Postgraduate Courses - Climate Change and Human Rights
LLM Climate Change and Human Rights
The Aberystwyth LLM course in Climate Change and Human Rights challenges you to seriously engage with an emerging and fascinating area of law – climate change law. You will examine the latest developments in how climate change and accompanying legislation is impacting human rights issues and law. By grasping the opportunity this course presents, you will involve yourself in arguably one of the most forward-looking areas of law in relation to the established core area of human rights.
Climate change presents one of the most pressing legal issues of today which impact the health, security and freedoms of billions of people around the world. This broad subject includes a foundation in human rights law, as well as an interrogation of environmental law and the emerging field of climate changes law. The course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in climate change law in relation to human rights advocacy, business, international law firms and a range of government and non-governmental organisations.
Every course at Aberystwyth offers a programme of study that will push you to extend your expertise whilst broadening your general employability. You will emerge from this LLM degree with both cutting-edge subject expertise and a proven record in academic research, analysis, reporting, argument-construction and critical thinking. These combined traits will make you a highly attractive prospect for a range of potential employers.
One year full-time. The academic year (September to September) is
divided into three semesters: September to January; January to June;
June to September.
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
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.
English Language Requirements:
If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must
take a University-recognised test of academic English language
proficiency. For further information please see our English Language requirements page.
Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.
The LLM in Climate Change and Human Rights provides a comprehensive overview of human rights law and how it works in relation to the environment and the urgent topic of climate change. The course balances theory with the urgently practical – for example, combining the necessarily comprehensive detail of human rights legislation with the complex reality of situations of weather change and its impact on the local human population. Subjects of study include climate change law, contemporary issues in food law and policy, human rights law in relation to climate change law and policy, among others.
In addition to specialist subject knowledge, you will cultivate skills useful in a range of employment contexts. You will develop your abilities in critical analysis, team work and presentation. You will be able to identify assumptions, evaluate evidence, detect false logic and reasoning and identify suggestive trends in data – all traits which are prized by employers in every industry.
As a student at Aberystwyth, you will be taught by staff who possess both expertise and experience of law in this fascinating area. Under their personal tutelage, you will enjoy a degree of freedom in directing your own study path through the choice of option modules. In addition, you will explore the subject-specialism of your choice by researching and writing your Master's dissertation. This is your opportunity to select a project topic which has a direct bearing on your professional life and our previous LLM students have found this to be an invaluable opportunity towards establishing a successful career.
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.
Department of Law and Criminology lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).
Welsh medium modules available
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
Year 1 Core (80 Credits) Students must take the following modules:
If you want to receive an advanced exposition of climate change and human rights law
If you wish to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance
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
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 armed with impressive expertise in the latest legal developments in the contentious and urgent field of climate change. In addition, this course will help you to master key skills that are required in almost every postgraduate workplace. You will be pushed to improve your approaches to planning, analysis and presentation so that you can tackle complex projects thoroughly and with professional independence, making you a highly-desirable candidate for a career in government, non-governmental and corporate contexts alike.
You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal data regarding climate change and its relationship with human rights, and you will refine your professional practices by engagement with multiple case studies. You will learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build your legal case. These skills in analysis and discourse, supported by your mastery of rigorous methodologies, will stand you in good stead for any specifically legal or more general professional workplace.
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 helpful 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.
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.
How to Apply
Postgraduate applicants can submit their application either on-line or off-line. Please see our How to Apply page for further information.