• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 or 4 years
  • Award: LLB (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: No
  • Study Mode: Full Time

You can study Scots and English Law as a dual qualifying degree.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Dundee Law School was the first in Scotland to offer a dual qualifying law degree, recognised for entry to the profession in Scotland and also in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you graduate with this degree, you have a choice of jurisdictions where you can study for your postgraduate professional qualification.  This will give you a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.

 

Top in Scotland

Law is ranked number 1 in Scotland and number 3 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide (2019). We’re also in the UK Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guides, 2019.

I did the dual qualifying LLB because I wanted to keep my options open so that I would still have the opportunity to study in England if life took me that way.  Not many universities offer that.  It’s also good to have an awareness of different forms of law and jurisdiction in comparison with our own.

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Holly Morrison
LLB Law (Scots and English Dual Qualifying), 2018

Dundee Mooting Society

A moot is a legal debate and the Dundee Mooting Society is one of the most successful in the UK. The Society runs training and internal competitions for students and teams from Dundee compete in most of the major mooting competitions in the UK and internationally. 

 

The last man hanged in Scotland

Students from the Mooting Society recently took part in a re-trial of the last man hanged in Dundee.  They reconsidered the information that was available in the nineteenth century and presented the evidence by today’s forensic science standards.

"Such confidence comes from it. Even now, studying for exams is easier, because I know what’s waiting at the end is what I want to do. It was 100% a defining moment for me."

William Bury - the last man hanged in Scotland

Street Law

Some of our LLB students participate in the Law Society of Scotland’s Street Law programme, delivering classes on the law and legal issues to school pupils. If you join the Street Lawyers, you will learn to plan and deliver classes, and make use of your legal knowledge in a practical way. This will boost your presentation skills and confidence, and also encourage school pupils to consider studying law.

Library facilities

The University Library has a large collection of law materials and offers a wide range of electronic resources including access to many important legal databases.

My time at Dundee has been one of the greatest experiences of my life so far. There are a lot of great things about the University - my first is the welcoming atmosphere it has. All members of staff, whether lecturers or administrators, contribute to this atmosphere, as they are always keen to give a helping hand to those who need it.

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George Dick
Editor of the Dundee Student Law Review

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The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

There is no advanced entry to the Law degrees based on Advanced Highers, A levels or HND.

Selection notes

  • Applicants who offer SQA Highers taken over two sittings of examinations and applicants who offer Advanced Highers to supplement grades achieved in the first sitting of examinations are expected to have slightly higher grades.
  • Applications from students with non-standard educational backgrounds and qualifications are welcomed and will be considered on their merits. These applicants must be able to show evidence of recent academic achievement. Certain professional qualifications or two or three recent Highers (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient.
  • Law is based on logical thinking therefore applicants are advised to offer a range of literary and logic-based subjects.
Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification 4 year Honours - Scots Law / Dual Qualifying 3 year Honours - English Law
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher ABBB (minimum) - AAABB (typical) including English at B . Mathematics or a Science subject at Standard Grade 2 or National 5 / Intermediate 2 grade B is recommended AA (advanced higher) + AAABB (Higher) including Higher English at B . Mathematics or a Science subject at Standard Grade 2 or National 5 / Intermediate 2 at grade B is recommended
GCE A-Level ABB (excluding General Studies) including English or another literary subject at B. GCSE Mathematics or a Science subject at grade B / 6 is recommended AAB (excluding General Studies) including English or another literary subject at B. GCSE Mathematics or a Science subject at grade B / 6 is recommended.
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 32 points with 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level to include English. Mathematics or a Science subject at Subsidiary Level 5 is recommended.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
36 points overall with 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level to include English
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3H3H3 including English at grade H3. Ordinary level Mathematics or a Science subject at O2 is recommended H2H2H2H3H3H3 including English at grade H3. Ordinary level Mathematics or a Science subject at O3 is recommended.
Graduate Entry See our Law (Scots)- Accelerated LLB course or Law (Eng/NI)- Accelerated LLB course See our Law (Scots)- Accelerated LLB course or Law (Eng/NI)- Accelerated LLB course
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) HNC in Legal Studies/Legal Services with A in the Graded Unit
HND in Legal Studies/Legal Services with AA in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Considered individually
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Considered individually
Welsh Baccalaureate Considered individually
European Baccalaureate Considered individually
Other Qualifications
Notes Additionally for Law with Languages: SQA Higher at B or GCE A-Level at B (or equivalent) in the appropriate language.
Applications from students with non-standard educational backgrounds and relevant educational history are welcomed and will be considered on their merits. These applicants must be able to show evidence of recent academic achievement. Certain professional qualifications or two or three recent Highers (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient.

