Nuclear MSc postgraduate courses at Birmingham

You will have received (or be about to receive) your final results at around this time, and may be considering what to do next. Nuclear power has been in the media quite a lot over the last year or two, including the popular “Chernobyl” series on TV and also developments in new reactor build (e.g. the new reactors that EDF are building at Hinkley Point), and there are several other exciting initiatives at present such as with Small Modular Reactors or “SMRs” from the likes of Rolls-Royce, as well as in Fusion research and also the upcoming growing need for Decommissioning. At Birmingham we offer two 1-year long postgraduate MSc courses related to nuclear power: the first being in the “Physics & Technology of Nuclear Reactors” (focused on the more technical aspects, nuclear engineering, reactor physics, and quite broad in coverage across nuclear power – including fusion), and the second being in “Nuclear Decommissioning & Waste Management” (focused much more on the final part of the fuel cycle which includes site clean-up, decommissioning, waste treatment and storage, etc – as well as more focus on managing nuclear projects). We take graduates from a wide range of degree subjects, such as the various engineering disciplines, physics, mathematics, metallurgy/materials science, chemistry, etc (for the NDAWM course this can also include Geology and Environmental Sciences).

We are still taking applications for the next academic year (starting around end of September 2021), and also still have some funding available to pay towards tuition fees for home students – typically home students with a 2.2 to a 1st degree (either Bachelors or undergraduate Masters) would qualify for coverage of their fees between about 35% to 100% (depending on final degree result). Although strictly those amounts are determined at, and by, interview. Those fees payments do not have to be repaid and come from industry companies who sponsor the course. In addition, there is a government postgraduate loan scheme that allows home students to loan up to ~£11,000 in a fairly similar way to undergraduate loans. One should double check one’s qualification/eligibility for this, but most home students who have obtained a Bachelors degree before doing the Masters can qualify for it.

The courses have deep elements both practically and theoretically, and combine this with strong industrial links and experience (culminating in a thesis which can be done in academia, but more often than not is based within industry). Typically, two thirds of our students have jobs lined up to walk into before even finishing the courses, and most of the remainder will have something within a few months of completing (on average around 85-90% of our students have gone on to careers in the industry or into related research). Some more information on the courses and their syllabi can be found at:

Or, if you have any further questions regarding the course(s), then I am happy to help and can be emailed at:

Best wishes,

Paul Norman

Edinburgh Student Law Review – Call for Papers 

Edinburgh Student Law Review 

Call for Papers 

The Edinburgh Student Law Review is seeking submissions for the 2021 edition. The ESLR seeks to provide a platform for students to engage with the legal issues and debates surrounding Scots, UK, European and international law. Submissions are welcome from all year groups at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

There are three possible types of submission:

  • Short Articles of up to 3000 words
  • Long Articles of up to 8000 words
  • Case Notes of approximately 1000 words
Submissions of no more than 1500 words are also invited for inclusion in the ESLR blog. All submissions to either the 2021 edition or ESLR blog must conform to the ESLR House Style. More information on the House Style can be found on the ESLR website at Submissions are to be made via email to by no later than 5pm on 31st January 2021.

Jonathan Ainslie and Maya Sajeev


Edinburgh Student Law Review

Student Experience Grants – funding for students and staff

Do you have an idea for a project that could enhance Edinburgh students’ social, academic, sporting or cultural development? If so, you could receive a grant of up to £5,000.

The autumn round of Student Experience Grants is open for student and staff applications between 15 October and 12 November 2020.


Alumni (former students) and friends of the University make the Student Experiences Grants possible through their donations to the Edinburgh Fund.

Visit the Student Experience Grants website for more information.

The Student Experience Grants team would love to hear from you if you have any questions

2020-21: Law Football Trials

Are you currently studying law and interested in playing football at a high level?

Then why not come trial for the Law football team?

We can confirm that the Men’s Football Team Trials have been rescheduled to Monday 26th October, 2-4pm at Peffermill on pitch 3G2. This is of course subject to sport-related covid restrictions being extended beyond the current period

All ages are welcome! Should you be a first year, fourth year, or on your masters/P.H.D.

Please don’t be shy and come along.

We are a long established team currently in a BUCS (British university and colleges sport) league playing competitively against other universities across Scotland. This semester we will also be playing in Edinburgh’s intramural league setup.

