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.

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, MA Law

Postgraduate student in the School of Law

About the course

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.


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 gives you the most options. You can choose modules from across our whole range of LLM courses. The course is ideal if you’re looking for a strong foundation that covers a range of different areas of study.

Those options include: Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations; Principles of Company Law and Corporate Governance; Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law; Principles of International Law; Principles of Commercial Law; EU Constitutional Law in International Context; European Copyright Law; International Criminal Law; Finance and Banking.

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.

Specialist modules include: European Patent Law; Judicial Protection in the European Union; Economic Multi-level Governance in the EU; European Copyright Law; EU Health Law.

LLM Corporate and Commercial Law

First we explore the issues. Then we look at the existing law. After in-depth evaluation, we critique the law and suggest ways it might be improved.

Our distinctive style of teaching sharpens your critical faculties and equips you with the skills to research any unfamiliar area of law. Why? Because leading law firms and international companies tell us that’s what they look for in a graduate.

The list of highly topical modules includes: Principles of Company Law and Corporate Governance; European Patent Law; International Commercial Arbitration; Principles of Commercial Law; Intellectual Property in Medicine; Trade Remedies in WTO Law; Trade Mark Law in a Branded World; European Copyright Law; Economic Multi- level Governance in the EU.

LLM International Law and Global Justice

This course is designed for recent graduates and established lawyers looking to work in the public sector as high-level government lawyers, with NGOs or as academics.
It equips you with an in-depth critical understanding of the role of international law, in war and in peace.

The teaching is informed by the research of renowned academics from the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law. The course is flexible, so you can choose modules from the other LLMs.

Options 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.

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

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T: +44 (0)114 222 6791

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