The School of Law at Aberdeen is at the forefront of innovative research whilst benefiting from our ancient roots. Law was taught here when our University was established in 1495.

We welcome research students to collaborate with our staff and professional partners in an academically rigorous environment.

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LLM or PhD

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The Law School welcomes students who wish to pursue research degrees in law, and is able to provide supervision in a wide range of subjects. There is an active research community, and at any one time there are approximately 80 students from many parts of the world registered for a PhD or Masters Degree by research. Full time PhD students are provided with an office, a computer and access to the internet and printing facilities. Part time and Masters by Research students are given access to dedicated hot desk space.

A distinct law library is housed in the same building as the Law School's teaching and staff rooms. The library contains not only a comprehensive collection of Scots and English sources but also a substantial collection of European Union, Commonwealth and American materials. There is a particularly fine collection of books in the field of Roman and Roman-Dutch law. The University is a European Documentation Centre, and that collection is housed in the Law Library.

We have recently introduced a distance PhD programme. Students must demonstrate their ability to study independently without the support of the Law School campus community.

Our Research

We have a thriving community of research students from all over the world. Researchers have access to a dedicated library and extensive networks of legal experts. Our research degrees are offered on a full or part time basis and delivered on campus or via distance learning, so you can find a route that works best for you.

The Law research in the School is integrated across five distinct  Research Centres

Supervisors: Prof Roy Partain (Co-Director); Dr Burcu Yüksel Ripley (Co-Director); Prof Abbe Brown; Dr Titilayo Adebola; Dr Gloria Alvarez; Prof Derek Auchie; Dr Qiang (John) Cai; Dr Irene Couzigou; Prof Greg Gordon; Dr Alisdair MacPherson; Ms Donna McKenzie-Skene; Dr Catherine Ng; Prof John Paterson; Dr Adelyn Wilson; Dr Patricia Živković;

Supervisors: Prof Zeray Yihdego (Co-director); Prof Tamas Gyorfi (Co-director); Dr Robert Taylor; Prof Mátyás Bódig; Dr Irene Couzigou: Dr Daria Shapovalova: Dr Constantinos Yiallourides; Dr Adelyn Wilson; Ms Anne-Michelle Slater; Prof Roy Partain; Dr Edouard Fromageau;

Supervisors: Prof Abbe Brown; Prof Greg Gordon; Prof Roddy Paisley; Prof Roy Partain; Prof John Paterson; Dr Gloria Alvarez; Dr Mark Osa Igiehon; Ms Anne-Michelle Slater; Dr Daria Shapovalova; Mr Scott Styles; Dr. Eddy Lenusira Wifa;

Supervisors: Dr Katarina Trimmings (Associate Director); Dr Justin Borg-Barthet; Dr Burcu Yüksel Ripley; Dr Patricia Živković;

Supervisors: Prof Derek Auchie; Dr Douglas Bain; Dr Ilona Cairns; Dr Isla Callander; Prof Pete Duff; Prof John Ford; Dr Alisdair MacPherson; Ms Donna McKenzie-Skene; Dr Catherine Ng; Prof Roddy Paisley; Prof Margaret Ross; Mr Scott Styles; Dr Elizabeth Shaw; Dr Susan Stokeld; Dr Robert Taylor; Dr Adelyn Wilson;

Entry Requirements

The Law School requires that applicants have completed, or are soon to complete, a postgraduate Masters degree which is equivalent in standard to a UK Masters degree. Applicants completing a taught Masters degree must have achieved the Masters with Commendation or Merit and we expect the dissertation result to be at distinction level. This means that applicants must demonstrate previous excellence in academic performance and ability to conduct independent research.

Alongside your application form, you will need to submit your research proposal

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Top 100 for Law

We are ranked Top 100 in the World for Law by the Times Higher World University Subject Ranking 2022


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School of Law
University of Aberdeen
Taylor Building
AB24 3UB