1. Overview

Our Master of Law Degree will equip you with the knowledge and relevant skills to enhance your professional career in a range of legal environments.

Responding to student and employer demand, we have restructured our top-rated Law degree to incorporate maximum flexibility both in the topics you cover and in the way and pace you learn. Our courses are ranked within the top Universities by the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University Tables.

We have added further pathways allowing you to specialise in such sought-after areas of expertise as Dispute Resolution, International Commercial Law, International Law and Energy Law or to spread your studies across a wider selection of the modules we offer at Masters level. There is a strong international flavour to the subjects offered.   You are now able to study online, on campus or combine on campus classes with online ones to suit your circumstances. Alternatively, individual modules are available for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development

2. What you will study

A candidate for the LLM Master of Laws must complete 180 credit points, comprising of our list of LLM modules and including a dissertation.  The choice of modules for any one candidate may be limited by module availability in any particular year, by timetabling factors, by prerequisites that a module may have, by the limit on online modules that may be taken by international students for visa purposes, and for any other reason approved by the Head of Law.  A candidate who does not hold an LLB degree or equivalent may be required to include the Legal Framework module within the modules chosen.

LLM Modules List (PDF 60KB)

Master of Laws:  LLM Specialisms

Candidates may be awarded a specialist LLM if, in addition to fulfilling the requirements and conditions of the LLM, they obtain the appropriate ratio of credit points in the specialist area (unless otherwise indicated all modules are available both on campus and online). In order to obtain an LLM ‘and’ a specialism, at least 40% of the modules studied must be from the chosen specialist list, as follows:

LLM Law and Dispute Resolution


LLM Law and International Commercial Law


LLM Law and International Law

This award cannot currently be obtained through fully online study, but will be available from 2017/18;

LLM Law and Energy Law

No more than 5 modules may be selected from this list, students seeking to take further options in this specialism are advised to enrol on the LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course.


  1. A candidate cannot choose both International Commercial Dispute Resolution & Arbitration Law
  2. Theory and Principles of Conflict Resolution & Mediation in Practice are prerequisites for Mediation in Context and Advanced Mediation Practice.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

You are able to study entirely online, choose whether to take only modules that are taught on campus in face to face classes or to add to the mix by taking online modules. In either case you are supported by the Moodle learning platform, and you will be taught and supported by a teaching team which contains a balance of experienced industry professionals and high quality academic staff - who will help create a challenging interactive environment for your study.

The programme is designed to maximise flexibility in the timing as well as the content of your studies: you can join the course in September or January; you can study full-time or part-time.

4. Entry Requirements

For entry to the course you should be one of the following:

  • A graduate with a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
  • A Law graduate with a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent.
  • Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Student Funding

Scholarships & Funding

Scholarships and funding are available to eligible students at Robert Gordon University, further information via our scholarship pages.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

6. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,100 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,280 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students


  • £5,500 entire course (on campus):

International Students


  • £12,100 entire course (on campus)

For Academic Year 2017/2018

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £8,820 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,310 Stage 1
  • £3,310 Stage 2
  • £2,200 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students


  • £4,640 entire course (on campus): September 2017 starts
  • £5,500 entire course (on campus): January 2018 starts

International Students


  • £11,740 entire course (on campus)

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £8,400 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,150 Stage 1
  • £3,150 Stage 2
  • £2,100 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students


  • £3,400 entire course (on campus)

International Students


  • £11,400 entire course (on campus)


Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


7. How to apply

Information for Postgraduate Applicants

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

8. Prospects

Whatever you choose, our classes prepare you for a future where your knowledge and skills will truly make a difference.  If you are a recent graduate, this course will assist you in securing your first role within a law or business environment, or prepare you for further academic study. In an increasingly competitive jobs market, practitioners equipped with both understanding of commercially relevant aspects of law and strong professional skills are highly sought after.  The programme also provides the opportunity for lawyers in mid-career to acquire increasingly expected skills and knowledge while non-lawyers are assisted in the transition into specialist legal areas that complement their existing experience in business and commerce.

A Masters qualification is key to career advancement and professional confidence, and is a highly regarded asset in any professional or academic sector. This course will enhance your knowledge and ability, professional standing and employability.  Several of the modules are accredited or recognised by professional bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Energy Institute.

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Start Date

January and September

Course Length

Full-time - 1 year, Part-time or Distance Learning - 3 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time/Part-time/Distance Learning

Academic School
The Law School
Accreditations for modules on the LLM course include:
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Energy Institute Accredited (non course)
  1. 03, May, 2018 Postgraduate Open Evening

    Postgraduate Open Evening

    Are you looking to enhance your job prospects, change career or continue studying? Don’t miss our Postgraduate Open Evening.  



The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week pre-master’s leading to MSc/LLM Law courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.