LLM in International Energy Law and Policy

University of Stirling

Program Description

LLM in International Energy Law and Policy

University of Stirling

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. As intersections with the environment are increasingly visible, energy production, distribution, and use have become a priority area for governments, businesses and non-governmental organizations across the world.

The International Energy Law and Policy LLM at the University of Stirling have been specifically designed to address such developments. The expert staff has come together to offer an innovative and distinctive multi-disciplinary degree which will 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.

Our graduates will be well placed to pursue careers in:

  • Law firms
  • Companies
  • Government and regulatory authorities
  • International bodies
  • Non-governmental organizations and charities
  • Pressure groups, including from the environmental sector.

Top Reasons To Study With Us

  1. You will acquire specialist legal knowledge in the fast-growing Energy Law and Policy sector.
  2. You will benefit from a multi-disciplinary curriculum that enables you to explore the intersections between energy, environment, investment and their regulation.
  3. You will have significant freedom in tailoring the programme to your individual needs, including through choosing your preferred optional modules.
  4. You will be taught by experienced, committed and supportive academic staff on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe.
  5. You will benefit from our programme’s clear and consistent focus on employability and market needs, including through the option of undertaking a work-based or work-related dissertation project.

What makes us different?

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

A minimum of a second-class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject. 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 a 5.5 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard.

Scholarships & funding

Scottish Funding Council Masters Scholarships

The Scottish Funding Council is funding Home/EU tuition fees for a number of places on this course. Funded places are open to applicants domiciled in Scotland and the EU.

The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union students with a First Class Honours degree (or equivalent) a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught Master's course or £1,000 for part-time study.

Structure and content

The multi-disciplinary programme consists of six taught modules which are delivered by staff specializing in Law, Politics, Economics, Management and Environmental Science (see Modules below). Students will take a combination of three modules in each semester and complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the period 1 June to the end of August.

Delivery and assessment

  • All modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which provides an opportunity for interaction with student peers and staff which also supports the development of communication skills through discussion and presentation of key issues.
  • Students are encouraged and expected to undertake independent study and to read widely from a variety of sources. The necessity of independent study culminates in the dissertation written in the summer. This piece of work provides students with the opportunity to produce independent research in their chosen area and showcase the acquired knowledge and skills.
  • Modules are assessed typically by a combination of coursework and examination with the weighting varying dependent on the nature of the material taught. An integrated assessment strategy is adopted.
  • Students must pass all six modules and achieve a passing grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master's of Law (LLM).


Graduates of the LLM in International Energy Law and Policy will be well placed to pursue careers in the law firms, the environmental sector, government, regulatory authorities, international bodies, non-governmental organizations, business, pressure groups, and charities. Expert staff within Law, Economics, Politics, and Environmental Science have come together to offer an innovative and distinctive multi-disciplinary degree which will provide graduates with developed understanding and knowledge of the key areas of environmental policy and governance.

Career opportunities

As climate change is increasingly regarded as the challenge of our generation, energy law and policy are amongst the most topical societal issues at the moment. Conscious of these developments, law firms are opening their own specialized Energy Law divisions. Consequently, there is a great demand for employees who have a specialized legal knowledge in energy law and policy. Graduates will significantly enhance their employability within this growing field. Other employment destinations include posts in corporate strategy and corporate management; governmental branches and public sector organizations; international organizations; specialized legal practice (for those already qualified as legal practitioners), journalism, third sector (voluntary) organizations, and NGOs.

Skills you can develop through this course

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills and communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills at Master's level appropriate to careers in law offices, government, international organizations, NGOs and business
  • In-depth insights into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at national, regional and international levels
  • An understanding of the dynamics of the past and current energy law and policy-making and governance and likely future developments in the area;
  • The academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study

Chances to expand your horizons


  • opportunities to complete an industry-led collaborative research dissertation
  • six modules over two semesters and one dissertation on a specific topic in energy law and policy (12-month course)
  • visits to different electricity generation plants
  • guest lectures from leading energy law and policy experts and other international experts
  • an international student population
  • an interdisciplinary learning approach

Industry connections

There are a number of international and national energy companies and top law firms that interact with our course. Many students take the opportunity to complete internships, work placements and collaborative research work with energy companies and law firms. Students develop their CV and interview skills in applying to work for these companies and gain valuable experience in collaborative projects. The LLM in International Energy Law & Policy is part of the highly successful Making-the-Most-of-Masters (www.mastersprojects.ac.uk…) programme where students have the opportunity to undertake a work-based or work-related dissertation with energy companies and law firms.

Cost & Fees


  • Overseas £14,600
  • Home/EU £6,200

From 2016/7 onwards, the fees for all taught postgraduate courses are to be held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
12 - 27 years
Part time
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6,200 GBP
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
Start date: Sept. 2018
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Sept. 2018
United Kingdom - Stirling, Scotland
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Home/EU: £6,200 - Overseas: £14,600