Law and International Relations

LLB Law and International Relations Code 21LM

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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    128 - 104

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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LLB Law with International Relations is a joint honours degree where you will explore two challenging, stimulating and complimentary disciplines. Elements of this degree are recognised by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation Authority - a direct route to the legal profession. The degree encompasses a range of traditional and contemporary legal and international politics topics equipping you with the skills and competences demanded in many industries that will become available to you. You will emerge with "real world" capabilities, enabling you to shape your future and develop the career you deserve.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of International Politics (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

91% overall satisfaction for the Department of Law and Criminology (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Law (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)


Why study LLB Law and International Relations at Aberystwyth University?

  • Taught by experienced staff including legal professionals and world-renowned international politics academics;
  • Well balanced degree between theory and practice designed to meet employer needs and expectations;
  • Learn at the oldest and most established Law Department in Wales;
  • The Department of International Politics is regarded as world leading and internationally excellent, and is the best in Wales with our pioneering Research (Ref 2014);
  • The 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;
  • 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;
  • Exciting International Politics opportunities to participate in: a renowned three-day role-playing exercise called "Crisis Games", a prestigious Parliamentary Placement Scheme, and contribution to the oldest student-run internal politics journal, "Interstate";
  • Option to participate in our Mooting Society, in order to develop your key advocacy and litigation skills, and compete in national competitions.

Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

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).


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
Behind the Headlines * IP12620 20
Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills * IP12420 20
Legal and Criminal Justice Systems * LC10120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Globalization and Global Development * IP12520 20
Politics in the 21st Century * IP12920 20
The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 IP12820 20
War, Strategy and Intelligence IP10320 20
Contract Law * LC13820 20
Criminal Law * LC10520 20
Tort * LC11120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
International Relations: Perspectives and Debates * IP20120 20


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
A War on the Mind: Propaganda and Secret Intelligence from the Great War to the 21st Century IP28320 20
America at War: A Military History of the United States IP26920 20
Britain And the Islamic World: from 1857 to the Iraq War IQ24020 20
Contemporary Latin America * IP28720 20
International Politics and Global Development * IP29220 20
Justice, Order, Human Rights IQ21720 20
Knowing about Violent Conflict in International Politics IQ24420 20
Multiculturalism in Policy and Practice IQ23720 20
People and Power: Understanding Comparative Politics Today * IQ23920 20
Russian intelligence from Lenin to Putin IQ24920 20
Strategy, Intelligence and Security in International Politics * IQ25120 20
Terrorism & Counter Terrorism in the Modern World: Policing, Intelligence & War IP24520 20
The EU: Politics, Policies, Problems * IP23820 20
The Long Shadow of the Second World War IP22720 20
The Making of National Security Policy IP23720 20
The Middle East in the 20th Century IP24920 20
The Past and Present US Intelligence IP26020 20
The Second World War in Europe IP26420 20
Trade Wars and the Liberal Order IQ21620 20
Warfare after Waterloo: Military History 1815-1918 IP25320 20
Y Meddwl Cymreig mewn Syniadaeth Ryngwladol GQ20920 20
Commercial Law LC26220 20
Criminal Justice and the Penal System LC26320 20
Environmental Law LC27720 20
European Law * LC20720 20
Family and Child Law LC26420 20
Human Rights * LC25220 20
Intellectual Property Law * LC28620 20
International Law LC26920 20
Labour Law LC26820 20
Medicine Ethics and the Law LC26720 20
Principles of Evidence LC26520 20
Public Law * LC20620 20
Sports Law and Society * LC27920 20
Contemporary Issues in Criminology * LC24220 20
Crime & Punishment in Historical Perspective * LC23020 20
Criminal Justice Placement * LC22520 20
Criminology Research Skills 2 * LC25120 20
Critical Perspectives on Imprisonment * LC22020 20
Introduction to Criminology * LC22220 20
Police, Policing and Society * LC21020 20
Psychological Explanations of Criminal Behaviour * LC28120 20
Psychology and Crime LC24020 20
Treatment and Rehabilitaiton of Offenders * LC29120 20
Youth Crime and Justice LC26120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Your degree will open up a range of exciting opportunities for you.

You will be a strong candidate for further training to become a barrister or a solicitor.

The degree will also give you the possibility to succeed, as many of our graduates have, in many different sectors including the civil service, government research, NGOs, legal work, criminology, business, human resources, international relations, journalism and education.

This degree will equip you with the following skills and abilities:

  • 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 organising information;
  • ability to gather, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal and political information quickly and accurately;
  • 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;
  • ability to work independently;
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas, negotiating and reaching agreement;
  • research skills.

What career opportunities are available to me as a student at Aberystwyth University?

International Politics

The Department operates a prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme, enabling you to gain valuable experience working alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or an AM (Welsh Assembly, Cardiff) for a period of 4-6 weeks during the summer. During this time, you will write reports and speeches, undertake research projects, and respond to constituency issues. There may be further opportunities for you to get involved in elections and various international issues.

The Department is also home to Interstate, the oldest student-run international politics journal in the United Kingdom, providing a unique opportunity for you to publish your work (particularly advantageous if you wish to progress to postgraduate study) or gain valuable experience working as part of the editorial team. Stimulating student societies foster a strong sense of community within the department, offering a programme of political debates, visiting speakers, conferences and workshops, alongside numerous social activities such as an annual ball.

Other Opportunities

Discover more about the various opportunities that our Careers Service offers.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and Year in Employment Scheme (YES) managed by our Careers Service.

Learning & Teaching

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three-year degree scheme.

First Year:

In your first year, you will be introduced to Legal and Criminal Justice Systems, central concepts and core skills in International Politics with the choice of other modules such as Criminal Law or Politics in the 21st Century.

Second Year:

In the second year, you will be able to tailor teaching and learning to your academic interests by picking modules from a range of topics including commercial law, international law, international relations and global inequality & world politics.

Third Year:

In the third year, there is a sole focus on Law-related modules that you can choose to study from. You can build on modules chosen in your second year or choose something completely new. These include criminal law through to the treatment & rehabilitation of offenders.

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.

Tutorials and seminars are an opportunity for you to discuss particular legal, international or political themes or topics, to evaluate and obtain feedback on your individual learning while at the same time improving your construction of arguments.

You will be assessed through essays, reports, exams, study logs, book reviews, individual/group projects and oral presentations, including mooting exercises.

You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your time at Aberystwyth. Your personal tutor will be the key contact when you have issues or queries, whether academic or non-academic.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 128 - 104

A Levels ABB-BCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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