Taught course

Climate Change and Human Rights

Aberystwyth University · Department of Law and Criminology

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 Aberystwyth LLM course in Climate Change and Human Rights challenges you to seriously engage with an emerging and fascinating area of law, climate change law. You will examine the latest developments in how climate change and accompanying legislation is impacting human rights issues and law. By grasping the opportunity this course presents, you will involve yourself in arguably one of the most forward-looking areas of law in relation to the established core area of human rights.

Climate change presents one of the most pressing legal issues of today which impact the health, security and freedoms of billions of people around the world. This broad subject includes a foundation in human rights law, as well as an interrogation of environmental law and the emerging field of climate changes law. The course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in climate change law in relation to human rights advocacy, business, international law firms and a range of government and non-governmental organisations.

In addition to specialist subject knowledge, you will cultivate skills useful in a range of employment contexts. You will develop your abilities in critical analysis, team work and presentation. You will be able to identify assumptions, evaluate evidence, detect false logic and reasoning and identify suggestive trends in data - all traits which are prized by employers in every industry.

Every course at Aberystwyth offers a programme of study that will push you to extend your expertise whilst broadening your general employability. You will emerge from this LLM degree with both cutting-edge subject expertise and a proven record in academic research, analysis, reporting, argument-construction and critical thinking. These combined traits will make you a highly attractive prospect for a range of potential employers.

As a student at Aberystwyth, you will be taught by staff who possess both expertise and experience of law in this fascinating area. Under their personal tutelage, you will enjoy a degree of freedom in directing your own study path through the choice of option modules. In addition, you will explore the subject-specialism of your choice by researching and writing your Master's dissertation. This is your opportunity to select a project topic which has a direct bearing on your professional life and our previous LLM students have found this to be an invaluable opportunity towards establishing a successful career.

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

The Department of Law and Criminology is pleased to be able to offer five departmental scholarships of £5000 each for taught masters programmes.

For more information on funding please see our



Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dominika Komaniecka
+44 (0) 1970 622 720