International Energy Law and Policy (LLM)

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International Energy Law and Policy (LLM)
  • Type Part-time, Full-time
  • Duration Full-time: LLM: 12 months Diploma: nine months Certificate: three months Part-time: LLM: 27 months Diploma: 21 months Certificate: nine months
  • Start date September

Professor Fraser Davidson The Stirling Law School
School of Arts and Humanities
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA
Scotland, UK
+ 44 (0) 1786 467591 stir.ac.uk/9q

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.

Entrance 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 provide evidence of your proficiency such as a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.0 (5.5 in all bands).

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.

Our range of pre-sessional courses.

Modes of study

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

Course start date

September

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;

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 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

Academic Year 2014/15

  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Low Carbon Energy Law
  • International Investment Law
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Energy Management Seminar Series
  • Climate Change, Human Security and Resource Conflicts
  • Research Methods
  • Energy Policy and Markets

Research Dissertation Project: A research project conducted and reported to publishable standard in a 10,000-word dissertation. The project is supervised by a member of staff and represents a major part of the final LLM assessment.

Academic Year 2015/16

  • 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

Course Director

Professor Fraser Davidson

RAE rating

The University of Stirling has hosted a conference in energy law and policy - for more see:


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 by the prospect of leading this topical and innovative new course and I am confident that those who participate will find it to be stimulating, challenging and worthwhile direction to follow on the road to rewarding employment. 
                                                                             Professor Fraser Davidson
                                        

 

 

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.

Skills you can develop through this course

  • high-level writing skills
  • time management skills
  • knowledge, understanding and skills at Master's level appropriate to careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business
  • a broad and clear insight into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at national, regional and international levels
  • an understanding of the dynamics of past, current and future energy law and policy-making and governance; and the academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study
  • 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.

Chances to expand your horizons

On this course there are:

  • opportunities to complete an industry-led collaborative research dissertation
  • eight 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
  • international lecturers
  • guest lectures from leading energy law and policy experts
  • international student population
  • interdisciplinary learning approach

Scholarships available: please contact us for further information

Where are our graduates now?

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.

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.

Fees

2015/16Overseas£13500
2015/16Home/EU£6000
2014/15Overseas£12000
2014/15Home/EU£5500

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.

Tuition Fees for programmes of study starting in 2016/7 have not yet been set please check back here in December 2014.

Funding

The Scottish Funding Council is funding Home/EU tuition fees for a number of places on the LLM International Energy Law and Policy. Funded places are open to applicants domiciled in Scotland and the EU.  More information

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.