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Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Distance learning, Taught




CODE P1166

How long it takes:

Full time, part time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

Environmental and energy regulation

Exploring different forms of environmental and energy regulation around the world, you’ll learn how the environmental impact of energy systems is regulated, and when, where and how the law intervenes in ordinary market transactions.


Law relating to nuclear energy

This module looks at the potential for nuclear energy within a country’s energy mix, detailing the commissioning and decommissioning of nuclear power facilities and issues around nuclear safety and liability.


Assessment and financing of energy projects

Examining both the environmental assessment and the financial impact of energy infrastructure, you’ll understand how big energy projects must repay the financial costs incurred in setting them up without incurring environmental costs too.


Oil and gas law

Assessing ownership of natural resources, this module explores the licensing of natural resource exploitation, the processes involved in refining and distributing oil and gas, the transportation of resources to other countries and issues concerning their consumption.


Environmental protection and pollution control

Analysing the planning and permissions involved in conducting environmental operations around the world, you will explore the systems used to mitigate and control environmental pollution.


Renewable energy and climate change law

Learn about how climate change is driving the shift toward renewables and the resulting legal issues in developing green energy infrastructure, as well as the extent to which renewable energy can form part of the energy mix.

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Grow your career opportunities in law

With the green economy set to create 24 million new jobs globally by 2030 (United Nations 2019), studying energy and environmental law is key to enhancing your career prospects. 

You may be a lawyer ready for your next challenge or a professional with growing regulatory responsibilities in the energy or environmental sector. Whatever your background, this programme offers insights into the transnational legal frameworks to tackle both energy and environmental issues worldwide. 

Our Online LLM will prepare you for a range of jobs including:

  • Legal advice and consultancy within the energy and environmental sectors
  • In-house counsel for an energy company
  • Lawyers advising in the energy or environmental sector
  • Policymakers in government
  • Advisors to international agencies and NGOs
  • In-house counsel in an MNC in the energy or environmental sector 

Previous LLM graduates from Newcastle Law School have gone on to become successful high court judges, prosecutors and law firm partners.

Grounding the programme content in the real world, the School draws on extensive industry networks, with material created by professionals with strong practice experience 

During the course of the programme, you will have an opportunity to join the UK Environmental Law Association.