Edinburgh Law School

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Law School

From its location at the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh has been providing outstanding educational opportunities for over 400 years. Students benefit from world-class teaching in a cutting-edge research environment. The QS World University Rankings 2014 placed Edinburgh as the world’s 17th top university.

The Law School

Edinburgh Law School was established in 1707 with the inauguration of the Chair of Public Law and the Chair of Law of Nature and Nations. For more than 300 years we have been at the heart of legal education, research and scholarship. We are an international – and in particular, European – law school, rooted in the open, civic-minded interdisciplinary traditions of Scots law.

A perfect location

By undertaking a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh Law School, not only will you have access to outstanding research and teaching but you will also be studying in the heart of Scotland’s legal centre, just a short distance from the Sheriff and Crown Courts and the Scottish Parliament.

Postgraduate programmes for career success

Our dedication to excellence and commitment to delivering programmes relevant to the world today, will ensure that you graduate with not only a top-class qualification, but the skills and confidence to pursue a successful career, whatever your chosen direction.

Postgraduate study

We offer one of the widest ranges of legal masters programmes in the UK. Our programmes can be taken either full time or part time*, or by online distance learning and offer you the opportunity to specialise or pursue a broader perspective on law.

* Part-time study available for UK and EU students only

Our on-campus masters' students will experience a range of learning environments and assessment methods, providing you with a wide-ranging skill-set. All programmes have a dissertation component, written on a topic of your choice with support and guidance from the Programme Director.

You can take a specialist masters in law in: commercial law; criminal law and criminal justice; human rights; criminology; European law; international law; environmental law; corporate law; private law; economic law; finance and banking law; and medical law and ethics.


Edinburgh Law School is renowned for its research excellence. We strive to produce work that has real-world reach and influence. Our postgraduate research body is key to the School’s research activities and we work hard to ensure that our research students are fully engaged with staff and projects across all of our legal disciplines. We were ranked 4th in the UK for research in the last government Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

We offer 3 LLM programmes by research and the PhD.

We have several specialist research communities:

  • Edinburgh Centre for Private Law
  • Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law
  • Centre for Law and Society
  • SCRIPT Centre in Technology Law
  • The Europa Institute
  • The Scottish Centre for International Law
  • Edinburgh Centre for Commercial Law
  • The Centre for Legal History
  • The Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and the Law
  • The Global Justice Academy.


We have one of the most well stocked Law Libraries in the UK, which also houses the Europa Library, an outstanding European Documentation Centre holding an extensive collection of legal, criminological and European materials. All students have extensive, free access to online legal research facilities, including LexisNexis, Westlaw and electronic journals.

There are regular events, including conferences, research training, workshops, careers fairs and seminar and lecture series hosted by world-leading experts. We strongly encourage all our postgraduate students to attend these events and get involved with their organisation.

The Postgraduate Committee gives postgraduate students the opportunity to express their views and opinions during their learning experience by liaising with staff to make a valuable contribution to the collegiality, vibrancy and dynamism of the School’s communities.

The Edinburgh Student Law Review is the first publication of its kind in Scotland. Managed and written entirely by the School’s student body, this annual journal provides a forum for law students to engage in a more analytical approach to the subject. Students from all levels are encouraged to submit articles, case notes and updates for publication in the Review.

Edinburgh Law Connections is a student-led community that connects current students and postgraduate alumni. All Postgraduate law students will join the network, which can help support your career, social and educational future.

The University has an extensive Careers Service with a dedicated specialist Careers Advisor for Law. Postgraduates can also benefit from the University’s Institute for Academic Development (IAD), which provides information, events and courses to develop the skills you will need now and in the future.

Online information sessions

Wherever you are in the world, just visit us on online to find out more about postgraduate study at Edinburgh Law School. Chat with our staff, students and friendly admissions team; see pictures and video of our beautiful campus; and get your questions answered.

The full timetable of these sessions will be posted on our website.


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Key information

Telephone number: 
+44 (0)131 650 2008

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