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.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

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.

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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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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