LL.M. Law (Online Distance Learning) (online)

The University of Edinburgh
Tailor your LLM degree to meet your professional interests with a free choice of modules from our full range of LLM modules.

Description of Law (Online Distance Learning)


Tailor your LLM degree to meet your professional interests with a free choice of modules from our full range of LLM modules.

Our new LLM in Law by online distance learning offers an exciting and flexible range of modules. It provides an ideal learning environment for you to develop the skills and knowledge upon which further study or a relevant career can be built.

The programme offers breadth and flexibility, enabling you to choose modules that best reflect your personal and professional interests, without necessarily specialising in one area of law.

Students on the LLM in Law will have a free choice of six modules from the full range of 25 LLM modules available. It is therefore one of the richest in terms of quality and module options available on the global market.

The programme enables you to study a wide range of subject areas within the discipline and aims to promote advanced knowledge and understanding of the law within international, European and domestic settings.

The programme spans foundational issues in areas of law including:

  • Commercial law
  • Information technology law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Medical law
  • Innovation and competition law

Having studied the programme, you will emerge with an understanding of legal issues not just in the legal context, but with a sound grounding in ethics, social and theoretical contexts.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline September entry = August; for January entry = November
Tuition fee
  • EUR 17450 Year (Non-EEA)
  • EUR 17450 Year (EEA)


Start date September  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS) 90 ECTS
Credits 180
Duration full-time 12 months
  • English
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Delivery mode Online
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Module information

We are pleased to announce that we have added six new modules to our already wide range of Masters modules for 2012/13.

The LLM in Law requires that you complete a total of 6 modules (120 credit points) and complete a dissertation (60 credit points) over your chosen period of study. Please note the available choice of modules in any given year may change.

LLM Modules 2013/14

There are no core modules therefore you can choose six modules from the entire range of modules that we offer.

  • Information Technology Law
  • Information: Control and Power
  • Intellectual Property Law - Copyright and Related Rights
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Law - Industrial Property
  • Managing Intellectual Property
  • International Public Health Law and Security
  • Law and Medical Ethics - Fundamental Issues in Consent and Negligence
  • Law and Medical Ethics - Start and End of Life Issues
  • Biotechnology, Law and Society
  • Health Research and Commercialisation
  • European Health Care Law
  • Introduction to European Union Law
  • Contract Law in Europe
  • Dispute Resolution Methods
  • Global Corporate Compliance: case studies in law and ethics
  • Law of Climate Change

New modules for 2013/14

  • Communications Law
  • eCommerce Law (module information will be available towards the end of March 2013)
  • European Competition and Innovation
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Principles of International Taxation
  • International Sales Law and the Commodities Markets
  • International and Comparative Corporate Governance Law
  • International Oil and Gas and Law

Please note that the available choice of modules in any given year may change.

English Language Requirements

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200(Grade A)
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Law (Online Distance Learning)

To join one of our LLM programmes in law by online distance learning, you will generally need to have completed an undergraduate degree programme to a very high standard.

Your first degree does not have to be in the subject of Law, but it must be from a recognised higher education institution.

Other qualifications and professional experience will also be considered as part of your application.

If your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your competence in written and spoken English.

Applicants with a law degree

If your first degree is in a legal subject you will need an 'excellent' award (equivalent to first class honours in the UK) or 'very good' award (equivalent to an upper second class honours in the UK).

Applicants with degrees in a subject other than law

If your first degree is in a subject other than law you will need an 'excellent' award (equivalent to first class honours in the UK) or 'very good' award (equivalent to an upper second class honours in the UK) in an area appropriate to the LLM programme you are interested in. These may include:

  • Medicine and other medical practices
  • Chemistry, biology or physics related sciences
  • Design, media, marketing, journalism and other creative industry related subject areas
  • Economics, accountancy and financial industry based subjects
  • Computing science and other IT-related qualifications
  • Social sciences and humanities based subject areas such as social policy or psychology
  • Information management.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive and every application will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants with degrees from a country other than the UK

If your first degree is from a country other than the UK you must have at least one degree or other recognised qualification which has been completed over a minimum of three years to an "excellent" or "very good" standard.

Please contact us if you have any questions about whether your degree meets our entry requirements.

Other qualifications and professional experience

You are eligible to apply for our LLM programmes if you have a postgraduate qualification, such as an MA, an MSc, an MBA or a PhD.

Professional experience in appropriate areas is also considered as part of an application, although candidates, including qualified lawyers, will in almost every instance be expected to have reached the required academic levels.

English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to provide documentary evidence of competence in both written and spoken English.

English language tests

A number of tests are available and accepted by the University as evidence of competence in English. One of these is the IELTS English Language Test. At present, entry onto our postgraduate programmes in Law requires a minimum IELTS aggregate score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 scored in each section.

Tests must have been successfully completed no earlier than two years before the start date of the programme for which candidates are seeking admission.

Work Experience for Law (Online Distance Learning)

No work experience is required.

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