University of Edinburgh

LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Environmental Law is a dynamic, fast-developing and globally important area of law that requires not only specialist legal knowledge but also understanding of underpinning political, economic and scientific issues.
This LLM in Global Environment and Climate Change Law has been designed to address demand for this specialist knowledge and to serve as a gateway to employment and research opportunities in environmental law, protection and regulation.
Students on this programme will evaluate the historic and ongoing development of international, European and national law for environmental protection, exploring the inter-relations between these different levels of law making.
They’ll develop the skills required to analyse the activity of international and supranational legal and political institutions, national governments and domestic courts, NGOs and businesses in the private sector, which are working in environmental protection and natural resources management.
There may also be opportunities to take environment-related courses from other University of Edinburgh schools, including the School of Social and Political Science and the School of GeoSciences, and Edinburgh University Business School. 
Students have access to the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Scotland's hub for low carbon innovation, and the Global Environment and Society Academy, a multidisciplinary network that brings together researchers committed to addressing global environmental challenges, and will also benefit from Edinburgh Law School's respected team of international climate and environment law specialists. 
This programme is ideal for recent law graduates wishing to develop specialist legal knowledge to tackle global challenges like climate change, or law professionals or anyone working in an environmental field who want to enhance their knowledge in this field to help build an existing career. 
You will study a total of 180 credits, which consists of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits and 120 credits of taught courses that may include the following topics: International Environmental Law; International Climate Change Law; International Law of the Sea; Risk and Regulation: Health and the Environment; EU and National Climate Change Law.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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