Demonstrate your aptitude for legal research and develop a specialist knowledge in a specific aspect of law with this specialist research degree.
If you work in the legal profession, a masters qualification can contribute to your professional development. On this course you choose to research an area of law which means you can specialise in a field and enhance your career prospects.
If you work with, or have an interest in, law, it is likely to boost your employability in an increasingly competitive market. It is a benefit if you are looking to join the legal profession as a solicitor or barrister and want to stand out from the crowd of undergraduates.
You choose the area of research for your thesis, although we are available to provide guidance. It is ideal if you want to become a specialist in a particular area of law or to develop your interest in a specific legal topic. You develop your research skills as well as the ability to produce in-depth and persuasive academic writing.
During the course you work largely independently but you are guided by an experienced supervisor in a supportive environment. You can access legal materials in our dedicated law library in the learning centre, which is open 24-hours a day during term time. Our IT systems are set up so that most of your learning and research can be done anywhere off campus where you have access to a suitable internet connection.
For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/llm-masters-in-law-by-research
Full time – 1 year.
Part time – 2 years.
Typically starts in September or January, but it may be possible have a different start date.
The content of this course depends on the particular area of law you choose to study. It is agreed by your supervisor at the start of the course based on the pre-entry submissions you have made. Successful completion of the course requires the submission of a 30,000 thesis and an oral or approved alternative examination.
Our staff have particular areas of expertise where they can offer supervision for study at masters level. See our staff pages for further details – https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/law-and-criminology/staff
Assessment; assessment is via the submission of a 30,000 word thesis, and a short viva examination, on an agreed legal topic.
Other admission requirements
If English is not your first language, you are required to have an average IELTS score of 7.0. This must include a written English score of 7.0 and a score in all other categories of at least 6.0. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 7.0 or equivalent we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University
Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
Normally you need to have a first or upper second class honours degree which involved the study of law or legal philosophy. You are required to submit a proposal which specifies: the research question(s) to be addressed; your initial ideas; the legal or policy issues to be examined; an indication of the relevant literature; an outline of the methodology to be used. We interview all applicants and you will be asked to provide a sample of your work. See course description for further admission details.