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About the course

Aberystwyth - located in West Wales, 'next door' to the Centre for Alternative Technology and with a vibrant alternative community - provides an ideal societal background for our LLM in Environmental Law and Policy which examines the hard facts on environmental regulation and its many stumbling blocks. The LLM provides overview of national and international environmental law and the policy context that shapes this area of urgent global inquiry. This course balances the theory with the urgently practical – for example, the detatched, academic knowledge of law may be taught through examining difficult case studies which are anything but clear-cut. By doing so, students are challenged to engage with the subject and face the dilemmas of authentic legal practice in the real world.

You are guided through each of the LLMs by a range of material, including, notes, reading lists, recordings and self-assessment questions, made available on Blackboard (the University’s on-line learning/teaching facility) or, exceptionally, as hard copy. Staff-student interchange is facilitated by coursework materials, telephone contact, skype or 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 Content

Core modules:

Legal Studies


Optional modules (choose between 3-5 modules):

International Environmental Law

Climate Change Law and Policy

Control of Pollution Law

Nature Conservation & Marine Environmental Law

Contemporary Issues in Food Policy and Law

Human Rights, Environment and International Business

You can also choose two modules from other, often related, legal disciplines, such as human rights law or migration law.

Attendance at the annual residential Study Schools 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.


All taught modules are assessed by a written assignment and a poster presentation. Each student will complete then an extended master’s dissertation (60 credits) which deals with an area of chosen study.

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






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