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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    07 August 2019

At various stages in your legal career, a research degree can help you develop professionally and improve your career prospects in this competitive sector. Choose a topic for thesis study and become a specialist in a particular area of law, or develop your interest in a specific legal topic, and stand out from the crowd of undergraduates.

  • Demonstrate your aptitude for legal research and develop a specialist knowledge in a specific aspect of law
  • Develop research skills as well as the ability to produce in-depth and persuasive academic writing
  • Boost your employability in an increasingly competitive market.

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.

Applied learning

You learn through:

  • 30,000 word thesis
  • oral or approved alternative examination

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in:

  • academia
  • politics
  • journalism
  • social work
  • the civil service

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for:

  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs
  • the police service
  • the Trading Standards Institute
  • youth offending teams
  • advice centres

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus.

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Entry requirements

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.

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

If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

How do I apply?

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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Visit the Master of Laws by Research (LLMR) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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