Environmental Policy and Governance

Study Environmental Policy and Governance and graduate with a university degree


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Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Type Full-time, Part-time
  • Duration Period of Study – full-time LLM/MSc: 12 months Diploma: nine month Certificate: three months Period of Study – part-time LLM/MSc: 27 months Diploma: 21 months Certificate: nine months
  • Start date September

Dr Bélen Olmos Giupponi School of Law
University of Stirling
FK9 4lA
+44 (0) 1786 467282

The LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy & Governance is a one-year course which combines the study of different fields with an interdisciplinary perspective offering a greater understanding of local, national and international environmental policies and governance.

Course objectives

This course will:

  • introduce students to the topic of environmental policy and governance, and to develop students' understanding and awareness of contemporary issues in the area
  • provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging training at an advanced level in environmental issues as preparation for, or as an enhancement to, a career in this area.
  • develop independent critical thought, research and writing skills to Master's level

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 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

For the modules on this course, students are required to attend weekly two-hour seminars for which reading will be circulated in advance. Active participation will be encouraged in class and students may be required to prepare a short presentation which is not assessed on a topic of their choice within the individual modules. Assessment will be in the form of essays and/or exams. 

Course start date


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 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 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.

Delivery and assessment

  • All modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which aims to provide 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 eight modules and achieve a pass grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master of Law (LLM) or MSc.

Module titles

Academic Year 2015/16

  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities
  • Dissertation

One of:

  • Regulating CSR (Part 2) 
  • Environmental Impact Assessment

Why study Environmental Policy and Governance at Stirling?

Course Director

Dr Bélen Olmos Giupponi


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.

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RAE rating

The Stirling Law School has a strong reputation for excellence in research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, five percent of our research was judged to be world leading, 35 percent of international excellence, 30 percent of international quality, with the remaining 30 percent of at least national quality.


The University of Stirling was founded on the site of the historic Airthrey Estate by Royal Charter in 1967;  the first genuinely new university in Scotland for over 400 years. Nestling beneath the Ochil Hills, our campus covers 330 acres and has a beautiful loch and 18th-century Airthrey Castle at its heart. We retain our pioneering spirit and passion for innovation and excellence in all we do. We aim to be at the forefront of research and learning that helps to improve lives. Staff are highly motivated and are experts in their field of research. There is a particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary research drawing on the strengths across the campus. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 10 percent of Stirling research was judged to be 'world leading' and a further three quarters as 'internationally excellent' and 'internationally recognised'. The University of Stirling is ranked number one in Scotland and eigth in the UK in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 table, which ranks the world's best 100 universities under 50 years old, and is also one of The Times Higher Education Top 100 universities in the world. The University of Stirling was Scottish University of the Year for 2009/2010 (Sunday Times) and is consistently ranked as one of the best in the UK for a 'good place to be' (International Student Barometer).

Career opportunities

The specialist knowledge acquired in this rapidly growing sector will be invaluable in enhancing employability. This postgraduate degree also provides an excellent starting point for careers in international organisations, local and national government bodies, NGOs, 'green' businesses as well as in the field of further academic research. 


One of the main focuses of this new course is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge to compete effectively for employment opportunities in the ever-growing environmental sector.

As the course is multi-disciplinary, it addresses the economic, scientific, political and legal challenges facing society and the environment and provides graduates with broad-based yet specialised knowledge and understanding. Accordingly, graduates will be equipped with a distinctive and integrated appreciation of the relevant issues which will significantly enchance their employability.

In addition to that, there are different workshop and talks offered by the University to postgraduate students in order to develop new skills and improve job prospects.

Through this course students will:

  • Acquire a better understanding of key environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Develop skills to analyse and evaluate environmental policies and solve legal problems
  • Be able to conduct multi-disciplinary research in environmental studies topics
  • Demonstrate the ability to present effective and structured arguments in writing and oral presentations
  • Develop the ability to meet deadlines, prioritize work and complete assignments accurately either independently or as part of a team

Industry connections

Graduates of the LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy & Governance will be well placed to pursue jobs offered in the sector, including local and national government, regulatory authorities, international bodies, non-governmental organisations, private sector businesses, pressure groups and charities.

It is expected that representatives from environmental NGOs and international organisations focusing on environmental issues will deliver presentations to the students. The course will be included in the "Making the Most of Masters", a platform which provides students with the opportunity to work on specific projects with different organisations (www.mastersprojects.ac.uk).

This course prepares our graduates for different career options. If you are interested in continuing in education you may apply for a doctoral programme. If you are focused on practice, you will be well placed to pursue a career in law firms, government sector, environmental advocacy, companies, environmental consulting and international organisations.


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.


information on possible sources of funding

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.