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The Sheffield LLM 

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

  • 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:

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law | LLM European Law | LLM International Law and Global Justice 

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 is 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.

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* 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) LAW6162 60

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 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.

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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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Teaching team

Professor Sarah Blandy

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Professor Robert Burrell

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Dr Jay Cullen

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Gareth Bramley

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Dr Andreas Rühmkorf

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Dr Ding Chen

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Professor Tamara Hervey

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Navajyoti Samanta

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Dr Pablo Castillo-Ortiz

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 Zoe Ollerenshaw

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Yin Harn Lee

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Dr Russell Buchan

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Dr Mark Brown

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 Dr Brid Ni Ghráinne

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Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg

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Professor Nicholas Tsagourias

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 Dr Francesca Strumia

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Whether you are following the LLM Law or one of it's specialist pathways, all of our courses are designed to give students the advanced knowledge and expertise in their respective field(s). The course will sharpen your critical faculties and equip you to research unfamiliar areas of law. Leading law firms tell us that these are the skills they are looking for in the graduates they recruit. The majority of our graduates apply their degree directly, working as legal practitioners. Even if you decide not to go into legal practice, these essential skills will make you more employable in the worlds of business, government, academia and beyond.

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 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.

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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