The Aberystwyth LLM in Information Technology Law is a relatively new discipline within law and one which provides you with ample opportunity to explore issues which are at the cutting edge of legal development. In addition to providing significant academic challenges, this course will equip you with the necessary experience to succeed in law in this rapidly growing area of IT law.
On this degree scheme you will study the practical response of the law to these developing technologies. You will also assess the adequacy and effectiveness of measures taken at both a national and international level to deal with the novel problems which continue to arise. In the light of the global nature of this subject, a particular consideration will be given to consistency and the need for a uniform approach between jurisdictions.
You will benefit from the knowledge and experience of members of Aberystwyth University's Law and Criminology Department who will also guide and encourage you as you tackle your Master's dissertation. Alongside your subject-specific learning, you will also complete regular assignments and exercises designed to strengthen your rigorous analytical skills, your abilities in argument formation and your capacity for independent thought, making you highly employable in legal and other professional work contexts.
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.
Funding opportunities may be available, please check our funding calculator for details.
The LLM in Information Technology Law will challenge you to master one of the fastest changing disciplines within law. The subject of information technology law moves at an astonishing pace – as quickly as new products and programs are created. Developments in the technology have enabled emerging digital technologies to create both new products and the markets for those products. Combined with similarly exponential advances in methods of communication and ways of doing business, the need for legislation to protect and guide human interaction has never been greater.
You will begin by securing a comprehensive grounding in the current legal framework regulating ICT before exploring the rapidly developing legal perspectives on digital technologies, rights issues, intellectual property, commerce, product marketing, communication, computer programming and much more.
An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within the specialism of your choice. This is your opportunity to select a project topic which has a direct bearing on your professional life. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.
This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in transnational corporations, software developers, corporate lobby groups, international law firms and a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.
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
Year 1 Core (60 Credits) Students must take the following modules:
If you want to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance
If you would enjoy studying the interaction between technology, business and the law
If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to technological development
If you wish to nurture a legal career dealing with national and international law firms and technology companies
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 developments in law regarding the exponential growth and development in information technology. In addition, this course will help you to master key skills that are required in almost every postgraduate workplace – planning, analysis, presentation, project management and professional independence.
Key Skills and Competencies
You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal data in this fascinating field. You will learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build a strong argument in a changing legal environment. These skills in analysis and discourse, supported by your mastery of rigorous methodologies, will stand you in good stead for any 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.