Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University

Democracy, Human Security and International Law

This course covers a broad range of subjects, such as the contribution made by governments and courts on international law, current initiatives relating to human security worldwide, and the impact of non-governmental organisations on international policy making. The course balances the theory with the urgently practical, for example, combining in depth analysis of legal principles on an international level with the study of how such law affects a range of contrasting local situations. Applicants study the differences and points of difficulty between national and international legislation where factors like nationalism, protectionism and self-interest conflict with international declarations and law. Beyond the required core modules, students enjoy a degree of freedom in directing their own study path through the choice of option modules. Students also are able to further explore their chosen specialism through researching and writing their Master's dissertation.

Entry requirements

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 European credit transfer and accumulation system (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.

Course modules

Modules include: international and human rights law; democracy and international law; contemporary issues in food policy and law. Optional modules: climate change law and policy; criminology of international conflict personnel; law and gender; philosophy of human rights protection; human rights, environment and international business.

Assessment methods

Assessment takes the form of: research proposals including a related bibliographic element, case studies, oral assessments and essays. Each student completes a Master's dissertation of 15,000 to 20,000 words which deals with an area of chosen study in the 3rd semester.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,750 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
LLM Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Penglais Campus Aberystwyth SY23 3AR Wales

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Department of Law and Criminology
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