Taught course

Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Aberystwyth University · Aberystwyth Law School

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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 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 Further information including applications forms, reference forms and information on fees can be found on our website.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Law is the oldest law school in Wales and one of the oldest in the United Kingdom. It became the Department of Law and Criminology in 2006, and in 2017 became the Aberystwyth Law School in line with our ethos and dedication to excellence and relevance for the 21st century. The Department has a distinctive identity and reputation for teaching of a high quality, and a vibrant and active research community comprising academic staff and research students from all over the world.

This course is unique in addressing both human rights and humanitarian law, which are different, yet complementary regimes. We adopt a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, combining both theoretical and practical perspectives. The modules cover what may be considered 'traditional' subjects in this area as well as new and emerging issues at international, regional and national levels. In today's global and national environment, the knowledge and skills acquired from this course will be highly sought after in law firms, government departments, think-tanks, international institutions and nongovernmental organisations.

Modules include:

  • Foundations of Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Environment and Human Rights
  • The Sociology of Human Rights Violations
  • The Philosophy of Human Rights Protection
  • Mental Health and Human Rights

This course provides you with the core knowledge of legal issues related to the world of human rights and humanitarian law. The scheme has been designed to allow you to choose the modules most relevant to the career you want to follow. Groups of modules have been closely linked to allow you to develop your knowledge in specific areas to a high standard. To gain an LLM in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law you must complete 180 credits. You are required to take 120 credits worth of modules to complete part one of the course; part two requires the completion of a dissertation element worth 60 credits, which involves you researching an approved topic of your choice under the supervision of a member of staff. With nine 20 credit modules available, you can specifically choose the pathway you want to take.

Information for international students

If you have a Bachelor's degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test. Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency. For further details see our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information on funding please see our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Uta Kohl
+44 (0) 1970 622 712