University of AberdeenAberdeen is situated in the Grampian district of Scotland, which has a long-standing agricultural tradition and has more recently developed into the main centre for the North Sea oil industry. The city is cosmopolitan and has a rich cultural life, yet is still small enough to maintain a sense of community.
Students have easy access to fine recreational facilities at the University and in the city. The city is situated on the coast with a fine beach and the Scottish highlands within one hour's drive.
The law school
The Law School at Aberdeen has over 40 academic staff and an excellent academic reputation. Law has been taught in Aberdeen for over 500 years: the University of Aberdeen was founded in 1495 with law as one of its foundation disciplines.
The Law School has a thriving community of approximately 200 LLM students from all over the world: recent students have come from countries such as Angola, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, the Slovak Republic, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Zimbabwe. The Law School also has a flourishing population of about 60 research students, around 140 students taking the professional Diploma in Legal Practice and around 800 undergraduate students.
The tuition fees for the academic year 2009-10 for residents of the United Kingdom or another Member State of the European Union are £3,400 and for all other students are £9,250. Fees for the Distance Learning LLM are calculated per 30 credit point module, and in 2009-10 the fee per module is £575 for UK/EU students and £1,545 for all other students.
Tuition fees tend to rise slightly on a year-by-year basis. Further information on tuition fees can be found on the University Registry’s web site.
The Aberdeen LLM programme consists of approximately 200 LLM students from all over the world.
The LLM is available as a taught Master of Laws Degree, which can be completed in one academic year, beginning in either September or January. Participants in the LLM often have significant experience in a range of areas and the great variety in the background of students makes an enormous contribution to the programmes.
Teaching is organised into two 12-week modules. The first module runs from late September until late December and is followed by a revision period in early January and examination in late January. The second module begins at the end of January, and examinations are at the end of May. A dissertation is compulsory for the taught LLM, and it is done during the summer months. Computer literacy is essential.
Teaching methods combine lectures, seminars, project work, and independent reading. The programme is designed to stimulate critical and creative thought and to question assumptions about law. To achieve this objective, good students are selected, classes are kept deliberately small, and independent reading and group discussion are strongly emphasised. This allows very close contact with members of the Law School. Personal skills are developed through group project work, presentations, and participation in group discussion.
It is possible to specialise in one of 13 areas of study:
* LLM in European Law
* LLM in European and International Law
* LLM in Criminal Justice
* LLM in International Commercial Law
* LLM by Distance Learning in International Business Law
* LLM in Sustainable Development and Law
* LLM in International Law
* LLM in Criminal Justice and Human Rights
* LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice
* LLM in Human Rights
* LLM in Oil & Gas Law
* LLM in Private International Law
* LLM in International Law and Globalisation
In each area of study you are required to complete a course on research methods (20 credits) and a dissertation of about 10,000 words (40 credits). In addition you must take courses to the value of 120 credits within the specialism. In some cases, up to 30 of the 120 credits may be accumulated from approved courses outwith the specialism.
For students who do not wish to select a specialist LLM programme, it is possible to take a general LLM. Students must complete approved courses to the value of 120 credits. In addition students are required to complete a course on research methods (20 credits) and a dissertation of about 10,000 words. (40 credits)