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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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Programme description. This general LLM programme is the ideal choice for students wishing to expose themselves to diverse areas of advanced legal scholarship. Read more

Programme description

This general LLM programme is the ideal choice for students wishing to expose themselves to diverse areas of advanced legal scholarship.

Edinburgh Law School offers a very wide range of specialist courses, many taught by internationally recognised experts in their fields.

At present, key areas of research and teaching include:

international law

commercial and corporate law

criminal law

international economic law

international banking and finance

medical ethics

criminology

intellectual property

information technology law

European law

private law

comparative law

human rights

public law.

This allows students on the general LLM to take courses which make up a diverse and challenging curriculum and through which they will be able to develop a broad expertise in cutting-edge legal scholarship.

Programme structure

To ensure a programme of general interest there are no mandatory courses, however you may only select a certain number of credits (60 per semester) from particular fields. This is indicated in the course options list below. Please note that courses in bold are mandatory courses for other programmes and therefore may have waiting lists in operation.

Commercial Law

Choose a maximum of 40 credits:

Company Law (40 credits, full year course)

Contract Law in Europe (40 credits, full year course)

The Law of International Trade (40 credits, full year course)

Corporation Law and Economics (20 credits, semester 1)

International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits, semester 1)

Principles of Corporate Finance Law (20 credits, semester 1)

The Law of Secured Finance (20 credits, semester 1)

Comparative Corporate Governance (20 credits, semester 2)

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)

European Labour Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Insolvency Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Principles of Insurance Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Criminal Law and Evidence

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

General Principles of Criminal Law (20 credits, semester 1)

Current Issues in Criminal Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Sexual Offending and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Criminology

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

Criminological Research Methods (40 credits, full year course)

Theoretical Criminology (20 credits, semester 1)

Criminal Justice and Penal Process (20 credits, semester 1)

Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 1)

Cybercrime (20 credits, semester 2)

Mental Health and Crime (20 credits, semester 2)

Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity (20 credits, semester 2)

Surveillance and Security (20 credits, semester 2)

EU Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

EU Competition Law (40 credits, full year course)

EU Constitutional Law (20 credits, semester 1)

EU Fundamental Rights Law (20 credits, semester 2)

IP, Media and Technology Law

Choose a maximum of 40 credits:

Intellectual Property Law 1: Copyright and Related Rights (20 credits, semester 1)

International Intellectual Property System (20 credits, semester 1)

The Legal Challenges of Information Technologies (20 credits, semester 1)

Robotics and the Law (20 credits, semester 1)

Contemporary Issues in the Law and Policy of e-Commerce, the Digital Economy and International Information Governance (20 credits, semester 2)

Data Protection and Information Privacy (20 credits, semester 2)

Information: Control and Power (20 credits, semester 2)

Intellectual Property - Law and Society (20 credits, semester 2)

International and European Media Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Law and New Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Risk and the Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Law of E-Commerce (20 credits, semester 2)

Managing Intellectual Property (20 credits, semester 2)

International Law

Choose a maximum of 40 credits:

Fundamental Issues in International Law (40 credits, full year course)

International Criminal Law (40 credits, full year course)

International Environmental Law (40 credits, full year course)

WTO Law (40 credits, full year course)

History and Theory of International Law (20 credits, semester 1)

International Climate Change Law (20 credits, semester 1)

International Human Rights Law (20 credits, semester 1)

International Investment Law (20 credits, semester 1)

International Law of the Sea (20 credits, semester 1)

Advanced Issues in International Economic Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Diplomatic Law (20 credits, semester 2)

EU Climate Change and Energy Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Inter-State Conflict and Humanitarian Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Legal History and Legal Theory

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

Traditions of Legal Inquiry (20 credits, semester 1)

Reasoning with Precedent (20 credits, semester 1)

Law and the Enlightenment (20 credits, semester 2)

The Anatomy of Public Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Medical Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (20 credits, semester 1)

Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment (20 credits, semester 1)

Contemporary Issues in Medical Jurisprudence (20 credits, semester 2)

Life Sciences, Society and Law (10 credits, semester 2)

Medical Negligence (10 credits, semester 2)

Private Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

Comparative Property Law (20 credits, semester 1)

Delict and Tort (20 credits, semester 1)

Principles of International Tax Law (20 credits, semester 1)

Comparative and International Trust Law (20 credits, semester 2)

EUCOTAX Wintercourse (20 credits, semester 2)

Family Law in Comparative Perspectives (20 credits, semester 2)

International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments (20 credits, semester 2)

Principles of European Tax Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Public Law

Choose a maximum of 60 credits:

Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (20 credits, semester 2)

Human Rights Law in Europe (20 credits, semester 2)

The Anatomy of Public Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme, you should have acquired a more sophisticated understanding of your chosen subjects, including the diverse functions of law in contemporary society, differing approaches to the subject and a greater familiarity with research materials and methods.



