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
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Part-time study requires daytime weekday attendance.
Start date September 2021

Programme overview

European Law is under unprecedented levels of challenge and scrutiny, not least as a result of Brexit and the ongoing rule of law disputes with some of the Union’s youngest Member States. It is also in a process of rapid transformation, including the crucial redefinition of the EU-UK relationship, the implementation of very ambitious free trade deals with neighbouring and more distant countries, as well as an expanding role of the EU’s external relations. There are thus foreseeable trends of further Europeanisation and more active coordination of Member States’ policies, in particular their responses to the 2020 pandemic and the economic crisis that is, unfortunately, very likely to hit Europe and the entire world. Understanding EU law in the current context is a fascinating and challenging academic endeavour and this LLM will equip you with advanced knowledge in a number of areas, as well as in the specific topic of your choice for your dissertation.

If you are interested in studying law beyond your undergraduate degree level and want to develop 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 and our LLM students benefit from small class sizes taught by world-renowned experts.

For further information about the Law School, visit our Why Bristol Law School? web page, which includes short videos. Visit the Law School's Brexit web pages to explore our active involvement in and responses to the Brexit negotiations.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£10,400
UK: part-time (two years)
£5,200
Overseas (including EU): full-time
£19,900
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
£10,400

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2021/22

Information about funding and scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol Law School fees and funding web pages.

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

Programme structure

In the first part of the programme, you will choose four units from a list of European legal studies options, or three units from the list and a further unit from any of our other specialist LLM programmes, or two units from the list and two from the LLM in International Law. Assessment is by examination and/or essay.

In the spring term, you will choose a dissertation topic from 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 September. You must pass both parts to obtain an LLM and may not proceed to part two until you have passed part one.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our LLM in European Legal Studies.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in law (or international equivalent).

Exceptionally, we will also consider applicants who have:

  1. an upper second-class honours degree that included content relevant to the applicant's proposed field of study; or
  2. an upper second-class honours degree in any subject, along with relevant experience in a discipline closely related to the focus of this programme.

Applicants in either of these two exceptional cases must make a case explaining why their qualifications or experience fall into category (1) or (2) in their personal statement.

Recognised Prior Learning is currently not accepted. Previous or professional experience is not required.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Careers

This programme will provide you with a strong foundation for a broad range of careers that involve a European law perspective. Graduates go on to act as solicitors, barristers, lawyers and researchers in international and European organisations, such as the United Nations or the European Commission. A number work for NGOs and other agencies. Some graduates go on to further study or research at the University of Bristol or other universities.

Please visit our Careers and Employability and Student Society webpages for more information about the support and opportunities we provide during your studies.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 July 2021. Early application recommended; places may fill before our deadline.

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Find out more about studying with us or request a prospectus.

Get in touch

Contact details

Mrs Stephanie Dimberline Postgraduate Admissions Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 0062/61 Email: law-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

Postgraduate Office
University of Bristol Law School
Wills Memorial Building
Queens Road
Bristol BS8 1RJ
School website: University of Bristol Law School

International students

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REF 2014 results

  • Law:
  • 41% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 14% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

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

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