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LLM - The Sheffield LLM 

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Course code: LAWT83 (full-time)
LAWT84 (part-time)

This general LLM offers you the greatest flexibility to choose any available modules from our 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 LLM?

  • Flexible - full-time or part-time study, plus a range of options to tailor the course to your interests.
  • Support - a personal tutor provides individual support throughout your studies.
  • Funding – the course is eligible for the Postgraduate Masters Loan.
  • Alumni discount - 10% fee discount for self-financing Sheffield alumni.

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.

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Course structure

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.

The example course structure below is based on the 2018-19 academic year and may be subject to change in future years.

Full time course structure

Students will take modules to the value of 120 credits from the following:

Semester 1

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Legal Research and Writing Skills* (core module) LAW685 Non-credit bearing
Principles of International Law LAW60047 15
WTO Law: Foundations, Institutions, Challenges LAW60053 15
International Humanitarian Law LAW60054 15
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law LAW6098 15
International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations LAW6109 15
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in the UK LAW6146 15
International Institutional Law LAW6153 15
Principles of Commercial Law LAW6154 15
Introduction to Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6155 15
Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations LAW6157 15
Current Issues in Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6158 15
International Business Transactions LAW6163 15
Judicial Protection in the European Union LAW683 15
EU Internal Market Law LAW686 15

* Students must satisfactorily complete the non-credit bearing module Legal Research and Writing Skills, in order to be eligible for the LLM degree.

Semester 2

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
International Law and the Use of Force LAW60044  15
Trade Mark Law in a Branded World LAW6135 15
E-Commerce Law LAW6136 15
Finance and Banking LAW6138 15
International Security Institutions and Law LAW6141 15
Comparative Corporate Governance LAW6142 15
European Copyright Law LAW6149 15
Trade Remedies in WTO Law LAW6159 15
Intellectual Property and Human Rights LAW6164 15
EU Constitutional Law in International Context LAW682 15
EU Health Law LAW688 15
Commercial Property in a Global Context LAW6165 15
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law LAW6169 15
International Commercial Arbitration LAW6102 15
International Money Laundering Control LAW6178 15
EU External Relations Law LAW6099 15
International Criminal Law LAW684 15
Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism LAW6166 15

Students will also take:


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

Part time course structure

Please contact us for details of our part-time pathway.

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 Andrew JohnstonConvenor 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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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

You can look up fees for full-time and part-time postgraduate courses here.

You can find further information on tuition fees for both UK/EU and overseas students here.

International students

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.

Living costs, scholarships, tuition fees and more

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.

Tuition fee deposits

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.

Tuition fee status

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.

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.

Please note: applications to this course are assessed using our staged admissions process. You can find information about the process on our web page:

Staged admissions for postgraduate applications

For all Sheffield LLM 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.

Applicants with disabilities or dyslexia

We welcome disabled students and are committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that students with disabilities can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the university's academic and support services.

Information for Disabled Applicants

How to apply

Application procedure

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 web page:

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.

To apply, please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form

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.