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall7.0
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 English Language Requirements

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

With an intake of only 140 at Level 1, we take a personal and supportive interest in our students. A strong emphasis is placed on staff accessibility and on small group teaching involving all our senior staff.

How you will be taught

Our approach is both innovative and progressive with a changing emphasis as you advance through the levels of the degree programme:

  • At Levels 1 and 2, teaching consists of a balance between lectures supported by small group teaching in tutorials and independent and group study.
  • At Levels 3 and 4 a greater proportion of coursework is conducted independently and classes take the form of seminar discussion.
  • Half the coursework at Level 4 involves preparation of a dissertation, a substantial work of independent, but supervised and supported research on an elective topic.

How you will be assessed

The form of assessment varies between modules. Presentations may be used to evaluate oral communication of reasoned legal argument and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Moots may be used to assess court room manner and the ability to argue interactively.

Some modules are assessed by essay or drafting exercises while others involve tests on the comprehension and interpretation of legal sources such as Acts of Parliament or case reports. In no module does assessment depend solely on a final exam.

A small number of modules are continuously assessed; in the majority of modules the weighting of assessment is 25% for coursework and 75% for the final assessment.

What you will study

Not every optional module will be available in every year, depending on staff availability and student demand.

Level 1

Foundations of Law

Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental precepts of law and fundamental legal and other transferable skills that you need to undertake degree level legal studies.

Examples of content

  • What law is – an introduction; rules - their structure and nature
  • Law and the state; introduction to the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Courts and tribunals – court hierarchies and the relationship between courts and tribunals
  • Formal sources of law – significance of “sources”; nature of precedent, legislation and the minor sources
  • Precedent: ratio decidendi, stare decisis – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Legislation: UK, Scottish, Northern Irish, (other) delegated, and European Community legislation – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Delivery of legal services – structure and function of the legal professions; professional standards, regulation of the legal profession and ethical behaviour alternative means of delivery, dispute resolution and professional ethics
  • Legal Argument and Mooting

Credits

20 credits

Private Law of Scotland 1

Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the study of Scots Private Law.

Examples of content

  • structure of Scots private law
  • incurring voluntary obligations
  • enforceable and unenforceable agreements
  • defective agreements
  • terms
  • termination and enforcement
  • unjustified enrichment

Credits

20 credits

Public Law I - Sources of Power

Aims

This module will provide an introduction to the United Kingdom, Scottish and EU dimensions of our constitutional arrangements.

Examples of content

  • Introduction to constitutional law: The concept of a 'constitution'; the 'law' of the constitution; types of constitution; the United Kingdom constitution; sources of constitutional law
  • Fundamental doctrines: The sovereignty of Parliament; responsible government, the separation of powers and the rule of law
  • Parliament: The UK and Scottish Parliaments: composition and functions; the legislative process
  • The Executive: The UK and Scottish governments: composition, organisation and functions; prerogative powers; local government (briefly)
  • EU institutions and sources

Credits

20 credits

Scots Criminal Law & Evidence

Aims

The module's primary aim is to furnish you with a knowledge of the principal crimes and defences encountered in Scottish criminal law and the Scottish law of evidence relating to criminal matters.

Examples of content

  • the appropriate scope of the criminal law
  • offences which threaten or harm bodily integrity
  • offences which threaten or harm interests in property
  • offences which protect the course of justice and public order
  • statutory offences and business crime
  • defences
  • the Law of Evidence

Credits

20 credits

Private Law of Scotland II

Aims

This module will build on basic knowledge and analytical skills developed in PLS I; to foster the ability to think like a lawyer.

Examples of content

General principles of delictual liability including liability for:

  • personal injury, death and damage to property
  • affront, damage to reputation, harassment
  • interferences with property
  • public authority defenders
  • financial harm

Credits

20 credits

Public Law II: Controls on Power

Aims

This module will provide you with an understanding of the political and legal means through which the exercise of governmental power is subject to control and accountability.

Examples of content

  • parliamentary and other scrutiny of the executive
  • the doctrine of ministerial responsibility; methods of calling government to account; criticisms and proposals for reform
  • judicial review; UK and EU dimensions
  • administrative justice; tribunals and other means of redress
  • the protection of human rights; the rights protected under the Human Rights Act; the machinery for their protection (HRA and ECHR)

SCQF credits

20 credits

Level 2

Commercial Law

Aims

This module is required if you wish to legally qualify in Scotland and an option for students in the English law stream. It introduces you to the key principles of mercantile and commercial law.

