LLM International Commercial Law and the Environment

The Aberystwyth LLM in International Commercial Law and the Environment will give you a firm academic understanding of the ever-changing realities of the current global economy and its conflicted engagement with the environment and related legal protections.  During the LLM in International Commercial Law and the Environment, you will study subjects such as the law relating to transnational commerce, regulatory competence, pollution control, competition, nature conservation and business cartels. You will gain a masterful understanding of the law-making process, preparing for legislative action and anticipating the realities of environmental and business law in application.

You will benefit from the knowledge and experience of members of Aberystwyth University's Law and Criminology Department. You will also benefit from having your course materials augmented by lawyers from other academic institutions and private practice in the United Kingdom. By undertaking this course, you will strengthen your rigorous analytical skills, your abilities in argument formation and your capacity for independent thought.

Key Facts


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 semester. 

Entry 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.

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.

Course Fees: 

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 International Commercial Law and the Environment will challenge you to master these two fascinating and complex subjects at local, national and international levels. You will get to grips with balancing the competing demands of environmental protection and business interest whilst studying some of the emerging law and policy in this area. You will complete an advanced and in-depth study of subjects including competition law to control monopoly and aggressive business practices and the relevant legal incentives and sanctions in environmental regulation.

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.

The course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in government departments, transnational corporations, corporate and environmental lobby groups, international law firms and a range of 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.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Year 1 Core (80 Credits) Students must take the following modules:

Semester 1

International Commercial Law LAM0340

Climate Change Law And Policy LAM1720

Semester 2

Human Rights, Environment And International Business LAM4820

Year 1 Options Students must choose 40 credits from the following modules:

Semester 2

Maritime Law LAM0220

International Copyright Law LAM0520

The Law Relating To E-commerce LAM2820

Regulation Of Business Cartels LAM3520

Cross-border Legal Issues On The Internet And Beyond LAM4020

Year 1 Core (60 Credits)

Semester 3

Dissertation LAM6260


This degree will suit you:

  • If you want to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance
  • If you would enjoy studying the interaction between two significant branches of law
  • If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to environmental and business issues
  • If you wish to nurture a legal career within government, non-governmental or corporate structures


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 lawmaking for the turbulent global economy and our shared environment. 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.

Key Skills and Competencies

Study Skills

You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal data 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 argument. 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.

Transferable Skills

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.

Departmental contact details 

Tel: (01970) 622720

Fax: (01970) 622729

Email: pglaw@aber.ac.uk

Department of Law and Criminology
Aberystwyth University
Elystan Morgan Building
Llanbadarn Centre
SY23 3AS

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Further Information

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