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

This interdisciplinary programme, offered in collaboration with the School of Geography and the School of Biosciences, provides an opportunity to explore the relationship between scientific knowledge and law.

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 was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings 2016
  • 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

This course is offered on a full-time basis, to be completed in one academic year; and a part-time basis, to be completed within a maximum of four years. Part-time students ordinarily complete the programme within two years.

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

Module options

Students will undertake two compulsory modules to ensure they 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 module, 'Environmental Management in Practice', being offered by the School of Geography.

Students will then be able to select modules offered by all three contributing schools, to meet their 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.


Core modules

For those without a law background:

  • General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law

For those without a science background:

  • Foundations of Environmental Management

Qualifying module options from the School of Law

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

Qualifying module options from the School of Politics and International Relations

  • Justice Beyond Borders: Theories of International and Intergenerational Justice

Qualifying module options from the School of Geography

  • Environmental Management in Practice
  • Global Climate Change
  • Project Management and Environmental Legislation

Qualifying module options from the School of Biosciences

  • Applied Bioethics 2: Sustainable Food Production, Biotechnology and the Environment
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Pollutants: Fate, Impact and Remediation
  • Geobiology
  • Plants and the Light Environment
  • Plants and the Soil Environment
  • Syndicate Exercise

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 students also 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 lecturers having completed both their Masters and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.

Average starting salary and career progression

Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.*

*Known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond.

Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 250 careers events
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.

Entry requirements 2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)

Other requirements Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered.

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 12, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 - 2 years
Part time
Full time
6,630 GBP
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Nottingham, England
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Duration 1 - 2 years
Price 6,630 GBP
HEU Fees: £6,630 / International Fees: £15,140