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Law and Chinese (LLM)

  • Full time available
  • £9,300 (UK/EU) £15,850 (International)
  • Law
  • September
  • 2 years full-time
  • 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 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits, which comprises taught courses worth 120 credits and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

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 - 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


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.

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