International Energy Law and Policy (LLM)

LLM, MSc


Introduction

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:

  • legal firms
  • the environmental sector
  • government
  • regulatory authorities
  • international bodies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • business
  • pressure groups
  • charities

Key information

  • Degree type: LLM, MSc
  • Study methods: Part-time, Full-time
  • Duration: Full-time: LLM: 12 months Diploma: 9 months Certificate: 3 months Part-time: LLM: 27 months Diploma: 21 months Certificate: 9 months
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Dr Ioana Cismas

Dr Ioana Cismas The Stirling Law School
School of Arts and Humanities
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Scotland, UK
+ 44 (0) 1786 467282 stir.ac.uk/9q

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  1. You will benefit from a specially designed curriculum and a unique,
    multi-disciplinary learning and teaching approach.
  2. You will be taught by experienced, committed and supportive
    academic staff
  3. You will gain in-depth knowledge of an increasingly topical area and stay ahead of the crowd in doing so!
  4. You will benefit from our programme’s clear and consistent focus on employability and market needs.
  5. You will have significant freedom in tailoring the programme to your individual needs through the option of doing an industry-led, collaborative dissertation project.

What makes us different?

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Entry requirements

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

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.

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

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:

  • 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 and current energy law, policy-making and governance, and with perspectives on future developments;

and

  • 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 student peers and staff, and supports the development of 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 and showcase the acquired knowledge and skills.
  • 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 six modules and achieve a pass grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master's of Law (LLM).

Modules

Academic Year 2015/16

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • LAWPPLD - Dissertation

Modes of study

Full-time, over one year or 27 months part-time

Study method

Full-time Part-time

Example timetable

The timetable below is a typical example, but your own timetable may be different.

Autumn

Energy Law and Policy LAWPP13

MON, 16:00 - 18:00

Regulating CSR I

LAWPPRC

TUE, 16:00 – 18:00

 

Investment Law

LAWPP18

TUE, 9:00 – 11:00

Spring

Environmental Impact Assessment

ENMP22

FRI, 9:00 – 17:00

 

Low Carbon Energy Law

LAWPP14

TUE, 14:00 – 16:00

 

Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities

ARTPP02

WED, 11:00-12:30

 

Why Stirling?

REF2014

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.

Rating

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:

Strengths

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.

Our staff

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.

I am excited to be part of the team teaching this topical and innovative course and I am confident that those who participate will find it to be stimulating, challenging and a worthwhile direction to follow on the road to rewarding employment. 

Professor Fraser Davidson

 

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

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.

Skills you can develop through this course

  • Excellent writing and analytical skills and communciation skills
  • Time management skills
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills at Master's level appropriate to careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business
  • In-depth insights into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at national, regional and international levels
  • An understanding of the dynamics of past and current energy law and policy-making and governance and likely future developments in the area;
  • The academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study 

Chances to expand your horizons

With:

  • opportunities to complete an industry-led collaborative research dissertation
  • six modules over two semesters and one dissertation on a specific topic in energy law and policy (12-month course)
  • visits to different electricity generation plants
  • guest lectures from leading energy law and policy experts and other international experts
  • an international student population
  • an interdisciplinary learning approach

Scholarships available: please contact us for further information

Industry connections

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.

Online application process

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).

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Fees

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

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 information

Scholarships & funding

Scottish Funding Council Masters Scholarships

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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