History and Philosophy of Law, MRes

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • 16500
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English
The LL.M (R) in History and Philosophy of Law builds on the Law School’s international reputation in Legal History and Philosophy of Law to offer an advanced training in legal history and legal theory. Our goal is to develop the next generation of leading legal historians and legal theorists through a combined programme of teaching and research.
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The programme is designed to promote cross-fertilization between the fields of Legal History and Philosophy of Law, while allowing students to focus on the areas that interest them the most. Certain courses (such as Traditions of Legal Enquiry) expressly explore the relations between research in Legal History and research in Legal Philosophy, while others focus on more discrete areas of legal enquiry. Students are encouraged to choose (under the guidance of the programme director) specialised optional courses and a dissertation topic that reflect their interests, under the supervision of a member of School.


Edinburgh is committed to providing a unique research student community in both Legal History and Philosophy of Law. Our research students in legal theory, for instance, run their own Legal Theory seminar series and reading group and the Centre for Legal History hosts a number of student and staff seminars.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Traditions of Legal Enquiry
  • Reasoning with Precedent
  • Ancient Law: Theories, Models and Concepts
  • Law and the Enlightenment
  • The Anatomy of Private Law
  • The Anatomy of Public Law
  • The Crusades: Thirteenth Century Crossroads
  • Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain
  • Slavery in the Atlantic World
  • Man and the natural world in the Enlightenment

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Credits (ECTS)
    90 ECTS
  • Credits
  • Duration full-time 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
  • Intensity Flexible
  • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Part-time variant

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Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:

The minimum basic admission requirement for the LLM by research degrees is UK Upper Second Class (2:1) honours degree or its international equivalent, in Law or Social Sciences.

If you have a non-UK degree, please check whether your degree qualification is equivalent to the minimum standard before applying.

You do not need a prior qualification in law to apply for this programme.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you will be required to show that you have obtained one of the following:

  • Grade 7 in the British Council's IELTS test (with at least 6.5 in each section)
  • 100 in the TOEFL internet based test (with no score lower than 23 in each section)
  • Grade B in the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • Grade A in the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English
  • 67 in the Pearson Test of English (with no score lower than 61 in each of the “Communicative Skills” sections – “Enabling Skills” section scores are not considered)

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 16500 International
  • GBP 8100 EEA
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