Examples of content

General principles of delictual liability including liability for:

  • Agency
  • Sole Trading
  • Partnership
  • Company Law
  • Corporate Insolvency

Credits

20 credits

Scottish Property Law

Aims

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Scottish property and trusts law and the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding.

Examples of content

  • general concepts of property
  • heritable and moveable property
  • registration
  • prescription
  • the law of the tenement
  • title conditions
  • leases
  • heritable securities
  • an outline of conveyancing
  • trusts
  • succession

Credits

20 credits

Public Law III – Rights and Freedoms

Aims

This module aims to achieve an understanding of the rights of natural and legal persons under the Human Rights Act, the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the law of the European Union (EU); and how those rights may be protected through judicial mechanisms.

Examples of content

  • A study of selected human rights covering both the civil and criminal spheres (including freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention and the right to a fair trial in civil and criminal cases): the case law of British courts under the Human Rights Act and of the European Court of Human Rights under the ECHR.
  • The EU and human rights: the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU; the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; the question of EU accession to the ECHR.
  • Freedoms under EU law: free movement of persons and goods.

SCQF credits

20 credits

English Criminal Law and Evidence

Aims

This module aims to enable you to understand and apply the main features of criminal liability in England and Wales and to introduce concepts in the law of evidence.

Examples of content

  • introduction (anatomy of a crime; human rights)
  • actus reus (factual element)
  • mens rea (mental element)
  • strict and corporate liability
  • offences against the person
  • general defences
  • accomplices and inchoate offences
  • property offences
  • introduction to concepts of evidence

SCQF credits

20 credits

Law, Society and Human Rights

Aims

The overall aim of the module is to encourage critical thinking about laws and their place in society by examining the social, political, economic, moral and ethical contexts in which law, and human rights law in particular, operates in the United Kingdom.

Examples of content

  • the social, political, economic, moral and ethical contexts in which law operates in the United Kingdom
  • a range of legal and social theories as a framework for critical reflection on the context and operation of law
  • the values which underpin human rights law at global, regional and domestic levels

SCQF credits

20 credits

Scottish Family Law

Aims

This module with provide you with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of Scottish family law, including succession. In addition to acquiring a knowledge of and ability to apply key statute and case law you will gain an understanding of the purposes behind family law, changes in law and the social context in which it operates.

Examples of content

  • the extent of family law and the concept of a family
  • children’s capacity and rights
  • parents and children
  • parental rights and responsibilities
  • marriage and Civil Partnerships
  • formation of marriage
  • legal effects of marriage
  • breakdown of marriage
  • financial provision on divorce
  • cohabitation
  • succession

SCQF credits

20 credits

Level 3

Core modules

English Law of Obligations

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop a solid understanding of the principles of tortious liability and contract law in English law and how these differ from Scots Law. The module will fulfil both Obligations (I and II) of the qualifying law degree requirements in England and Wales.

Examples of content

  • Introduction and historical background essential to understanding English Law
  • Overview of Torts including early development of Negligence and Intentional Torts
  • Trespass to Land and Occupiers’ Liability
  • Nuisance and the doctrine of Rylands v Fletcher
  • Defamation and other aspects of privacy
  • Introduction to origins and formalities of English contract law
  • Consideration - promissory estoppel, other aspects of variation
  • Misleading statements and duress
  • Misrepresentation / mistake
  • Remedies for breach of contract

SCQF credits

30 credits

Real Estate and Commercial Practice

Aims

This module aims to build on the knowledge and skills acquired at levels 1 and 2, to acquire a knowledge and understanding of advanced elements of Scots Private Law and to prepare students for PEAT 1.

Examples of content

  • residential conveyancing
  • introduction to commercial conveyancing
  • introduction to commercial leasing
  • standard securities
  • the law of insurance
  • personal insolvency

SCQF credits

30 credits

Optional modules

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain knowledge and understanding of the way in which legislation and regulation can be used to implement policy decisions in the energy industries (gas and electricity). The emphasis of this module is on understanding the regulators’ approach when deciding any restructuring of the energy industry. 

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain an understanding and knowledge of the main law and policy issues in the international petroleum industry, with an emphasis upon transactional agreements concluded between host government and oil company/investors. The emphasis of this module is on providing an understanding of the common and diverging objectives between the governments and oil companies/investors and how to accommodate the diverse interests of the various stakeholders in the development of petroleum resources.

Justice, Law and Human Rights

Aims

The aim of the module is to promote a reasonably advanced understanding of the legal framework for the protection of human rights and civil liberties in the UK and to examine in detail UK human rights and civil liberties law in selected topical areas.

