When do I apply?

For international students:
  • Applications for all postgraduate taught programmes beginning in September must be submitted by the end of June of the same year.
  • Applications from international students for taught programmes beginning in January must be submitted by the end of October of the year before.

These deadlines are put in place to ensure as far as possible that students have sufficient time to complete the application process, organise accommodation, apply for their visa, and subsequently arrive in Aberdeen in time of the start of their programme.

For UK/EU students:

There is no application deadline for those students classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes although we recommend that applications are submitted no later than 4 weeks before the start of the programme.

Do you have any programmes available by distance-learning?

We do not currently offer taught masters programmes by means of distance learning. We do, however, offer a postgraduate diploma in International Arbitration.

How many hours per week will I study for?

You will have approximately 6 hours of teaching per week in class during term time, and will be expected to do a further 30-35 hours per week of self-study; preparation for seminars; research and writing for essays and presentations; and exam revision.

Is there financial assistance available for LLM study?

Students should assume that they will have to fund their own studies. Information about the opportunities for funding can be found on the Finance and Funding page.

What academic standard does the Law School require for admission?

The Law School requires that the applicant's Undergraduate studies were completed, or are soon to be completed, at the equivalent of an Upper Second Class Honours Degree level in the UK. This means that the majority of marks in the undergraduate degree were at "very good" level according to the marking scale used in the undergraduate degree.

Do I need letters of recommendation?

Yes. You need one letter of recommendation, which should be from a member of an academic faculty who has been involved in your tuition at undergraduate level. References must be on the letterhead paper of the institution and bear the signature of the referee. Word documents are not accepted. If it is several years since you graduated then a reference from an employer is also required.

I have not yet completed my Undergraduate studies. Can I apply now?

Yes. Send us a transcript of grades to date. If an offer is made, admission would be on condition that you complete your degree to a satisfactory standard and send all relevant supporting documentation.

It is some years since I graduated. Can I still apply?

Yes. We have a number of students who have returned to postgraduate study after a period in employment.

My first degree is not in Law. Can I still apply?

Yes. Most of our Masters students do have an undergraduate degree in law. However, we do admit some students whose first degree is not in law. We consider the grades obtained in your undergraduate degree and whether the material is relevant to the specific programme you want to study. Employment experience is also taken into consideration when assessing your application. We may restrict entry to a particular LLM programme relevant to your past study or experience.

Does the LLM qualify me for being a lawyer in the UK?

Not in itself. The LLM is an Academic qualification. You must acquire other qualifications in order to do so. For information on qualifying to become a solicitor see the Law Society for Scotland website.

Can I take the LLM on a part-time basis?

Yes, you can if you are a UK or EU student. The 4 taught courses are taken over 2 years, 1 course per semester. You  need to be able to attend classes at the university once a week during term time. The dissertation may be written in 3rd year or at the end of the 2nd year. In addition, you must attend all sessions of the compulsory Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship course. These sessions take place in the first semester of teaching for approximately 8 weeks. Typically, this course has one 2 hour session per week.

What are the tuition fees for the LLM?

Please visit the Student Recruitment and Admission Service for in  information about tuition fees, scholarships and living costs. It should be assumed that fees will increase at least in line with inflation in subsequent years.

Can I take individual taught courses from the LLM for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or personal interest?

Yes, provided that you meet the normal criteria for LLM admission, you can register as a non-graduating postgraduate student. It would be your own responsibility to find out whether your professional body would accept the course for CPD purposes. The fee is calculated pro rata based on the LLM fee.

Can I take part-time employment while studying for the LLM full-time?

Yes. The university recommends that no more than 15 hours part-time employment is undertaken while in full-time study. Overseas students are subject to separate limitation on part-time employment hours as a condition of student immigration status.

If I am admitted to an LLM programme and decide that I would prefer to take another LLM programme can I change my choice?

Normally you can. Changing your programme will depend on your previous academic qualifications and work experience. Subject to this requirement you can alter your choice during the induction period.

If I am admitted to an LLM programme and cannot make the start date, can I defer entry until the next start date?

Yes, but you must ask us to issue an amended offer to you. You are allowed to defer your place once only. We cannot guarantee that the courses you intended to study will be available at the next start date.