Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Energy and Environmental Law with Dissertation (LLM)
This discipline is increasingly required to offer protection from environmental damage and nuisance in a constantly evolving world. The energy industry in Aberdeen offers a unique understanding of innovation and the requirements of environmental balance.

Key Facts

Study Modes
Full-time (12 months)
Part-time (24 months)
Entry Dates
January
September
Learning Mode
Not Specified
Qualification
LLM

Programme Details

The LLM Energy and Environment Law encompasses all important aspects of environmental regulation including water and air quality, waste management, hazards, species protection, agriculture, wetlands, biodiversity, renewable energy, transport, regulation and right-to-know laws. There is a growing need for this area of law to combat the demands placed on our environment in terms of our sustainability, health, species protection and climate change. The LLM programme in Energy and Environmental Law provides teaching from world class researchers, with expertise which the School of Law has developed in oil and gas law and energy. These areas have had a direct impact on changing environmental regulation. You will examine the interlinked nature of energy, the environment and sustainable development looking at current environmental challenges that characterise the current world, looking into the future. We look at the organisation of our energy system in the 21st century. Subject areas include environmental damage in the upstream energy sector, clean energy and carbon law, the regulation of the green economy and the protection of our natural resources as a precondition for a sustainable future.

The programme is set against the background of Aberdeen’s reputation and knowledge as European energy capital, and seeks to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate effectively at the intersection of energy and environmental matters from staff with specialisms in domestic, European and international energy, environment and climate change law.

Why Study this Programme?

  • LLM Energy and Environment postgraduate degree at Aberdeen comes from a strong heritage of mitigating the effects of industrial change on the environment by working alongside the major innovation industry of oil and gas over a number of years and gaining real understanding of environmental degradation and its effects.
  • This qualification is highly respected and sought after worldwide due to its location in the European energy capital and knowledge in the School of Law.
  • You gain the analytical and intellectual capability to advance your career in the many worldwide organisations and areas where you have potential to shape laws and change their intepretation.
  • LLM Energy and Environment Law at Aberdeen is taught by professionals, researchers and consultants with direct experience of mitigating against environmental harm in the North Sea oil and gas industry and beyond
  • Researchers at Aberdeen are at the forefront of environmental innovations which have changed environmental protection in other industries globally
  • If you are practising in the legal profession a LLM Energy and Environment at Aberdeen will allow you to specialise in this growing area of law in a city and university known for understanding environmental innovation with its risks, hazards and environmental issues, the results of which have been applied to other industries
  • As a student you can get involved directly with extra curricular projects run in the community and industry guided by professional mentors
  • We provide a number of events and talks in conjunction with the UK Environmental Law Association and other known organisations with UK and world headquarters in Aberdeen.
  • The programme differs from Energy Law as it covers a much broader range of industries including the energy industry.

Aims

The new LLM programme in Energy and Environmental Law builds upon the world-class reputation in teaching and research which the School of Law has developed in oil and gas law and energy law in a broad sense. The unique aspect of the new programme, and the factor which distinguishes this degree from its peers, is the close examination of the interlinked nature of energy and the environment as encapsulated by the concept of sustainable development. The programme looks at the current environmental challenges that characterise the world, including the organisation of our energy system in the 21st century. Topics among others include environmental damage in the upstream energy sector, clean energy and carbon law, the regulation of the green economy as well as the protection of our natural resources as a precondition for a sustainable future. A core theme emphasised throughout this programme is that neither energy demands nor the case for environmental protection can be considered in isolation. Solutions at a local, national and global level must balance carefully these two, at times competing, concerns, not least in the light of current claims for a transition to a low carbon society.

Set against the background of Aberdeen’s reputation as European energy capital, the programme seeks to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate effectively at the intersection of energy and environmental matters. Surprisingly, there are few LLM programmes that offer this specialisation whilst simultaneously providing the necessary breadth in both areas of the law. The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen intends to fill that gap. Students will be taught on a wide range of hotly debated issues by staff specialised in various fields of domestic, European and international energy, environmental and climate change law. 

