12 months
21100 GBP/year
9900 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Socio-Legal Studies programme offered by the University of Bristol presents an exciting opportunity to explore the role of law in society at a critical time in history - and cultivate a deep understanding of interdisciplinary approaches to the study of law and legal phenomena.

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On the Socio-Legal Studies programme offered by the University of Bristol you will develop rigorous research skills and the ability to engage in broader social understanding, providing a sound basis to progress to a PhD or a career in socio-legal research through the study of different research methodologies across the social sciences and law.

The MSc has an emphasis on practical research training, on the ability to plan, research and write a sophisticated dissertation - and to think in broad theoretical terms about law in society.  In addition to presenting an ideal introduction to academic research, it also offers excellent preparation for working for NGOs and other organisations that works for legal or social change or within government.


The MSc in Socio-Legal Studies offers useful preparation for a number of careers. Foremost, the MSc is the academic basis and preparation for students choosing the 1+3 PhD programme (with three years of doctoral training following completion of this interdisciplinary master's degree). This is achievable if a student is awarded ESRC funding. It also provides an ideal introduction to working for NGOs and other organisations that work for legal or social change or within government. Some students choose to enter the legal profession, carrying with them a broader understanding of the way law operates within society.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Dissertation
  • Social and Legal Theory
  • Advanced Legal and Socio-Legal Research Methods
  • Philosophy and Research Design in the Social Sciences

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The closing date for non-funded places is 1 July 2022. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General 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 not currently accepted. 

  • Previous or professional experience is not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9900 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK: part-time (two years): £4,950

Living costs for Bristol

750 - 1260 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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