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About the course

The LLM in Climate Change and Human Rights provides a comprehensive overview of human rights law and how it works in relation to the environment and the urgent topic of climate change. The course balances theory with the urgently practical – for example, combining the necessarily comprehensive detail of human rights legislation with the complex reality of situations of weather change and its impact on the local human population. Subjects of study include climate change law, contemporary issues in food law and policy, human rights law in relation to climate change law and policy, among others.

In addition to specialist subject knowledge, you will cultivate skills useful in a range of employment contexts. You will develop your abilities in critical analysis, team work and presentation. You will be able to identify assumptions, evaluate evidence, detect false logic and reasoning and identify suggestive trends in data – all traits which are prized by employers in every industry.

As a student at Aberystwyth, you will be taught by staff who possess both expertise and experience of law in this fascinating area. Under their personal tutelage, you will enjoy a degree of freedom in directing your own study path through the choice of option modules. In addition, you will explore the subject-specialism of your choice by researching and writing your Master's dissertation. This is your opportunity to select a project topic which has a direct bearing on your professional life and our previous LLM students have found this to be an invaluable opportunity towards establishing a successful career.

The Aberystwyth Law School recently participated in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It found that 96.5% of publications submitted were of of an internationally recognised standard and that 98% of research activity in the department was rated as internationally recognised.

This degree will suit you:

• If you want to receive an advanced exposition of climate change and human rights law
• If you wish to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance
• If you wish to nurture a legal career within government, non-governmental or corporate structures
• If you desire skills highly sought-after in any postgraduate workplace

Course content

Core modules:

Climate Change Law and Policy
Contemporary Issues in Food Policy and Law
Dissertation
International Human Rights Law
Public International Law

Optional modules:

Criminology of International Conflict Personnel
Human Rights, Environment and International Business
Law and Gender
Philosophy of Human Rights Protection

Assessment

Assessment takes the form of; research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete a Master’s dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your LLM will place you in the jobs market as a rigorous legal professional armed with impressive expertise in the latest legal developments in the contentious and urgent field of climate change. In addition, this course will help you to master key skills that are required in almost every postgraduate workplace. You will be pushed to improve your approaches to planning, analysis and presentation so that you can tackle complex projects thoroughly and with professional independence, making you a highly-desirable candidate for a career in government, non-governmental and corporate contexts alike.

Study skills

You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal data regarding climate change and its relationship with human rights, and you will refine your professional practices by engagement with multiple case studies. You will learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build your legal case. These skills in analysis and discourse, supported by your mastery of rigorous methodologies, will stand you in good stead for any specifically legal or more general professional workplace.

Self-Motivation and discipline

Studying at LLM level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. Though you will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

Transferable skills

The LLM programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

Visit the Climate Change and Human Rights - LLM page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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