Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline. Professional experience is not required. Recognised Prior Learning is not currently accepted.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply. We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have a relevant postgraduate qualification. If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

At a critical time in history, the MA in Law presents an exciting opportunity for you to move into a highly sought-after field of study. There is growing demand from organisations worldwide for expert lawyers that can embrace challenges and innovation.

As an accelerated, senior-status postgraduate degree, the MA in Law builds on the fact that you have already benefited from a university-level education, allowing you to graduate in just two years versus the three years it would normally take to obtain an LLB.

Choosing the MA in Law will enable you to progress onto the Bar Practice Course or prepare, in part, for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) - developing core legal skills and a solid understanding of the seven foundations of legal knowledge.

You will also have opportunities to gain Qualifying Work Experience (QWE) through our law clinics - and gain free access to career development resources from our partner, BPP University, designed to help aspiring solicitors and barristers prepare for the SQE or the Bar.

Choosing a postgraduate law degree from the University of Bristol will see you embark on an intellectually demanding, research-rich curriculum that will make you stand out to future employers.

Challenged and inspired by world-leading academics, you will be able to demonstrate excellent legal, analytical and research skills and be empowered to pursue a top-flight career in or beyond law. That is why our programmes are well-respected by leading law firms*.

* Fourth most targeted university by top UK employers (High Fliers 2023)

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding webpages. This includes information about the Law School's Think Big about Global Justice Scholarships, open to international postgraduate students.

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 117 394 1649