Entry requirements

This admissions statement should be read in association with the University Admissions Principles and Procedures for Postgraduate Taught Programmes

Degree qualification

Students should be expecting to hold a BSc/BA Hons Upper Second Class (2:i) or equivalent. International Equivalencies vary and applicants should contact spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk for further information.

Applicants BSc/BA may be in any social science or arts subject: a degree in Politics, Sociology or any of its sub-disciplines is not required but will be an advantage. In exceptional cases we will consider an applicant who has a science degree if they have strong references, evidence of interest in the subject for which they are applying and a strong personal statement. Our teaching is geared to ensuring that students with varying degrees of expertise in a subject area rapidly develop their knowledge together. As a result, our students have an extremely high pass rate even if their MSc subject is new to them.

In exceptional cases where we have good reason to believe that the applicant will progress to performing at MSc level, we will consider offering Diploma entry aiming for upgrade to MSc with BSc/BA Hons Lower Second Class (2:ii). International Equivalencies vary and applicants should contact spais-mscenquiries@bristol.ac.uk for further information.

Work experience is not required. However students with relevant professional experience will find it valuable in understanding the content of the degrees.

Language capability

If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate an adequate command of the language. If the medium of instruction for the full 3 years of your first degree was English then that is sufficient evidence. However, you must provide a letter from your Institution stating that your course was taught in English for all of the three years that you studied there.

Otherwise a minimum score of 6.5 in the British Council's International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) or its equivalent is needed (with a minimum of 6 in all bands) TOEFL test certificates are also accepted – internet, paper or computer based test versions. See the University's policy on minumum language requirements.

The University runs an English Language pre-sessional course for either 5 or 10 weeks. You should achieve 65% overall and 60% in each element which is the equivalent of IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each element. For further information on the English Language pre-sessional please view the Centre for English Language and Foundation Studies web pages.

Accredited Prior Learning is currently not accepted.

ATAS approval is not applicable.