MA Law

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Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MA
Programme length Two years full-time;
four years part-time.
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance
Open to international students Yes
Number of places 70
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This programme is an accelerated, fast-track, senior status postgraduate degree in law. The curriculum builds on the fact that you will have already benefited from a university-level education by enabling you to acquire a qualifying law degree in only 21 months, rather than the three years it would normally take to obtain an LLB.

The programme is carefully structured to cover the foundation areas of legal knowledge and to develop your core legal skills, while providing an opportunity for further specialist study.

The MA in Law is recognised by the Law Society and the Bar Council as a qualifying law degree for practice in England and Wales and is recognised in other jurisdictions.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2017/18

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

Programme structure

Year one

  • Core units
    • Law of Contract
    • Land Law
    • Law of Tort
    • Public Law

These units are assessed by examination and/or essay. There will also be Introduction to Law lectures and seminars at the beginning of the degree.

Year two

  • Core units
    • Constitutional and Substantive Law of the European Union
    • Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
    • Law of Personal Property and Trusts
  • One optional unit chosen by the student from our range of postgraduate units

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in any discipline.

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.


The MA in Law programme offers a wide choice of career paths. Graduates have gone on to qualify as solicitors or barristers in the UK, and as lawyers in other jurisdictions. Some graduates work in private practice, as in-house legal counsel for businesses or in the public sector. Others act as advisers in international organisations such as the European Union or the United Nations, or for international NGOs and other agencies. A number of graduates go on to further study in the UK or overseas.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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) 117 954 5357 or 5225 Email:

University of Bristol Law School
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
Bristol BS8 1RJ


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