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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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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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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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Programme description. This programme is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and understanding to operate successfully in today's international and commercial environment. Read more

Programme description

This programme is designed to help equip you with the knowledge and understanding to operate successfully in today's international and commercial environment.

Advanced knowledge of commercial law is a significant asset in an increasingly globalised world. Growth in international trade, international investment and new markets has led to greater regulation of commercial activity at a regional and international level, increasing the demand for suitably qualified business professionals and lawyers.

Supported by a respected academic team, you will have the opportunity to gain a highly valued qualification that could give you a real advantage in your professional life.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of subjects across the field of commercial, corporate and banking law from an international perspective, allowing you to tailor a programme to suit your 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.

The 120 credits of taught courses are made up of the following core and option courses.

Core Courses (80 - 120 credits)

Full year courses (40 credits, counting as 20 credits per semester)

  • Company Law
  • Contract Law in Europe

20 credit courses in semester 1

  • European Labour Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • The Law of International Trade - new for 2017!

20 credit courses in semester 2

  • Insolvency Law
  • Principles of Corporate Finance Law
  • Principles of Insurance Law

Please note, students may have the possibility to take the 20 credit course EUCOTAX Wintercourse (LAWS11349) on the LLM in Commercial Law, but entrance to this course is competitive as places are restricted to no more than 6. Students will be provided with more information on this course during Induction Week in September.

Option Courses in Commercial Law (0 - 40 credits)

  • EU Competition Law
  • Comparative and International Trust Law
  • Comparative Property Law
  • Delict and Tort
  • Fundamentals of Comparative Private Law – new for 2017!
  • International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgments
  • Principles of European Tax Law
  • Principles of International Tax Law

The 40 credits of option courses can also be taken from any of the courses 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.



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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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Individual and population health is a matter of growing social concern. Achieving good health and delivering effective healthcare demands innovation. Read 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.

This programme examines topics that reflect some of the main contemporary legal and ethical challenges faced by those working in medicine, and places 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.

We offer students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of medical law and ethics, both international and domestic, at an advanced level, and the opportunity to take more specialised courses on issues of contemporary significance, encouraging and supporting the development of research skills necessary for a career in medical law or ethics.

The legal and ethical experts who deliver this programme come from a wide range of disciplines from across the University, and they benefit from a close association with the J Kenyon Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of subjects that covers a broad spectrum of contemporary issues in medical law, jurisprudence and ethics, from an international and interdisciplinary perspective, allowing you to tailor a programme to suit your 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.

The 120 credits of taught courses for 2017/18 are made up of the following mandatory and option courses.

Mandatory courses (100 credits)

20 credit courses in semester 1

  • Fundamental Issues in Medical Jurisprudence
  • Governance of Innovative Medicine - New for 2017!
  • Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment

20 credit courses in semester 2

  • Contemporary Issues in Medical Jurisprudence
  • Biotechnology, Bioethics and Society* (10 credits)
  • Medical Negligence* (10 credits)

*These programmes are co-requisite.

Option Courses

The remaining 20-credits can be taken from the list of Law School courses and courses offered by other Schools in the University of Edinburgh from the list below.

Courses from the School of Law

  • Human Rights Law in Europe
  • Mental Health and Crime
  • Inter-State Conflict and Humanitarian Law

Courses from outside the School of Law

  • Controversies in Science and Technology (School of Social and Political Science - 20 credits, semester 2)
  • Cultures of Human Rights & Humanitarianism (School of Social and Political Science - 20 credits, semester 2)
  • Climate Change, Justice and Responsibility (School of Social and Political Science - 20 credits, semester 2)
  • Gender and Development (School of Social and Political Science - 20 credits, semester 2)
  • Gender and Sexuality in Global Politics (School of Social and Political Science - 20 credits, semester 2)
  • Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy (School of Social and Political Science - 20 credits, semester 2)

