Edinburgh Law School

University of Edinburgh

Law

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 our legal disciplines. Edinburgh Law School was ranked fifth in the UK for research excellence in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise. We have a strong international reputation for high-quality research and for contributing to real-world changes arising from that research. Our people produce an extraordinary range of scholarly and policy-oriented publications and they shape legal, policy, and social changes in Scotland, Europe and beyond.

Course modules

LLM by Research We believe it's important to foster a strong research ethos at all stages of an educational career. Our LLM by Research programmes will allow you to pursue more in-depth legal research, while also having the opportunity to extend your knowledge in a specialised field by taking taught courses. These programmes provide an excellent foundation for further research and also impart skills useful for any career path. LLM by Research in Law For this programme, you will consolidate and build on legal research and writing skills acquired through undergraduate legal studies by planning and completing a 30,000-word dissertation. You will work independently but under specialist academic supervision, within your chosen field of law. The programme will enhance and develop your ability to manage and engage with both primary legal sources and academic literature on your chosen topic, present critical and engaged legal arguments, and maintain the coherence of those arguments over a substantial piece of written work. The framework of the LLM by Research allows you time and intellectual space to work in your chosen field, and to refine and develop this initial phase of the project for future doctoral work. As the programme does not have formal coursework elements, the LLM by Research is a particularly attractive option for those wishing to undertake postgraduate research on a part-time basis, while pursuing legal practice or other employment. LLM by Research in Legal Research The LLM in Legal Research is an innovative programme preparing you to undertake high-quality doctoral research in one of the UK's leading law schools. It provides the bridge between undergraduate studies in law and doctoral work. The programme is designed to simultaneously offer you the opportunity to undertake more in-depth, guided study in an area in which you may plan to specialise in the future; understand the basics of legal research, legal scholarship and research methods; and undertake a piece of supervised, independent research, involving practice in using research methods skills, leading to a dissertation. This LLM is suitable for students wanting to specialise in any field of legal studies in which we have supervisory expertise. Courses are taught by seminar and assessment is primarily by essays. You will be expected to prepare by reading the required materials and by reflecting on the issues to be discussed. You are required to complete 180 credits of study, which are broken down as follows: 15,000-word dissertation under academic supervision (100 credits) compulsory course Theories and Philosophies of Legal Research (20 credits) in Semester 1 compulsory course Legal Research Methods (20 credits) in Semester 2 one 40-credit course, or two 20-credit courses from the Law School's LLM or MSc programmes. With approval, you may also be able to take courses from postgraduate programmes of other schools.

Sponsorship information

Limited number of University and Faculty scholarships available.

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
Postgraduate Office (School of Law)
Telephone number: 
01316502010