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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    October, April

  • Course Duration

    Flexible: 2-5 years

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    13 June 2017

Course content

About the course

The Environmental Law and Management LLM allows you to study from home by Distance Learning – whether in the UK or overseas – and keep in contact with tutors by email, telephone, fax and/or post. You can also maintain contact with one another, both during and after your studies, offering invaluable peer support and networking opportunities.

You are guided through each of the LLMs by a module handbook containing notes, reading lists and self-assessment questions. All the documents on the reading lists are provided either electronically through the University’s electronic resources, by direct links to the worldwide web, as digitised documents on Blackboard (the University’s on-line learning/teaching facility) or, exceptionally, as hard copy. Core text books are issued on loan with the module handbook and returned with the module assignment. Staff-student interchange is facilitated by coursework materials, telephone contact, email and written responses to coursework submissions.

The weekend residential schools provide the opportunity to meet with tutors, guest lecturers and fellow students and to reinforce your understanding of the subjects during lectures, discussion sessions and tutorials.

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.

Course structure

There are two start dates for the Environmental Law and Management LLM by distance learning in each academic year - 1 April and 1 October. Although you are allowed up to a maximum of five years to complete the course, it is possible to complete six modules per academic year. However, the flexible nature of the programmes means that you can work at your own pace through the modules. Each of the twelve modules is worth 10 credits and the dissertation is worth 60 credits. To gain the LLM qualification you will be required to complete 180 credits worth of study – 120 from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation. It will be possible to complete 60 credits (six modules) to gain a Postgraduate certificate recognising your achievement. On completion of all twelve modules but in the absence of the dissertation, you will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in law. You can also choose to study individual modules to enhance your knowledge in a particular area. All the modules are assessed by an assignment of up to 5000 words.

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.

Attendance at the biennial residential weekends is highly recommended. The programme of lectures, seminars and workshops at the study schools both stimulates and encourages, as well as providing an invaluable opportunity for debate and discussion with staff, visiting lecturers and fellow students.

Course content

Core modules:

Dissertation

Optional modules:

Agriculture, Law and the Environment
Climate Change Law and Policy
Control of Pollution Law 1
Control of Pollution Law 2
EIA: Theory & Practice
Food, Ecology and E.U. Law
International Business, Environment & Human Rights
International Environmental Law
International Law of the Marine Environment
Introduction to Environmental Law
Introduction to Environmental Science
Nature Conservation Law
Planning Law and Land Use
Principles of European Community Environmental Law
Study Skills
The Nature of Environmental Audit
Waste Management Law and Policy

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.

Visit the Environmental Law and Management (Distance Learning) - LLM page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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