LLM Law - European Legal Studies

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available LLM
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 160 (across all LLM programmes)
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

The University of Bristol LLM offers a variety of possibilities to study law at an advanced level and the opportunity to specialise in particular areas. There are a number of specialist programmes enabling you to study a set of related units that, together, provide a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of those themes.

Alternatively, you can opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore at a deeper level your chosen areas of law and to see how those legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives. This is an exciting and stimulating set of degree programmes being offered, each of which prepares you well for many different possible careers. If you have an interest in studying law at a level beyond your undergraduate degree and are seeking to enhance your analytical, research and legal writing skills, you will find Bristol’s LLM to be a challenging and rewarding experience. We have a large and vibrant international community of LLM students in Bristol. 

This programme offers a range of units which give you the opportunity to study the internal workings of the Union and the ever-increasing penetration of Community law into the national legal orders of the Member States.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

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

Programme structure

Part one

You may study four units from the following list, or three units from the following list with a further unit chosen from any of the other LLM programmes, or two units from the following and two from the LLM in International Law.

  • Competition Law of the EU
  • Constitutional and Substantive Law of the EU
  • Democracy and Legitimacy in the EU
  • Environmental Law
  • European Contract Law
  • EU Trade Law
  • European Human Rights Law
  • International Commercial Litigation
  • Migration Law and Policy - International, European and Human Rights Dimensions
  • Public Contract Law 

Please note that unit choices are subject to change depending on staff availability.

Assessment is by examination in the summer term. Some units are also assessed via coursework.

Part two

In the Spring Term, you will choose a topic for a 12,000 word dissertation within the field of European Legal Studies, for approval by the Law School. After passing Part One of the programme, you start work on your dissertation for submission by mid-September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to Part Two until you have passed Part One.

Entry requirements

An Upper Second Class honours degree in Law or a degree with an adequate law component. International 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).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile B
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.


This programme will provide graduates with a good grounding for working in a European institution or in a legal career requiring specialised knowledge of European law. 

How to apply
Application deadline:

UK/EU Students: 1 July 2016
International Students: 1 June 2016

International students

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

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Get in touch

Mrs Stephanie Dimberline Senior Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 903 5849 or +44 (0)117 954 5357 Email: law-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

Postgraduate Office
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