Postgraduate Courses - Rights, Gender and International Law
LLM Rights, Gender and International Law
The Aberystwyth LLM in Rights, Gender and International Law offers you the opportunity to undertake critical study of two important fields – international law and human rights law – through the lens of gender. In this LLM you will study the legal history of these fascinating areas alongside the latest developments in this constantly-developing legal area. Your study will include topics such as equality legislation, implementation and regulation at the international level, as well as the place of gender within wider human rights law.
As a student at Aberystwyth, you will be taught by staff who participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal, criminological and other related fields. Under their personal tutelage, you will develop your rigorous analytical skills, your abilities in presenting clear and focused arguments and your capacity for independent thought. You will graduate with expertise highly sought-after in law firms, government departments, think-tanks, international institutions and non-governmental organisations alike.
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 Rights, Gender and International Law provides a comprehensive overview of international law regarding human rights and gender issues, and how these critically important legal subjects impact in the world today. This course balances the theory with the urgently practical – for example, the detatched, academic knowledge of law may be taught through examining difficult case studies which are anything but clear-cut. By doing so, students are challenged to engage with the subject and face the dilemmas of authentic legal practice in the real world.
An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within the specialism of your choice. In your dissertation you will prove that you have become an expert in rights and gender law at an international level. The study may even come to have a direct bearing on your future professional life – previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found the opportunity presented by their dissertation to be an invaluable help in directing the path of a successful career. Staff from the Department of Law and Criminology will be on hand to advise, encourage and guide you towards the most suitable topics.
Upon graduation, you will be fully equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop a career in the field of human rights and humanitarian law and policy. You will also have honed your general academic skills which will stand you in good stead for entry into any position in the postgraduate jobs market.
This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in international, humanitarian and human rights advocacy, business, law 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
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 which impacts significant populations within the developed and developing worlds
If you wish to develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to humanitarian and human rights issues
If you wish to nurture a legal career within government, non-governmental or corporate structures
If you desire skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer
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 expertise in these fascinating areas of human rights, gender and international law. 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, making you a highly-desirable candidate for a career in government, non-governmental and corporate contexts alike.
Key Skills and Competencies
You will learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal knowledge. You will also be required to refine your professional practices by engaging with multiple complex case studies. You will learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and how to build your legal case. These skills in analysis and discourse, supported by your mastery of rigorous methodologies, will stand you in good stead in legal and more general workplaces.
Self-Motivation and discipline
Studying at LLM level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level 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 timeframes and to specific deadlines.Whether you pursue a legal career, further research or unrelated employment, these skills will enable you to progress to a significantly higher level.
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.