LLM in European Legal Studies

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Programme Description

Programme overview

The European Union has never been more topical; we offer units that explore the hotly contested legal issues surrounding the free movement of goods and people within Europe, and the creation and enforcement of standards (for example, in competition and environmental law).

We offer an exciting and stimulating set of postgraduate law programmes, each of which prepares you for a variety of careers. 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.

Our LLM programmes give you the opportunity to specialise in a particular area but you can also opt for a broader and more general set of unit choices. In all cases, you are encouraged to explore your chosen areas of law at a deeper level. You will have the chance to see how these legal fields operate in different contexts, considering the relevant issues theoretically and practically and from a range of perspectives.

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.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. **Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

*The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.
**For the award of Distinction, the Faculty of Engineering requires at least 70 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:

Profile B

You need to achieve required levels of English to qualify for a place on your chosen course/programme.

Different courses/programmes need different levels of language skills. We refer to these skill levels as ‘profiles’. The profile for your chosen course/ programme is shown on the course/programme page.

The tests and levels you need to achieve to meet the requirements are on each profile page.

English language proficiency tests should have been obtained within two years of the start date of your programme/course.

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 of work for NGOs and other agencies. Some graduates go on to further study or research at the University of Bristol or other universities.

Last updated Oct 2019

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