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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Education

    Law

  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    2-3 years full-time

  • Course Type

    Other

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    14 October 2019

Founded in 1901, Aberystwyth Law School bases itself on a long, distinguished and increasingly varied experience of legal and criminological education and academic work. Over the years many well-known academics have taught in the Law School, and Aberystwyth law and criminology graduates have made their mark in a wide range of careers. The Law School is confident in its distinctive identity and reputation for teaching of high quality, linked to vigorous research activity carried out in a stimulating and friendly environment. The Law School’s library has all of the electronic resources expected of any institution offering a full legal education.

The Law School participated in the Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. That assessment 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.

Masters by Research

At Aberystwyth you can register for an MPhil or an LLM (Research). There is no difference between these qualifications. Most students register for the MPhil, which is recognised in the UK as a research qualification, whereas the LLM is usually reserved for taught Masters programmes. Some overseas students, however, prefer to be awarded an LLM because the title signifies clearly that it is a law degree. In either case, you can register for one year to produce a thesis of about 50,000 - 60,000 words. You work under the direction of one or more supervisors but are not required to attend any classes. After the year at Aberystwyth you have up to two years to write up your research.

Studying for a Research Masters offers many of the attractions of studying for a PhD. It would be wrong, however, to think of a Masters dissertation as a short PhD. A Masters thesis should provide a detailed overview and critique of any area of law but it is not intended to provide an in-depth analysis in the same way as a PhD. The main advantage of the Research Masters, therefore, is that it enables you to complete a piece of research and obtain a qualification for it in a relatively short period of time.

Aberystwyth Law School is committed to a policy of innovation and development in teaching and research and regularly reviews both the range and content of its degree schemes, as well as its modes of teaching and assessment, in order to respond effectively to the needs and expectations of our student body. The Law School aims to maximise choice in its provision of legal and criminological education while ensuring that teaching is informed by up-to-date scholarship at the highest level.

Modules

Core

  • Manuscript Skills: Post Medieval Palaeographic and Diplomatic (10 credits)
  • Principles of Research Design (10 credits)
  • Ways of Reading (10 credits)
  • Grants Development Workshops (10 credits)
  • Leadership for Researchers (10 credits)
  • Public Engagement and Impact (10 credits)
  • Reading and Writing Development Group (10 credits)
  • Research Skills and Personal Development (0120) (20 credits)
  • Theoretical Foundations of Research in Law and Criminology (10 credits)
  • Using Manuscript Sources for Medieval Studies; Palaeography, Diplomatic and Context (20 credits)
  • Ways of Working (10 credits)

Visit the Law - MPhil page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

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