The LLM Law degree (distance learning) at Aberystwyth University will allow you to tailor your study of law entirely to your needs and interests and direct your own study amid a wide array of options, choosing from areas of law such as the environment, human rights, international business, commerce, and technology. Upon graduating from this degree, you will have an impressive level of expertise in the latest developments in a range of law specialisms.
Typical Entry Requirements
Entry Requirements 2:2 Bachelors (Honours) or equivalent in a law or related social science degree
English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent
Other Requirements Applicants are encouraged to submit an up-to-date CV as part of their application.Back to the top
Why study LLM Law (Distance Learning) at Aberystwyth University?
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. This study of legal theory is 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.
There are two start dates for the Law LLM by distance learning in each academic year - 1 February and 1 October. Although students are allowed up to a maximum of five years to complete the course, it is possible to complete the degree in just two years. The flexible nature of the programmes means that you can work at your own pace through the modules. Each of the modules is worth 20 credits and the dissertation is worth 60 credits. To gain the LLM qualification you will be required to complete 180 credits worth of study – 120 from taught modules and 60 from the dissertation. It will be possible to complete 60 credits (three modules) to gain a Postgraduate certificate recognising your achievement. On completion of all six modules but in the absence of the dissertation, you will be eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma in Law. You can also choose to study individual modules to enhance your knowledge in a particular area. All the modules are assessed by an assignment of up to 6000 words and a poster.
The dissertation provides you with an excellent opportunity to study an aspect of the law in your chosen area of study which is of particular interest to you. Students often, but not exclusively, select project topics which have a direct bearing on their professional lives. The standard of the work produced is very high indeed and several of our students have graduated with distinction.
Attendance at the annual Study School in April is highly recommended. The programme of lectures, seminars and workshops at the residential school both stimulates and encourages, as well as providing an invaluable opportunity for debate and discussion with staff, visiting lecturers and fellow students.
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment 96.5% of publications submitted by the Department of Law & Criminology were of of an internationally recognised standard and that 98% of research activity in the department was rated as internationally recognised.
About this course
Of flexible duration, generally taking between two and five years.
Assessment takes the form of research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student will complete a Masters dissertation of 13,000-15,000 words which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.
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.
Modules September start - 2023
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.
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Module Name||Module Code||Credit Value|
|Aspects of Commercial Contracting||LDM0420||20|
|Criminology of International Conflict Personnel||LDM1920||20|
|International Commercial Law||LDM0720||20|
|International Criminal Law||LDM0620||20|
|International Environmental Law||LDM0820||20|
|International Human Rights Law||LDM1620||20|
|International Humanitarian Law||LDM4220||20|
|International Trade Law||LDM1220||20|
|Law and Gender||LDM2420||20|
|Migration and Asylum Law||LDM4420||20|
|Nature Conservation & Marine Environmental Law||LDM0920||20|
|Philosophy and Sociology of Human Rights Protection||LDM4520||20|
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking careers in transnational corporations, specialist online trading, corporate lobby groups, international law firms, technology companies and a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.
On this course you will gain a wealth of skills vital for success in legal and more general employment. You will:
- study the cutting-edge developments of many areas of law
- develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to urgent contemporary issues
- master a range of legal methodologies
- learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information from a fascinating array of fields
- learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build a winning argument based on your own rigorous research and analysis
- develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently
- develop your planning, analysis, presentation, project management and professional independence
- enhance your problem solving and creative thinking skills
- devise and sustain a self-initiated programme of study
- develop study and research skills
- work effectively with others.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
On this course you have the flexibility to choose from a comprehensive and wide range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your study to your needs and interests. 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. This study of legal theory is then 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.
An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within a specialism of your choice. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.
How will I learn?
This programme is offered via flexible distance learning and students may take between two and five years to complete their studies, meaning that you can work at your own pace through the modules. Each module is worth 20 credits and the dissertation is worth 60 credits. To gain an LLM you will be required to complete 180 credits worth of study: 6 taught modules (120 credits) followed by the 60 credit dissertation. It is also possible to complete 60 credits to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits to gain a Postgraduate Diploma, or to study individual modules to enhance your knowledge in a particular area.
You are guided through modules by a range of material, including reading lists, reading material such as articles and book chapters, self-assessment questions and lecture recordings, all of which are made available on Blackboard (the University’s online learning/teaching facility). Staff-student interchange is facilitated by coursework materials, telephone contact, email and written responses to coursework submissions.
Attendance at the annual study school in April is highly recommended. The programme of lectures, seminars and workshops at residential study schools stimulates and encourages debate and discussion with staff, visiting lecturers and fellow students.
How will I be assessed?
All the modules are assessed by a written assignment of 6000 words and a poster presentation.
Successful submission of the dissertation following the completion of 120 credits leads to the award of an LLM.