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Sheffield Hallam University, Full Time Masters Degrees in Law

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Sport has become complex with an increasing number of sporting disputes requiring legal expertise. The programme is designed to help you understand, analyse, critically evaluate and unlock complex sporting disputes. Read more

Sport has become complex with an increasing number of sporting disputes requiring legal expertise. The programme is designed to help you understand, analyse, critically evaluate and unlock complex sporting disputes.

It is aimed at law graduates, law practitioners, sports administrators and sports agents. You learn the important elements of assistance, advice and representation in sporting relationships and you gain an expertise in unlocking and resolving sporting disputes, as well as understanding the regulation of sporting activities and relationships.

The programme offers 3 unique pathways of • anti-doping law • football law • international sports marketing and sponsorship. You gain an insight into the practice and procedure of sports law with an emphasis on the practical elements of unlocking complex sporting disputes.

Experts guide you through the practice and procedure of the highest and most important sports law forums, such as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), UK Anti-Doping and many others.

Emphasis is given to case studies, with a continuous analysis of the practical aspects of sports law. You analyse important current cases with your tutors and you are offered the opportunity to work with them in real-life sporting scenarios. Examples include anti-doping litigation, football contracts with emphasis on employment and European competition law aspects, injuries on and off the field, intellectual property rights, sponsorship contracts negotiation and alternative dispute resolution.

You explore placement opportunities and you maximise your career development opportunities, through Sheffield Hallam's unique external links with experts and sporting organisations throughout the world. Continuing professional development opportunities are also available for practitioners.

Course structure

Full-time distance learning (online) - 1 year

Part-time distance learning (online) - 2 years

Starts September (full-time and part-time) and January (part-time only)

Core modules

  • law, regulation, sport and society
  • commercial regulation and contractual obligations in sport
  • international sports marketing and sponsorship
  • dissertation (by research or business consultancy project

Elective pathways

  • anti-doping law
  • football law

Assessment

Assessed by coursework and/or viva. There is a choice of dissertation by research or a business consultancy project and CPD accreditation.

Employability

The programme offers unique employment and placement opportunities, particularly in the fields of anti-doping law and football law. You develop your transferrable and vocational skills and become more marketable in a very niche and competitive discipline of law. With a sports law expertise you may enter a competitive, demanding and exciting market.

You may practice at the highest level of sports law, advising private clients or sports federations, or you may decide to work for or even lead sporting organisations.

You may also enter the sports marketing and sponsorship field or you may decide to practice as a sports agent. The options are endless and the programme offers you the skills to become successful in this field.



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Demonstrate your aptitude for legal research and develop a specialist knowledge in a specific aspect of law with this specialist research degree. Read more

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.

Course design

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. 

Employability

Following this degree you may choose to pursue a law-related career in places such as • the Crown Prosecution Service • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs • the police service • the Trading Standards Institute • youth offending teams • advice centres.

A masters qualification in law is widely respected across many professions and therefore your career options can be varied. Opportunities can be found in • academia • politics • journalism • social work • the civil service.

You may find your skills also translate well in business and commerce within national or multi-national companies.

Holding a masters degree is now a significant requirement for study at doctoral level. It provides a recognised pathway to the PhD route and a research-based masters qualification provides an opportunity for extended and in-depth study which is lost in traditional taught-based degrees.



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This course is ideal for recent Law graduates seeking postgraduate qualification aiding pursuit of an international career, or practising lawyers wishing to enhance or acquire new expertise allowing them to work abroad. Read more

This course is ideal for recent Law graduates seeking postgraduate qualification aiding pursuit of an international career, or practising lawyers wishing to enhance or acquire new expertise allowing them to work abroad. It is also open to international and UK students without a specific background in law, or those wishing to pursue a professional conversion. We guarantee

  • intensive induction with an introduction to the international commercial system
  • personalised sessions to improve academic, research and linguistics skills
  • accessible assessments (oral presentations and written coursework)

You will enhance your employability with the knowledge and skills (oral presentations, memos, report drafting) which are invaluable in a number of career routes upon qualification. The course includes

  • a complete programme based on four core Modules covering all the aspects of international commerce
  • an original expertise (such as trade in intellectual property) delivered by leading scholars in their field
  • work-based learning within the university through clinical activities or outside, through outstanding placements (including Appleton Luff)

Prepare for a a vast range of careers, from paralegal in multinational corporations to a solicitor in a global Law firm, to academic specialising in international trade law, to civil servant in a public administration.

