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MA in Law

Overview

Start date: September
Duration: 2 years full-time (FT)
3 years part-time (PT)
Course code: LAWT117 (FT)
LAWT119 (PT)

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?

  • Unique – Sheffield is one of very few research-led institutions who offer a conversion course in this format.
  • Support – an experienced personal tutor provides individual support throughout your studies
  • Succeed - our pass rate for 2015-16 was 83%, with 80% gaining commendations.
  • Funding – the course is eligible for the Postgraduate Masters Loan, unlike other conversion courses such as the GDL.
  • Practical – opportunities to hone your practical legal skills and boost your CV through pro bono, workshops, client interviewing contests and participation in international and national mooting.
  • Alumni discount - 10% fee discount for self-financing Sheffield alumni.

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.

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Course structure

The MA in Law can be studied on a full time basis over 2 years or part time over 3 years.

Full time course structure

Level 1

Semester 1

Students will study:

Module Title Module Code
Legal Research and Writing Skills* LAW685
Understanding Law and Legal Systems LAW6022
Constitutional Law LAW6025
Contract Law LAW6075

Semester 2

Students will study:

Module Title Module Code
Administrative Law LAW6026
Law of Crime LAW6028
Law of Torts LAW6046

*Students must satisfactorily complete Law Research and Writing Skills in order to be eligible for the Degree of MA (Law).

Level 2

Semester 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Module Title Module Code
Equity and Trusts LAW6029

and a choice of 2 optional modules.

Semester 2

Module Title Module Code
Law of Property LAW6024
Dissertation (MA Law)* LAW60036

and a choice of 1 optional module.

*Supervision begins in semester 2 and you will have the summer to finish writing your dissertation. You will be asked to submit your final dissertation in August.

Please note: Details of optional modules will be released to you during the course. As a guide, you can expect to study a range of optional modules offered on our undergraduate courses.

Part time course structure

Level 1

Semester 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Module Title Module Code
Legal Research and Writing Skills* LAW685
Understanding Law and Legal Systems LAW6022
Contract Law LAW6075

Semester 2

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Module Title Module Code
Law of Crime LAW6028
Law of Torts LAW6046

*Students must satisfactorily complete Law Research and Writing Skills in order to be eligible for the Degree of MA (Law).

Level 2

Semester 1

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Module Title Module Code
Constitutional Law LAW6025
Equity and Trusts LAW6029
Legal Research and Writing Skills LAW685

Semester 2

You will study the following compulsory modules:

Module Title Module Code
Administrative Law LAW6026
Law of Property LAW6024
Level 3

Semester 1

You will study a choice of 2 optional modules.

Semester 2

Module Title Module Code
Dissertation (MA Law)* LAW60036

and a choice of 1 optional module.

*Supervision begins in semester 2 and you will have the summer to finish writing your dissertation. You will be asked to submit your final dissertation in August.

Please note: Details of optional modules will be released to you during the course. As a guide, you can expect to study a range of optional modules offered on our undergraduate courses.

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.

Course team

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.

Photo of Peter OdellConvenor of this course

Peter Odell

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.

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Careers

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

The School of Law boasts its own dedicated careers adviser based in Bartolome House. Louise Glover is a qualified solicitor, with City and regional experience. 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

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.

Find out more about living costs, scholarships, tuition fees and more for international students.

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.

Read more about home or overseas 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.

Visit our Scholarships and Funding webpage for more information.


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 webpages.

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

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 MA in Law applications you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in any discipline.
  • 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 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) or for alternative English language requirements please see here.

Please note:
We are continually reviewing our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend course programmes/entry requirements.

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.

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.

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