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Comparative and European Private Law (LLM)

  • Full time & Part time available
  • UK/EU £9300; International £15,850
  • Law
  • September
  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 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
The 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.

The programme structure for 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits to be made up of the following:

A total of 120 credits in taught courses, 60 in each semester. At least 80 credits must be taken from the following list:

Full year courses (40 credits):

Contract Law in Europe

Semester 1 courses (20 credits):

Comparative Property Law
Delict and Tort

Semester 2 courses (20 credits):

Comparative and International Trust Law
Family Law in Comparative Perspectives
International Private Law: Jurisdiction and Enforcement of Judgements
The remaining 40 credits can be taken from any courses offered by the Law School confirmed in September 2016 (including the courses listed above).

You will also complete a dissertation of not more than 10,000 words (worth 60 credits).

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!

Student Profiles

Tercentenary Awards for Excellence - 5 Awards

Edinburgh Law School is pleased to be able to offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence of £2,000 towards tuition fees in any LLM or MSc programme offered by the School, starting in September 2014 (including distance learning programmes, and also the MSc in European Union Politics and Law and the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security, both of which are offered jointly with the School of Social and Political Studies).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 towards tuition fees


Students should meet the criteria for entry to the LLM/ MSc programmes.

Application Procedure

Deadline: 30th April 2014.You must have already applied to study an LLM or MSc programme before you apply for this scholarship.Once you have applied for your chosen programme of study, you should download and complete the School Scholarships application form. This can be downloaded from the Law School website.Completed application forms should be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline date above.

Further Information



Africa LLM/ MSc Tercentenary Scholarship - Single Award

The Africa LLM/MSc Tercentenary Scholarship is open to all African students who have applied to an on-campus LLM or the on-campus MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Edinburgh Law School.One scholarship will be available each academic year until 2013/2014.The award is open to all suitably qualified African applicants; however, the 2012/2013 scholarship is particularly aimed at applicants who are citizens of (and normally resident in) West Africa. If no suitable application is received from these countries, the scholarship will pass to the next most suitable applicant. The award will be made solely on academic merit.The scholarship will cover the costs of postgraduate tuition fees for one academic year. The successful applicant will also be given a partial maintenance grant (£6500) to help fund their studies at the University of Edinburgh. The maintenance grant will not cover the full costs of studying at the University and applicants should ensure they have sufficient financial support to complete their studies.More detailed information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees for one year plus a stipend of £6500


Students should meet the criteria for entry to the LLM/MSc programmes.

Application Procedure

The closing date for the receipt of applications for 2012-2013 will be 30 April 2012.Applicants must complete the school's scholarship application form to indicate that they wish to be considered for this award.Word Document Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected] for postgraduate programmes must be made in parallel through the normal University application route

Further Information



Scholarship for LLM in Comparative and European Private Law - 2 Awards

These scholarships are available for postgraduate students who want to undertake the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law at the University of Edinburgh.Edinburgh Law School expects to award two scholarships for entry in September 2014. Each scholarship will offer £5,000 to the successful candidate which will be paid in one installment at the beginning of the academic year.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scholarships are open to UK, EU and overseas students who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for the eligible postgraduate Master's programme of study at the University of Edinburgh for the academic year 2014-15.Applicants must have applied for a place on the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law at the University of Edinburgh. Candidates who already hold full sponsorship elsewhere are not eligible for these scholarships.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made via the Edinburgh Law School scholarship application form.
To download the scholarship application form please visit http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/teaching/postgraduate/scholarships/scholarships_and_funding_for_LLMMSc/scholarships_in_comparative_and_european_private_law.This form must be fully completed and returned to [email protected], no later than 12 noon on Friday 24 May. Late applications will not be considered.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree in law or its international equivalent. Candidates with a UK 2:1 honours degree in a social science subject will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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