Examples of content

  • civil liberties globally and in the UK before the human rights era
  • the ECHR (institutions and jurisprudence) as guarantor of civil liberties
  • UK domestic law as guarantor of civil liberties – Human Rights Act 1998 & Scotland Act 1998
  • personal liberty: stop, search and arrest – ECHR, arts 5 & 8
  • right to a fair trial – ECHR, art 6
  • freedom of assembly and protest versus public order – ECHR, art 11
  • extradition, deportation and asylum – ECHR, arts 3, 6 & 8
  • freedom from discrimination – ECHR, art 14

SCQF credits

30 credits

Law, Family and Society

Aims

  • To consider the contemporary institution of the family and the way in which the law both shapes and responds to changes in family structure, roles and perceptions.
  • To broaden knowledge of the law and the shifting boundaries between public and private law in the context of the family.
  • To broaden student awareness of different cultural approaches to families and family matters.
  • To consider selected contemporary problems associated with family law.
  • To consider ways in which the law might be reformed.

Examples of content

  • the changing family
  • formalised and informal unions
  • the family and the state
  • human rights and family life
  • power and vulnerability in family structures
  • property in the family

SCQF credits

30 credits

Employment Law

Aims

To provide you with a knowledge of Employment Law and a critical appreciation of the social, political, economic, and organisational issues raised and to enable you to apply employment law within its practical context.

Examples of content

Key topics:

  • the institutional framework of employment law
  • the contractual foundations of the employment relationship
  • unfair dismissals and wrongful dismissals
  • redundancy and reorganisations
  • equality in employment

Plus an issue of current importance, for instance:

  • stress at work/bullying and harassment
  • health and safety
  • the gig economy

SCQF credits

30 credits

Criminal Procedure

Aims

This module examines aspects of criminal procedure in Scotland, as well as in England and Wales, from a critical perspective. It requires you to critically analyse the development and reform of the criminal process.

Examples of content

Central aspects of criminal procedure which may include:

  • adversarial and inquisitorial procedures
  • theories of the criminal process
  • evidential aspects
  • the accused’s 'right' of silence
  • the jury

SCQF credits

30 credits

Private International Law

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide instruction in the core aspects of private international law, including jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments. The course is a prerequisite if you want to qualify for the Faculty of Advocates.

Examples of content

  • private international law in a regional and global context
  • litigating international civil and commercial disputes
  • scope of the European framework
  • general jurisdiction
  • special jurisdiction
  • international family law
  • connecting factors
  • divorce
  • children

SCQF credits

30 credits

Foundations of International Criminal Law

Aims

This module provides an introduction to international criminal law. It introduces students the principles of international criminal law, the institutions designed to enforce it and to the substantive law of selective international crimes. In addition, the module considers key case-law and impediments to prosecution of international crimes.

Examples of content

  • introduction to international criminal law and its sources
  • the principles of individual criminal responsibility
  • the substantive law of international crimes, such as genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression
  • the International Criminal Court
  • issues of jurisdiction and immunity

SCQF credits

30 credits

Legal History

Aims

This module explores the rich diversity of developing Scottish, English and European legal cultures over time. Students will gain a knowledge of a range of different legal cultures and rules and an understanding of how these related to the needs of the societies in which they developed.

Examples of content

  • what is Legal History and historiography?
  • the Acts of Union
  • Parliament and the Crown
  • legal treatises (e.g. Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England; Stair's Institutions of the Laws of Scotland; Hale's Historia Placitorum Coronæ: Mackenzie's Laws and Customs of Scotland in Matters Criminal)
  • subject studies (eg C17th witchcraft prosecutions; C18th marriage law; C19th criminal law; C19th & C20th employment law)

SCQF credits

30 credits

Law in Practice

Aims

The aims of this module are:

  • to introduce students to legal ethics relevant to a modern career in legal practice in Scotland.
  • to provide students with an opportunity to develop employability skills which will assist them with a career either within or outwith law.

Examples of content

  • communication skills (written, presentation and client interviewing)
  • introduction to legal and professional ethics
  • commercial and business awareness

SCQF credits

30 credits

Taxation Law

Aims

The aims of this module are:

  • to examine several key aspects of UK taxation law and be able to use these in practice in problem scenarios.
  • to consider critically the policies which have influenced, or should influence, the development of taxation law.