We cannot guarantee that all courses will run each year, and will provide adequate notice of any changes to the programme structure and courses.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • identify areas of law relevant to contemporary issues in the broad healthcare setting
  • identify gaps, inconsistencies, or instances of inappropriate or over-regulation in healthcare and nascent fields
  • build on your understanding of key values in medical law and ethics, such as autonomy, solidarity, justice, reciprocity
  • build on your understanding of key mechanisms in medical law and ethics, such as consent, confidentiality, human rights, etc
  • appreciate the international dimensions of medicine and its regulation, including the growing importance of European regulation and international agreements
  • appreciate the limits of law in discerning appropriate social responses to new medical and technical advances
  • develop critical thinking informed by legal, ethical, and social science analysis, and apply that thinking to comment upon the law’s role and appropriate responses to contemporary issues
  • experience the benefits of undertaking study in different learning environments (both on-campus and online)

You will engage with different learning environments and modes of class participation, and will draw upon and develop a range of skills. The programme will foster imaginative ways of unpacking and responding to contemporary issues in ways that do not necessarily follow or merely apply existing paradigms or legal constructs.

You will demonstrate a sound grasp of the foundational elements of medical law and ethics, including the role of the law and its various mechanisms (eg: consent, confidentiality, reasonableness, negligence) and the cross-cutting human rights dimensions.

You will develop critical thinking informed by ethical analysis, and apply that thinking to comment on and critique the law’s role in regulating medicine, healthcare services, research, and nascent fields.

Other skills you will develop include:

  • general intellectual skills, such as independent critical analysis, interdisciplinary understandings of common problems, problem-solving through reasoned and well-justified ethical and legal discourse, synthesis of complex information and ability to subject to informed critique
  • personal skills, such as written and oral skills, group working and interaction skills, intellectual development through interdisciplinary engagement and blended learning environment
  • study-derived personal virtues, such as autonomy, critical self-reflection, consideration of others and academic integrity

Career opportunities

This programme can lead to a range of employment opportunities and specialised academic work, including: specialised training for solicitor or advocate work with an emphasis on health related issues; professional care providers; ethics review panel members; health policy and/or patient advocates (e.g. NGOs); or health policy designers (e.g. governmental legal advisers, consultants, etc).



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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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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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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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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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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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This programme is for students who wish to specialise in public international law. It offers advanced courses in a range of specialist subjects, as well as foundation courses in the fundamentals of the international legal system and international relations. Read more

Programme description

This programme is for students who wish to specialise in public international law. It offers advanced courses in a range of specialist subjects, as well as foundation courses in the fundamentals of the international legal system and international relations.

Programme structure

This programme offers a wide range of subjects that deal with various aspects of international law enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.

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:

Fundamental Issues in International Law
International Criminal Law
International Environmental Law
WTO Law
History and Theory of International Law
International Climate Change Law
International Investment Law
International Law of the Sea
Diplomatic Law
Human Rights Law in Europe
Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
Inter-state Conflict and Humanitarian Law
International and European Media Law

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme, you should have acquired a more sophisticated understanding of the international legal system, international law-making processes, the diverse functions of international law in contemporary society, differing approaches to the subject, and a greater familiarity with research materials and methods.

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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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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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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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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. Read more

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.

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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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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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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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This programme is designed to equip students with an advanced, interdisciplinary knowledge of the legal issues and techniques related to environmental protection and the management of natural resources, with special emphasis on climate change. Read more

Programme description

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

The programme enables students to analyse 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, as well as the interactions between environmental law and other areas of law.

It will also allow students to choose option courses complementing their legal studies with an analysis of the scientific and socioeconomic aspects of environmental protection.

This programme is affiliated with the University’s Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure

The programme offers a wide range of subjects across environmental and climate change law from an international perspective, as well as options from other disciplines. This enables you to tailor the programme to meet your specific interests.

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:

International Environmental Law
European Environmental Law
International Climate Change Law
International Law of the Sea
Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment
EU Climate and Energy Law

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired an in-depth understanding of concepts, innovations and challenges characterising the law on environmental protection, natural resource management and responses to climate change, at the international, European and national level.

Students will also develop the critical skills necessary to carry out independent analysis of the activity of international and supranational legal and political institutions, national governments and domestic courts, NGOs and the private sector in this field.

Openness to different scholarly approaches within law will be encouraged, by offering the opportunity to complement specialised law courses with courses offered by the School of Social and Political Science, the Business School and the School of Geosciences addressing questions related to the scientific and socio-economic aspects of environmental protection.

The programme is suitable to prepare students for the increasingly broad range of specialised job opportunities offered at the national and international level by the public and private sector, as well as for advanced research.

Career opportunities

The Global Environment & Climate Change Law programme has been designed as a gateway to a range of employment opportunities and specialised academic work, such as specialised legal drafters, government advisers, international negotiators, legal advisers to private companies and NGOs, international civil servants, specialised researchers in academic and think-tank institutions and independent consultants.

