Typical Course Length
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.
Why study Environmental Law & Policy via distance learning at Aberystwyth University?
- This is a flexible degree scheme, enabling continual professional development without having to take a break from work and/or allowing students to study from home, whether overseas or in the UK.
- Opportunity to study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, LLM, or to study individual modules to enhance your knowledge in specific areas.
- 96.5% of Aberystwyth Law School’s publications were judged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher in the most recent research assessment – REF 2014
- Members of academic staff in Aberystwyth Law School are active in research and publication and participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal and related fields.
- Expansive research is carried out within the School across a range of research areas and within a range of research centres.
- The residential study schools offered for distance learners allow students to integrate into the research culture of Aberystwyth Law School. The programme of lectures, seminars and workshops at these residential study schools provides an invaluable opportunity for debate and discussion with staff, visiting lecturers and fellow students.
- Over the years a large number of well-known legal academics have taught in Aberystwyth Law School.
- Aberystwyth is a multinational community. Aberystwyth Law School participates actively in international and European academic networks and frequently hosts visits by academics and experts from other countries.
- Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
Aberystwyth Law School 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).
Of flexible duration, generally taking between two and five years.
Assessment takes the form of coursework essays (120 credits). Each student will complete then a master’s dissertation (60 credits) which deals with an area of chosen study..
Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (equating to a mark of 56.5 or above). 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 Bachelors degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.
Non-native English speakers are required to take a University recognised test of academic English language proficiency. Further information can be found on the 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.
Possible funding opportunities can be found in our funding calculator.
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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.
- Aspects of Commercial Contracting
- Climate Change Law and Policy
- Contemporary Issues in Food Policy and Law
- Control of Pollution Law
- Criminology of International Conflict Personnel
- Democracy and International Law
- Human RIghts, Business and the Internet
- Human Rights, Environment and International Business
- International Commercial Law
- International Copyright Law
- International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Humanitarian Law
- International Trade Law
- Migration and Asylum Law
- Nature Conservation & Marine Environmental Law
- Philosophy and Sociology of Human Rights Protection
- Regulation of Business Cartels
- The Law Relating to E-Commerce
This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking to establish or expand careers in government departments, think tanks, international organisations, humanitarian and human rights advocacy, business organisations, international law firms and a wide range of NGOs.
On this course you will gain a wealth of skills vital for success in legal and more general employment. You will:
- develop expertise in the latest legal developments in the field of human rights and humanitarian law
- develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to humanitarian and human rights issues
- master a range of legal methodologies
- learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information regarding human rights and humanitarian law
- learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build a winning argument based on your own rigorous research and analysis
- develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently
- develop your planning, analysis, presentation, project management and professional independence
- enhance your problem solving and creative thinking skills
- devise and sustain a self-initiated programme of study
- develop study and research skills
- work effectively with others
Teaching & Learning
How will I learn?
This programme is offered via flexible distance learning and students may take between two and five years to complete their studies, meaning that you can work at your own pace through the modules. Each module is worth 20 credits and the dissertation is worth 60 credits. To gain an LLM you will be required to complete 180 credits worth of study: 6 taught modules (120 credits) followed by the 60 credit dissertation. It is also possible to complete 60 credits to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits to gain a Postgraduate Diploma, or to study individual modules to enhance your knowledge in a particular area.
You are guided through modules through a range of materials, including reading lists and electronically made available articles and chapters, self-assessment questions, recordings of oncampus classes etc, all made available on Blackboard (the University’s online learning/teaching facility). You are able to keep in contact with tutors both during and after your studies by email, telephone and/or post, offering invaluable peer support and networking opportunities.
Attendance at the annual residential study schools is highly recommended. The programme of lectures, seminars and workshops at residential study schools stimulates and encourages debate and discussion with staff, visiting lecturers and fellow students.
What will I learn?
Students should consult the School concerning the choice of modules and the order in which they should be taken.
Modules provide 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.
Students wishing to complete the LLM will, following completion of 120 credits, complete a detailed dissertation within a specialism of their choice. Students often, but not exclusively, select project topics which have a direct bearing on their professional lives, and previous LLM students have also found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.
How will I be assessed?
All the modules are assessed by a written assignment of 6000 words and a poster presentation.
Successful submission of the dissertation following the completion of 120 credits leads to the award of an LLM.