Examples of content

  • introduction to the UK tax system
  • taxation of income
  • taxation of capital gains
  • inheritance tax
  • introductory tax planning
  • taxation of corporate profits
  • general Anti-Abuse Rule and domestic avoidance
  • international tax avoidance
  • devolution of tax powers

SCQF credits

30 credits

Energy Projects and Environmental Law

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the legal regimes and regulatory mechanisms that exist to control the environmental impacts of energy projects.

Examples of content

Understanding the problem

  • the impacts of energy projects

Starting projects

  • planning and related consents, on land and offshore
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

Running projects

  • regulation at global, regional and national levels

Decommissioning

  • Corporate social responsibility, public participation and stakeholder engagement

SCQF credits

30 credits

Promoting Freedom of Information

Aims

  • to analyse different theories, laws, policies, and practices for promoting freedom of information
  • to examine different socio-legal and political contexts for freedom of information laws and their implementation
  • to understand the opportunities and challenges for achieving freedom of information in those contexts

Examples of Content

  • the political, legal, and philosophical basis for freedom of information
  • the relationship between freedom of information and other human rights
  • the political and legal context for legislating and implementing freedom of information
  • the role of freedom of information in various thematic areas, potentially including surveillance, environmental protection, truth-seeking, indigenous rights, and corporate social responsibility
  • country or sub-national case studies, potentially including the UK, Scotland, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia

SCQF credits

30 credits

International Law

Aims

The aims of this module are:

  • to introduce students to public international law
  • to familiarise students with the framework and mechanisms of the international legal system and provide them with knowledge of the core international law topics and a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues attached to these areas of law
  • to facilitate the development of transferable analytical, research and communication skills
  • to promote a critical approach to this area of law

Examples of content

  • subjects of international law
  • sources of international law
  • peaceful settlement of disputes
  • the use of force in international law
  • state Responsibility
  • jurisdiction
  • acquisition of Territory

SCQF credits

30 credits

Company Law

Aims

This module introduces students to corporate legal theory, and develops students' knowledge of key substantive company law issues. This is done with reference to the development of the law in the United Kingdom, as well as with the benefit of comparison to other jurisdictions.

Examples of content

  • introduction/general concepts & structures
  • corporate personality/limited liability
  • directors' duties I
  • directors' duties in the twilight zone
  • the company's constitution and shareholder agreements
  • shareholder remedies
  • corporate finance- share and loan capital
  • takeovers and reconstruction
  • corporate insolvency

SCQF credits

30 credits

Intellectual Property Law

Aims

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the nature of intellectual property law, primarily from a UK perspective.
  • identify and trace the development of intellectual property and the constituent regimes which are collectively referred to as intellectual property law.
  • examine the fundamental issues of balance between the stakeholders in IP regimes and the tensions arising from the boundaries between constituent regimes.
  • study the ongoing interaction between new technologies and IP.

Examples of content

  • Iintroduction to intellectual property law
  • copyright
  • design rights
  • patents
  • trade marks
  • passing off
  • privacy and breach of confidence
  • the internet and copyright
  • revision

SCQF credits

30 credits

Reparation

Aims

This module aims to research and critically analyse elements of the law of Reparation.

Examples of content

  • occupiers' liability
  • vicarious liability
  • negligence
  • fault and strict liability
  • non-delegable duties
  • nuisance
  • personality rights

SCQF credits

30 credits

Comparative Constitutional Law

Aims

To analyse major issues in constitutional theory from a comparative (domestic and international) perspective.

Examples of content

  • constitutions (written and unwritten)
  • constitutional rhetoric and constitutional idolatry
  • constitutional performance
  • referendums
  • international law and constitutional law
  • the disenchantment of citizens for (electoral) politics
  • the rise of legal authority and the rule of law
  • militant democracy
  • civil disobedience
  • constitutional review (within the courts)
  • constitutional review (outside the courts)

SCQF credits

30 credits

Level 4

Core modules

Dissertation

Aims

The dissertation contributes to the achievement of the aims of the LL.B. Honours degree in the following respects:

  • promoting a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas of law
  • developing originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression
  • building upon and developing the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier modules

Examples of content

Research area of law agreed and supervised by member of staff.

SCQF credits

30 credits

English Law of Equity and Trusts (Dual Qualifying)

Aims

To promote an understanding of the fundamental elements of trust law and of its relevance to modern life and other areas of the law.