Because of a strong Public Law component, the course is particularly suitable for British students who would like to be involved in the negotiation and the enforcement of the future trade agreements in a post-Brexit world.

As part of the course you will have the chance to conduct a master's degree project adapted to your personal interests. This will consist of a business consultancy, academic dissertation or civil servant report. It will be supervised by an experienced tutor with appropriate expertise.

If you are interested in working as an employee in a non-governmental organization to fight malpractices in international commerce, the course offers the opportunity to work in the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice under the supervision of a specialist, qualified lawyer or tutor.

Course structure

Modules

Autumn

  • International Trade Law
  • Trade Dispute Resolution

Spring

  • Global corporate governance
  • Global corporate re-structuring

Summer

  • Postgraduate Degree Project

Placements will be offered as part of the Postgraduate Degree Project.

Assessment

  • assignments 
  • oral presentations
  • case studies/experience evaluation
  • project/dissertation
  • oral exam

Employability

This course helps you to pursue a career as a practising lawyer, or work in business, banking or commerce in national and multi-national companies. You gain transferrable skills desirable to other employers, including international organisations via placement opportunities in the UK and across Europe.

The course also provides the foundations for you to pursue an academic or research career. 



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A research degree in your chosen law or criminology subject is a period of intensive, supervised investigative work. Read more

A research degree in your chosen law or criminology subject is a period of intensive, supervised investigative work. It builds on your previous academic or professional experience and allows you to develop an original area of expertise.You work closely with a director of studies and two supervisors who are specialists in your chosen field to produce an extended thesis of up to 80,000 words (in the case of doctoral research).

We have a vibrant research culture and we value and support all our research students who make a vital contribution to the intellectual life of the University. There are regular research training events, seminars and informal meetings where you can practise delivering conference papers in a supportive environment, and there is a monthly lunch session for all PhD students to come together. Funds are available to support you in attending conferences and we encourage you to deliver papers and publish your work.

We are regularly advertising studentships funded by Sheffield Hallam University directly. It may also be possible to apply for external studentships. Some part-time teaching may also be available.

We are a group of approximately 80 academics specialising in a wide range of research areas. We have research clusters in

  • desistance and recovery
  • criminal justice institutions
  • human rights and social justice
  • socio-legal studies
  • learning and teaching

Current staff research interests are wide-ranging and include • addiction • anti-doping • anti-semitism • anti-social behaviour • clinical legal education • commercial law • desistance and recovery • data protection • data security • discrimination • domestic and sexual violence • emotional labour • EU law • gambling • human fertilisation • immigration • intellectual property • legal history • motor insurance • pedagogy • policing • privacy • radical criminology • social identity • therapeutic jurisprudence • transitional justice • urban regeneration

Please see the Law and Criminology staff pages for a list of staff and their current research.

This degree is hosted in the Faculty of Development and Society Graduate School.

Assessment

  • a research programme submitted for approval by our research degrees committee
  • a report and oral presentation for the confirmation of PhD stage
  • submission of thesis and viva

Employability

Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the legal professions and associated fields including

  • government department advisor
  • local government
  • various business-related roles
  • consultancy


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The course is aimed at law graduates wanting to work in the field of human rights as legal practitioners, policy or development work or as human rights advocates. Read more

The course is aimed at law graduates wanting to work in the field of human rights as legal practitioners, policy or development work or as human rights advocates. It provides students with the legal human rights attributes to work locally or internationally.

During the course you cover • human rights law • conventions • policy and theory • principles of human rights and social justice • advanced case studies in international human rights and social justice • legal scholarship in human rights • project management for human rights (optional).

You gain skills in • legal application and understanding of human rights principles and law • critical appraisal of human rights legalisation in the UK and internationally • problem solving • practical application and realisation of human rights in practice.

