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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. 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. 2. 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.


You learn through: • 30,000 word thesis • oral or approved alternative examination

Assessment method

You learn through: • 30,000 word thesis • oral or approved alternative examination

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.

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Master of Laws by Research at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS