Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Law
PhDLLM by research

Entry requirements

PhD Law: A UK 2:1 honours degree in law, arts or social sciences, and a UK masters degree with a strong mark in the dissertation, or their international equivalents.

MScR Law: a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law, or a social science subject.

MScR Legal Research: a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in law, or another humanities or social science subject.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

If you are considering following an academic research career, Edinburgh Law School can provide a supportive and inspiring environment to help you take your first steps towards carving out your own research specialism.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework we were ranked 4th in the UK for the breadth and quality of our research. We have research excellence in a vibrant range of fields, spanning an exciting spectrum of law, socio-legal studies and criminology.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

LLM by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office (Research)
+44 (0) 131 650 2010