LLM Energy Law and the Environment

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

If you wish to apply for LLM Energy Law and the Environment, please apply through the LLM Masters of Law course page.

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. 

What will I study?

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.


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!

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