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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

    Sociology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MRes

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    19 November 2018

This programme offers an advanced introduction to the study of Law with a specific emphasis on socio-legal methodology. It provides you with an excellent preparation for doctoral study in the area of socio-legal research, serving as a qualification in its own right and a platform for PhD study.

Why this programme

  • There is a strong emphasis on research training. You are introduced to legal research methodologies, the ethics of legal research, key traditions of legal inquiry and basic concepts of legal thought.
  • You are also given a solid grounding in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  • You will benefit from our excellent facilities including the dedicated School of Law library; our main University library also contains our extensive collection of legal materials and official publications and is a European Documentation Centre. 
  • We have a very vibrant mooting programme and a dedicated Moot Courtroom. We have an outstanding record of success and you can participate in internal, national and international mooting competitions. 
  • We organise a series of lectures featuring talks from highly successful judges and lawyers.

Programme structure

You will take five core courses and one optional course, followed by a dissertation on a specialised topic.

Core courses

  • Advanced legal methods 2: Jurisprudence of concepts
  • Applied qualitative methods OR Intro to social theory for researchers
  • Applied legal methods 1A: Legal research methodologies OR Advanced legal methods 1B: Traditions of legal enquiry
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Quantitative data analysis

Optional courses may include

  • Fundamentals of international law
  • United Nations law.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The programme provides you with an excellent foundation for an academic career in this field.


Visit the Socio-Legal Studies (MRes) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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