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 MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies


Combining historical and contemporary approaches within one unique, cross-disciplinary, degree, the MLitt in Legal and Constitutional Studies introduces students to a dynamic and expanding field of research.  This degree enables students to pursue an exciting programme of study, through a combination of research-led taught classes and directed individual study.

The core modules are taught by faculty from across the Schools of History, International Relations and beyond. They equip students with knowledge of different theoretical approaches to law, legal history and constitutionalism, using the past to interrogate and investigate current issues and controversies. The core modules also provide students with the practical skills and approaches to undertake comparative study of aspects of law, legal history and constitutionalism.

The specialist modules are designed to be flexible enough to enable students to choose their own areas of in-depth study and include individually tailored research training and guidance. Students will be taught through a range of group seminars, workshops, one-to-one discussion and supervised independent research projects. The University of St Andrews also offers additional language teaching that is open to students at all levels of ability, including courses in Arabic and Mandarin.

The degree caters for students from different academic backgrounds and with diverse career plans. It is designed to prepare students for work beyond the MLitt: doctoral research within the field; study for a Law degree; and employment in areas more broadly related to law, legal history, global constitutionalism and international relations.

The MLitt draws on the long established, internationally recognised, teaching and research strengths of the Schools of History and International Relations. Both Schools received top-rankings within the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and within national student surveys.

The research interests of faculty teaching on the MLitt range from late antiquity to the present, with expertise that encompasses innovative global and cosmopolitan approaches, alongside more traditional legal and jurisprudential methodologies. All teaching is undertaken by experts who are actively engaged in legal, constitutional and historical studies.

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