Scotland has always been one of the go-to countries when it comes to studying a Masters of Law (LLM).
Its reputation has preceded it for some time and as education continues to thrive in Scotland, many aspiring local and international students are keen to undertake their postgraduate law studies here. So let’s take a look at what’s involved in studying an LLM in Scotland and how much it costs.
What are the entry requirements for the LLM?
To study an LLM at a Scottish law school you need to achieve upper second honours in your bachelors degree or have an international equivalent for you to get enrolled into the program. If you are an international student you will also need to check whether you meet the English language requirements and if you need to apply for a student visa.
How long should you have to study LLM in Scotland?
Studying an LLM program in Scotland takes between one and two years depending on whether you study part time or full time.
Where can you study an LLM in Scotland?
Many of the top law schools and universities in Scotland offer an LLM program including Edinburgh Law School, the University of Dundee and The University of Glasgow. The universities have various programs for home, European and international students, and the fee structures vary from one university to another.
Key factors when considering the costs of studying an LLM in Scotland
- Tuition fees
- Miscellaneous bills
- Transport costs
- Home or international student
1. What are the tuition fees?
When choosing to take LLM in Scotland, you should consider the cost of the tuition fees as a priority. The tuition fees for LLMs differ from university to university, plus the tuition fee structure for local (home) students is different from that of international and European ones. The general LLM tuition fees for the LLM program in Scotland range from around £8,000 to £23,000 for the course for home, European and International students, whether studying part time or full time – although online options may be slightly cheaper. From August 2021 European students will be expected to pay the same tuition fees as International students rather than home students – although many of the Scottish law school are offering European scholarships.
This table illustrates the tuition fees for some of the Scottish universities
2. Where are you based?
The cost of accommodation varies from university to university as each institution has its own accommodation provisions, with housing outside the university generally cheaper compared to living in the halls of residence. However, choosing to live out of the university comes with its downsides such as transport costs and food. However, expect to pay between 450-750 pounds per month. However, accommodation fees for universities located away from the cities are generally lower than those based in the cities – and the cost of living also differs from Scottish city to Scottish city, with Edinburgh being one of the more costly places to live.
3. Bill payments
The cost of living in Scotland – and in fact most European countries – has been affected by the recent pandemic. A recent study on the UK's favourite cities for students to live in had Edinburgh and Glasgow featuring in the top 10, with Aberdeen topping the list. The cost of living in these cities is conducive for students since they don't have a regular income compared to ordinary citizens. Services like mobile services and entertainment have also been affected by the pandemic lowering the cost of living to favour the students. However, a student should budget for between £8,000 to £10,000 to cover the costs of bills, books and personal expenses when living a modest student life.
4. Cost of transport
LLM students living near or on campus are usually able to walk to law school, eliminating the need for transport. However for those students who live off site, most cities in Scotland have advanced and reasonably priced transport systems that allow students living in distant places to access the schools without too much expense or trouble.
5. International students
International students – and from August 2021 European students – are required to pay more when it comes to fees than students from the UK regions. They may also need to factor in the cost of a student visa and register their application for this in plenty of time. International students may also be required to get health insurance paid annually to be granted a student visa.
Studying in Scotland is not complicated whether you are a local or international student, you just need to make sure you do your research properly and budget accordingly so you don’t come across any nasty surprises. If you do decide to live off the campus, you need to make sure you plan adequately for your living costs such as rent, food, books, bills and transport.
PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.
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