Games will be played on a Wednesday afternoon at Peffermill (if scheduled to play at home). If scheduled to play away then fixtures will also be on a Wednesday but often slightly later so as to allow us extra time for travelling to other universities.

All fixtures will be played out-with your timetable to avoid clashing with academic commitments.

Not only do we provide ample opportunity to play football, but also an opportunity for socialising with other people on your course. Should it be attending the Law Ball together or just heading out for a few drinks to watch the football we consider ourselves an open and accommodating group of friends which we would be more than happy for you to join.

Joining the team may also help you with your studies, as mentioned our players range from second year to P.H.D, meaning someone in our squad will have undertook and experienced the courses you are currently sitting. I can personally say for myself that being part of this team has allowed me to better understand my course and university processes..

If you plan on attending or have any queries/questions please contact either of the Captains through the below information. For track and trace purposes you must contact either of our captains with your contact details and to let us know you will be attending. If you arrive having not contacted us in advance we may have to turn you away.


Ben Campbell – 07956758631 or

Frank Gill – 07426554486 or


Postgraduate Publication of Results 21/22

Key dates 2021/22

  • The date for the release of Semester 1 course results following the February Course Board of Examiners is Monday 21st February 2022
  • The date for the release of Semester 2 and full-year course results following the June Course Board of Examiners is Tuesday 5th July 2022
  • The date of the Board of Examiners for the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is Tuesday 07 June 2022. The release of award results will be by Friday 17 June 2022.
  • The date for the release of LLM and MSc progression results following the June Progression Board of Examiners is Tuesday 5th July 2022
  • The release date for dissertation results and award decisions following the October awarding Board of Examiners will be Friday 04 November.

Release of results

All results will be communicated to you via the EUCLID student view in MyEd. You will receive an automated email to your University email account when your results are ready to view on EUCLID.

What to do if you have a question or concern about your results

If you have questions or concerns about award or dissertation results, we recommend you speak to your Programme Director in the first instance. If you cannot reach your Programme Director, then please contact the relevant Postgraduate Office Team:

If you submitted a special circumstances request, you will be able to view the outcome of your request on the relevant course result.

Please refer to the Special Circumstances Policy for guidance or contact the relevant office as above.

Degree and Assessment Regulations

The University’s Taught Assessment Regulations governs how courses and programmes are assessed. These Regulations also include links to the University’s Common Marking Scheme which is applied for all the School’s assessed work, including examinations.

The University’s regulations governing postgraduate degree programmes will be published shortly on the DRPS site.

For the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

Students must pass all of the core courses and three elective courses to be awarded the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice. Students may be permitted a single re-sit examination for each course of the curriculum in which they have failed.

This degree may not be awarded with Merit or with Distinction.

For the award of LLM or MSc

Progression to the Masters Dissertation

Regulation 56 – Postgraduate assessment progression

In order for students to progress to the Masters dissertation, students must pass the assessment requirements of the taught stage of their degree at an appropriate level at the first attempt, and must meet the following criteria:

(a) pass at least 80 credits with a mark of at least 50% in each of the courses which

make up these credits; and

(b) attain an average of at least 50% for the 120 credits of study examined at the point

of decision for progression; and

(c) satisfy any other specific requirements for the masters degree programme, that are clearly stated in respective programme handbooks.

Award of a Masters Degree

You are eligible for a Masters award (LLM or MSc) if you have successfully progressed to the dissertation and:

Postgraduate Award

  • Obtained an additional 60 credits for the dissertation, with a minimum mark of 50%.

Postgraduate Merit

  • To achieve a merit, a student must be awarded at least 60% on the University’s Postgraduate Common Marking Scheme for the dissertation, if the programme has a dissertation element, and must achieve an average of at least 60% across taught courses taken;

Postgraduate Distinction

  • To achieve a distinction, a student must be awarded at least 70% on the University’s Postgraduate Common Marking Scheme for the dissertation, if the programme has a dissertation element, and must achieve an average of at least 70% across taught courses taken;

Where the Board of Examiners are assigning a classification or awarding Merit/Distinction, Boards will need to be satisfied that they have seen sufficient evidence of performance at the required level to justify the award.

Borderline Decisions

Borderline marks are defined as marks two percentage points below the boundary and up to the boundary itself. For example, 38.00 to 39.99% or 68.00 to 69.99%. The Board of Examiners must consider students whose marks are borderline for award purposes.

