The School of Law at Aberdeen is at the forefront of innovative research whilst benefitting from our ancient roots. Law has been taught since our University was established in 1495.

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

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.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
LLM or PhD

Our Research

We have a thriving community of about 65 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.

Law research is integrated across distinct research groups and is carried through into our Research Centres including Centres for Energy Law, Private International Law and Civil Law.

Supervisors: Dr Abbe E.L. Brown (Group Leader), Dr Marta Iljadica, Dr Patrick Masiyakurima, Ms Donna McKenzie Skene, Dr Catherine Ng.

Supervisors: Professor Peter Duff (Group Leader), Dr Ilona Cairns, Dr Philip Glover, Dr Elizabeth Shaw, Dr Susan Stokeld

Supervisors: Dr Olivia Woolley (Group Leader), Ms Gloria Alvarez, Mr Greg Gordon, Professor Tina Hunter, Dr Roy Partain, Professor John Paterson, Ms Daria Shapovalova, Ms Anne-Michelle Slater, Mr Emre Üşenmez

Supervisors: Professor John Ford (Group Leader), Dr Tom Burns, Mr Malcolm M Combe, Professor Robin Evans-Jones, Professor Roderick Paisley, Dr Andrew R C Simpson, Mr Scott Styles, Dr Adelyn Wilson

Supervisors: Dr Zeray Yihdego (Group Leader), Ms Gloria Alvarez, Dr Mátyás Bódig, Dr Irène Couzigou, Dr Philip Glover, Professor Tina Hunter, Dr Mark Igiehon, Dr Roy Partain, Ms Daria Shapovalova, Dr Burcu Yüksel

Supervisors: Dr Tamas Gyorfi (Group Leader), Dr Mátyás Bódig, Dr Heather Green, Mr Mike Radford, Dr Robert Taylor

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

International Applicants


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

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Law School is ranked 5th in the UK

The Law School is ranked 5th in the UK for Law by the Complete University Guide 2020.


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Contact Details

School of Law
University of Aberdeen
Taylor Building
AB24 3UB