Introduction

Continue your study of law to an advanced level without the limitations of a specialist LLM. General Law offers a wide range of course modules from our other postgraduate degrees so that you’re able to tailor your studies to your own requirements.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
ISS or LLM
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September
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General Law allows you the flexibility to study many disciplines of interest without the restriction of one specialised degree. Create a bespoke programme tailored by you to meet your personal academic needs and career aspirations.

Develop your critical analysis and independent research skills to enhance your employability against 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.

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.

Available Programmes of Study

Please note: Students staring their LLM programme in January write their Dissertation project during the Summer semester.

General Law

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
ISS 12 months On Campus Learning Part Time January or September View

Programme Information

Please contact law-pg-enquiries@abdn.ac.uk for more information about this programme.

LLM 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

All candidates must take the following courses:

  • PD5506: Getting Started at the University of Aberdeen
Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (LS551T)

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 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.

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Optional Courses

Additional courses in semesters 1 and 3 to the value of 120 credit points from any Level 5 30 credit on-campus Law courses (excluding LS501K and any of the Professional Skills courses, LS5905, LS5906, LS5907, LS5908, LS5909 and LS5913).

Semester 2

Semester 2

The compulsory dissertation provides the opportunity to research and explore in more detail a specific legal area of your choice.

Please note that all January Start Students must produce their Dissertation Project during the Summer Semester, preparation for which begins in January.


Compulsory Courses
Master of Laws Dissertation (LS5904)

60 Credit Points

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.

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Semester 3

Semester 3

In September, January start students will take courses starting with LS50.


Optional Courses

Additional courses in semesters 1 and 3 to the value of 120 credit points from any Level 5 30 credit on-campus Law courses (excluding LS501K and any of the Professional Skills courses, LS5905, LS5906, LS5907, LS5908, LS5909 and LS5913).


Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £19,400
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £10,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
LLM 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September View

Programme Information

Semester 1

Semester 1

The information listed below is for September start students.

All students must take two LS50xx courses and two LS55xx courses.


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 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.

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Optional Courses

Students may select any four 30 credit courses from across the LS50xx on-campus LLM programme options

Semester 2

Semester 2

Optional Courses

Students may select any four 30 credit courses from across the LS55xx on-campus LLM programme options

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

The compulsory dissertation provides the opportunity to research and explore in more detail a specific legal area of your choice.

Master of Laws Dissertation (LS5904)

60 Credit Points

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.

View detailed information about this course

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £19,400
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £10,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

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

Assessment Methods

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?

Law was considered a founding discipline in 1495 and is now considered one of the UK’s elite training grounds for lawyers.

  • The School of Law is ranked Top 100 in the World for Law (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2022).
  • 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 modules from almost all of the University’s LLM courses, giving you the flexibility to choose from many specialist options.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to attend our Research Seminar Series, which will provide you with unique insights into current legal issues.

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

In addition, upon graduating, you will 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.  

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

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

Normally, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. 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.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Careers

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

We are Top 100 in the World for Law

Our Law School is ranked in the Top 100 globally, according to the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2022.

2nd in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction

We are ranked 2nd in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction in Law (National Student Survey 2021)

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.

Information About Staff Changes

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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