Taught course

International Commercial Law 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 in International Commercial Law and Human Rights will give you a firm academic understanding of the ever-changing realities of the current global economy and its often conflicted engagement with internationally protected human rights. During your International Commercial Law and Human Rights LLM you will study subjects such as the law relating to transnational commerce, competition, business cartels, as well as engaging with the complex implications of how such law conflicts with individual or group enjoyment of human rights. You will even have the opportunity to study some of the emerging law and policy in this area.

The LLM in International Commercial Law and Human Rights will challenge you to master these two fascinating and complex subjects as they compete, cooperate and conflict on an international level. You will get to grips with balancing the rival demands of protecting human rights and promoting business interest through law provision. You will also complete an advanced and in-depth study of subjects including competition law to control monopoly and aggressive business practices to ensure the protection of human rights.

An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within the specialism of your choice. This is your opportunity to select a project topic which may have a direct bearing on your professional life. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.

You will benefit from the knowledge and experience of members of Aberystwyth University's Law and Criminology Department. You will also benefit from having your course materials augmented by lawyers from other academic institutions and private practice in the United Kingdom. By undertaking this course, you will strengthen your rigorous analytical skills, your abilities in argument formation and your capacity for independent thought.

The course will be particularly attractive to those seeking a career in government departments, transnational corporations, corporate and rights lobby groups, international law firms and a range of non-governmental organisations.

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
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months

Course contact details

Dominika Komaniecka
+44 (0) 1970 622 720