The Sheffield LLM

School of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences

Our award-winning teaching is informed by our world-class research in law and criminal justice. Our graduates are in demand all over the world.

I decided to come to the University of Sheffield, not just for its good reputation but because of the  scholarships on offer. I find it very interesting to study how the laws of war govern conduct in situations where relationships between states break down. My favourite thing about my course is how many different elements there are. After completing my LLM I would like to continue with further study and pursue a PhD in cyber conflict, before entering into a career in academia.

Alethea Lucas, LLM (International Law and Global Justice)

About the course

September 2018 start

Alethea Lucas, LLM (International Law and Global Justice)Course description

There are different pathways available, all under the one course code, which easily enables applicants to opt for their preferred specialism upon arrival.

There are weekly seminars in each subject area. You're assessed on essays and a dissertation. Whether or not a module runs in a particular year depends on staff availability and the number of students who choose the module.

Overseas applications for 2018 are now closed. The course is still open for UK and EU applicants.


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

Whether or not a module runs in a particular year depends on staff availability and the number of students who choose the module.


  • Essays
  • Dissertation

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time



The Sheffield LLM is a flexible programme, giving you 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.

Drawing on the considerable expertise of our staff, teaching is research-led and practice-oriented. You are encouraged to undertake your own independent research to support your learning. There are 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.

The course is delivered through weekly seminars in each subject area, with assessment through essays and a dissertation.

By opting for the Sheffield LLM you retain maximum flexibility. You can choose modules from across our whole range of LLM pathways, as detailed below. This course is ideal if you’re looking for a strong foundation that covers a range of different areas of study.

If you prefer to specialise in a particular subject area, the Sheffield LLM also offers, under the same course code, the option to follow one of three specialist pathways.

If you’re not sure which specialist pathway you want to follow, don’t worry, you can stick with the Sheffield LLM without specialising, or can opt to follow one of the pathways on arrival. The choice is yours.

Individual modules offered may vary from those shown depending on staff availability and the number of students selecting each module

LLM European Law

This course delivers a powerful shot of specialist knowledge that will enhance your career. It’s suitable for recent graduates, legal professionals, legal academics or anyone working with European law in the private or public sector.

The degree is based on a structured first semester, which will provide you with the essential international legal principles and fundamental research skills required for further study.

Specialist modules include:

  • European Patent Law
  • Judicial Protection in the European Union
  • Economic Multi-level Governance in the EU
  • EU Copyright Law
  • EU Health Law
  • EU Migration Law in Comparative Perspective.

You can also choose up to two modules for any other pathway.

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law

You will explore the issues and problems that corporate and commercial law has to deal with. Then discuss and evaluate the law as it exists. Finally, you will critique the law and suggest ways in which it might be improved.

Alongside courses in specific areas of corporate and commercial law, we give you the skills to understand the law through a series of workshops on legal skills. Those workshops also introduce you to different methodologies. You will develop and hone your critical skills and research expertise. You will use these skills to write a dissertation during the second half of your LLM, with expert supervision from our staff.

The list of highly topical modules includes:

  • Current Issues in Company Law and Corporate Governance, International Commercial Arbitration
  • Principles of Commercial Law
  • Intellectual Property in Medicine
  • Trade Remedies in WTO Law
  • Trade Mark Law in a Branded World.

You can also choose up to two modules for any other pathway.

Teaching is informed by the research of renowned academics from the Sheffield Institute of Corporate and Commercial Law.

LLM International Law and Global Justice

This course has been designed primarily for lawyers and students who work in, or intend to pursue a career in, the public sector. This may include high-level government lawyers, leaders in non-governmental organisations, and academics.

It offers the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the role of international law in advancing justice both in times of peace and war.

Teaching is informed by the research of renowned academics from the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law.

Optional modules include:

  • Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations
  • International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations
  • Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law
  • Trade Remedies in WTO Law
  • EU Migration Law in Comparative Perspective
  • International Criminal Law.

You can also choose up to two modules for any other pathway.

Entry requirements

We normally require a minimum 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, usually in law or a subject with a sufficient legal component. Other qualifications will be considered as will applications from candidates with work experience in a relevant field.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.