University of Edinburgh

LLM by Research in Legal Research


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM by Research in Legal Research

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The LLM (by Research) in Legal Research is an innovative programme that is designed to prepare students wishing to undertake high quality doctoral research. It aims to provide the bridge between undergraduate studies in law and criminology, and doctoral work. We welcome students from across the world, who have graduated with an undergraduate degree in law or a related subject to this programme.

The programme offers students a unique opportunity: to undertake advanced guided study in a specialist area of their interest; to understand the basics of legal research, legal scholarship and research methods; and to undertake a piece of supervised independent research putting into practice research methods skills leading to a dissertation. This LLM is suitable for students wanting to specialise in any field of legal studies, in which the Law School has supervisory expertise.

 The programme has four principal aims:

    to introduce students to the ideas and practices of legal research (courses on Theories and Philosophies of Legal Research and Legal Research Methods);
    to consolidate, supplement and deepen undergraduate knowledge through in-depth substantive study (one full-year or two one-semester course(s) from the taught LLM programmes);
    to give students experience of conducting independent research by completing an extended dissertation;
    to give students an ideal context within which to work on framing a doctoral research project.

For students taking the LLM in Legal Research, the dissertation length is 15,000 words.

The programme is intended to stand independently as a postgraduate legal qualification; but it has been developed especially to deliver skills to prepare students who wish to pursue doctoral research in law.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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