This programme offers you the opportunity to obtain an advanced qualification that is both academically rigorous and professionally beneficial.
Drawing on both the civil and common-law traditions, it combines the comparative study of the modern development in key areas of private law, and also the dynamics of European harmonisation initiatives. It is particularly suited to those who have studied a range of private law subjects at undergraduate level, although it is also open to those whose undergraduate law degree has combined other specialisations.
It will provide you with an excellent foundation for doctoral research in the growing field of European Private Law as well as legal practice in transnational law firms or employment in international organisations.
Courses are taught by leading experts in their fields, building on Scotland's unrivalled position as Europe's main mixed jurisdiction and the University of Edinburgh Law School's distinguished tradition as a seat of learning. The various units on offer cover the main areas of the law of obligations (contract, delict/tort, unjustified enrichment) and the law of property (including trusts). You can select further courses from a wide list of options offered by the School, allowing you to develop other interests.
As well as providing training in legal research, you will gain an understanding of the main challenges for modern comparative law, including issues of European harmonisation. The programme will also enable students to progress to the PhD should they so wish.
The programme can be taken full-time over 12 months, or part-time over 24 months (due to current UKBA regulations, part-time study is only available for UK or EU citizens).
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.