General Law LLM

General Law, LLM


This programme is aimed at those students who do not wish to select a specialist LLM but who wish to study law at an advanced level. Students are given the opportunity to select a range of course modules from across the LLM specialist degrees.

Key Facts

1 Year / 2 Years
Study Mode
Full Time / Part Time
Start Month
September / January
Learning Mode
On Campus Learning

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General Law enables you to study many disciplines that span the subject. You have the freedom to create a bespoke programme, tailored by you to meet your academic needs. It is designed to give you maximum flexibility in your choice of modules and dissertation topic.

The programme has been structured so that you will gain an advanced and specialised education in law while having the freedom to make your own subject choices that align with your career aspirations.

Our programme will help you develop your critical analysis and independent research skills that are vital to the demanding needs of the legal profession. Featuring carefully chosen course options, you will have the opportunity to study topics such as Oil and Minerals for Good, International Law, The Politics of Human Rights and Criminal Evidence & proof.

For example, you could combine an understanding of corporate and commercial law with an understanding of environmental law, or combine an understanding of international law with international criminal justice.

The University of Aberdeen attracts a world-class teaching staff who are unrivalled in their breadth of experience. You will have access to first class teaching from globally respected staff, such as Programme Director Professor Dr Mátyás Bódig who is a founding member of the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen.

What You'll Study

The information below applies to the 1 year full time / 2 year part time on campus learning LLM programme which runs in September and January. You will find information about other ways to study this programme in the next section on this page.

Semester 1


The information listed below is for September start students. Information for January starts can be found under "Other Ways to Study".

Compulsory Courses

All candidates must take the following course:

Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (LS501T)

This compulsory course provides students from diverse legal and educational backgrounds with a common understanding of the core research, analytical, and writing skills which would be required to excel in LLM-Taught courses. It commences with a few lectures and progresses to working within smaller groups in a workshop environment and finally to the submission of an individual assignment. It also incorporates elements such as library workshops to provide students with hands-on experience with the resources available for course and dissertation work.

Optional Courses

In Semester 1 and 2 students can take additional courses to the value of 120 credit points from any Level 5 30 Credit Law courses.

In Semester 1 students can take courses with the prefix LS50 (excluding LS501E)

Semester 2


In Semester 1 and 2 students can take additional courses to the value of 120 credit points from any Level 5 30 Credit Law courses.

In Semester 1 students can take courses with the prefix LS55 (excluding LS551K)

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Master of Law Dissertation (LS5904)

Between May and mid-August students prepare a 10,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice related to their specialist LLM programme. Students are instructed through the delivery of a preparatory lecture, two supervisory meetings and a two hour dissertation planning workshop in a small group setting. Students are expected to spend considerable time on independent research throughout the course of the dissertation module, including; preparation of dissertation plan, amendment of plan in accordance with supervisory comments, preparation for the dissertation workshop, and, of course, in the final 10,000 word dissertation itself.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Teaching is organised on a modular basis. There are two eleven-week semesters. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, in December and May. The dissertation is submitted in August. Students can join either in September or January.

The variety of assessments in the programme ensures that students apply theory to practical situations in order to become expert at being able to analyse and reason issues thoroughly.

Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars


By course work, by written examination, or by a combination of these, as prescribed for each course. The degree of LLM shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CGS grade of D3 or above in the specified dissertation course, irrespective of their performance in other courses: such candidates may, at the discretion of the examiners, be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.

Why Study General Law?

Considered one of the UK’s elite training grounds for lawyers, our School of Law has occupied a central role in the Aberdeen experience since the University’s opening in 1495.

  • Our Law School is ranked 11th in the UK, out of more than 90 law schools (The Guardian, The Times Good University Guide 2015).
  • We are ranked in the Top 10 for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014 - with a 95% student satisfaction rating.
  • We are one of the top 5 universities for graduate prospects (National Student Survey 2014) and 96% of our students enter directly into employment, research or further study within six months of graduation.
  • In an LLM exit survey, we carried out in 2015, 95% of students felt the programme met their expectations and 94% would recommend the University to others.
  • There are over 40 nationalities within the School of Law postgraduate community, therefore you will benefit from a programme with a truly international outlook.

Students choose to study Law here because of our reputation for academic excellence, encouraging career prospects and unrivalled student experience. At Aberdeen, you will:

  • Develop the core knowledge and skills that are vital to the demanding needs of the legal profession, which will provide you with a competitive advantage in the jobs market.
  • Distinct from other Law Schools, at Aberdeen, we cap our class sizes – which means you’ll benefit from a highly personalized, high contact learning experience and not get lost in the crowd.
  • Enjoy the facilities of our impressive University Law library and gain online learning support through our Virtual Learning environment.
  • Be able to select specialist modules from almost all of the University’s LLM courses, giving you the flexibility to choose from many specialist course options.

The University also has a market-leading Law careers service that will help you apply your skills to a range of careers. You will be supported by a comprehensive range of careers services and events, focused on providing you with the tools and additional skills you will need to advance and transform your career potential.

Upon graduating, you will also have the chance to join our extensive Alumni network, which has 82,500 members in 192 countries.

You will also benefit from the diverse mix of students on the programme and will learn from their prior academic and professional experiences, which will enrich discussion and debate in class.  

Fees and Funding

You will be classified as one of the fee categories below.

For international students entering in 2017/18, the 2017/18 tuition fee rate will apply to all years of study.

Fees and Funding Table for HOME, EU, RUK and International Students
Nationality Status Amount
Home / EU / RUK Students Tuition fee for main award £5,600
International Students Tuition fee for main award £15,400
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trip courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Top 5 for Graduate Prospects

General Law is both employable and allows you to choose your own courses

Entry Requirements


Normally a 2(1) honours degree in Law (or another related discipline) or equivalent.
Relevant practical experience will also be beneficial.

Document requirements application:

  • All subjects you studied and marks you achieved in your degree(s).
  • A detailed personal statement explaining your reasons for choosing this programme.
  • CV/Resume optional.
  • Reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability.

Foreign-language students need a minimum of IELTS at 6.5 with 6.0.

Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Arts and Social Sciences Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempted from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

  • Degree Transcripta full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
  • Personal Statementa detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • Referencea reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability


Studying General Law will broaden your career opportunities and help you find employment in a variety of careers, including legal, social and welfare sectors as well as business, HR and financial areas.

Our Experts

Dr Mátyás Bódig is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen. At the Law School, he is Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes, as well as Programme Coordinator for LLM in Human Rights. A founding member of the Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen, Dr Bódig previously worked in Hungary as associate professor and senior research fellow.

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.


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