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LLM Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

LLM Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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Full time | Aberystwyth University | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

International Studies Personal Finance / Consumerism / Rights Civil Law Legal Rights (Law)

Course type


Course Summary

Our LLM in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is your opportunity to engage with the distinct yet complementary regimes of human rights law and humanitarian law and to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance. By studying this course, you will tackle traditional subjects as well as new and emerging issues, such as the regulation of international society and the legal mechanisms of human rights during international and non-international armed conflicts. Your study will reflect the local, national and international nuances of this complex subject matter. This course is also available by Distance Learning.


Why study LLM Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Aberystwyth University?

96.5% of Aberystwyth Law School’s publications were judged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher in the most recent research assessment – REF 2014

Members of academic staff in Aberystwyth Law School are active in research and publication and participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal and related fields

Aberystwyth is a multinational community. Aberystwyth Law School participates actively in international and European academic networks and frequently hosts visits by academics and experts from other countries

Expansive research is carried out within the Department across a range of research areas and within a range of research centres. Postgraduates integrate into our research culture through Departmental research seminars and postgraduate conferences

Over the years a large number of well-known legal academics have taught in Aberystwyth Law School

Study nearby to the National Library of Wales, one of five UK copyright libraries

Benefit from a mature and well-stocked library for Law and Criminology (Thomas Parry Library) and from generous information technology provision

Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014

Our Staff

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).


This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking careers in government departments, think tanks, international organisations, humanitarian and human rights advocacy, business organisations, international law firms and a range of non-governmental organisations.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in the first two semesters is via written assignments and oral presentations.

Successful submission of your dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an LLM.


This module provides students with the generic knowledge and skills necessary for studying on the LLM programs. The module has a practical as well as a theoretical focus. Practically, guidance is provided on how to locate and evaluate a broad spectrum of legal materials. At the theoretical level, the module requires critical engagement with fundamental questions, such as ?What is law?? and ?How is law different from other social practices??. It also requires insight into the sources of law in positivist terms, as well as from a wider jurisprudential perspective. The module will deal with the core question of how the law made at the domestic level interact with global society and global law and politics.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A prior law degree is not essential. 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.