Law (PgCert in Online Learning) The University of Edinburgh
The Postgraduate Certificate in Law enables you to engage with a range of subject areas within the discipline.
You will emerge with an understanding of specific areas of law, which may include:
- commercial law
- information technology law
- medical law
These entry requirements are for the 2023/24 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2024/25 academic year will be published on 2 October 2023.
A minimum UK 2:1 honours degree from a UK university, or its international equivalent, in law.
We will also consider candidates with a degree in a related discipline which includes relevant prior study.
Entry to this programme is competitive. Meeting minimum requirements for consideration does not guarantee an offer of study.
Supporting your application
Relevant work experience is not required but may increase your chances of acceptance.
Relevant professional qualifications will be considered.
Preference will be given to those with grades above the minimum requirements due to strong competition for places on this programme.
Students from China
This degree is Band C.
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
- IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 7.0 in writing and 6.5 in all other components.
- TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 25 in writing and 23 in all other components.
- C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 185 with at least 185 in writing and 176 in all other components.
- Trinity ISE: ISE III with passes in all four components.
- PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 70 in writing and 62 in all other components.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English-speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English-speaking countries (non-MESC).
If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.
You must complete three masters-level courses to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Law.
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have the option of graduating with the certificate or continuing your studies through a facilitated transfer onto one of the Edinburgh Law School’s LLM programmes by online learning.
You must select between 40 and 60 credits from group 1, choosing up to 40 credits from any individual subject area.
Commercial Law courses
- European Competition and Innovation (20 credits)
- Banking and Financial Law: Case Studies (20 credits)
Information Technology Law courses
- Communications Law (20 credits)
- EU Data Protection Law (20 credits)
- Information Technology Law (20 credits)
- International and European Law of the Media (20 credits)
- Regulation of Autonomous Systems: the Law of Robotics (20 credits)
Intellectual Property Law courses
Please note that there are no Intellectual Property Law courses running during 2022/23.
Medical Law and Ethics courses
- Fundamentals in Bioethics (20 credits)
- Mental Health Law (20 credits)
During your studies, you will have the opportunity to concentrate on a particular subject area by studying up to 20 credits of courses from this group of courses, with the approval of your Programme Director.
Please note also that if you have already taken 40 credits of courses from a single subject area, for example, two courses from one of group 1, you can only take a course from group 2 that belongs to a different subject area. An exception to this rule may be approved if you are intending to progress to the LLM Medical Law and Ethics by online learning, in which case a third medical law course may be taken from group 1 or group 2, subject to the approval of your Programme Director.
Commercial Law courses
- Comparative and International Corporate Governance (20 credits)
- Contract Law in Europe (20 credits)
- Corporate Compliance: Case Studies in Law & Ethics (20 credits)
- Dispute Resolution Methods (20 credits)
- International Law, Human Rights and Corporate Accountability (20 credits)
- Sustainable Capitalism and Investment (20 credits)
Information Technology Law courses
- Information: Control and Power (20 credits)
Medical Law and Ethics
- Global Health: Law and Policy (20 credits)
- The Fundamentals of Law and Medical Ethics (20 credits)
- Law and Ethics at the Start and End of Life (20 credits)
- Clinical Negligence and the Law (10 credits)
- Shaping and Regulating Modern Healthcare (10 credits)
Please note that courses 'Clinical Negligence and the Law' and 'Shaping and Regulating Modern Healthcare' are co-requisites and must both be taken in the semester in which they run.
Upon successful completion of the programme, you will have the option of graduating with the Certificate or continuing your studies through a facilitated transfer onto one of the Edinburgh Law School’s LLM programmes by online distance learning.
Graduates of our online distance learning programmes progress to a range of careers in Law and related legal fields, including work in local and international firms, government legal departments, other public institutions, international organisations and in academia.