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LLM, MSc Environmental Policy and Governance

Enhance your employability and gain an expert knowledge of environmental issues with the University of Stirling’s Environmental Policy and Governance Masters.

Environmental Policy and Governance
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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, LLM
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 24 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

Environmental issues are among the most pressing across the globe. Whether in relation to climate change, biodiversity loss or environmental harm, solutions are urgently needed in policy and governance to mitigate, adapt, reduce or prevent significant impacts. This Masters degree addresses these concerns and canvasses potential solutions, enabling you to develop the skills and expertise you need to make a lasting and positive impact on the planet.

On this course, you’ll gain an excellent understanding of local, national and international environmental policies and governance. It addresses the legal, economic, scientific and political challenges facing society, giving you an integrated understanding of the relevant issues that will significantly enhance your employability.

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  • Course objectives

    This Masters course will:

    • introduce you to the topic of environmental policy and governance
    • develop your 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 your independent critical thought, research and writing skills to Masters level
    • Hone your abilities to engage with and develop policy across a broad interdisciplinary field, and in a way that is not only relevant to the narrow sphere of ‘national’ environmental governance, but that is also appropriate to a broad range of international settings
    Research-led teaching

    Our academic staff are recognised across the globe for their innovative research, and are considered experts in their fields. Their work is well represented in national and international journals, at academic conferences around the world and in the media.

    You’ll also benefit from industry presentations typically delivered by representatives from environmental NGOs and international organisations that focus on environmental issues.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    The Stirling Law School has a strong reputation for excellence in research. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 65% of our Law research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Entry requirements for your country/region

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work 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 or above
    • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade C or above
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 54 with 51 in each component
    • IBT TOEFL: 80 with no subtest less than 17

    More information on our English language requirements

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The course is multi-disciplinary, and consists of six taught modules that are delivered by staff in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences and the Stirling Management School. You’ll take a combination of specialist modules in both semesters, and also complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the summer months.



The module details given below are subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes. The modules outlined below represent those offered in 2019/20 on this course of study.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    All modules are delivered through small group learning and teaching sessions, which give you great opportunities for interaction with staff and to develop communication skills through discussion and the presentation of key issues. You’re required to attend weekly two-hour seminars. Active participation will be encouraged in class, and you may be required to prepare a short presentation on a topic of your choice within each module – although these aren’t normally assessed.

    You’ll also undertake independent study, and read widely from a variety of sources - particularly for your dissertation. This piece of work provides you with opportunity to produce independent research in your chosen area.

    This course is part of the 'Making the Most of Masters' programme, which lets you kick-start your career by taking on a work-based project for your dissertation. The project will be solution-focused, and address real research needs within an organisation. Go to the Making the Most of Masters website to find out more about the programme.

  • Assessment

    Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination.

  • Classroom hours

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



    Energy Law and Policy

    THU, 12:30 - 14:30


    Environmental Policy and Management 


    Environmental Economics


    Environmental Law


    TUE, 10:00 - 12:00

    One of:

    Climate Change, Human Security and Resource Conflicts


    TUE, 18:00 - 20:00



    Environmental Impact Assessment

    FRI, 09:00 – 17:00



    Heritage, Identity and Place

    TUE, evening

    Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities


    TUE, 11:00 - 13:00

  • Course director
  • Key staff

    The course’s teaching staff includes a pool of experts from a variety of disciplines:

  • Fees and costs

    Fees shown are per year (fees are different for each course)


    Home/EU Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course*

    If you’re domiciled in Scotland, you may be eligible to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover your tuition fees and associated living costs. Students domiciled in the EU can also apply for tuition fee support, although may not be eligible to receive funding to support living costs.

    If you're domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you should be eligible to apply for a loan from your regional body.

    English students apply for a loan of up to £10,609 per year as part of the UK Postgraduate Loan Scheme, Welsh students can apply for a non-means tested loan of up to £13,000 from the Welsh Government and Northern Irish students are eligible to apply for support of up to £5,500.

    *Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Overseas (Non-EU) Students

    Fees shown are for full-time, one-year Masters course. Fees for students who apply for a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate will be paid on a pro-rata basis.

    If the course is taken over two years then the fee will be split evenly over the two years. Fees are not pro-rated for students who enrol on a Masters course and decide to exit with a Postgraduate Diploma - the full fee is charged.


    Please note: You will be liable to pay tuition fees for every year you’re in attendance, and your fees will be held level upon entry. If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

  • Scholarships and funding
    University of Stirling Postgraduate Merit Scholarship

    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 Masters course, or £1,000 for part-time study. Find out more about the Postgraduate Merit Scholarship.

    Other sources of funding

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

As an Environmental Policy and Governance graduate, you’ll leave Stirling with specialist knowledge of this rapidly growing sector that’s invaluable to a wide range of employers. This course is an excellent starting point for careers in:

  • international organisations
  • local and national government bodies
  • NGOs
  • ‘green’ businesses
  • law firms
  • environmental advocacy
  • environmental consulting
  • National and international policy development bodies, including government departments, Think-tanks, etc.

You’ll also be well placed to go into further academic research, for instance by undertaking a Doctorate.

  • Employability skills

    We offer a comprehensive employability and skills programme to help you maximise your time at university and develop the graduate attributes that employers look for. In the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, we have a dedicated Employability and Skills Officer. The University of Stirling’s Career and Employability Service also works in partnership with academic staff to ensure you get the best out of your University experience, and are ready for the employment market.

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