Professional Skills

Professional Skills

Study Routes Explained | Dissertation and Professional Skills Options

Hear from Professor Greg Gordon, Head of School of Law giving insight into the two study options available when considering a postgraduate law degree at the University of Aberdeen.

Do Law Differently with Professional Skills

Hear from industry experts and the students they teach on our Law with Professional Skills programmes

What is Professional Skills? 

The Professional Skills Masters programmes offer a practical alternative to completing a traditional dissertation for your Master’s degree, learning sought-after industry skills to help develop your professional career across three consecutive weeks in July.

Why should I consider the Professional Skills Master’s route?

  • choose to be tutored by industry-leading professors and industry experts from across the globe
  • enhance your careers prospects with problem-based learning and job-focused training
  • complete a study route that has been designed in consultation with a wide range of industry experts
  • benefit from structured course content designed to support the development of broader personal and professional competencies
  • expect a range of taught and interactive seminars, lecture classes, industry presentations, case-study assignments and simulation exercises that bring general principles into direct and immediate application
  • work together, in person, with your classmates in a collaborative learning environment, building both professional and social networks
  • online LLM Professional Skills programme options available for students who need flexibility to study between work and life commitments

On Campus or Online?

We have a large selection of Professional Skills LLMs available via two modes of delivery - on campus and online. What’s right for you depends on your study priorities. Completing your LLM on campus provides face to face interaction with peers and staff, use of the universities facilities and the option to attend in events and social activities. However, if you’re looking for flexible learning at your own pace, and the ability to manage your studies between life and work commitments, online LLM Professional Skills programmes may be more suited to you. Find out more below:

On-Campus Professional Skills LLM programmes


LLM Energy Transition Law – Professional Skills

Gain valuable insight into this fast-developing, highly topical sector by combining the theoretical study of law with practical skills courses designed in collaboration with industry professionals.

LLM Oil and Gas Law – Professional Skills

Build the intellectual, critical and practical skills required to practice as a trained professional in this global field.

Commercial Law

LLM International Commercial Law – Professional Skills

Build the intellectual, critical and practical skills required to practice as a trained professional in this global field.

LLM International Trade Law & Treaty Negotiation – Professional Skills

Combine specialist legal expertise and practical negotiation skills for a sparkling career in the fast-growing and highly competitive field of international trade.

LLM International Dispute Resolution – Professional Skills

LLM International Dispute Resolution delivers a legal education that combines a focus on International Dispute Settlement with the practical tools required to succeed in the field.

Intellectual Property

LLM International Intellectual Property and Information Law – Professional Skills

This programme provides a challenging and stimulating base for careers in innovation, creativity, and information technology.

Online Professional Skills LLM programmes

LLM International Trade Law - Professional Skills - Online   

LLM Dispute Resolution – Professional Skills – Online  

LLM Oil and Gas Law - Professional Skills – Online

More helpful information about studying online with University of Aberdeen can be found here.

What our students say

Shikha Rastogi, LLM Energy Transition Law with Professional Skills.

“The professional skills course is tailored specifically for those who have a professional background or who want to enter the legal industry professionally. As I already had several years’ experience in India working in a law firm as a corporate lawyer, the professional skills route was undoubtedly, the right option for me.”

Yolander Persaud, LLM Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills.







“The Professional Skills aspect of the programme was attractive as it bridged academia and application of knowledge, skill and experience.  It gave me considerable training and insight into Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs), Farm-in, Farm-out negotiations, as well as key awareness of cultural differences and peculiarities in contract negotiations.”