Taught course

Democracy, Human Security and International Law

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 Democracy, Human Security and International Law will challenge you to critically examine these three key areas. In addition, you will be required to work through the complex practical difficulties of applying the law within the economic and political contexts from which it has evolved. This balanced approach including both theory and practice will equip you to deal with the real-life negotiation that goes on in the authentic lawmaking and practice in your future career or further study.

This course will expose you to some of the most pressing legal issues of the day. You will examine some of the ideologies and subjects which have shaped the early twenty-first century - the impact of democracy and the issue of security in their international contexts. As you approach these challenging topics, you will benefit from the excellent instruction of our departmental staff, all of whom are experts in their chosen fields of study. They will provide the necessary guidance and support needed for you to identify and pursue your own specialist topic which may form the basis for your future career.

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. You will also come to appreciate the necessary 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, you will enjoy a degree of freedom in directing your own study path through the choice of option modules. You will also be able to further explore your chosen specialism through researching and writing your Master's dissertation. Our previous LLM students have reported that this can help direct future study and career pathways and provides an invaluable opportunity to establish a successful career.

Upon graduation, you will possess a level of expertise that is highly sought-after in law firms, government departments, think-tanks, international institutions and non-governmental organisations alike. In addition, you will be well-equipped with a wide range of general skills - such as research, analysis, argument-construction and many more - which will make you a highly desirable candidate for almost any postgraduate employment position.

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 website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dominika Komaniecka
+44 (0) 1970 622 720