applications should be sent to [email protected] no later than 5pm on 31 March 2017.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. Degrees in other relevant disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. You are not expected to have previous experience of studying Chinese language or culture, but candidates with such experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. In the absence of the formal entry requirements, employment or other educational experience that evidences intellectual ability of an equivalent standard may be given consideration.

Course Fees

For 2017/18 Entry: £10,800 (UK/EU) £19,300 (International)

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