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International Master in Sociology of Law, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) Bilbao, Spain
This International Master in Sociology of Law programme at University of the Basque Country provides advanced education in sociology of law and socio-legal studies.
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The sociology of law is the study of law, both local and global, in its formation and application, while formulating hypotheses, explanations and predictions about the origins, impacts and effects of legal norms, social conflict, as well as litigious culture on the social life, and the ways to address them. 

This involves analysing the relationship of the legal system to the other systems of social action, such as economic, political, cultural, etc. 

The importance of this International Master in Sociology of Law offered by the University of the Basque Country is the key to understanding the society as a reality in constant transformation and, therefore, needs a normative approach that is effective and that promotes coexistence.

To this end, the programme focuses on building knowledge and understanding of legal matters in the society, and their cultural, political and economic settings, from a comparative, interdisciplinary and international perspective. Therefore, the sociology of law is an essential addition to not only the legal education but to any other field of the social sciences.

This programme prepares the students to perform independent scientific research within the socio-legal field through identification and analysis of the new problems arising around the order and conflict in law.

This Master's degree gives access to the doctoral programmes.

4 Reasons To Study This Master

  • The best teaching staff from around the world, working closely with each teacher during the two weeks of the course.
  • Studying together with students from all over the world brings out a truly global experience, in the heart of the Basque Country.
  • A range of subjects that address the main issues in the Law and Society interaction: globalisation and economy, gender, crime, conflict resolution, legal professions, rights, migrations, rule of law, legal cultures, etc.
  • A didactic methodology designed to confront solid and rigorous researches: qualitative and quantitative social research, research projects; high standards of teaching and elaborate research component for thesis preparation.

Career Prospects

  • Research (Doctoral Programmes)
  • Research in consulting and social analysis
  • Social work
  • Development cooperation
  • Governance and institutions
  • Social activism
  • Conflict mediation

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Anthropology of Law
  • Globalisation, the Economy and Sociology of Law
  • Law and Social Theory
  • Legal Cultures & Non Western Law in a Comparative Framework
  • Legal Professions, Theory and Practice
  • Main issues in contemporary sociology of law
  • New Issues in Socio-Legal Studies
  • Socio-Legal Research: Theory and Practice and Thesis Seminar

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Merits assessment
  • Curriculum: Qualifications, degrees, publications, level of English (80%)
  • Other languages of the European Space for Higher Education: Languages other than English (10%)
  • Other: Letters of recommendation (10%)
Access degrees
  • Bachelor's Degree in Labour Relations & Human Resources
  • Degree In Social Education
  • Degree in Public Administration and Management
  • University Degree In Business Management & Administration
  • University Degree In English Studies
  • University Degree in Business Administration
  • University Degree in Criminology
  • University Degree in Economics

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Bilbao

  • 765 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


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