LLM International Energy and Environmental Law


Program Description

The growing pressure on natural resources has prompted a search for new and renewable energy forms. Alongside other significant impacts upon the environment, energy production, distribution and use have become a priority area for governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations across the world. With a growing demand for employees with specialised global legal knowledge in energy and environmental law, we’ve designed this course specifically to meet that need.

On this Masters course, you’ll explore the intersections between energy, environment and regulation. Expert staff have come together to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of international energy and environmental law, as well as of key areas of energy management, environmental policy and economics.

You’ll be taught by expert staff in law, politics, economics and environmental science. They’ll give you clear insight into the relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy and environmental law at the national, regional and, particularly, the international level.

Top reasons to study with us

  1. Focus on sustainable development, climate change, and the energy trilemma.
  2. Integrates the sub-disciplines of environmental and energy law from an international perspective.
  3. Research intensive and employment-focused.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, you’ll have:

  • Knowledge, understanding and skills at the Masters level that is appropriate for careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business.
  • In-depth insights into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy and environmental law at the national, regional and international level.
  • An understanding of the dynamics of the past and current energy and environmental law, policy-making and governance, as well as likely future developments in the area.
  • The academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study.

Making the Most of Masters

We know enhancing your employability to help you stand out to international businesses and organisations is a key driver in deciding to pursue a Masters degree. The award-winning Making the Most of Masters programme enables you to kick-start your career with a work-based project with energy companies and law firms for your dissertation. The project will be solution-focused and address real research needs within an organisation.

Course details

Energy and environmental issues are among the most pressing across the globe. Whether in relation to climate change, biodiversity loss or environmental harm, solutions are urgently needed in law to mitigate, adapt, reduce or prevent significant impacts. This Masters degree addresses these concerns and canvasses potential solutions, enabling you to develop the skills and expertise you need to make a lasting and positive impact on the planet.

On this course, you’ll gain an excellent understanding of local, national and international energy and environmental law. It addresses the legal, economic, scientific and political challenges facing society, giving you an integrated understanding of the relevant issues that will significantly enhance your employability.


All modules are delivered through small group learning and teaching, which provides an opportunity for interaction between students and staff. This supports the development of communication skills through the discussion and presentation of key issues.

The academics involved in teaching the degree are renowned for international and world-leading research in their subject areas. Their work is well represented in national and international journals, at academic conferences around the world and in the media.

Leading energy and environmental law and policy specialists and other international experts will also provide guest lectures.

You’re expected to carry out an independent study and read widely from a variety of sources. Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to produce independent research in your chosen area, and showcase your acquired knowledge and skills.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with the weighting varying dependent on the nature of the material taught.

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second class honours degree or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 with a minimum of 162 in each skill
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 169 with a minimum of 162 in each skill
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

Pre-sessional English language courses

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

After You Graduate

Climate change is increasingly regarded as the challenge of our generation – which is why international energy and environmental law are amongst the most topical societal issues at the moment. Conscious of these developments, law firms are opening their own specialised energy and environmental law divisions. As a result, there’s a great demand for employees who have a piece of specialised legal knowledge in energy and environmental law.

Our graduates are also well-placed to pursue careers in:

  • Law firms
  • Government and regulatory authorities
  • International bodies
  • Non-governmental organisations and charities
  • Pressure groups, including those from the energy and environmental sectors
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

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