LLM/MSc in International Energy Law and Policy

University of Stirling

Program Description

LLM/MSc in International Energy Law and Policy

University of Stirling

LLM/MSc in International Energy Law and Policy

Graduates of the LLM/ MSc in International Energy Law and Policy will be well placed to pursue careers in the legal firms, the environmental sector, government, regulatory authorities, international bodies, non-governmental organisations, 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.

Structure and content

The course is multi-disciplinary and consists of eight taught modules which are delivered by staff in the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Management and Natural Sciences. A combination of four 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 objectives of the LLM in International Energy Law and Policy are:

  • to provide graduates with knowledge, understanding and skills at Master's level appropriate to careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business;
  • to provide graduates with a broad and clear insight into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at national, regional and international levels;
  • to provide graduates with an understanding of the dynamics of past, current and future energy law and policy-making and governance;


  • to provide the academic foundation for progression to PhD level study.

Delivery and assessment

  • All modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which provides 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 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 seven modules and achieve a pass grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master's of Law (LLM).

Module titles

  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Regulating CSR (Part l)
  • Investment Law
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Low Carbon Energy Law
  • Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities
  • Dissertation

Career opportunities

Energy law and policy has become one of the most topical issues within society at the moment. The battle against climate change represents the challenge of our generation. Law firms are increasingly opening their own specialised Energy Law divisions. Consequently, there is a great demand for employees who have a specialised legal knowledge in energy law and policy. Graduates will significantly enhance their employability within this growing field. Employment destinations beyond the legal sector include posts in: corporate strategy and corporate management; public sector organisations, specialised legal practice (for those already qualified as legal practitioners), journalism, third sector (voluntary) organisations, and NGOs.


  • 2016/17 Overseas £13,950
  • 2016/17 Home/EU £6,100
  • 2015/16 Overseas £13,500
  • 2015/16 Home/EU £6,000

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 26, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Aug. 2017
12 - 27 years
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Start date Aug. 2017
United Kingdom Stirling, Scotland
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