University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Philosophy and Law

This programme is designed for students wishing to explore the connections between philosophy and law, but is weighted towards philosophy. Students combine their philosophical studies with an academic legal component from the LLM programme. You will be encouraged to participate in the three weekly research seminars on a wide range of philosophical issues.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in philosophy or in a combination of subjects that include philosophy. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

Course modules

All years: epistemology and metaphysics seminar; philosophical writing and research seminar; value theory seminar; law unit; optional units: a taught seminar unit from a list of those available. The list changes from year to year and includes the taught units available in philosophy and history of science including philosophy of mathematics and philosophy and history of medicine; or a taught unit by individual tutorials on an agreed topic of your choosing. Dissertation: Upon successful completion of all taught units, you will proceed to write a dissertation on an approved subject linking philosophy with law, with a maximum length of 15,000 words. The dissertation is your chance to produce an extended piece of philosophical research that can act as preparation for a graduate research degree. You will have supervisory meetings with a member of staff who will also provide feedback on a draft of your work.

Assessment methods

These include: essays; seminars and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Board; University of Bristol MA bursaries.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

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Graduate School of Arts and Humanities
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0117 928 8897