Taught course


University of Edinburgh · School of Law
LLM by Research

Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The LLM by Research is an excellent opportunity to focus on a period of dedicated research and can be a bridge to doctoral study.

As a student on this programme, you will consolidate and build on the legal research and writing skills you acquired during previous legal studies, by planning and completing a dissertation of up to 30,000 words. You will work independently but under specialist academic supervision, within your chosen field of law.

The topic of your dissertation can be chosen from any of the School’s legal research fields in which we have supervisory expertise, including commercial law, criminal law and evidence, criminal justice, EU law, IP, media and technology law, international law, legal history and legal theory, medical law, private law, and public 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM by Research
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Office (Research)
+44 (0)131 650 2022