MSc Law and Environmental Science

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc Law and Environmental Science

The University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

MSc Law and Environmental Science

Modules offered by the School of Law are designed to give a wider understanding of international law perspectives on environmental problems that frequently can only be addressed through regional or international regulation.

Treaty regimes explored include those relating to acid deposition, climate change, ozone layer depletion, nuclear contamination and freshwater pollution. In addition, an insight will be given to the various treaty regimes that seek to address the continuing pressures on the world's biodiversity.

The scientific element of the programme is designed to provide a background in biological and/or physical sciences, and also an understanding of relevant mathematical and computer science to aid a quantitative understanding of environmental issues.

Key facts

  • The School of Law is consistently ranked among the world’s top law schools, placing 5th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017, and in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, and non-governmental organisations
  • We have a dedicated Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions on issues such as time management, how to answer a problem question, how to research and reference, and how to choose a dissertation topic

Course details

The taught component of the course is worth 120 credits and will be taken over two semesters. You will then undertake a 60-credit dissertation over the summer period.

Module options

You will undertake three compulsory modules to ensure you have the necessary grounding in both law and science. The compulsory module for law is General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law, with the science modules, Foundations of Environmental Management and Syndicate Exercise, being offered by the Schools of Geography and Biosciences respectively.

You will then be able to select modules offered by all three contributing schools, to meet your specific areas of both scientific and legal interests.

Teaching methods include lectures, seminar discussions, student presentations and practical sessions, depending upon the precise range of options selected. Similarly, your modular assessments will range from a mixture of assessed essays, reports and written examinations.



  • General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law
  • Foundations of Environmental Management
  • Syndicate Exercise

Qualifying module options


  • Biodiversity and International Law
  • Environmental Law Supplement
  • International Law of the Sea
  • International Law of Transboundary Pollution
  • International Law of Treaties
  • Law, Development and the International Community
  • Rights, Humans and Other Animals

Politics and International Relations

  • Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice


  • Contaminated Land Site Investigation and Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Management in Practice
  • Environment, Space and Society
  • Project Management and Environmental Legislation


  • Applied Bioethics 1: Animals, Biotechnology and Society
  • Applied Bioethics 2: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and the Environment
  • Environmental Pollutants: Fate, Impact and Remediation
  • Plants and the Light Environment
  • Plants and the Soil Environment

The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.


Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.

A selection of graduates progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current academics having completed both the LLM or Masters and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates in the School of Law who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £27,031 with the highest being £40,800.*

*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The acquisition of a masters degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in a specific field. Whether you are using it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of vocational training, you may benefit from careers advice as to how you can use your new found skills to their full potential.

Our Careers and Employability Service will help you do this, working with you to explore your options and inviting you to attend recruitment events where you can meet potential employers, as well as suggesting further development opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.

Entry requirements

  • 2:1 (or international equivalent) in law or a physical, environmental or biological science
  • IELTS: 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening); if these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 7, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
1 - 2 years
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6,930 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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International fees: 15,885 GBP (HEU fees: 6,930 GBP)