LLM Law (Doshisha)



Start date: October
Duration: 2 years
Course code: LAWT87 (full time) 

This two-year degree includes a year of study at the University of Sheffield School of Law, followed by a year in Kyoto, Japan at Doshisha University. The course is taught in English at both Sheffield and Doshisha.

Completion of the degree leads to the double award of an LLM in Law from the University of Sheffield and either an MA in Comparative Political Studies or an LLM from Doshisha University.

Find more information on the Doshisha courses via their website or download the Law and Political Science module options from our Downloads section in the right hand menu.

For your year at Sheffield, you can choose from one of our specialist pathways:

The course is designed with flexibility to give students the opportunity to gain Masters-level knowledge and skills across a diverse range of legal topics and to tailor the course to your own interests and career aspirations.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether to opt for the general or specialised programme when you apply. 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, indicate the pathway you are interested in on your personal statement or advise that you are keeping your options open until you arrive.

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. There are also several opportunities to get involved with conferences and research seminars, many of which involve visiting experts from the UK and overseas, as well as staff from the School of Law.

For students who apply via the University of Sheffield*, the course commences in September 2018 with two semesters in Sheffield. This is followed by two further semesters in Doshisha, finishing in August 2020.

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*Students can also apply via Doshisha University. Applicants applying via Doshisha will need to be able to speak Japanese. Your fees would be payable to Doshisha (different fees apply), and you will commence the programme in April 2019 with 1 semester in Kyoto, followed by 2 semesters in Sheffield from October 2019, and finishing with a final semester in Kyoto, completing the course in August 2021.

Course structure

Collaborative Programme Structure

Year Location of study Semester Programme of Study leading to
University of Sheffield Award
Programme of Study leading to
Doshisha University Award
Year 1 University of Sheffield 1 (September - January) 120 University of Sheffield credits
Dissertation preparatory work (not credit rated)
2 (February - June)
Year 2 Doshisha University 3 (September - January) Doshisha University Dissertation
towards University of Sheffield Award, as equivalent to 60 credits
5 Doshisha modules (10 credits)
Dissertation tutorials (2 credits)
4 (April - July) 3 Doshisha modules (6 credits)
Dissertation tutorials (2 credits)
Dissertation (not credit rated for Doshisha but must pass)

This course structure is for students applying for the programme via the University of Sheffield and starting the course in year one with us. Students who apply via Doshisha University will follow a slightly different path (see link to course structure below). 

Year 1 - University of Sheffield

Most of the teaching on this programme is seminar-based. You will be given reading each week, and after an introductory overview, the seminar leader will lead discussions based around the reading. This gives you familiarity with the law, as well as the policies which underlie it. It also trains you to structure your arguments and research in a logical manner. Most modules are assessed by means of an essay.

At the end of the course, you will write a final dissertation under the supervision of an expert member of staff.

You can choose to study one of our specialist pathways for the year: LLM International Law & Global Justice, LLM Corporate and Commercial Law LLM European Law, or opt to take the general LLM

Year 2 - Doshisha University

Students can study towards the MA in Comparative Political Studies or an LLM at Doshisha University. Information on the course structure is available on the Doshisha University website.

Each University shall deliver its Programme of Study in accordance with its own institutional and national regulatory requirements.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. 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.

Our campus and how we use it:
We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.

Course team

Course team

You will be taught by leading academics who are themselves involved in research including human rights, international law, cyber law and internal market law.

Photo of Professor Nicholas TsagouriasConvenor of this course

Professor Nicholas Tsagourias

Nicholas is Professor of International Law and joined the School in 2012.

His teaching and research interests are in the fields of international law and the use of force, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, collective security law, peacekeeping, United Nations Law, international and European constitutional theory and law. He is widely published in these fields.

He sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Conflict and Security Law (OUP) and is a member of the Use of Force Committee of the International law Association. He also holds a visiting post at the University of Umea, Sweden and has taught at many Universities in Europe and the USA.

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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 Law (Doshisha) applications via the University of Sheffield 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 routinely review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend course programmes/entry requirements.

If you are applying via Doshisha University and wish to study the International Law and Global Justice pathway during your year at Sheffield, we will consider applicants with a Political Science major who have not have studied law previously.

How to apply

Application procedure - University of Sheffield

To apply to the 2 year LLM Law (Doshisha) via the University of Sheffield, you will need to complete our quick and easy 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 now 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 Online Application Form

Application procedure - Doshisha University

Students domiciled in Japan or currently studying at a Japanese University must submit an application for this 2 year programme to Doshisha University, all other students are also eligible to apply via Doshisha instead of Sheffield. Fees are payable to Doshisha. The programme will commence in April 2018 with 1 semester in Doshisha, followed by 2 semesters in Sheffield from October 2019, and finishing with a final semester in Doshisha, completing the course in August 2021.  

Part of the application process via Doshisha will include sitting Japanese entrance exams / interview.

Please note: if you opt to study the International Law and Global Justice Pathway during your year at Sheffield, we will consider applicants with a Political Science major who have not studied law previously. If you choose to study one of our other pathways, you will need to have studied law previously.

Find out more about applying via Doshisha University

Please note the Doshisha University application pages are only available in Japanese.

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.

Places are limited. Therefore we recommend submitting your application early to avoid disappointment.

Fees and funding

Tuition Fees

Applications via the University of Sheffield for October 2018 entry £3,500 per semester, plus fees payable to Doshisha University (Contact us for details)
Applications via Doshisha University for April 2019 entry Contact us for details

The University will review tuition fees annually. The current expectation is that we will increase fees for each year of study in line with inflation, as specified by parliament.

International students

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Living costs, scholarships, tuition fees and more

Funding your study

Find out more about financial support, money management and additional support here.

We are committed to giving you as many opportunities as possible to succeed. One of the ways we do this is through the range of scholarships and funding that are available to you through the School as well as the wider University.

Scholarships and funding

Other potential costs

Reassessment fees

If for any reason, you fail or are unable to complete an assessed piece of work which is a requirement to pass your course, you may be required to pay a reassessment fee. information about these fees can be found on the University's exam web pages.

Other fees

The Student Services Information Desk provides more information about other fees that may apply.

Please be aware that this information can be subject to change if there is a change in policy.