The MSc in Social Legal Studies 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.
On the programme 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 the 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.
On the MSc, you will pursue independent, in-depth study of socio-legal topics, and engage in lively debates in a thriving research culture across social sciences and law. The range of units offered makes this master's programme suitable for graduates from any discipline who have an interest in the way law may work in society.
The programme is one of five South West Doctoral Training Partnership interdisciplinary pathways delivered by world-leading researchers from the University of Bristol, University of Bath, University of the West of England and University of Exeter.
Find out how you can do more with the law at the University of Bristol Law School. Please also view our Socio-Legal Research Centre web page for more information.
Ranked #3 in the UK for legal research excellence (REF 2021)
The closing date for non-funded places is 1 July 2022. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.
The closing date for ESRC studentship applications will be in January 2022, exact date to be provided when available. For further details on applying for ESRC funding, please visit the SWDTP website.
Please view the Law School fees and funding web page for further information.
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