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LLM Democracy, Human Security and International Law


Course Description

The Aberystwyth LLM course in Democracy, Human Security and International Law will challenge you to critically examine these three key areas. In addition, you will be required to work through the complex practical difficulties of applying the law within the economic and political contexts from which it has evolved. This balanced approach including both theory and practice will equip you to deal with the real-life negotiation that goes on in the authentic lawmaking and practice in your future career or further study.

This course will expose you to some of the most pressing legal issues of the day. You will examine some of the ideologies and subjects which have shaped the early twenty-first century – the impact of democracy and the issue of security in their international contexts. As you approach these challenging topics, you will benefit from the excellent instruction of our departmental staff, all of whom are experts in their chosen fields of study. They will provide the necessary guidance and support needed for you to identify and pursue your own specialist topic which may form the basis for your future career.

Upon graduation, you will possess a level of expertise that is highly sought-after in law firms, government departments, think-tanks, international institutions and non-governmental organisations alike. In addition, you will be well-equipped with a wide range of general skills – such as research, analysis, argument-construction and many more – which will make you a highly desirable candidate for almost any postgraduate employment position.

See the website http://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/democracy-human-security-international-law-masters/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

- If you wish to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance
- If you want to develop a profound understanding of international law on critical subjects
- 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 detail

The LLM in Democracy, Human Security and International Law is your opportunity to engage with a broad range of subjects, such as the contribution made by governments and courts on international law; current initiatives relating to human security worldwide; and the impact of non-governmental organisations on international policy-making.

The course balances the theory with the urgently practical – for example, combining in-depth analysis of legal principles on an international level with the study of how such law affects a range of contrasting local situations. You will also come to appreciate the necessary differences and points of difficulty between national and international legislation where factors like nationalism, protectionism and self-interest conflict with international declarations and law.

Beyond the required core modules, you will enjoy a degree of freedom in directing your own study path through the choice of option modules. You will also be able to further explore your chosen specialism through researching and writing your Master's dissertation. Our previous LLM students have reported that this can help direct future study and career pathways and provides an invaluable opportunity to establish a successful career.

As a student at Aberystwyth, you will be taught by staff who participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields. Under their personal tutelage, you will develop your rigorous analytical skills, your abilities in presenting clear and focused arguments and your capacity for independent thought – all traits which are prized by postgraduate employers everywhere.

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.

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 appraised of the latest legal developments in three incredibly broad and marketable fields: democracy, security and international law. In addition, this course will help you to master general skills which are required in almost every postgraduate work situation. Through your studies, you will have honed your skills in planning, analysis and presentation and you will be able to tackle complex projects thoroughly and with professional independence. This balance of expertise and a rare breadth of competencies will make you a highly desirable candidate for careers in government, non-governmental and corporate contexts alike.

Key Skills and Competencies:

- Study Skills:
You will learn to quickly assimilate, interpret and apply a wealth of legal knowledge. In doing so, you will refine your own work methodologies, improving your personal skills in research, analysis, discourse and argument-construction. You will also be confronted with the task of improving your interpersonal skills in team work and group activities including debates and presentations.

- 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 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.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the LLM Democracy, Human Security and International Law page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

IMLIS Fully Funded Excellence Scholarships - 20+ Awards

How to apply: Separate application forms for the funding will not be required. Please apply for your Taught Masters course by following the information on the following website: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply
Deadlines: 30th June 2014
Selection Criteria: These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence (1st Class degree holder); relevant work or other experience may also be taken into consideration
Further information: For informal enquiries please contact your Postgraduate Advisors on [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees

Eligibility

The Institute of Management, Law and Information Science are offering two Fully funded Excellence Scholarships for September 2014 entry. These full fee scholarships are open to all Nationalities and are for full time study only on a Taught programme in the Institute. The scholarships cover full tuition fees only.

Application Procedure

Please see the Terms and conditions for IMLIS scholarships.
Distance Learning students are not eligible.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/imlis-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

IMLIS Taught Masters Scholarships - 20+ Awards

UK and EU students: 1st Class and 2:1 students: £2000 tuition fee scholarship. 2:2: £1000 tuition fee scholarship.
Overseas students: 1st Class and 2:1 students: £4000 tuition fee scholarship. 2:2: £3000 tuition fee scholarship.
How to apply: Separate application forms for the funding will not be required. Please apply for your Taught Masters course by following the information on the following website: http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/
Deadlines: You must hold an offer for an eligible programme in the Institute by the 31st August 2014. Please note that decisions on applications for taught courses can take up to two weeks so please ensure that you apply will in advance of this deadline.
Selection Criteria: The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and are subject to final grades. We will also consider relevant work or other experience when allocating scholarships.
Further information: For informal enquiries please contact your Postgraduate Advisors on [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000-£4000

Eligibility

The Institute of Management, Law and Information Science are offering Taught Excellence Scholarships to external candidates (separate scholarship scheme for IMLIS and general Aberystwyth Graduates is also available) worth between £1000 and £4000. The scholarships for September 2014 entry are available for full time Taught programmes in the Institute and are open to all Nationalities.

Application Procedure

Please see the Terms and conditions for IMLIS scholarships.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/imlis-scholarships/


(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest. Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

An Honours Degree 2:2 (minimum). Degrees in law, the social sciences, or other similar subjects are preferred. Those from other disciplines or with suitable professional experience will be considered on an individual basis. Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable especially if ECTS evidence is available. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and/or Accreditation of Experiential Prior Learning (APEL) are considered on an individual basis according to current University Regulations.

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