The Sheffield LLM
This general LLM offers you the greatest flexibility to choose any available modules from our full range of LLM pathways without restricting yourself to one particular branch of law. The course is designed 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.
Why choose the Sheffield (general) LLM?
If you prefer to focus on a particular legal subject area then you can opt to specialise through one of our LLM pathways:
Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether to opt for the general or specialised programme 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, 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.
Most of the teaching on this programme is seminar-based. You will be given readings 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.
The Sheffield LLM can be studied on a full time basis over 1 year or on a part time basis over 2 years.
You will be taught by leading academics who are themselves involved in research including human rights, international law, cyber law and internal market law.
Convenor of this course
Professor Andrew Johnston
I was appointed to a chair at Sheffield in January 2013. Before coming to Sheffield, I lectured at the Universities of Queensland, Cambridge, Sheffield (2003-5) and Warsaw. I teach and research in the fields of company law and corporate governance, broadly conceived. My latest research examines regulatory responses to the global financial crisis.
I studied law at Cambridge and wrote my doctorate at the European University Institute in Florence. Before becoming an academic I practised as a solicitor with Herbert Smith and the Treasury Solicitor
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You can find further information on tuition fees for both UK/EU and overseas students here.
Studying for your degree at the University of Sheffield offers you a world-class high-quality qualification and excellent value for money. One of the great advantages of studying at the University of Sheffield is that your money will go further in our city.
Postgraduate taught course tuition fee deposits
If you are an International applicant and have accepted a place on a taught postgraduate course, the University of Sheffield will ask you to pay a deposit towards your course tuition fee. By paying a tuition fee deposit you will indicate that you are definitely going to take up your place. Read more here.
Home or overseas tuition fee status?
In common with other UK universities, the University of Sheffield charges different fees dependent on whether students are classed as Home or Overseas for tuition fee purposes. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is determined by government legislation as set out in the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007. The regulations governing the fee status of students can be found on the government legislation website.
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.
Other potential costs
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 webpages.
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.
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.
Please note: applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process. You can find information about the process on our webpage: Staged admissions for postgraduate applications.
For all Sheffield LLM applications you must meet the following criteria:
English language requirements:
Our minimum English requirement is:
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To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form.
Please note: Applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process. You can find information about the process on our webpage: Staged admissions for postgraduate applications
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.
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.