Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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Course Code M198D
  • Qualification


  • Typical Course Length

    5 Years

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Our LLM in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is your opportunity to engage with the distinct yet complementary regimes of human rights law and humanitarian law and to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance. By studying this course, you will tackle traditional subjects as well as new and emerging issues, such as the regulation of international society and the legal mechanisms of human rights during international and non-international armed conflicts.  Your study will reflect the local, national and international nuances of this complex subject matter.

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Key Facts


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..

Entry Requirements:

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. 

Course Fees:

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.


For further information, please write to us at pglaw@aber.ac.uk


Why study LLM Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Aberystwyth University?

  • 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
  • All 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
  • 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
  • Expansive research is carried out within the Department across a range of research areas and within a range of research centres. Postgraduates integrate into our research culture through Departmental research seminars and postgraduate conferences
  • Benefit from a mature and well-stocked library for Law and Criminology (Thomas Parry Library) and from generous information technology provision
  • Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
Our Staff

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).




This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking careers in transnational corporations, specialist online trading, corporate lobby groups, international law firms, technology companies and a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations. 


On this course you will gain a wealth of skills vital for success in legal and more general employment. You will: 

• study the cutting-edge developments of many areas of law 

• develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to urgent contemporary issues 

• master a range of legal methodologies 

• learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information from a fascinating array of fields 

• 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 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 complete 120 credits of your choice from the package of modules offered by Aberystwyth Law School (with the option of selecting up to 20 credits from another Department).

The taught part of the course is delivered through seminars and lectures, with a strong emphasis placed on independent study. In the final semester (June-September), you will complete a 15,000 word dissertation, and arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation supervisor.

What will I learn?

On this course you have the flexibility to choose from a comprehensive and wide range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your study to your needs and interests. Whichever modules you take, you will be given a thorough grounding in legal theory and practice to make you ready for the rigorous demands of the modern legal workplace. This study of legal theory is then always balanced with the investigation of an array of fascinating case studies to illuminate your study and put you in touch with an authentic experience of legal cases.

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 for this course is predominantly via written assignments and oral presentations.

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