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LLMR Master of Laws by Research

Full-time Law

Gain legal research skills and specialist knowledge of an area of law.

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What is the fee? Home: £4,500 per year
International/EU: £14,460 for the course
How long will I study? 1 Year
Where will I study? Collegiate Campus
When do I start? September 2021
February 2022

Course summary

  • Expand your familiarity with (international) human rights law.
  • Demonstrate your aptitude for human rights research and develop specialist knowledge in a specific area of (international) human rights.
  • Develop research skills as well as the ability to produce in-depth and persuasive academic writing.
  • Boost your employability in an increasingly competitive market.
  • Begin preparatory work for doctoral study.

Human rights form an important component of national systems and the international order. Sadly, human rights are often more visible in their breach, locally and globally. This LLMR Master of Laws by Research gives you the opportunity to research human rights and examine how the human rights of all, and especially the rights of vulnerable groups, can be better protected.

How you learn

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 online anywhere off campus where you have access to a suitable internet connection. This includes meetings online with your supervisor.

You learn through

  • 30,000 word thesis.
  • Oral or approved alternative examination.

Course leaders and tutors

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Thomas Bundschuh
Senior Lecturer in Human Rights

Following my research interest in transitional justice and human rights, I pursued my doctoral research at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, … Read more

Applied learning

Networking opportunities

You will be part of an active research community, interacting and corresponding with academics and specialists within the field of law and human rights.  Further information on a wide range of research projects can be found under research and projects. 

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • Academia
  • Civil service
  • Development work
  • Journalism
  • Non-governmental organisations (with a human rights/social justice focus)
  • Politics
  • Social work
  • Social policy
  • Think tank (research)


Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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

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Entry requirements

All students

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

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £4,500 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU postgraduate students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £14,460 for the course.

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Up to £11,222 available for Home students on most masters courses.

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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.

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How do I apply?

Complete the application form available on our research pages.

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