University of Bristol

Socio-Legal Studies

This programme develops your knowledge and understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena. It provides sound research training for students planning for a PhD or a career in socio-legal research through the study of different research methodologies across the social sciences and law. 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. Please visit our Socio-Legal Research Centre webpage for more information. In this degree a range of units is offered, suitable for graduates from any discipline who have an interest in the way law works (or fails to work) in society. Methods of assessment may include essays, presentations and/or written examinations, depending on the optional subjects chosen, along with the dissertation. Lots more information about the Law School is available on our 'Why Bristol Law School?' webpage, which includes short videos. (

Course modules

You will study three core units in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies and two core units in the Law School. You will take optional units up to a value of 30 credit points, chosen from across most of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. Units designed especially for the MSc offered by the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies are usually worth 20 credit points each. Units in the Law School are taken along alongside LLM students, and are each worth 30 credit points. The dissertation accounts for 60 credit points. It should build on the optional units and develop the approaches taken in the core units. You will be expected to demonstrate an ability to: frame a research question and use an appropriate methodology in response to that question; organise discussion and select material pertinent to the topic; show appropriate higher-level knowledge and understanding of the background context. Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Socio-Legal Studies. (

Sponsorship information

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 (MSc and PhD) and +3 (PhD) ESRC scholarships. Information about funding and scholarships can also be found on the Bristol Law School fees and funding web pages. (


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 6,700 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 GBP 15,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 GBP 3,350 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus BS8 1TH South West

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