Taught course

Human Rights and Development

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 Human Rights and Development is your opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of the law in relation to development, rights, governance and justice issues. You will tackle both the letter of the law and its many applications in a wider range of humanitarian and development case studies, whilst also developing your broader skills in legal analysis and research. This balanced approach will equip you to deal with the authentic negotiation that goes on the law itself and the challenges of applying it to real life.

You will study some of the most pressing legal issues of the day which impact the health, security and freedoms of billions of people around the world. Subjects will include human rights law, democracy and international law, and environmental law in relation to human rights. The course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in humanitarian and human rights advocacy, business organisations, international law firms and a range of government and non-governmental organisations.

Beyond the critical subject matter found in the core modules, 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 to establish a successful career.

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.

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