MA in Law
The MA in Law is designed for UK graduates with a non-law degree to convert your knowledge to law, as well as Canadian, US and other international law and non-law graduates who wish to gain expertise in the English legal system. Successful completion of the course provides you with a Qualifying Law Degree in the common law system of England and Wales and a fully recognised postgraduate Masters degree.
Why choose our MA in Law?
Having achieved a University degree, this conversion course seeks to build upon your existing knowledge and experience, allowing you to acquire a qualifying law degree in only 2 years rather than the 3 years required to successfully complete an LLB.
The MA in Law also offers the flexibility to complete the programme part time over 3 years, allowing you to fit your studies around other commitments. Many of our students prefer to spread out their studies, enabling them to acquire a depth of knowledge over a much wider range of subjects than is possible in a one year conversion course such as the GDL.
In the second year of the course, you are able to choose three optional modules, in addition to the core modules required for you to gain a Qualifying Law Degree. This is a large Law school by UK standards and there is a wide variety of expertise and legal subjects on offer. Towards the end of the second year you will get the opportunity to specialise further, when you will be asked to begin a dissertation of around 10,000 words on a subject of your choice. During your dissertation you will be supervised by a member of the School of Law.
Graduates of the MA in Law who wish to practise in the UK, can continue on to the vocational stage of training right here in Sheffield with our Legal Practice Course (MA in Legal Practice). We are the only research-led university in England to offer this course. Furthermore, graduates of the MA in Law are guaranteed a place on our LPC, complete with a 10% fee discount, provided they comply with the basic entry criteria.
The MA in Law can be studied on a full time basis over 2 years or part time over 3 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
Part time course structure
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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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:
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.
Convenor of this course
Originally a Chemistry graduate, I completed the MA in Law in 1998 and took up a lectureship in Sheffield School of Law in 2002. I mainly teach property based subjects such as Equity & Trusts, Intellectual Property and Land Law. The focus is on helping students develop their academic skills as well as their skills for employment. I am personal tutor for all the MA Law students as well as some undergraduate and GDL students.
Careers and employability
As well as the potential to continue on in academia, this programme can lead to a career with international organisations, the international courts, non-government organisations (NGOs) and government departments such as the Foreign Ministry. Our graduates can also use their expertise to pursue work in business or in the public sector.
Help and advice
Louise Glover, the academic Employability Lead for the School and a qualified solicitor with City and regional experience, works closely with the University Careers Service and local and national firms of solicitors and organisations linked with the legal profession. Having taught law and legal practice at Sheffield for many years she has extensive experience supporting students with careers advice and coordinating a range of employability and skills workshops, designed to help you succeed.
Louise works closely with the University Careers Service and local firms and organisations linked with the legal profession.
More information on careers and employability
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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.
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.
For all MA in Law 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.
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.
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.