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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Start Date

    January, September

  • Course Duration

    12 Months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees



The Earth today is facing major environmental challenges: climate change, loss of biodiversity and over-exploitation of natural resources. Addressing these requires effective legal and policy tools, internationally, nationally and locally. Dundee has the expertise to enable you to develop the key skills and knowledge to pursue a career in this exciting area of law and policy.

The University of Dundee has one of the largest groups of environmental and resource management lawyers on its staff in the UK. Staff have advised at the highest levels, practised, published and taught widely in a broad range of areas of law including: environmental regulation, energy, sustainable development, land use planning, nature conservation, forestry, water, arctic governance, and law of the sea.

Besides being taught by leading experts, the Dundee programme gives you a conceptual understanding of the main legal issues related to environmental protection and more widely, sustainable development. This is coupled with knowledge of the subject sufficient to enable and encourage the critical evaluation of current and future research and practice in the field. The choice of modules and dissertation topic allows you to focus on the environmental and sustainability issues that are important to you.

Dundee Law School

Dundee Law School is widely recognised as an excellent place to study. Both the Guardian and Times league tables placed Dundee as the top Law School in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK, building on particularly strong results in the National Student Survey, which has repeatedly ranked Dundee as first in Scotland. Over the last two national reviews of research, Dundee is the only institution in the UK to have had all of its submissions rated as “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. 

Our commitment is to provide high-quality instruction, with a focus on practical relevance, to prepare you for a successful career, at home or abroad. We offer an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that you have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems and of what is required of you in a study environment seeking to develop independent learning

We seek to integrate you into the life of the School, with invitations to guest lectures and seminars. We also have an annual reading party in a beautiful country house, where you are joined by staff to work on academic skills and relax with fellow students.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

Teaching & Assessment

How you will be taught

In your six taught modules you will learn through preparation for and participation in a weekly two-hour seminar. All are taught by way of small group seminar discussion. You will be given reading to prepare in advance of seminars and will engage in discussions with lecturers and fellow students during the seminars. This mode of teaching will help you gain confidence in your ability to read, understand and analyse materials and in presenting your ideas in front of your peers.

How you will be assessed

Substantive modules: continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April. Compulsory dissertation: 15,000 words.

What you will study

You can choose from a range of modules designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues connected with the environment and the law.


Semester One (Students must take three)

  • Environmental Regulation (compulsory)
  • Principles of Sustainability
  • International Petroleum Law and Policy
  • International Law of Natural Resources and Energy
  • Frameworks for Water Resource Management

Semester Two (Students must take three)

  • Transformation for Sustainability
  • Global Human Rights
  • National and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
  • Environmental Law and Policy for Natural Resources and Energy
  • International Relations and Energy and Natural Resources
  • International Law of Water Resources
  • Governance and Regulation of Water Services
  • Politics of Environment and Climate Change

Several other relevant modules are available within the Law School and the wider School of Social Sciences (see for examples modules offered by Politics and Town and Regional Planning). If students wish to choose a different option from those listed above please speak to Professor Ross.


Graduates of the environmental law programme have gone on to work in environmental law practices, central Government, environmental agencies, non-governmental organisations and several have moved on to doctoral research and academic careers.

Your Application

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

Visit the LLM Environmental Law page on the University of Dundee website for more details!




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