Key features of the course include opportunities to

  • develop a comprehensive understanding of the relevant legal, policy and social contexts in which human rights legislation operates
  • develop an understanding of how human rights organisations ensure legal practice
  • engage with the research work of staff in the Human Rights and Social Justice, and Social-Legal Research Clusters and the Department of Law and Criminology
  • complete in-depth case studies on key topics in human rights
  • learn from experienced lawyers, practitioners and policy-makers from local and international human rights organisations.

You also benefit from

  • the unique opportunity to take part in the work of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on a range of practical human rights projects/event, case reviews, seminars and workshops
  • high profile guest speakers who work in the real world of human rights principles, with past speakers including Shami Chakrabarti and Trevor Phillips
  • input from leading human rights organisations allow you to meet leading human rights practitioners and defenders and to find out about their work
  • opportunities to organise human rights events
  • real world case studies and application
  • the opportunity to undertake in-depth work with a human rights organisation and obtain real world experience
  • links to international partners and projects.

You can also complete a dissertation based on a topic of your choice, enabling you to specialise in an area of interest.

Course structure

Modules

  • human rights in the 21st century
  • principles of human rights and social justice
  • advanced case studies in international human rights and social justice
  • legal scholarship for human rights
  • dissertation
  • project management for human rights

Assessment

  • case studies
  • reports
  • essay
  • presentation
  • dissertation

Employability

On the course you gain transferable skills and develop knowledge of human rights, social justice theories and legal practice. This prepares you to work in

  • human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • legal profession
  • local and central government services
  • research and development organisations.


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This multidisciplinary course draws upon the disciplines of law, criminology and social science. It enables you to gain the experience and skills needed for employment with key human rights organisations and government departments. Read more

This multidisciplinary course draws upon the disciplines of law, criminology and social science. It enables you to gain the experience and skills needed for employment with key human rights organisations and government departments. It also offers international human rights practitioners the opportunity to update their knowledge and further develop intellectual and critical skills.

Key features of the course include opportunities to

  • develop a multidisciplinary understanding of human rights and social justice as they exist today in theory, policy and practice
  • develop an understanding of how human rights organisations work in theory and practice
  • engage with the research work of staff in the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Cluster and the Department of Law and Criminology
  • complete in-depth case studies on key topics in human rights
  • learn from experienced practitioners and policy-makers from local and international human rights organisations

The MA Applied Human Rights combines a robust academic and intellectual learning environment covering law, politics, criminology and and social science with first-hand opportunity of experiencing how human rights organisations work in theory and practice. This course addresses the implications of global changes for human rights practitioners.

During the course you investigate contemporary local and global human rights topics, including • gender violence • children as soldiers • radicalisation and counter-terrorism • deaths in custody • refugees and asylum seekers • global security • torture • poverty.

You also gain the experience and skills needed to carry out in-depth case studies on key contemporary challenges to the human rights regime/

A unique opportunity available on this course is being able to take part in the work of the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice on a range of practical human rights projects, public events, case reviews, seminars and workshops.

Throughout your studies you develop a range of intellectual, conceptual and practical skills by analysing complex material and communicating the findings in clear, concise and accessible language. These transferable skills help you develop knowledge of human rights in an applied context. This gives you a sound basis for a career in many areas of human rights policy and practice.

You also learn through guest speakers (previous guest speakers include Shami Chakrabarti and Trevor Phillips) how human rights principles are applied in practical situations, to inform responses to a particular social problem. In addition, we have experts working on various human rights projects (such those for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Council, United Nations, Amnesty and Clarion Global) providing real world case studies to provide a strong applied flavour to the course.

You can complete a dissertation which can be based on a topic of your choice, enabling you to specialise in an area of interest, or can choose to plan and take part in a project on human rights.

Course structure

Modules

  • human rights in the 21st century
  • principles of human rights and social justice
  • researching human rights
  • project management for human rights
  • dissertation

Assessment

  • essays
  • reports
  • case studies
  • presentations
  • dissertation

Employability

On the course you gain transferable skills and develop knowledge of human rights and social justice theories and practice to prepare you to work with

  • human rights non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • local and central government services
  • research and development organisations 


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