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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.6k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 19.8k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 1 July 2016

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    The degree of LLM in Innovation, Technology and Law offers advanced study of a range of law or law-related subjects, with an opportunity to develop more detailed knowledge, understanding and research skills in a chosen dissertation topic. This unique degree programme explores the role of the law in responding to, regulating, and promoting new and emerging technologies.

    The courses on offer allow students to examine legal, ethical and regulatory issues as these relate to a number of technology-related fields, including information technology, intellectual property, biotechnology, medical sciences, audio-visual media and artificial intelligence. The core subjects of the degree are intended to provide an advanced knowledge of domains where law engages with technology, laying a foundation for a specialised dissertation. By the end of their studies for this degree, students will have acquired a high level of knowledge in the field of law and technology and a sophisticated awareness of the problems in the area and the differing approaches to their solution.

    The LLM Innovation, Technology and the Law may be taken on campus over 1 year full time or 2 years part-time. This LLM may also be taken by distance learning over a period of 1, 2 or 3 years.

    Students are required to complete 180 credits in order to achieve the LLM (120 credits from courses and 60 credits for the dissertation). At least 80 credits must be taken from the courses listed below. A third course worth 40 credits (or two modules worth 20 credits) may be chosen either from the list below or from the wider portfolio of LLM courses.

    LLM Innovation, Technology and the Law Courses

    At least 80 credits must be taken from these courses:

    On-Campus Courses (20 Credits)

    * Data Protection and Information Privacy
    * Information: Control and Power
    * Intellectual Property 1: Copyright & Related Rights
    * Intellectual Property 2: Industrial Property
    * Intellectual Property: Law and Society
    * International Climate Change Law
    * Law and New Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Risk and the Law 1
    * Law and New Technologies: Artificial Intelligence, Risk and the Law 2
    * Law of E-Commerce
    * Legal Challenges of Information Technologies
    * Medical Jurisprudence
    * Risk, Society and Regulatory Frameworks
    * Sport and the Law

    The balance 40 credits can be taken from above or from the wider portfolio of LLM courses offered by the School of Law.

    On-line Learning

    On-Campus students may be able to take up to 40 credits from the following list of on-line modules, although they may take no more than one 20 credit on-line module per semester and cannot take courses in one medium which are wholly or substantially the same as those they have already taken in the other.

    On-line modules (20 Credits)

    * Biotechnology: Law and Society
    * Forensic Computing and Electronic Evidence
    * International Intellectual Property Systems
    * International Public Health: Law and Security
    * Law and Medical Ethics: Fundamental Issues in Consent and Negligence
    * Law and Medical Ethics: Start and End of Life Issues
    * Managing Intellectual Property

    Please note that certain courses and modules may restrict access to students studying for another nominate degree, such as the LLM Commercial Law.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Program requirements

    A UK 2:1 honours degree or its equivalent if outside the UK. English language standard: 7.00 IELTS or equivalent. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 7 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    Edinburgh Law School will offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence across all the LLM and MSc Programmes in the School starting in 2012, including the LLM in Law. This award will provide funding of £1,000 towards tuition fees.

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