International Energy Law and Policy (LLM)


Funded places available

If you meet all eligibility requirements you will automatically be considered for one of the fully funded places.


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.  As intersections with the environment are increasingly visible, energy production, distribution and use have become a priority area for governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations across the world.

The International Energy Law and Policy LLM 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 an in-depth understanding of energy law and policy, as well as of key areas of investment law, environmental policy, energy management and economics.

Our graduates will be well placed to pursue careers in:

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

Key information

EU Applicants
EU students enrolling for a postgraduate taught degree in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic year will be admitted as Scottish/EU fee status students and will be eligible for the same tuition support as Scottish domiciled students.

  • Qualification: LLM
  • Study methods: Part-time, Full-time, Campus based
  • 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:


  • Course Director: Professor Simon Marsden
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Simon Marsden

The Stirling Law School
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA

  1. You will acquire specialist legal knowledge in the fast-growing Energy Law and Policy sector.
  2. You will benefit from a multi-disciplinary curriculum that enables you to explore the intersections between energy, environment, investment and their regulation.
  3. You will have significant freedom in tailoring the programme to your individual needs, including through choosing your preferred optional modules.
  4. You will be taught by experienced, committed and supportive academic staff on one of the most beautiful university campuses in Europe.
  5. You will benefit from our programme’s clear and consistent focus on employability and market needs, including through the option of undertaking a work-based or work-related dissertation project.

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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 a 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.

Flexible Learning

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

Fees and costs


2018/19 Overseas £15,250
2018/19 Home/EU £6,300

Fees for all new applicants to postgraduate taught courses are held at the level set upon entry.

Please note there is an additional charge should you choose to attend a graduation ceremony. View more information

Cost of Living

Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

Payment options

Find information on paying fees by instalments

Scholarships & funding

SAAS Postgraduate Loans

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) is now offering a generous loan scheme to assist eligible Scottish and EU-domiciled students pursuing a Masters at the University of Stirling during 2018/19. Find out more about SAAS Postgraduate Loans

Funding and scholarships are available, please see link below for further information:

 The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union students 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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Structure and teaching

Structure and content

Course structure

The multi-disciplinary programme consists of six taught modules which are delivered by staff specialising in Law, Politics, Economics, Management and Environmental Science (see Modules below).  Students will take a combination of three modules in each semester and complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the period 1 June to the end of August.


It is 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:

December 2017 Conference:  Renewables After Brexit

2017 Conference:  Connecting with a low-carbon future 

Law students at conference

Previous conferences

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

Delivery and assessment

  • All modules are delivered by small group learning and teaching which provides an opportunity for interaction with student peers and staff which also 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 the 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 passing grade in the dissertation to be awarded the Master's of Law (LLM).


Academic Year 2017/18


SemesterModule 1Module 2Module 3
Semester 1 LAWPP13 –
Energy Law and Policy


Investment Law


Select 1 module from:
ICCPP02- International Organisations

ENMPG05- Environmental Economics


Semester 2 LAWPP14 –
Low Carbon Energy Law


Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities


Select 1 module from:
ICCPP10 – Climate Change, Human Security and Resource Conflict
ENMPG22 – Environmental Impact Assessment


Semester 3

LAWPPLD - Dissertation




SemesterModule 1Module 2
Semester 1 LAWPP13 –
Energy Law and Policy


Select 1 module from:
ICCPP02- International Organisations

ENMPG05- Environmental Economics


Semester 2 LAWPP14 –
Low Carbon Energy Law


Select 1 module from:
Climate Change, Human Security and Resource Conflict
ENMPG22 – Environmental Impact Assessment


Semester 3 LAWPP18 –
Investment Law


Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities


Spans Semesters 4/5

LAWPPDP - Dissertation


This listing is based on the current curriculum and changes may be made to the course in response to new curriculum developments and innovations. Module information for 2017/18 will be made available in due course.

Recommended reading

Suggested reading list:


Heffron and Little (eds), Delivering Energy Law and Policy in the EU and US: A Reader (Edinburgh, 2016)

McConville and Chui (eds) Research Methods for Law (Second Edition, Edinburgh, 2017)

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.


Energy Law and Policy


THURS, 12.30 - 14:30


International Organisations


TUE, 16:00 – 18:00


Investment Law


TUE, 09:00 – 11:00


Environmental Impact Assessment


FRI, 9:00 – 17:00


Low Carbon Energy Law


TUE, 14:00 – 16:00


Training for Masters in the Arts and Humanities


TUE, 11:00-13:00


Why Stirling?


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.

International Students

The University of Stirling welcomes students from around the world. Find out what studying here could be like for you .


Graduates of the LLM 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.  

Leading energy law and policy specialists and other international experts will also provide guest lectures.


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 communication 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 the 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

  • 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


98% of our postgraduate leavers are in employment or further study withing six months of graduating - Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015/16

Industry connections

There are a number of international and national energy companies and top law firms that interact with our course.  Many students take the opportunity to complete internships, work placements and collaborative research work with energy companies and law firms. Students develop their CV and interview skills in applying to work for these companies and gain valuable experience in collaborative projects. The LLM in International Energy Law & Policy is part of the highly successful Making-the-Most-of-Masters ( programme where students have the opportunity to undertake a work-based or work related dissertation with energy companies and law firms.

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