The growing pressure on natural resources has prompted an evaluation of traditional forms of energy, as well as a search for new and renewable energy forms. 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 legal knowledge in energy law and policy, we’ve designed this course specifically to meet that need.

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

You’ll be taught by expert staff in law, economics, politics and environmental science. They’ll give you clear insight into the relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at the national, regional and international level. There’s also an opportunity for a work-based dissertation.

It’s important to us that our students have the opportunity to engage with energy law and policy as it continues to evolve, which is why we encourage students to attend suitable conferences. For example, in 2016/17 LLM students attended an energy policy conference to hear more about energy policy and market reform from the government, regulators and industry.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 You’ll have the option to undertake a work-based or work-related dissertation project that will enhance your employability

#2 By giving you a choice of preferred modules, this course enjoys flexibility that will enable you to tailor your learning to your own interests

#3 Teaching is delivered by experienced, committed and supportive academic staff

Course objectives

This course will help you to develop transferrable skills that employers are often looking for. By the end of the course, you’ll have:

  • excellent writing, analytical skills and communication skills
  • time management skills
  • knowledge, understanding and skills at the Masters level that are 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 law at the national, regional and international level
  • an understanding of the dynamics of the past and current energy 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 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.

Go to the Making the Most of Masters website to see more details.

Flexible learning

If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

Course details

This course consists of six taught modules that are delivered by staff specialising in Law, Politics, Economics, Management and Environmental Science. You’ll take a combination of three modules in each semester, and complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the summer months.


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 law and policy specialists and other international experts will also provide guest lectures – and you may go on visits to different electricity generation plants.

You’re expected to carry out 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.


It's important to us that our students have the opportunity to engage with energy law and policy as it happens and attend suitable conferences on Energy Law and Policy wherever practicable. Here are some examples of the conferences our students have attended:


Renewables After Brexit

Connecting with a low-carbon future


In 2015/16, students attended the WS Society’s Energy Law Conference and the Energy Sustainability Conference at CEPMLP, University of Dundee. In 2016/17, Stirling LLM students attended an energy policy conference to hear more about energy policy and market reform from government, regulators and industry: Priorities for energy in Scotland: investment, flexibility and the new energy strategy.


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

Classroom hours

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.


Energy Law and Policy


THURS, 12.30 - 14:30

International Organisations


TUE, 16:00 – 18:00

Investment Law


TUE, 09:00 – 11:00


Environmental Impact Assessment


FRI, 9:00 – 17:00

Low Carbon Energy Law


TUE, 14:00 – 16:00

Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities


TUE, 11:00-13:00

Course director

Professor Simon Marsden

+44 (0) 1786 467287

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £6,300
  • Overseas: £15,250
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated November 14, 2018
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6,300 GBP
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