As pressure on energy resources grows, the search for new and renewable forms of energy intensifies. Simultaneously, as the intersections with the environment are increasingly visible, the use and exploitation of energy have become of increasing concern to governments, NGOs, individuals, and businesses across the world.
The LLM/MSc in International Energy Law and Policy at the University of Stirling has been specifically designed to address such developments. Expert staff have come together to offer an innovative and distinctive multi-disciplinary degree which will provide graduates with in-depth understanding of energy law and policy, key areas of investment and environmental policy, as well as knowledge of corporate governance and responsibility.
Our graduates will be well placed to pursue careers in:
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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.
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
For more information go to English language requirements
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. View our range of pre-sessional courses.
You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.
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. View more informationScholarship finder
The Scottish Funding Council is funding Home/EU tuition fees for a number of places on this course. Funded places are open to applicants domiciled in Scotland and the EU.
More information can be found here.
Funding and scholarships are available, please see link below for further information:
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. Further information on the scholarships is available here.
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The course is multi-disciplinary and consists of six taught modules which are delivered by staff specialising in Law, Economics, Politics, and Environmental Science. A combination of three 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:
Full-time, over one year or 27 months part-time
The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.
Energy Law and Policy LAWPP13
MON, 16:00 - 18:00
Regulating CSR I
TUE, 16:00 – 18:00
TUE, 9:00 – 11:00
Environmental Impact Assessment
FRI, 9:00 – 17:00
Low Carbon Energy Law
TUE, 14:00 – 16:00
Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.
In 2013, the University of Stirling hosted a conference which brought together renowned experts from academia and practice to discuss Policy Delivery on Low Carbon Energy Generation Infrastructure.
Further information on the Energy Conference 2013:
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.
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.
The academic staff teaching on the programme include Dr Belen Olmos Giupponi, Dr Thomas Margoni, Professor Frank McManus, Dr Geoff Wood, Dr Hong-Lin Yu from Stirling Law School, and Professor David Copplestone from the School of Natural Sciences. Leading energy law and policy specialists and other international experts will also provide guest lectures.
As climate change is increasingly regarded as the challenge of our generation, energy law and policy are amongst the most topical societal issues at the moment. Conscious of these developments, law firms are 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. Other employment destinations include posts in corporate strategy and corporate management; governmental branches and public sector organisations; international organisations; specialised legal practice (for those already qualified as legal practitioners), journalism, third sector (voluntary) organisations, and NGOs.
Scholarships available: please contact us for further information
There are a number of international and national energy companies that interact with our course. Usually near 50 percent of students take the opportunity to complete internships, work placements and collaborative research work with energy companies. Students develop their CV and interview skills in applying to work for these energy companies. The LLM in International Energy Law & Policy is also part of the highly successful Making-the-Most-of-Masters (http://www.mastersprojects.ac.uk/) programme where students have the opportunity to work on an industry-led dissertation with energy companies.
Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).