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LLM European Law

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Course code:

LAWT83 (full-time)
LAWT84 (part-time)

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This course is designed for people who wish to acquire specialist knowledge and understanding of European law. It is of interest to the recent graduate, to experienced legal practitioners, legal academics, to those in business, and those in the public sector who regularly encounter various aspects of European law.

Why choose LLM European Law?

  • Sheffield has a long history of being at the forefront of research into European Law; our academics study areas such as EU Corporate Governance, Law of the Internal Market, EU Health Law, Constitutional Law, EU Patent Law, and EU External Relations Law.
  • We offer bite-sized modules in many different areas of European law, giving you a broad coverage of key issues, whilst also allowing you to specialise in a chosen area for your dissertation.
  • Our class sizes are small, meaning that our staff are very accessible and able to offer more one-to-one support.
  • We are a truly international department, with academics who have lived and studied around the world.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend conferences and research seminars held by The Sheffield Centre for International and European Law which is based right here in the School of Law.

The degree is based on a structured first semester, which will provide you with the essential international legal principles, and fundamental research skills required for further study. As well as a key set of core modules, we offer a rich variety of optional modules ranging from Judicial Protection in the EU, to European Patent Law, to European Corporate Governance.

The course draws on the considerable expertise of current staff, with teaching being research led and practice oriented. All students are encouraged to undertake their own independent research to support their learning, and are encouraged to get involved with conferences and research seminars held by the Sheffield Centre of International and European Law, many of which involve visiting experts from the UK and abroad, as well as staff from the School of Law.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether to apply to the LLM European Law pathway, the Sheffield LLM (general) or one of our other specialist pathways the LLM International Law and Global Justice or the LLM Corporate and Commercial Law when you apply. All of our pathways are under the same course code, which means you can choose any pathway on the application form and make your final decision once you are here at Sheffield (no later than the start of semester 2). All pathways follow the same structure during semester 1, which means you can wait to see where your strengths and interests lie. If known, simply indicate the pathway you are interested in on your personal statement or advise that you are keeping your options open until you arrive. 

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Course structure

The course structure will be dependant on whether you opt for full-time or part-time study.  

Full-time study

The course is split across two semesters.

Semester 1

Students will study modules to the value of 90 credits (minimum) from the following:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Legal Research and Writing Skills* LAW685 Non-Credit Bearing
Judicial Protection in the European Union LAW683 15
EU Internal Market Law LAW686 15

Semester 2

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
European Copyright Law LAW6149 15
EU External Relations Law LAW6099 15
EU Health Law LAW688 15
EU Constitutional Law in International Context LAW682 15

Students may also study a further 30 credits from the following:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
International Law and the Use of Force LAW60044 (Semester 2) 15
Principles of International Law LAW60047 (Semester 1) 15
WTO Law: Foundations, Institutions, Challenges LAW60053 (Semester 1) 15
International Humanitarian Law LAW60054 (Semester 1) 15
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law LAW6098 (Semester 1) 15
EU External Relations Law LAW6099 (Semester 2) 15
International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations LAW6109 (Semester 1) 15
Trade Mark Law in a Branded World LAW6135 (Semester 2) 15
E-Commerce Law LAW6136 (Semester 2) 15
Finance and Banking LAW6138 (Semester 2) 15
International Security Institutions and Law LAW6141 (Semester 1) 15
Comparative Corporate Governance LAW6142 (Semester 2) 15
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in the UK LAW6146 (Semester 1) 15
European Copyright Law LAW6149 (Semester 2) 15
International Institutional Law LAW6153 (Semester 1) 15
Principles of Commercial Law LAW6154 (Semester 1) 15
Introduction to Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6155 (Semester 1) 15
Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations LAW6157 (Semester 1) 15
Current Issues in Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6158 (Semester 1) 15
Trade Remedies in WTO Law LAW6159 (Semester 2) 15
International Business Transactions LAW6163 (Semester 1) 15
Intellectual Property and Human Rights LAW6164 (Semester 2) 15
EU Constitutional Law in International Context LAW682 (Semester 2) 15
Judicial Protection in the European Union LAW683 (Semester 1) 15
International Criminal Law LAW684 (Semester 2) 15
EU Internal Market Law LAW686 (Semester 1) 15
EU Health Law LAW688 (Semester 2) 15
International Commercial Arbitration LAW6102 (Semester 2) 15
Commercial Property in a Global Context LAW6165 (Semester 2) 15
Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism LAW6166 (Semester 1) 15
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law  LAW6169 (Semester 2) 15
Contemporary Challenges in Global Health Law LAW6167 (Semester 2) 15


Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation (LLM in Law) LAW6162 60

* Students must satisfactorily complete LAW685 in order to be eligible for the Degree of LLM in European Law

We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Part-time study Please contact us for details of our part-time pathway.
Course team

You will be taught by leading academics in the School of Law who are themselves involved in research involving international law, humanitarian law and human rights.

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Dr Pablo Castillo-Ortiz

I joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in Spanish Law in September 2013. I am originally from Spain, where I was trained as a lawyer and where I gained my PhD in Law and Political Science (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). I carry out an interdisciplinary research in English and Spanish in the field of Law and Politics, focusing on European constitutional jurisdictions, Constitutional Politics and Regional Integration.

I try to combine the teaching of core and basic contents of each subject with the explanation of latest developments in the field, so that students are aware of which are the main current social and academic debates.

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Teaching team

Dr Russell Buchan

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Professor Tamara Hervey

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Yin Harn Lee

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Dr Francesca Strumia

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Professor Nicholas Tsagourias

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Lawyers with expertise in international and European law are increasingly in demand. Because of this, many of our graduates go on to work as legal practitioners, or in business, but you can also pursue a career with international organisations, the European Union, international government bodies such as the Foreign Ministry or in a range of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs).

There is also the option to continue with your studies as a doctorate, and there are a large number of specialist staff who could support your decision to do this here in the School of Law.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.

If you are studying your undergraduate degree, you can apply for postgraduate courses at any time with your predicted results. We may make you a conditional offer.

For all LLM European Law applications you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in Law, or in another subject but with a substantial law component.
  • Provide supportive references from previous tutors.
  • In certain circumstances we may consider candidates who do not meet these minimum requirements.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements:

Our minimum English requirement is:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) or for alternative English language requirements please see here.
  • Please note that the IELTS test must have been completed within the two years preceding the start of the course.

Please note:
We are continually reviewing our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend course programmes/entry requirements.

How to apply

For information on the application process please select the 'How to apply' tab above.

If you need any further information, please contact us.

How to apply

Application procedure

To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form.

For key information about applying to study at Sheffield, plus links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies, please see the University's How to Apply: Applying Essentials web page. You will also find important information on the supporting documents* you should include with your application. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

*If you do not have all of your documents ready, you can still apply and provide these to us later.

Please note: you do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply. The University of Sheffield can issue conditional offer letters if you have not taken your final examinations or English language qualifications.

To apply, please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form

Application deadline

There is no institutional deadline for the submission of applications for postgraduate taught courses. However, if you’re not going to be able to start your studies on time, you may be asked to defer to the following academic year so please allow plenty of time to make your application. Remember, if you are successful, there are other arrangements to be made before coming to university.

Funding and scholarships

There are a number of University scholarships available for postgraduate students, as well as School of Law LLM scholarships and Excellence Prizes for international students. 

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