In choosing to study this Law with Politics degree, you will discover a challenging and stimulating degree; elements of this degree are recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority - a direct route to the legal profession. This twenty-first century Law with International Politics degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal subjects and will deliver the skills and competences demanded in the many career options available to you upon its successful completion. Additionally, you combine your legal training with the core elements of an International Politics degree. You will emerge with real world capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.
Aberystwyth Law School: 82% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
100% of undergraduates who graduated from the Aberystwyth Law School in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
Department of International Politics: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)
92% of undergraduates from the Department of International Politics who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
- Teaching & Learning
- Student Views
Why study Law with Politics at Aberystwyth?
- A degree from a top 4 UK University for Student Satisfaction (NSS 2016).
- It is a practical law degree designed to meet employer needs and taught by experienced legal professionals and academics.
- Taught by professionals who are active for large organisations e.g. GRETA, the Country Side Commission for Wales, the Youth Justice Board, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
- The department of International Politics is regarded as world leading and internationally excellent, and we are the best in Wales with our pioneering Research (Ref 2014).
- Taught in a department that was founded in 1919 after the end of World War I, and it’s the world’s first university department of International Politics.
- Option to study abroad in the second year at one of our many partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada and Australia.
- Option to participate in our national and international competing Mooting Society, in order to develop your key advocacy and litigation skills. We also offer a Welsh medium Mooting competition for students who wish to moot through the medium of Welsh.
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).
Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.
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.
- Exploring The International 1 *
- Exploring The International 2 *
- Law Of Contract *
- Legal Skills *
- Legal System *
- The Law Of Obligations *
- Tort *
- Approaching The Political
- Behind The Headlines *
- The Making Of The Modern World: International History Since 1789
- Understanding The Social World
- War, Strategy And Intelligence
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- Aesthetics, Image And Narrative In Global Politics
- America At War: A Military History Of The United States
- Britain And Ireland In War And Peace Since 1800
- Capitalism And International Politics
- Contemporary Latin America
- Espionage Studies
- Eu Simulation
- European Politics
- Gender And Sexuality In Latin America
- Global Economic Governance
- Global Health And International Politics
- Ideas And Practice In American Politics
- Intelligence And International Security *
- International Politics And Non-western Worlds *
- Land Law *
- Multiculturalism In Policy And Practice *
- Nato: The Making And Breaking Of Alliances
- Political Theory *
- Special Forces: Theory And Practice
- The Cold War
- The Cuban Missile Crisis
- The Diplomacy Of Decline: Britain & World Politics 1851-2001
- The Ethics Of War In Theory And Practice
- The League Of Nations
- The Past And Present Of Us Intelligence
- The Vietnam War
- Theorizing International Relations
- Total War, Total Peace *
- Wales And Devolution *
- War, Politics And Strategy
- Warfare After Waterloo: Military History 1815 - 1918
- Warfare In The 20th Century:technology And Strategy
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
What career opportunities exist for me?
Your degree will open up a range of exciting opportunities for you.
- You will be a strong candidate for training to become a barrister or a solicitor.
- Your degree offers you the possibility to succeed in many different areas including criminology, financial management, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education.
Your future is important to us and our degrees with equip you with the following skills:
- Possess the confidence in selecting and deploying the most appropriate range of legal methodologies.
- Ability to write and communicate with a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information.
- Ability to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information quickly and accurately.
- The ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
- Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
- The ability to work independently
- Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
- Self-motivation and self-reliance
- Team-work, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
- Research skills
What opportunities are there as a student at Aberystwyth Law School?
- Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.
- Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
In your first year you may explore:
- You will receive core training in a number of subjects e.g. Contract law, Criminal Law and Tort Law, which must be studied and passed for exemption from the first stage of professional law examinations.
- Explore the structure and development of the English and Welsh Legal system
- The relationship of the judicial precedent and the court system
- Analyse the process of creating legislation and how its interpreted by judges.
- The development and progress of international relations during the twentieth century
- Central approaches to the study of international relations
- The different methodologies to the analysis of topical issues in world politics
- The making of the modern world
- Political theory
- Contemporary political problems
- War, Strategy and Intelligence
In the second and third years you may discover:
- EU Law
- Public Law
- Equity and the Law of Trusts Land Law
- Cyber warfare
- The EU
- Latin America
- The Cold War
- Military History
- Contemporary Warfare
- The reconstruction of states
How will I be taught?
- You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and seminars which are innovating and high quality allowing you to realise your potential.
- In your lectures, you will be introduced to key concepts and relevant up to date information. You will also have access to recorded versions of lectures.
- Our tutorials and seminars are an opportunity for you to discuss particular legal themes or topics, to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning whilst at the same time improving your construction of legal arguments.
- You will be assessed through essays, exams, study logs or portfolios and oral presentations including mooting exercises.
- You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at the Aberystwyth Law School. Your personal tutor will be the key contact when you have issues or queries.
- You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
Law is a challenging subject which stretches me each and every day and that is exactly why I enjoy it! Thanks to both the brilliant staff and the expansive resources available to students, the challenge remains one which I’ve never felt was out of my grasp. Aberystwyth itself is a great town, ideal for a variety of students; it has something to offer for everyone and I know of no better place to make close friends. The town is very relaxed and welcoming and when it is sunny there is no place in the UK I’d rather be. Andrew James Hall
The combination of a brilliant course with a beautiful town is perfect. I have loved studying Law at Aberystwyth over the past 3 years; although it has been hard work and exhausting it has been both thrilling and challenging. All the lecturers, tutors and staff are fantastically friendly and helpful and care about the department and the way modules are taught. The Law library houses everything you need for your degree so you don’t need to go far. Law attracts so many different personalities and students from different backgrounds and spending 3 years with them is great. The modules for Law offer great choice. William Pryce
A Levels BBB
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
30 points overall