Teaching staff will be available to support students in identifying internship opportunities in international and non-governmental organisations, academia and think tanks.

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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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Programme Description. This programme is not running in 2017/2018. The LLM in Corporate Law is an innovative programme that aims to transcend a narrow focus on legal rules and situate the study of corporate law in a wider interdisciplinary and comparative framework. Read more

Programme Description

This programme is not running in 2017/2018.

The LLM in Corporate Law is an innovative programme that aims to transcend a narrow focus on legal rules and situate the study of corporate law in a wider interdisciplinary and comparative framework.

The unique portfolio of courses offered by the programme allows students to acquire in-depth knowledge of legal, economic, financial and comparative matters covering the entire life-cycle of a corporation.

Programme Structure

The programme offers a wide range of subjects that deal with various aspects of law in a corporate environment, enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.

The programme structure for 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Each semester you will take 60 credits of mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory courses (40 credits):

Corporation Law and Economics (20 credits, semester 1)

Comparative Corporate Governance (20 credits, semester 2)

Core courses (choose 40-80 credits):

Company Law (40 credits, full year)

The Law of International Trade (40 credits, full year)

The Law of Secured Finance (20 credits, semester 1)

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law (20 credits, Semester 2)

Option courses (choose 0-40 credits):

International Commercial Arbitration (20 credits, semester 1) Principles of Corporate Finance Law (20 credits, semester 1)

Principles of International Tax Law (20 credits, semester 1)

EUCOTAX Wintercourse (20 credits, semester 2)

European Labour Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Insolvency Law (20 credits, semester 2)

International and European Media Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the programme, you will have acquired an advanced interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of business transactions, as well as legal and financial skills that are particularly valuable to businesses, professional practices and regulatory bodies.



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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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The programme reflects the rapid evolution of European law and governance and its unique impact upon the domestic legal orders. The European LLM programme provides an opportunity to study core European law subjects at an advanced level, and deepens knowledge of that law through more specialised courses. Read more

Programme description

The programme reflects the rapid evolution of European law and governance and its unique impact upon the domestic legal orders.

The European LLM programme provides an opportunity to study core European law subjects at an advanced level, and deepens knowledge of that law through more specialised courses.

First semester courses adopt a broader approach to the various fields of EU law, while greater specialisation comes in the second semester.

Programme structure

The programme offers a wide range of subjects across legal fields from a European perspective, enabling you to tailor the LLM to meet your specific interests.

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:

Contract Law in Europe
EU Competition Law
EU Constitutional Law
EU Climate Change and Energy Law
EU Fundamental Rights Law
European Labour Law
Human Rights Law in Europe
International and European Media Law
The Economics, Governance and Regulation of the Eurozone

You will also complete a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this programme, students should have acquired a sophisticated understanding of the European Union's legal system and its law-making processes, and substantive knowledge of their chosen policy/course strands.

They will have explored differing approaches to the subject and developed a greater familiarity with research materials and methods.

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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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Programme description. This programme offers a qualification that combines considerable academic interest with professional utility. Read more

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.



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University of Edinburgh School of Law
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Programme description. This programme will provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary debates in criminal law and criminal justice. Read more

Programme description

This programme will provide students with an advanced understanding of contemporary debates in criminal law and criminal justice.

It is suitable for students who have studied law at undergraduate level and wish to develop their understanding of criminal justice in particular.

It prepares students for further work in this area, whether professional or academic.

Programme structure

This programme offers a range of courses across the fields of criminal law and criminal justice from an international perspective, allowing you to tailor a programme to suit your 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.

The 120 credits of taught courses are made up of the following mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory courses (40 credits)

General Principles of Criminal Law (20 credits, Semester 1)

Current Issues in Criminal Law (20 credits, Semester 2)

Core courses in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice (40 - 80 credits)

20 credit courses in semester 1

Criminal Justice and Penal Process

EU Criminal and Immigration Law - New for 2017!

20 credit courses in semester 2

Sexual Offending and the Law

Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice

Mental Health and Crime

Cybercrime

Police and Policing

Responding to Global Crime and Insecurity

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.

We cannot guarantee that all courses will run each year, and will provide adequate notice of any changes to the programme structure and courses.

Learning outcomes

Having completed the programme, students will emerge with an understanding of contemporary debates in criminal law theory and doctrine, the ability critically to analyse existing practice and new developments in this and related subjects, and advanced-level skills in legal research and analysis.



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