Research course

Masters in Law by Research

Sheffield Hallam University · Faculty of Development and Society
LLM by research

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Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

Gain legal research skills and specialist knowledge of an area of law with this masters by research degree. At various stages in your legal career, a research degree can help you develop professionally and improve your career prospects in this competitive sector.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

There is support available to help you afford tuition fees and living costs whilst your study at Hallam. Find out at

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to international students who study this course. Visit to find out more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM by research
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Development and Society
+44 (0)114 225 5555