LLM Corporate and Commercial Law

School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

This is a forward-thinking, innovative law school with a tradition of excellence that goes back 100 years. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.

Our international outlook and multidisciplinary approach set the law in a global socio-economic context that gives our research an edge.

Through close links with law firms, governments, NGOs and others, we're driving vital debate on issues such as European healthcare policy, biotechnology and ethics, the internet, security and privacy.

About the course

With the LLM Corporate and Commercial Law, first we explore the issues. Then we look at the existing law. After in-depth evaluation, we critique the law and suggest ways it might be improved.

Our distinctive style of teaching sharpens your critical faculties and equips you with the skills to research any unfamiliar area of law.

Why? Because leading law firms tell us that's what they look for in a graduate.

We have teams of world-class academics who teach small classes of LLM students, so you can be sure of individual attention.


The list of highly topical modules includes:

  • Economic Multi-level Governance in the EU
  • Principles of Company Law and Corporate Governance
  • Principles of Commercial Law
  • European Patent Law
  • Commercial Litigation and Arbitration
  • Intellectual Property in Medicine
  • Trade Remedies in WTO Law
  • European Corporate Governance
  • Comparative Corporate Governance

Optional modules

  • Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations
  • Principles of Company Law and Corporate Governance
  • Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
  • Principles of International Law
  • Principles of Commercial Law
  • EU Constitutional Law in International Context
  • European Copyright Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Finance and Banking


Teaching normally takes place through weekly seminars in each subject area.

Whether or not a module runs in a particular year depends on staff availability and the number of students who choose the module.


  • Essays
  • Dissertation

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Postgraduate student in the School of Law

The engaging teaching - our tutors' enthusiasm and passion for the subjects they teach is evident through everything they do, as is their expertise. The variety of teaching and learning methods, from optional lectures to seminars to workshops, both tutor- and student-lead, ensures that no topic ever becomes stagnant.

Christopher Hardy, postgraduate student in the School of Law

Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

We normally require a minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, usually in law or a subject with a sufficient legal component. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with work experience in a relevant field.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

About us

Our LLM course provide you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology that will prepare you to go on and make a difference in any organisation you choose to work in.

Who we are

We're a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people's lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

Your career

The LLM in Law is widely respected and you may wish to strengthen your career prospects in any of the three major pathways before you begin your legal career. An LLM can also lead into research or be used in other areas of academia.

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You'll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts.

Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library's online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: pgradlaw@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 6791