Examples of content

  • the distinction between legal and equitable ownership
  • equitable remedies
  • the nature and constitution of a trust
  • the three certainties
  • express trusts
  • charitable trusts
  • implied or resulting trusts
  • constructive trusts
  • duties of a trustee, breach of such duties

SCQF credits

30 credits

English Law of Property (DQ)

Aims

To critically analyse the various major principles, legislation and case law used to regulate the use and enjoyment of property with particular emphasis on land law

Examples of content

  • concepts of property and introduction to land law
  • the classification of interests in land, the 1925 legislation and unregistered land
  • registration of title to land
  • freehold – including adverse possession
  • co-ownership – including human rights issues
  • leasehold
  • mortgages
  • easements
  • covenants
  • socio-economic and human rights context

SCQF Credits

30 credits

Optional modules

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain knowledge and understanding of the way in which legislation and regulation can be used to implement policy decisions in the energy industries (gas and electricity). The emphasis of this module is on understanding the regulators’ approach when deciding any restructuring of the energy industry. 

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain an understanding and knowledge of the main law and policy issues in the international petroleum industry, with an emphasis upon transactional agreements concluded between host government and oil company/investors. The emphasis of this module is on providing an understanding of the common and diverging objectives between the governments and oil companies/investors and how to accommodate the diverse interests of the various stakeholders in the development of petroleum resources.

Moot

Aims

  • to enable students to represent the University and participate in highly regarded, externally organised mooting competitions
  • to promote a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas of law
  • to develop originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression
  • to develop team-working skills

Examples of content

Active participation in an externally organised mooting competition requiring substantial research and preparation. The detailed work will depend on the requirements of the specific competition in the given year, and will be supplemented by further assignments as appropriate to ensure the breadth and depth of study expected at this level.

SCQF credits

30

Company Law (Advanced)

Aims

This module aims to critically analyse the different corporate legal theories and to provide an advanced understanding of Company Law in the United Kingdom and the international aspects of the subject.

Examples of content

  • introduction/general concepts & structures
  • corporate personality/limited liability
  • directors' duties I
  • directors' duties in the twilight zone
  • the company's constitution and shareholder agreements
  • shareholder remedies
  • corporate finance- share and loan capital
  • takeovers and reconstruction
  • corporate insolvency

SCQF credits

30 credits

Private International Law (Advanced)

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide advanced instruction in the core aspects of private international law, including jurisdiction, applicable law and the recognition and enforcement of judgments.

The module is a pre-requisite for students wishing to qualify for the Faculty of Advocates.

Examples of content

  • private international law in a regional and global context
  • litigating international civil and commercial disputes
  • scope of the European framework
  • general jurisdiction
  • special jurisdiction
  • international family law
  • connecting factors
  • divorce
  • children

SCQF credits

30 credits

Justice, Law and Human Rights (Advanced)

Aims

The aim of the module is to promote an advanced understanding of the legal framework for the protection of human rights and civil liberties in the UK and to examine critically and in detail UK human rights and civil liberties law in selected topical areas.

Examples of content

  • civil liberties globally and in the UK before the human rights era
  • the ECHR (institutions and jurisprudence) as guarantor of civil liberties
  • UK domestic law as guarantor of civil liberties – Human Rights Act 1998 & Scotland Act 1998
  • personal liberty: stop, search and arrest – ECHR, arts 5 & 8
  • right to a fair trial – ECHR, art 6
  • freedom of assembly and protest versus public order – ECHR, art 11
  • extradition, deportation and asylum – ECHR, arts 3, 6 & 8
  • freedom from discrimination – ECHR, art 14

SCQF credits

30 credits

International Law

Aims

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to public international laws
  • familiarise students with the framework and mechanisms of the international legal system and provide them with knowledge of the core international law topics and a solid understanding of the theoretical and practical issues attached to these areas of law.
  • facilitate the development of transferable analytical, research and communication skills
  • promote a critical approach to this area of law

Examples of content

  • subjects of international law
  • sources of international law
  • peaceful settlement of disputes
  • the use of force in international law
  • state Responsibility
  • jurisdiction
  • acquisition of Territory

SCQF credits

30 credits

Employment Law (Advanced)

Aims

This module aims to:

  • provide students with a knowledge of Employment Law and a critical appreciation of the social, political, economic and organisational issues raised
  • enable students to apply employment law within its practical contex

Examples of content

  • the institutional framework of employment law
  • the contractual foundations of the employment relationship
  • unfair dismissals and wrongful dismissals
  • redundancy and reorganisations
  • equality in employment

Plus an issue of current importance – for instance:

  • Stress at work/bullying and harassment
  • Health and safety
  • The gig economy

SCQF credits

30

Foundations of International Criminal Law (Advanced)

Aims

The module provides an introduction to international criminal law. It introduces students the principles of international criminal law, the institutions designed to enforce it and to the substantive law of selective international crimes. In addition, the module considers key case-law and impediments to prosecution of international crimes.