Contact Information

The School of Law
Tel: +44 (0)1224 272443
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272442
law-pg-enquiries@abdn.ac.uk

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
The Hub
King's College
ABERDEEN AB24 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576
Email: sras@abdn.ac.uk

Syllabus

All candidates must take the following courses:

Either

  • LS501T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for September starts)

Or

  • LS551T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for January starts)

Plus

  • LS5904     LLM Dissertation (60 credit points)

In addition to the above, candidates must take at least three of the courses listed below. A fourth course may be chosen from any other LLM programme (excluding LS501E and LS551K).

  • LS501C  International Energy and Environmental Law (1)
  • LS501D  Oil and Minerals for Good (1)
  • LS501F  Energy, Innovation and Law (1)
  • LS501H  Low carbon energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law  (1)
  • LS551A  Principles of Environmental Regulation (2)
  • LS551J  Low Carbon Energy Transition: Nuclear Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage (2)
  • LS551L  Corporate Environmental Liability (2)
  • LS551U Legal and Environmental Issues for Unconventional Hydrocarbons (2)
  • LS5594  Downstream Energy Law (2)

Students should note, however, that course options are dependent on staff availability, sabbatical arrangements and sufficient enrolment. The number in brackets indicates the semester in which the course is taught.

For outlines of the above modules, see the Postgraduate Catalogue

Assessment

Assessment is based on a combination of continuous assessment and written examination at the end of the relevant semester. Continuous assessment takes the form of presentations and written essays. In addition, students must complete a course in research skills and a dissertation on a topic within the specialism. The dissertation is prepared and written between March and August, for both January and September start dates. Guidance on the writing of a dissertation is given.

Teaching

Teaching is organised on a modular basis. There are two 12-week semesters, the first beginning at the end of September, the second at the end of January. Students can join either in September or January. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, in January and May. The dissertation is submitted at the beginning of September each year, regardless of programme start date. Courses are offered subject to the availability of staff, sufficient enrolment and sabbatical arrangements. Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Law School webpages for updates to the programme syllabus.

Normally a 2(1) honours degree in Law (or another related discipline) or equivalent. Relevant practical experience in the field of commercial law will also be beneficial.

Prospective students interested in studying on this programme should submit their complete application by the end of May each year. All applications will then be reviewed by the programme admissions panel. Decisions will be notified by the end of June. Unsuccessful applicants may, at the discretion of the admissions panel, be offered a place on the LLM International Commercial Law with Dissertation instead.

English Requirements

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information seewww.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Fees

Funding

CB Davidson Fund
The CB Davidson Fund provides limited financial support for postgraduate students (Taught and Research) within the Law School. It provides financial support for graduates in law from outside the UK to study in Aberdeen and for students and graduates of the University of Aberdeen who wish to travel outside of the UK for research purposes. Awards, except in exceptional circumstances, will not exceed £2,500 and in most instances will be less. The closing dates for applications to the CB Davidson Fund are 31st March and 30th September each year.

Aberdeen Alumni Discount
The University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme offers a 20% discount in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen and who wish to pursue a further programme of academic study at the University of Aberdeen.

Carnegie Trust
The Carnegie Trust offers bursaries to Scottish students planning on undertaking a taught Masters programme.

Scottish Funding Council
The Scottish Funding Council offers a number of scholarships for full-waiver of tuition fees for a range of popular postgraduate taught programmes for Scottish/non-UK EU students.

British Funding Council
The British Funding Council administers the Chevening Scholarships, which support outstanding graduates wishing to study in the UK. The British Council also administers the Scottish International Scholarship Programme, which is open to permanent residents of China, India, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand or Singapore who wish to study for a Masters degree in Scotland. You should note, however, that priority will be given to courses in science and technology and creative industries.

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan offers some support to students from former and present Commonwealth countries.

Contact

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General Information

Student Recruitment & Admissions Service
University of Aberdeen
The Hub
King's College
ABERDEEN AB24 3TU

Tel: +44 (0)1224 272090 / +44 (0)1224 272091
Fax: +44 (0)1224 272576
Email: sras@abdn.ac.uk