Postgraduate Courses - International Commercial Law and Human Rights
LLM International Commercial Law and Human Rights
The Aberystwyth LLM in International Commercial Law and Human Rights will give you a firm academic understanding of the ever-changing realities of the current global economy and its often conflicted engagement with internationally protected human rights. During your International Commercial Law and Human Rights LLM you will study subjects such as the law relating to transnational commerce, competition, business cartels, as well as engaging with the complex implications of how such law conflicts with individual or group enjoyment of human rights. You will even have the opportunity to study some of the emerging law and policy in this area.
You will benefit from the knowledge and experience of members of Aberystwyth University's Law School. 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.
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 International Commercial Law and Human Rights will challenge you to master these two fascinating and complex subjects as they compete, cooperate and conflict on an international level. You will get to grips with balancing the rival demands of protecting human rights and promoting business interest through law provision. You will also complete an advanced and in-depth study of subjects including competition law to control monopoly and aggressive business practices to ensure the protection of human rights.
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 may have 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 rights lobby groups, international law firms and a range of non-governmental organisations.
The Aberystwyth Law School 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.
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).
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 study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance
If you would enjoy studying the legal interaction between two significant areas of human experience
If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to human rights 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 internationally protected human rights. 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.
You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information 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 improved academic rigour, will stand you in good stead throughout your course and beyond into employment.
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 apply in many 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.