Environmental Law and Policy (Research) LLM

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 part time £2,750
International: full time £12,075 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme offers you the opportunity to engage in specialised study of key legal topics relevant to environmental regulation and sustainable development. You will develop skills in understanding and analysing environmental law, governance and policy in national, international and European contexts.

 Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the programme provides the training, skills and aptitudes necessary for students intending to pursue PhD-level research in the social sciences and humanities, and in particular environmental law and policy.  It is ‘portable’ in that it can be taken by any student intending to go on to PhD study at Newcastle or elsewhere and provides the initial research training element of any ESRC 1+3 programme (Master’s degree + PhD).

Through the programme, you will develop
• critical understanding of key principles and doctrines in a range of legal subjects related to environmental regulation and sustainable development
• appreciation of the key institutions relevant to those legal subjects
• critical understanding of relevant theoretical perspectives on the legal and policy issues raised by the subjects studied
• skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and judgement across arguments from diverse sources
• knowledge and practice of doctrinal, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, especially those pertaining to current research in environmental law and policy

More information is available about the various areas where we offer research supervision


You undertake research training provided through the ESRC-approved Social Sciences Training Programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. This is complemented by subject-specific training in applied research skills, and in environmental law and policy within the Law School.

Assessment of modules is by course work essays and written examinations, and most classes are taught in seminar groups. You will also write a dissertation submitted at the end of the summer semester.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in law.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 6.5 in writing), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Professor Chris Rodgers
Newcastle Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7612
E-mail: newcastle.law-school@ncl.ac.uk

or Dr Alison Dunn
Newcastle Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7560
E-mail: newcastle.law-school@ncl.ac.uk

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Law.