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.
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)
Assessed by coursework and/or viva. There is a choice of dissertation by research or a business consultancy project and CPD accreditation.
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.
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.
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 is via the submission of a 30,000 word thesis, and a short viva examination, on an agreed legal topic.
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.
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
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
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.
Placements will be offered as part of the Postgraduate Degree Project.
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.
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
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.
Successful graduates are able to progress within a wide variety of roles in the legal professions and associated fields including