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International: £13,500 for the course
- 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.
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.
How you learn
Course leaders and tutors
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.
You learn through:
- 30,000 word thesis
- oral or approved alternative examination
This course prepares you for a career in
- 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.Collegiate Campus map
Collegiate Library can be found just off Ecclesall Road. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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
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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £4,327 per year.
† 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.
Our tuition fee for international postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,500 for the course.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Law courses (PDF)
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