LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy and Governance

University of Stirling

Program Description

LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy and Governance

University of Stirling

The LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy & Governance is a one-year course which combines the study of different fields with an interdisciplinary perspective offering a greater understanding of local, national and international environmental policies and governance.

Top Reasons To Study With Us

  1. You will have the opportunity to focus on the identification of effective environmental policy and governance solutions.
  2. You will be studying at the University of Stirling, an institution ranked number one in Scotland and eighth in the UK in The Times Higher Education ranking of the world’s best 100 universities under 50 years old.
  3. You will benefit from the knowledge and guidance of our expert Environmental Policy and Governance lecturers and practitioners.
  4. You will acquire a unique insight from this programme’s interdisciplinary learning approach.
  5. You will have access to a wide range of funding possibilities and scholarships.

Course objectives

This course will:

  • introduce students to the topic of environmental policy and governance, and to develop students' understanding and awareness of contemporary issues in the area
  • provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging training at an advanced level in environmental issues as preparation for, or as an enhancement to, a career in this area.
  • develop independent critical thought, research and writing skills to Master's level

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 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

University of Stirling Postgraduate Merit Scholarship

The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student 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 course is multi-disciplinary and consists of eight taught modules which are delivered by staff in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Management and Natural Sciences. A combination of specialist modules is taken in both Semesters and students will also complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the period 1 June to the middle of August.


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.

Delivery and assessment

  • All modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which aims to provide the opportunity for interaction with staff and to develop 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.
  • 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 eight modules and achieve a passing grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master of Law (LLM) or MSc.

Modes of study

For the modules on this course, students are required to attend weekly two-hour seminars for which reading will be circulated in advance. Active participation will be encouraged in class and students may be required to prepare a short presentation which is not assessed on a topic of their choice within the individual modules. Assessment will be in the form of essays and/or exams.


The University of Stirling was founded on the site of the historic Airthrey Estate by Royal Charter in 1967; the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years. Nestling beneath the Ochil Hills, our campus covers 330 acres and has a beautiful loch and 18th-century Airthrey Castle at its heart. We retain our pioneering spirit and passion for innovation and excellence in all we do. We aim to be at the forefront of research and learning that helps to improve lives. Staff are highly motivated and are experts in their field of research. There is a particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary research drawing on the strengths of the campus.

Career opportunities

The specialist knowledge acquired in this rapidly growing sector will be invaluable in enhancing employability. This postgraduate degree also provides an excellent starting point for careers in international organizations, local and national government bodies, NGOs, 'green' businesses as well as in the field of further academic research.


One of the main focuses of this new course is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to compete effectively for employment opportunities in the ever-growing environmental sector.

As the course is multi-disciplinary, it addresses the economic, scientific, political and legal challenges facing society and the environment and provides graduates with broad-based yet specialized knowledge and understanding. Accordingly, graduates will be equipped with a distinctive and integrated appreciation of the relevant issues which will significantly enhance their employability.

In addition to that, there are different workshop and talks offered by the University to postgraduate students in order to develop new skills and improve job prospects.

Through this course students will:

  • Acquire a better understanding of key environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Develop skills to analyze and evaluate environmental policies and solve legal problems
  • Be able to conduct multi-disciplinary research in environmental studies topics
  • Demonstrate the ability to present effective and structured arguments in writing and oral presentations
  • Develop the ability to meet deadlines, prioritize work and complete assignments accurately either independently or as part of a team

Industry connections

Graduates of the LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy & Governance will be well placed to pursue jobs offered in the sector, including local and national government, regulatory authorities, international bodies, non-governmental organizations, private sector businesses, pressure groups, and charities.

It is expected that representatives from environmental NGOs and international organizations focusing on environmental issues will deliver presentations to the students. The course will be included in the "Making the Most of Masters", a platform which provides students with the opportunity to work on specific projects with different organizations (www.mastersprojects.ac.uk).

This course prepares our graduates for different career options. If you are interested in continuing in education you may apply for a doctoral programme. If you are focused on practice, you will be well placed to pursue a career in law firms, government sector, environmental advocacy, companies, environmental consulting and international organizations.

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 February 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
12 - 24 months
Part time
Full time
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