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Environmental Law and Human Rights (LLM)

  • Part time available
  • See the website
  • Law
  • September
  • Flexible: 2-5 years
  • LLM

Course Description

The Aberystwyth LLM course in Environmental and Human Rights Law is your opportunity to engage with two of the most dominant current global concerns – the environment and human rights. You will engage with these both as distinct subjects and as two interrelated and often competing areas of law. You will also master the law-making process, preparing for legislative action and anticipating the realities of law in application. You will study domestic, European and international examples of each study topic and you will learn to balance the competing demands of societal perception, market freedom and individual and group protection. This Distance Learning programme will enable you to continue in full- or part-time employment whilst enhancing your career prospects and managing other commitments. Your study materials are prepared and kept current by members of the Law and Criminology Department, with the assistance of lawyers from other academic institutions and private practice in the United Kingdom. Under their tutelage, you will strengthen your rigorous analytical skills, your abilities in argument formation and your capacity for independent thought.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/environmental-human-rights-law-masters/

- Assessment:
Assessment takes the form of coursework essays (120 credits). Each student will complete then a master’s dissertation (60 credits) which deals with an area of chosen study.


The LLM in Environmental and Human Rights Law provides a unique and highly-stimulating way into two fascinating subject areas: the environment and human rights. On this new and exciting course, you will engage with the key issues in environmental law and policy at regional, national and international levels. You will get to grips with the practical realities of environmental pollution and degradation, as well as engaging with the complex implications of how environmental law conflicts with individual or group enjoyment of human rights. You will even have the opportunity to study some of the emerging law and policy in this area.

The dissertation (13000-15000 words) provides you with an excellent opportunity to study an aspect of the law in your chosen area of study which is of particular interest to you. Students often, but not exclusively, select project topics which have a direct bearing on their professional lives. The standard of the work produced is very high indeed and several of our students have graduated with distinction.

The course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in government departments, environmental agencies, international organisations, environmental and human rights advocacy, business organisations, international law firms and a range of non-governmental organisations. As a distance-learning course, it will suit those already actively pursuing their careers or managing other commitments.

The Department of Law and Criminology 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 study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance.
- If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to environmental and human rights issues.
- If you wish to nurture a legal career within government, non-governmental or corporate structures.
- If distance learning is your preferred option for study.

- 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 developments in Human Rights and Environmental law. 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 environmental and human rights law, 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 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 timeframes and to specific deadlines.

Find out how to apply here http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/environmental-human-rights-law-masters/#how-to-apply

Entry Requirements

The programme has been designed to be open to graduates of all disciplines who have a good honours degree, including those from a science background and those who have no experience of law. Those who can demonstrate suitable professional qualifications or skills are welcome to apply.

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