The Edinburgh Law School will apply the following policy in deciding on Distinction and Merit awards in borderline cases:

  • Where a student does not qualify for a Distinction as of right, they may be considered by the Board if their dissertation mark and credit-weighted average mark across all taught courses are both 68.00% or higher.
  • Where a student does not qualify for a Merit as of right, they may be considered by the Board if their dissertation mark and credit-weighted average mark across all taught courses are both 58.00% or higher.

The decision whether or not to award a Merit or Distinction in such cases is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners. The Board of Examiners will use its academic judgement to assign the award to the higher class if there is sufficient evidence of achievement at that higher class. Assigning the higher class to a student in a borderline case does not involve any change to individual course results.

Academic Appeals

The University has in place a process for an Academic Appeal, following the release of results. An Appeal is a request for a decision made by a Board of Examiners relating to marks, progression, degree classification and/or degree award to be reconsidered.

It is important to note that the appeal process cannot be used to challenge academic judgment. That is, you cannot submit an appeal simply because you believe that you

deserve a better mark. There are specific grounds under which an Academic Appeal may be submitted. These are set out in the relevant university Academic Appeal Regulations.

For more information and guidance on the University’s Academic Appeals processes please go to:

If you are considering lodging an appeal, it is important that you act promptly.

The School strongly recommends that if you are considering submitting an Academic Appeal you should first study the guidance on the Appeals webpages, then contact the EUSA Advice Place, where trained advisers can offer guidance and support.

The Advice Place provides information on this support service, and contact details at:

Avizandum specialist law bookshop

Avizandum is a friendly, reliable, specialist law bookshop near main campus. We have every book on your reading list and more, available at a 10% student discount! We are happy to give experienced advice on which textbooks are best suited to your course and subject, complimented by book reviews given by other students and professionals.

Speak to us in store: Avizandum Law Bookshop, 56A Candlemaker Row, Edinburgh, EH1 2QE.

Buy online at:

Or tweet us: @avizandumlaw

We look forward to seeing you!

New Postgraduate Masters Students: on-campus programmes

Welcome to the Law School

Welcome to the 2021/22 academic year. We are delighted to welcome you as a new postgraduate student at Edinburgh Law School and we hope you find your studies stimulating, rewarding and enjoyable!

As information for the coming year is confirmed it will be updated on these pages.

Your Programme Director or Personal Tutor

At postgraduate level, your Personal Tutor is also your Programme Director. They will have oversight of your academic progress throughout your degree, and can provide a range of advice on matters such as course selection and study skills support. Further details on Personal Tutors can be found in our Personal Tutoring Statement 2021-22.

Read the Law Postgraduate Personal Tutoring Statement 2021-22

Postgraduate Office

The Postgraduate Office is here to offer you advice and guidance throughout the course of your studies. If you have any questions related to teaching including, questions about your timetable, course materials, access to our online Virtual Learning Environment (LEARN), any teaching-related queries, or if you are experiencing any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Go to the Virtual Learning Environment (LEARN)

The postgraduate office will be available to support you virtually. You can contact us at in the first instance, book virtual appointments, and/or connect via Microsoft Teams.

Advice and Guidance for New Students

The University ‘New Students’ website has lots of advice and guidance about commencing your studies at Edinburgh, and we recommend you spend some time familiarising yourself with the information on these pages.

Go to the University ‘New Students’ website

‘How-To’ online information sessions

The University is running a range of online information sessions for new students to help you settle into your studies and University life. Further details of the ‘How-To’ topics that will be covered can be found on the ‘How-To’ online sessions for postgraduate students website.

Go to the University ‘How-To’ website

Other Sources of Support


The University EdHelp service makes it easy for students to access key topics including, fees, funding, scholarships and bursaries, IT help, student cards, and accommodation. All students have access to EdHelp online, which brings together your frequently used student services, meaning you can find what you need in one place. This means you will be able to access key topics quickly, with less time spent searching for the answer. You can find the EdHelp service online via one of its two access points:

Health and Wellbeing

The University has created a dedicated Health and Wellbeing Centre for students. The fully accessible Centre is based at 7 Bristo Square.

It houses the Student Counselling and Disability Services, the University Medical Centre, and the University Pharmacy. The building offers 36 one-to-one consultation rooms and a wellbeing lounge. The Centre will also play host to various wellbeing pop-ups throughout the year.

For more information, follow our University Wellbeing Team on Twitter: @UoEDWellbeing

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