Section: Postgraduate Studies

Postgraduate Studies

The Edinburgh Law School has an extensive and lively postgraduate community studying for the degrees of LLM (both taught and by research) and PhD. The Edinburgh Centre for Private Law acts as a natural home for those working on private law topics.

Master’s degrees

Of particular note for students interested in private law in a European context is the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law. Building on Edinburgh’s considerable strength in the field of private law and its unique position in Europe’s main mixed (i.e. Anglo-Roman) legal system, this programme allows students to study in depth the main fields of private law across the divide between Europe’s two great legal traditions.

The LLM by Research is also available for students wishing to write a shorter dissertation on a topic of private law.

Doctoral studies

The Centre acts as a focal point for our community of PhD students working on Scottish and/or comparative private law. PhD graduates from Edinburgh Law School now occupy academic positions in leading institutions in the UK and overseas.Current PhD students and recent graduates in private law include: Edinburgh Law School can provide supervision across a broad range of private law topics, both Scottish and comparative. Prospective students are welcome to approach individual members of staff (see People) they might be interested in working with. They may also direct enquiries to Prof. Kenneth Reid, Head of Private Law.


In addition to other internal or external sources of funding, the Edinburgh Legal Education Trust makes scholarships available specifically for the study of Scots private law – ordinarily one for an LLM by Research and one for a new PhD each year.

Dedicated Cameron scholarships are also available for study on the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law.

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