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Global Environment and Climate Change Law (LLM)

Course Description

Programme description

This programme is designed to equip students with an advanced, interdisciplinary knowledge of the legal issues and techniques related to environmental protection and the management of natural resources, with special emphasis on climate change.

The programme enables students to analyse and evaluate the historic and ongoing development of international, European and national law for environmental protection, the interrelations between these different levels of law-making, as well as the interactions between environmental law and other areas of law.

It will also allow students to choose option courses complementing their legal studies with an analysis of the scientific and socioeconomic aspects of environmental protection.

This programme is affiliated with the University’s Global Environment & Society Academy.

Programme structure

The programme offers a wide range of subjects across environmental and climate change law from an international perspective, as well as options from other disciplines. This enables you to tailor the programme to meet your specific interests.

The programme structure for 2016/17 will consist of 180 credits, comprising taught courses worth 120 credits and a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits.

Each semester you will take 60 credits of mandatory, core and option courses.

Mandatory course (40 credits):

International Environmental Law
Core courses (choose 40-80 credits):

European Environmental Law (20 credits, semester 1)
International Climate Change Law (20 credits, semester 1)
International Law of the Sea (20 credits, semester 1)
Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment (20 credits, semester 1)
EU Climate and Energy Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Any remaining credits can be taken from any other course offered by the Law School or from a list of course options from other disciplines to be confirmed in September.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have acquired an in-depth understanding of concepts, innovations and challenges characterising the law on environmental protection, natural resource management and responses to climate change, at the international, European and national level.

Students will also develop the critical skills necessary to carry out independent analysis of the activity of international and supranational legal and political institutions, national governments and domestic courts, NGOs and the private sector in this field.

Openness to different scholarly approaches within law will be encouraged, by offering the opportunity to complement specialised law courses with courses offered by the School of Social and Political Science, the Business School and the School of Geosciences addressing questions related to the scientific and socio-economic aspects of environmental protection.

The programme is suitable to prepare students for the increasingly broad range of specialised job opportunities offered at the national and international level by the public and private sector, as well as for advanced research.

Career opportunities

The Global Environment & Climate Change Law programme has been designed as a gateway to a range of employment opportunities and specialised academic work, such as specialised legal drafters, government advisers, international negotiators, legal advisers to private companies and NGOs, international civil servants, specialised researchers in academic and think-tank institutions and independent consultants.

Teaching staff will be available to support students in identifying internship opportunities in international and non-governmental organisations, academia and think tanks.

Visit the Global Environment and Climate Change Law (LLM) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Tercentenary Awards for Excellence - 5 Awards

Edinburgh Law School is pleased to be able to offer five Tercentenary Awards for Excellence of £2,000 towards tuition fees in any LLM or MSc programme offered by the School, starting in September 2014 (including distance learning programmes, and also the MSc in European Union Politics and Law and the MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security, both of which are offered jointly with the School of Social and Political Studies).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000 towards tuition fees


Students should meet the criteria for entry to the LLM/ MSc programmes.

Application Procedure

Deadline: 30th April 2014.You must have already applied to study an LLM or MSc programme before you apply for this scholarship.Once you have applied for your chosen programme of study, you should download and complete the School Scholarships application form. This can be downloaded from the Law School website.Completed application forms should be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline date above.

Further Information



Africa LLM/ MSc Tercentenary Scholarship - Single Award

The Africa LLM/MSc Tercentenary Scholarship is open to all African students who have applied to an on-campus LLM or the on-campus MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Edinburgh Law School.One scholarship will be available each academic year until 2013/2014.The award is open to all suitably qualified African applicants; however, the 2012/2013 scholarship is particularly aimed at applicants who are citizens of (and normally resident in) West Africa. If no suitable application is received from these countries, the scholarship will pass to the next most suitable applicant. The award will be made solely on academic merit.The scholarship will cover the costs of postgraduate tuition fees for one academic year. The successful applicant will also be given a partial maintenance grant (£6500) to help fund their studies at the University of Edinburgh. The maintenance grant will not cover the full costs of studying at the University and applicants should ensure they have sufficient financial support to complete their studies.More detailed information can be obtained by emailing [email protected]

Value of Scholarship(s)

Tuition Fees for one year plus a stipend of £6500


Students should meet the criteria for entry to the LLM/MSc programmes.

Application Procedure

The closing date for the receipt of applications for 2012-2013 will be 30 April 2012.Applicants must complete the school's scholarship application form to indicate that they wish to be considered for this award.Word Document Completed forms should be emailed to [email protected] for postgraduate programmes must be made in parallel through the normal University application route

Further Information



Deutsche Post DHL Scholarships - 4 Awards

Applications from students studying a one-year taught Master's degree in one of the following eligible subject areas are considered: MSc in Carbon Capture and Storage
MSc in Carbon Finance
MSc in Carbon Management
MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems
LLM in Global Environment & Climate Change LawApplicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer. Candidates who already hold full sponsorship are not eligible for the Deutsche Post DHL Scholarships.The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and the benefits to the student. Candidates must have, or expect to obtain the international equivalent of a UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level.
A number of Deutsche Post DHL Scholarships are available for postgraduate Master's study in eligible programmes supported by the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation for the 2014-2015 academic session.The aim of the scholarships is to attract the best and most motivated people to Edinburgh to play a part in building low carbon economies around the world.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The scholarships are open to UK, EU and overseas students who are accepted for admission on a full-time basis for an eligible postgraduate Master's programme of study at the University of Edinburgh.

Application Procedure

Deadline: Applications for this scholarship should be received by the Postgraduate Office by 25th April 2014.Please note that you must have already applied for and been offered a place on a LLM programme before you make an application for this scholarship.Once you have applied for your chosen programme of study, you should download and complete the School Scholarships application form.This can be downloaded from the Edinburgh Law School website.Completed application forms should be emailed to [email protected] by the deadline date above.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree in law or its international equivalent. Candidates with a UK 2:1 honours degree in a social science subject will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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