Examples of content

  • introduction to international criminal law and its sources
  • the principles of individual criminal responsibility
  • the substantive law of international crimes, e.g. genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression
  • the International Criminal Court
  • issues of jurisdiction and immunity

SCQF credits

30 credits

Legal History (Advanced)

Aims

This module explores the rich diversity of developing Scottish, English and European legal cultures over time. Students will gain a knowledge of a range of different legal cultures and rules and an understanding of how these related to the needs of the societies in which they developed.

Examples of content

  • what is Legal History and historiography?
  • the Acts of Union
  • Parliament and the Crown
  • legal treatises (eg Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England; Stair's Institutions of the Laws of Scotland; Hale's Historia Placitorum Coronæ: Mackenzie's Laws and Customs of Scotland in Matters Criminal)
  • subject studies (eg C17th witchcraft prosecutions; C18th marriage law; C19th criminal law; C19th & C20th employment law)

SCQF credits

30 credits

Law in Practice

Aims

The aim of this module is (a) to introduce students to legal ethics relevant to a modern career in legal practice in Scotland and (b) to provide students with an opportunity to develop employability skills which will assist them with a career either within or outwith law.

Examples of content

  • communication skills (written, presentation and client interviewing)
  • introduction to legal and professional ethics
  • commercial and business awareness

SCQF credits

30 credits

Taxation Law (Advanced)

Aims

To examine to an advanced level several key aspects of UK taxation law and be able to use these in practice in problem scenarios. To consider critically the policies which have influenced, or should influence, the development of taxation law.

Examples of content

  • introduction to the UK tax system
  • taxation of income
  • taxation of capital gains
  • inheritance tax
  • introductory tax planning
  • taxation of corporate profits
  • general Anti-Abuse Rule and domestic avoidance
  • international tax avoidance
  • devolution of tax powers

SCQF credits

30 credits

Energy Projects and Environmental Law (Advanced)

Aims

This module aims to develop an advanced understanding of the legal regimes and regulatory mechanisms that exist to control the environmental impacts of energy projects.

Examples of content

Understanding the problem

  • the impacts of energy projects

Starting projects

  • planning and related consents, on land and offshore
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

Running projects

  • regulation at global, regional and national levels

Decommissioning

  • Corporate social responsibility, public participation and stakeholder engagement

SCQF credits

30 credits

Promoting Freedom of Information (Advanced)

Aims

  • to analyse different theories, laws, policies, and practices for promoting freedom of information
  • to examine different socio-legal and political contexts for freedom of information laws and their implementation
  • to understand the opportunities and challenges for achieving freedom of information in those contexts

Examples of Content

  • the political, legal, and philosophical basis for freedom of information
  • the relationship between freedom of information and other human rights
  • the political and legal context for legislating and implementing freedom of information
  • the role of freedom of information in various thematic areas, potentially including surveillance, environmental protection, truth-seeking, indigenous rights, and corporate social responsibility
  • country or sub-national case studies, potentially including the UK, Scotland, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia

SCQF credits

30 credits

Intellectual Property Law

Aims

This module aims to:

  • introduce students to the nature of intellectual property law, primarily from a UK perspective
  • identify and trace the development of intellectual property and the constituent regimes which are collectively referred to as intellectual property law
  • examine the fundamental issues of balance between the stakeholders in IP regimes and the tensions arising from the boundaries between constituent regimes
  • consider the developing challenges to the credibility of copyright in the digital era and the treatment of biotechnology in relation to patent law
  • study the ongoing interaction between new technologies and IP

Examples of content

  • introduction to Intellectual Property Law
  • copyright
  • design rights
  • patents
  • trade marks
  • passing off
  • privacy and breach of bonfidence
  • the internet and copyright
  • revision

SCQF credits

30 credits

Real Estate and Commercial Practice

Aims

This module aims to build on the knowledge and skills acquired at levels 1 and 2, to acquire a knowledge and understanding of advanced elements of Scots Private Law and to prepare students for PEAT 1.

Examples of content

  • residential conveyancing
  • introduction to commercial conveyancing
  • introduction to commercial leasing
  • standard securities
  • the law of insurance
  • personal insolvency

SCQF credits

30 credits

Law, Family and Society

Aims

This module aims to:

  • consider the contemporary institution of the family and the way in which the law both shapes and responds to changes in family structure, roles and perceptions
  • broaden knowledge of the law and the shifting boundaries between public and private law in the context of the family
  • broaden student awareness of different cultural approaches to families and family matters
  • consider selected contemporary problems associated with family law
  • consider ways in which the law might be reformed

Examples of content

  • the changing family
  • formalised and informal unions
  • the family and the state
  • human rights and family life
  • power and vulnerability in family structures
  • property in the family

SCQF credits

30 credits

Criminal Procedure (Advanced)

Aims

Examines aspects of criminal procedure in Scotland, as well as in England and Wales, from a critical perspective. It requires students critically to analyse the development and reform of the criminal process.

