University of Bristol

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 a sound research training for students wishing to proceed to 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 in socio-legal studies, engaging in lively debates in a thriving research culture across social sciences and law.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. A background in law is not essential; training will be given during the programme.

Course modules

Core modules: philosophy and research design in the social sciences; introduction to qualitative research methods in the social sciences; introduction to quantitative research methods in the social sciences; advanced legal and socio-legal research methods; social and legal theory; dissertation; plus optional units up to a value of 20/30 credit points, chosen from across most of the faculty of social sciences and law and beyond, the school of sociology, politics and international studies and the law school.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
Telephone number: 
0117 954 5357