Entry Requirements

The School of Law welcomes applications from suitably qualified candidates of all social and ethnic backgrounds. The School of Law includes students from all parts of the UK (including the local area), EU countries and international students. Mature students and part-time students are also well represented. Applicants must satisfy both our academic and our language requirements.


Academic requirements for postgraduate programmes in the School of Law

Academic requirements for research programmes (M.Phil / Ph.D)

The School of Law normally requires applicants to satisfy both of the following criteria:

1. A first or upper second class Honours degree in Law or a degree with an adequate law-related component. Overseas students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). A rough guide to equivalent qualifications is available from the International Office Count ry A-Z; AND

2. Either a taught masters degree in Law or related discipline (for example, research methods), or a recognised professional legal qualification. Overseas students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English), to include an official indication of the percentage of students achieving that grade.

In exceptional circumstances, other qualifications of equivalent status may be accepted. Such applicants must supply the Postgraduate Office with as much information as possible about their qualifications.

Academic Requirements for the LLM by Advanced Study programme

The School of Law normally requires applicants to satisfy one of the following criteria:

1. A first or upper second class Honours degree in Law or a degree with an adequate law component. Overseas students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). A rough guide to equivalent qualifications is available from the International Office Country Specific A-Z. Candidates with a lower class of degree (or other equivalent qualification) should not be deterred from applying as each application is considered on its merits.

2. A recognised professional legal qualification.

In exceptional circumstances, other qualifications of equivalent status may be accepted. Such applicants must supply the Postgraduate Office with as much information as possible about their qualifications.

Academic Requirements for the MA and MSc programmes

The School of Law normally requires applicants to hold a first class or upper second class Honours degree. For the MSc in Socio-Legal Studies, the first degree should be in a discipline associated with socio-legal studies (usually Arts, Social Sciences, Medicine, Natural Sciences, or Law). Overseas students with equivalent qualifications should supply a transcript of their examination results (an official English translation if the original is in a language other than English). A rough guide to equivalent qualifications is available from the International Office Country Specific A - Z.

Candidates with a lower class of degree (or other equivalent qualification) should not be deterred from applying as each application is considered on its merits. In exceptional circumstances, other qualifications of equivalent status may be accepted. Such applicants must supply the Postgraduate Office with as much information as possible about their qualifications.

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Language requirements for all postgraduate programmes in the School of Law

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to satisfy the School of their proficiency in English.

The language requirements for such candidates are the University Postgraduate English Requirements Profile B

Test scores must be less than two years old.

As an alternative applicants can  attend the 6 or 10 week Pre-sessional English course at the University of Bristol and achieve 70% overall, with 65% in Reading, Listening and Speaking, and 70% in Writing.  The pre-sessional English Language course is designed to help candidates improve their command of English, familiarize themselves with academic conventions and develop their ‘social’ English in order to settle quickly into their studies. For further details of the pre-sessional courses, see:

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/english-language/efl/pre-sessional/

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