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A wide range of opportunities exists for qualified legal practitioners to work within the energy industry. The University of Hertfordshire’s LLM Energy Law and Environment will provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need to underpin your chosen career.

Two compulsory modules – International Energy Law and International Environmental Law – will give you a firm foundation for your studies. In addition, you will select two optional modules which will complement your learning and equip you to meet the challenges and opportunities related to the legal aspects of the oil and gas industry, and the environment. Alternatively, you can combine similar pathways and graduate with a named joint pathway.

The International Energy Law module examines the main types of international and national regulatory frameworks and contractual arrangements within the sector. You will also cover key policy issues relating to law, regulation and contracts as well as the jurisprudence of courts, along with emerging legal issues. The International Environmental Law module examines contemporary global environmental challenges, enabling you to understand and critically reflect on issues such as climate change and biodiversity loss. The modules are both assessed by way of written coursework.

We also offer a range of other Master of Law pathways.

Why choose this course?

The energy sector is an exciting and dynamic field in which to work, and this course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to make a positive contribution to the industry. The course is continually updated to reflect new discoveries, opportunities and challenges within the field. The teaching is carried out by experts and researchers who are highly respected within their specialist areas, and is supported by cutting-edge research and practice.

The course offers valuable insights into the demands of the energy sector, and focuses on issues of both business and governance. It makes the most of the University’s strong links with industry, and will provide you with the intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills that are required for a successful career in professional, commercial, business or academic employment. 

Course details

Careers

Successful completion of the LLM Energy Law and Environment can open doors into a highly successful future. You may wish to follow a path into the private sector as an in-house lawyer, seek opportunities within a multinational organisation, or work with civil society and advocacy groups. You might prefer to move into consultancy work, or into the academic or research sectors. The possibilities for your future are endless!

Teaching methods

Flexible design and innovative teaching methods make for a highly enjoyable and richly rewarding study experience on this University of Hertfordshire course. Seminars include group work, discussions and debates to consolidate and deepen your learning, to develop your problem-solving abilities and to hone your skills of negotiation and persuasion. A peer support and mentoring scheme will further enhance your mentoring, teamwork and leadership skills.

Independent study is essential to deepen your personal learning and to consolidate the knowledge acquired during lectures and group work. The written assignments are great opportunities to apply the knowledge you have acquired to real-world situations within the energy arena.

Structure

Level 7

Core Modules

  • Dissertation - 60 Credits
  • Research Methods and Skills - 0 Credits

Optional

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution - 30 Credits
  • Banking Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Public International Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Intellectual Property 2 - 30 Credits
  • International Commercial Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance - 30 Credits
  • Company Law 2 - 30 Credits
  • International Environmental Law - 30 Credits
  • International Energy Law - 30 Credits
  • Medical Law and Ethics - 30 Credits
  • International Human Rights Law - 30 Credits
  • Islamic Finance Law - 30 Credits
  • International Development Law - 30 Credits
  • Private International Law - 30 Credits
  • Emerging technologies and law - 30 Credits
  • Data Protection Law - 30 Credits
  • International Electronic Communications Law - 30 Credits
  • Corporate Governance - 30 Credits
  • Employment law - 30 Credits
  • International Financial Law 2 - 30 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8000 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £665 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12500 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1040 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £8400 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £700 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12650 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1050 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

A first degree in Law (or a subject in a related discipline, such as Business, Political Science or International Relations) at a minimum of 2:2. Or, an overseas qualification which is equivalent to a UK Honours degree, minimum 2:2 classification.

You must also satisfy the University’s English language requirement for the course, which is a GCSE grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure), or IELTS at 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

Please contact Admissions Tutor at lawadmissions@herts.ac.uk to discuss entry requirements further.

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
21/01/201931/01/2020Apply online (Full Time)
21/01/201931/01/2020Apply online (Part Time)

2019

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17/09/201930/09/2020Apply online (Full Time)
21/01/202031/01/2021Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
21/01/202031/01/2021Apply online (Part Time)

2020

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17/09/202030/09/2021Apply online (Full Time)
21/01/202131/01/2022Apply online (Full Time)
17/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
21/01/202131/01/2022Apply online (Part Time)