LLM International Sports Law in Practice

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Year of Entry 2024/25

International Sports Law in Practice

Distance learning Law

Experience the practice of sports law through weekly live and interactive online lectures, seminars and clinical workshops – developing the knowledge, skills, and expertise to thrive globally in the discipline.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £10,310 for the course
International/EU: £9,700 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year / 2 Years
When do I start? September 2024
January 2025

Course summary

  • Understand, analyse, critically evaluate and unlock complex sporting disputes.
  • Learn how to effectively advise and represent real clients.
  • Apply this to pre–trial behaviour, written and oral submissions, applications for disclosure, witness statements (including examination) and advocacy at the hearing.
  • Gain expertise in either football law or anti–doping law and present a case to a sporting judicial forum.

This course offers expertise in the practice and procedure before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), FIFA's  Football Tribunal, the National Anti-Doping Panel in the UK and other disciplinary courts and tribunals. You’ll focus on the effective representation of the client in the resolution of complex sporting disputes.

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LLM International Sports Law in Practice, 2018 graduate Hannah Pike

'I learnt from highly experienced law practitioners on this course, and received exceptional support. I am now studying a legal practice course in pursuit of a career as a sports lawyer.'

Hannah Pike, LLM International Sports Law in Practice, 2018 graduate

How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

On a course that’s designed and delivered by internationally-recognised experts, you’ll explore a wide range of case studies – with a continuous analysis of the practical aspects of sports law. 

You learn through

  • online modules with live and synchronous taught delivery
  • recorded sessions
  • self–directed study and research
  • peer review and teamwork
  • coursework
  • viva examination

You’ll analyse anti–doping litigation and football contracts with a focus on employment disputes involving intermediaries – as well as players and clubs, European competition law aspects, injuries on and off the field, intellectual property rights, sponsorship contracts, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution. You’ll also have shadowing and mentoring opportunities.

You can start the full-time and part-time courses in September or the part-time course in January. To find out more about how you learn on this course you can contact the teaching team directly by emailing sportslaw.hallam@shu.ac.uk

Course leaders and tutors

Dr Gregory Ioannidis
Dr Gregory Ioannidis
Course Leader

I am a sports lawyer with expertise in anti-doping litigation. I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2014 as a senior lecturer in law.

Applied learning

Work placements and shadowing opportunities

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a placement with our partners. This gives you real–world experience to prepare you for your future career. You’ll also be provided with shadowing opportunities with our expert tutors, in sport-related disputes.

Networking opportunities

Participate in conferences and meet with other sports lawyers, sport agents and officials from sport governing bodies – via our external partners.


You’ll have a chance to take part in the annual National Sports Law Negotiation Competition – of which Sheffield Hallam students were winners in 2017.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • anti–doping law
  • football law
  • sports marketing and sponsorship
  • sports agencies
  • sport governing bodies
  • sport clubs
  • private practice

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for anti–doping agencies, football clubs and sport governing bodies.    

Where will I study?

You study this course online from any location

Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • sports law practitioners
  • academics
  • sport agents
  • sport governing bodies officials
  • professional athletes

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

Entry requirements

All students

A 2:2 degree or above in Law, Business, Sports Science or a related degree.

Relevant work experience will be considered.

You also need to provide two satisfactory references.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS 6.5 score with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other skill areas or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.5 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

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Important notice: The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Consultancy Project (By Consultancy Or Dissertation) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Commercial Regulation And Contractual Obligations In Sport Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: International Sports Marketing And Sponsorship Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Finance Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Anti-Doping Law Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Football Law Credits: 30 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £10,310 for the course. For distance learning study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting part-time study in 2024/25 is £9,700 for the course. For distance learning the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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