Examples of content

Central aspects of criminal procedure which may include:

  • adversarial and inquisitorial procedures
  • theories of the criminal process
  • evidential aspects
  • the accused's 'right' of silence
  • the jury

SCQF Credits

30 credits

Reparation (Advanced)  

Aims

To research and critically analyse at an advanced level elements of the law of Reparation.

Examples of content

  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Vicarious liability
  • Negligence
  • Fault and strict liability
  • Non-delegable duties
  • Nuisance
  • Personality rights

Credits

30 credits

Comparative Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law (Advanced)

Aim

To critically analyse major issues in constitutional theory from a comparative (domestic and international) perspective.

Examples of content

  • constitutions (written and unwritten)
  • constitutional rhetoric and constitutional idolatry
  • constitutional performance
  • referendums
  • international law and constitutional law
  • the disenchantment of citizens for (electoral) politics
  • the rise of legal authority and the rule of law
  • militant democracy
  • civil disobedience
  • constitutional review (within the courts)
  • constitutional review (outside the courts)

SCQF credits

30 credits

We have close links with employers and we offer programmes to support and develop the employability of our students. Our excellent reputation throughout the profession and close links to employers help Dundee graduates find employment.

The Law School runs an annual Law Fair which attracts law firms and employers from around the UK and further afield. Law firms also regularly visit the law school on an individual basis for recruitment purposes.

While many students study law in order to qualify to practise, the skills acquired in a law degree are also attractive to many prospective employers and the LLB is an ideal basis for a career in professions such as:

  • the police
  • banking
  • journalism
  • management
  • civil service

If you do want to enter the English (or Welsh, or Northern Irish) legal profession, you may go on to take the Legal Practice Course and (LPC) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) in England, or sit the examinations for the Institute of Professional Legal Studies in Northern Ireland.

If you want to enter the Scottish legal profession, our Diploma in Legal Practice (PEAT 1) has an excellent record of graduate employment across the UK and is taught by practicing solicitors.

A number of graduates go on to undertake postgraduate degrees within the School in areas such as commercial, international, human rights and environmental law.

Dundee graduates have reached the highest levels of success in the profession as senior partners, Queen's Counsel, judges and front bench politicians.

One of our students took up a traineeship (stage) at the Court of Justice of the European Union upon finishing his undergraduate degree.

Chao Zhang

Studying in Dundee Law School is the most unforgettable experience in my life. The faculty and staff of Dundee Law School are very helpful. With their help, I managed to go through all the challenges. During my time here, I learned a lot which will benefit my academic career. The city is close to big cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow. I can easily visit them within an hour or two. In addition, the scenery of Scotland is quite impressive. I still miss my trip to the Highlands. Thank you Dundee Law School, I have never expected my stay here to be so colourful.

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Steve Matthew

I required my LLB to enable me to do the job I do today. I chose the University of Dundee, where I was taught by people who cared about my future and who had knowledge, wisdom and experience which they were prepared to share unconditionally. I believe that the lecturers at the university shaped my life. I was mixing with like-minded people and being mentored by the best brains in the business which gave that vital competitive edge with prospective employers.

Steve Matthew
Legal Operations and Regulation Manager, Scottish Water

Kirsty Malloch

The staff at the University are great and they helped me as much as they could in pursuing a career as a barrister. They always encouraged me and helped to build my confidence when I was feeling nervous about exams, interviews or my applications. I will always be grateful to them for their help.

Studying at a Scottish university has not hindered my chances at the Bar in England and Wales. If anything, it provided a really interesting talking point!

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Kirsty Malloch

Steve Matthew

I required my LLB to enable me to do the job I do today. I chose the University of Dundee, where I was taught by people who cared about my future and who had knowledge, wisdom and experience which they were prepared to share unconditionally. I believe that the lecturers at the university shaped my life. I was mixing with like-minded people and being mentored by the best brains in the business which gave that vital competitive edge with prospective employers.

Steve Matthew
Legal Operations and Regulation Manager, Scottish Water

The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

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You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

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Apply NowLaw (Scots and English Dual Qualifying) LLB (Hons)M190