Taught course

Socio-Legal Studies

University of Bristol · Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

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. Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

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 subject(s) chosen, together with the dissertation.

Information for international students

Please visit our website for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £6,400 Part time: £ 3,200
International students

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Mrs Stephanie Dimberline Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 117 954 5357 or +44 (0)117 954 5225