The Aberystwyth LLM in Law is your opportunity to build a world-class course of study in law which suits your needs and interests. The LLM in Law is designed so that it allows you the flexibility to choose an unrestricted package of modules from those available within the Aberystwyth Law School. You can even choose up to 20 credits of study modules from outside the department, enabling you to further tailor your LLM to your wider-ranging interests.
All of the LLM courses and modules at Aberystwyth are constructed to develop your cognitive abilities as well as enhance your knowledge. In every course available to you, the study of legal theory is 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.
You will benefit from the knowledge and experience of members of Aberystwyth University's Law School 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.
The LLM in Law will challenge you to direct your own study amid a fascinating array of options. You will be able to choose from areas of law including the environment, human rights, international business, commerce, technology and many more. 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.
In completing your LLM, you will have gained a wealth of skills vital for success in legal and more general employment options. For instance, you will become proficient in quickly identify assumptions, evaluating the evidentiary quality of statements, detecting false logic or reasoning, identifying implicit values, defining terms appropriately and stating your case clearly.
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, specialist online trading, corporate lobby groups, international law firms and a range of governmental and 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 Options Students must take a minimum of 100 credits from the following modules:
If you want to tailor your study of law entirely to your interests
If you would enjoy studying the cutting-edge developments of many areas of law
If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to urgent contemporary issues
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 a range of law specialisms. 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.
You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information from a fascinating array of fields. You will learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build a winning argument based on your own rigorous research and analysis practice. These skills, supported by your mastery of a range of legal 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.