MA Philosophy and Law

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Faculty Faculty of Arts
Awards available MA
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

We would like draw your attention to the MA in Philosophy, whose mandatory and optional units are identical to MA Philosophy and Law apart from the Masters level law unit

This programme is designed for students wishing to explore the connections between philosophy and law, but is weighted towards philosophy. Students combine their philosophical studies with an academic legal component from the LLM programme.

The structure of the MA in Philosophy and Law is similar to the MA in Philosophy, except that you will take one unit from the LLM and do one essay unit on a topic linking philosophy and law.

You will be taught and supervised by members of a friendly and informal department with an outstanding reputation in the UK and internationally. You are assigned a tutor who will help you to select your course of study and choose the topics you wish to research. You have the opportunity to write several extended pieces of work, including a 15,000-word dissertation.

You will be an active member of our flourishing research culture and will be encouraged to participate in the three weekly research seminars on a wide range of philosophical issues.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages for funding and studentship opportunities.

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

Programme structure

Core units

  •  Epistemology and Metaphysics Seminar

A mandatory, two-hour, weekly seminar studying core topics in epistemology and metaphysics. This unit is examined on the basis of an essay of 5,000-6,000 words. As with all assessed essays, you may meet with a supervisor to discuss your work and to receive feedback on a draft essay.

  •  Philosophical Writing and Research Seminar

A mandatory, two-hour, weekly seminar developing ideas and bibliographical and writing skills necessary for philosophical research. The unit is assessed by seminar contributions and presentations.

  •  Value Theory Seminar

A mandatory, two-hour, weekly seminar studying core topics in moral and/or political philosophy. This unit is examined by an essay of 5,000-6,000 words.

  •  Law unit

30 credit points from the School of Law’s LLM syllabus.

Two essay units

Supervised essays of 5000-6000 words on a topic negotiated with a supervisor who will provide guidance and comments on a draft. It is expected that one essay will be on a subject linking philosophy and law.


Upon successful completion of all taught units, you will proceed to write a dissertation on an approved subject linking Philosophy with Law, with a maximum length of 15,000 words. The dissertation is your chance to produce an extended piece of philosophical research that can act as preparation for a graduate research degree. You will have supervisory meetings with a member of staff who will also provide feedback on a draft of your work.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in Philosophy or in a combination of subjects that include Philosophy. Non-traditional qualifications/routes may also be considered.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


Students who completed the MA programme in Philosophy and Law have gone into careers as civil servants, accountants, foreign service officers and public relations directors.

A number of MA graduates have moved into the field of Law as a career.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 31% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 51% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 17% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Postgraduate Admissions Phone: +44 (0) 117 331 8443 Email:

Faculty of Arts
University of Bristol
7 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TB


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