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LLM International Energy Law and Policy

Our innovative and multi-disciplinary degree gives you specialist legal knowledge in the fast-growing sector of energy law and policy.

International Energy Law and Policy

Key facts

  • Award Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, LLM
  • Start date September
  • Duration LLM full-time: 12 months, LLM part-time: 27 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Campus based

The growing pressure on natural resources has prompted an evaluation of traditional forms of energy, as well as a search for new and renewable energy forms. Energy production, distribution and use have become a priority area for governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations across the world. With a growing demand for employees with specialised legal knowledge in energy law and policy, we’ve designed this course specifically to meet that need.

On this Masters course, you’ll explore the intersections between energy, environment, investment and regulation. Expert staff have come together to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of energy law and policy, as well as of key areas of investment law, environmental policy, energy management and economics.

You’ll be taught by expert staff in law, economics, politics and environmental science. They’ll give you clear insight into the relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at the national, regional and international level. There’s also an opportunity for a work-based dissertation.

It’s important to us that our students have the opportunity to engage with energy law and policy as it continues to evolve, which is why we encourage students to attend suitable conferences. For example, in 2016/17 LLM students attended an energy policy conference to hear more about energy policy and market reform from the government, regulators and industry.

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  • Course objectives

    This course will help you to develop transferrable skills that employers are often looking for. By the end of the course, you’ll have:

    • excellent writing, analytical skills and communication skills
    • time management skills
    • knowledge, understanding and skills at the Masters level that are appropriate for 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 the national, regional and international level
    • an understanding of the dynamics of the past and current energy law, policy-making and governance, as well as likely future developments in the area
    • the academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study

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    Making the Most of Masters

    We know enhancing your employability to help you stand out to international businesses and organisations is a key driver in deciding to pursue a Masters degree. The award-winning Making the Most of Masters programme enables you kick-start your career with a work-based project with energy companies and law firms 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 see more details.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Energy law and policy practitioners come from a wide range of backgrounds, and the profession is keen to encourage applicants from the arts, humanities, business, sciences, and the social sciences. Applications are welcomed from applicants from the broadest range of disciplines.

  • 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.

This course consists of six taught modules that are delivered by staff specialising in Law, Politics, Economics, Management and Environmental Science. You’ll take a combination of three modules in each semester, and complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the summer months.

Modules

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 2018/19 on this course of study.

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Course Details

  • Teaching

    All modules are delivered through small group learning and teaching, which provides an opportunity for interaction between students and staff. This supports the development of communication skills through the discussion and presentation of key issues.

    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. 

    Leading energy law and policy specialists and other international experts will also provide guest lectures – and you may go on visits to different electricity generation plants.

    You’re expected to carry out independent study, and read widely from a variety of sources. Your dissertation gives you the opportunity to produce independent research in your chosen area, and showcase your acquired knowledge and skills.

  • Fieldwork

    It's important to us that our students have the opportunity to engage with energy law and policy as it happens and attend suitable conferences on Energy Law and Policy wherever practicable. Here are some examples of the conferences our students have attended:

    2017

    Renewables After Brexit

    Connecting with a low-carbon future 

    2015/16

    In 2015/16, students attended the WS Society’s Energy Law Conference and the Energy Sustainability Conference at CEPMLP, University of Dundee. In 2016/17, Stirling LLM students attended an energy policy conference to hear more about energy policy and market reform from government, regulators and industry: Priorities for energy in Scotland: investment, flexibility and the new energy strategy.

  • Assessment

    Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with the weighting varying dependent on the nature of the material taught.

  • Classroom hours

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

    Autumn

    Energy Law and Policy

    LAWPP13

    THURS, 12.30 - 14:30

    International Organisations

    ICCPP02

    TUE, 16:00 – 18:00

    Investment Law

    LAWPP18

    TUE, 09:00 – 11:00

    Spring

    Environmental Impact Assessment

    ENMPG22

    FRI, 9:00 – 17:00

    Low Carbon Energy Law

    LAWPP14

    TUE, 14:00 – 16:00

    Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities

    ARTPL02

    TUE, 11:00-13:00

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  • Fees and costs

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

      2018/19 2019/20

    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.

    £6,300 TBC

    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.

    £15,250 £15,950

    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
    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. That’s why we offer a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities available.

    To explore our scholarships and learn more about funding opportunities, use our scholarship finder.

  • Additional costs

    If you choose to attend your graduation ceremony, you will be liable for an additional charge. There is no charge if you wish to graduate in absentia. 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

Climate change is increasingly regarded as the challenge of our generation – which is why 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. As a result, there’s a great demand for employees who have a specialised legal knowledge in energy law and policy.

Our graduates are also well-placed to pursue careers in:

  • Law firms
  • Government and regulatory authorities
  • International bodies
  • Non-governmental organisations and charities
  • Pressure groups, including those from the environmental sector
  • Testimonial quotes

    The knowledge, skills and experience I attained whilst undertaking an LLM in International Energy Law and Policy was invaluable. This is not least because I was provided with the opportunity and the academic resources through which I was able to challenge myself in such a way as to stimulate my personal, professional and academic growth.

    Danielle King
    LLM International Energy Law and Policy

  • 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.

The programme provides exactly the mixture of modules I am highly interested in. I really enjoyed this programme and I am sad that this year already comes to an end.
Stephanie Scholz
Germany LL.M. International Energy Law and Policy
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