MSc Law and Environmental Science

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc Law and Environmental Science

University of Nottingham - Faculty of Social Sciences


Offered in collaboration with the School of Geography and the School of Biosciences, this course explores the relationship between scientific knowledge and law in the field of environmental protection.

Law modules 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, detailed attention 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

  • Consistently ranked among the world's top law schools, placing in the worldwide top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
  • 81% of our research considered world-leading or internationally excellent in the latest Research Excellence Framework
  • 96.6% of law postgraduates in work or further study within six months of graduation
  • Dedicated resources including legal skills advice through workshops and one-to-one sessions, computer room, and law reading room in the Hallward Library
  • Links to leading firms in London and the regions, private industry and consultancies, and governmental institutions and non-governmental organisations across the UK and wider world

Course details

You will complete 120 credits of modules, plus a 60-credit dissertation. Guidance and support on choosing a dissertation topic will be provided.


Teaching methods include lectures, seminar discussions, student presentations and practical sessions, depending upon the precise range of options selected.


Assessments will range from a mixture of 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


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


  • Applied Bioethics 1: Animals, Biotechnology and Society
  • Applied Bioethics 2: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and the Environment
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • 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 graduates move into a wide range of careers. Many go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with specialist knowledge and enhanced prospects. Others successfully seek employment with international organisations as well as international and local NGOs.

Some graduates further their academic career by progressing onto our PhD programme. These students often choose to stay at the University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of academics becoming members of staff after completing their LLM/masters and PhD with us.

With an advanced law degree from the University of Nottingham, you will be well-placed to pursue your career ambitions and realise your goals.

Employability and average starting salary

96.6% of postgraduates from the School of Law who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £23,214 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £32,000.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career and professional development

Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities and one-to-one discussions.

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in law or a physical, environmental or biological science

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 7.0 in reading and writing, and 6.5 in speaking and listening)

Academic English preparation and support

Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and support.

Our presessional courses take your English language and academic skills to the level you need to progress to postgraduate study without taking IELTS again. A specialist 10-week law course is also available.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 10, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
1 - 2 years
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7,290 GBP
United Kingdom - Nottingham, England
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International fees: 15,885 GBP (HEU fees: 6,930 GBP)