MA Global Politics and Law

School of Law and Department of Politics, Faculty of Social Sciences

This is a forward-thinking, innovative law school with a tradition of excellence that goes back 100 years. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.

Our international outlook and multidisciplinary approach set the law in a global socio-economic context that gives our research an edge.

Through close links with law firms, governments, NGOs and others, we're driving vital debate on issues such as European healthcare policy, biotechnology and ethics, the internet, security and privacy.

About the course

This course is running in 2016/17 only.

Security, human rights, the environment, trade and the economy are just some of the areas where global politics and international law have an impact. Many of these issues are confronted at a global or international level.

The course can be tailored to suit graduates who already have some knowledge of the subject or graduates from related disciplines such as history, economics or philosophy.

Core modules

  • The Politics of International Law
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose from a wide range of both legal and political subjects including:

  • International Criminal Law
  • Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations of International Human Rights Law
  • Law of International Organisations
  • International Law of the Use of Force


Teaching normally takes place through weekly seminars in each subject area.


  • Essays
  • Dissertation

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Postgraduate student in the School of Law

The engaging teaching - our tutors' enthusiasm and passion for the subjects they teach is evident through everything they do, as is their expertise. The variety of teaching and learning methods, from optional lectures to seminars to workshops, both tutor- and student-led, ensures that no topic ever becomes stagnant.

Christopher Hardy, postgraduate student in School of Law

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time/2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in law or politics. If you have other qualifications, we'll consider your application on an individual basis.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

How we teach

Many of our academics are internationally respected for their research. Their groundbreaking work informs what we teach.

Our research groups cover a lot of ground, including criminology, commercial law and law in its international context. You'll benefit from their expertise and that of their professional contacts.

Your course will equip you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology.

We have our own courtroom, a dedicated postgraduate computer room and quiet study space. Wi-Fi is available throughout the building so you can easily access the library's online collections. Our students can also access our e-resources from anywhere in the world.

About Us

Our LLM and masters courses will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of your chosen area of law or criminology that will prepare you to go on and make a difference in any organisation you choose to work in. If you want to become a solicitor in England or Wales, our Legal Practice Course is highly regarded and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to enter the legal profession.

Your career

A masters from Sheffield will give you the knowledge and skills to make you stand out in today's competitive job market.

Graduates use their postgraduate training in a variety of ways, in research careers, in teaching or in policy development in various organisations worldwide.

Who we are

We're a forward-thinking, innovative law school. Our research helps shape global policy. We do what we do to empower people, to protect people and improve people's lives.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranks us joint tenth in the UK, with Oxford and Warwick. Ninety per cent of our research was judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 6791