Degree Programme Template
LLM by Research Part-Time (2 years) PRLLMLAWAA1P
School of Law
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
A LLM by Research in Law trains you as a researcher and allows you to develop advanced techniques and in-depth knowledge in a specialist area. You will develop an all-round knowledge of your discipline, and a broad range of transferable skills.
You will carry out independent research, resulting in an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area. You will work under the guidance of your supervisor(s).
The prescribed period of study for a full-time MSc by Research is 24 months for part-time study.
Students are required to:
- Attend the induction including sessions on the Law Library and IT support and any
other inductions or training required.
- Complete a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) by the end of month 4.
- Work with supervisors to establish the research project which will be the basis for
- Attend training courses offered by the Institute of Academic Development (IAD) and
the relevant graduate schools (e.g. the Scottish Graduate School of Social
Sciences). Students are expected in particular to complete the IAD┐s Effective
Completing the thesis
It is very important to complete your thesis within the allotted time. Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances (illness, parental leave etc.).
Approximately three months before completion of the thesis, you should submit the ┐Notice of Intention to Submit Form┐. This requires discussion with your supervisor(s).
The thesis is examined by an internal examiner and external examiner. The marks are agreed and considered by the College Exam Committee.
The LLM(R) may be awarded with distinction or with merit. To be awarded the LLM(R) with distinction, a student must achieve a mark of at least 70% for the thesis. To be awarded the LLM(R) with merit, a student must achieve a mark of at least 60% for the thesis.
PGR students in the School of Law must also follow the additional information given in the School's Postgraduate Research Student Handbook (available on registration).
The requirements for LLM(R) award are covered by the University┐s PG Research Assessment Regulations:
The University's Code of Practice for Postgraduate Research Students and Supervisors gives further information about the requirements of a research student at the University of Edinburgh: