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Course summary

The MSc in Socio-Legal Studies presents an exciting opportunity to explore the role of law in society at a critical time in history and cultivate a deep understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena. On the programme, you will develop rigorous research skills and the ability to engage in broader social understanding, providing a sound basis to progress to a PhD or a career in socio-legal research through the study of different research methodologies across the social sciences and law. The MSc has an emphasis on practical research training; on the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation, and to think in broad theoretical terms about law in society. In addition to presenting an ideal introduction to academic research, it also offers excellent preparation for working for NGOs and other organisations that work for legal or social change, or within government. You will pursue independent, in-depth study of socio-legal topics, and engage in lively debates in a thriving research culture across social sciences and law. The range of units offered makes this master's programme suitable for graduates from any discipline who have an interest in the way law may work in society. The programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathways delivered by world-leading researchers from the University of Bristol, University of Bath, University of the West of England and University of Exeter. Find out how you can do more with law ( at the University of Bristol Law School.

Assessment method

How to apply

International applicants

The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students and accepts a wide range of qualifications for postgraduate study. If you study or have studied at a university outside the UK, please select the relevant page for further information on qualifications, scholarships and education representatives in your country/region:

Entry requirements

An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in law, social sciences or another relevant discipline. A background in law is not essential as training will be given during the programme. Previous or professional experience is not required. See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £5250 Year 1
England £5250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5250 Year 1
Scotland £5250 Year 1
Wales £5250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year. For more information, please view the programme page on our website.

Sponsorship information

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Socio-Legal Studies at University of Bristol - UCAS