Department of Law and Criminology - Aberystwyth University

LLM Environmental Law and Policy

Department of Law and Criminology - Aberystwyth University
In Aberystwyth

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Typology Master
Location Aberystwyth (Wales)
Duration 12 Months
Credits 180
  • Master
  • Aberystwyth (Wales)
  • Duration:
    12 Months
  • Credits: 180

Are you working for environmental organisation or are you seeking to make a career in this ever more important area of law and policy? This scheme allows you to study subjects such as international environmental law, control of pollution law, climate change, law and food policy law, or marine environmental law.

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Aberystwyth (Cardiganshire/Ceredigion)
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Aberystwyth University, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais, SY23 3DY


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· 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.

· Qualification

LLM Environmental Law and Policy or Diploma

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What you'll learn on the course

Environmental Law
Climate Change
Research skills
Critical Thinking
Legal expertise
Referencing skills
Communication Skills
Writing Skills
Argumentation skills

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Law Lecturer
Law Lecturer
Environmental Law

Course programme

Course Programme

How will I learn?

This course is a one year full-time programme. The academic year is divided into three semesters. In the first two semesters (September to May), you will study 120 credits of taught modules (six 20 credit modules). These modules are delivered via seminars, with a strong emphasis placed on independent study.

In the final semester (June-September), you will complete a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, and arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation supervisor.

What will I learn?

In the first two semesters of this course, you will study a series of core modules, followed by a selection of optional modules, giving you the necessary grounding in international law, humanitarian law, and human rights legislation whilst also allowing you to tailor your study to your individual needs and interests.

This course balances the academic with the urgently practical – for example, combining the necessarily comprehensive detail of human rights legislation in conflict with the harsh reality of the threats posed to human rights and the conflicts and tensions within the system of human rights protection.

An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within a specialism of your choice. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in the first two semesters is via written assignments and oral presentations.

Successful submission of your dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an LLM.

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