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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course Summary Gain expertise in resolving sporting disputes and understand the regulation of sporting activities and relationships – via negotiation, arbitration, pre-trial behaviour and litigation.

  • 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. How You Learn 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 [email protected] 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, sports agents and officials from sports governing bodies – via our external partners. Competitions: 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.


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. Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course. COMPULSORY MODULES: Business Consultancy Project (By Consultancy Or Dissertation), Commercial Regulation And Contractual Obligations In Sport, International Sports Marketing And Sponsorship, and Sports Finance. ELECTIVE MODULES: Anti-Doping Law, and Football Law.

Assessment method

Coursework Practical

Entry requirements

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 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. ENGLISH LANGUAGE QUALIFICATIONS: 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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees for both full-time and part-time postgraduate study options:
International Sports Law in Practice at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS