melting ice in the sea

LLM/MSc/PgDip/PgCertClimate Change Law & Policy

Why this course?

The Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law & Policy will provide you with a timely qualification and highly specialised knowledge in an ever-growing field of law and policy.

The course is taught through a combination of two residential sessions at New Lanark Mill Hotel and at the University campus in Glasgow city centre.

The flexibility of the course allows you to undertake this exciting programme within one to three years while continuing with your current professional role.

It's a useful qualification for anyone working in areas such as government, international organisations, law firms and consultancies, the banking and insurance sector, electric utilities, and research, educational and advocacy organisations. It also provides an excellent opportunity for recent graduates in law and other relevant disciplines to start out your career in an exciting growth area.

Expert teaching staff

The LLM is delivered by leading experts in the field of climate change law and policy coming from a wide range of academic and professional backgrounds. They'll provide you with practical insights and inside knowledge.

Find out more about our teaching staff & our advisory board.

Venues

The first residential session will take place from 3 to 8 October 2016 at the New Lanark Mill Hotel in New Lanark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located not far from Glasgow and Edinburgh. The second residential session will take place from 9 to 14 January 2017 in Glasgow in the University's Technology and Innovation Centre. LLM candidates will be hosted in a nearby hotel, within walking distance of the Centre.

We believe that these venues will provide the perfect mix. A secluded environment during the first residential session will enable the group on the programme to get to know each oher. During the second session, participants will have the chance to experience the University and get to know the city.´╗┐

Our students

The current cohort is made up of professionals from across the globe currently working in roles such as an administrative law judge, research associates and senior partner in law firms. 

Find out more about our students.

Course content

 

Compulsory modules

Semester 1

Climate Change & International Law (taught)

This class explores the complexity of the international climate change legal framework from its origins to the latest developments. Particular attention is given to how international law is developed and implemented in the field of climate change.

Class co-ordinator - Francesco Sindico

Find out more about the Climate Change & International Law module.

Comparative Climate Change Law (taught)

The class provides you with an in depth discussion of:

  • the different nature of domestic climate policies (binding vs voluntary)
  • the sectorial focus of different national climate legislative packages
  • the range of possible measures that climate laws can take in different countries (command and control vs market-based mechanisms)

This will be done using selected domestic and regional climate legislative packages as key examples, such as climate laws from countries and regional groupings including the European Union, the United States of America, China and others.

Class co-ordinator - Francesco Sindico

Find out more about the Comparative Climate Change Law module.

Elective modules

Semester 2

Equity & Adaptation (taught)

In this module you’ll examine the equity and justice dilemmas highlighted by international climate policy. You’ll also learn about the specific legal and regulatory challenges raised by the issue of adaptation to climate change.

Class co-ordinator: Dr Harro Van Asselt

Read more about the Equity & Adaptation module.

Carbon Markets & Climate Finance (taught)

In this module you’ll learn about the theoretical background and current status of carbon markets and climate finance, and address the specific legal and regulatory dimensions. You'll also have the opportunity to engage in practical exercises such as the design of an emissions trading transaction.

Class co-ordinator: Mr Michael Mehling

Read more about the Carbon Markets & Climate Finance module.

Forests Land Use & Climate Change (taught)

In this module you’ll learn about the regulation of LULUCF activities in Annex I countries and the emerging framework for REDD+ inside and outside the UNFCCC.  You'll also look at the existing and potential links of forest-related emission reduction activities to carbon markets, human rights instruments and instruments to conserve biological diversity.

Class co-ordinator: Prof Christina Voigt

Find out more about the Forests Land Use & Climate Change module.

Sustainable Energy Governance (taught)

This class examines the particular challenges of ensuring sustainable governance of energy markets. The focus is on the legal and regulatory mechanisms available to support clean energy production, the efficient use of energy, and sustainable network development.

The class will draw upon a range of comparative material for illustrative purposes, but with particular emphasis on energy law and policy in the European Union and its member states.

Class co-ordinator: Prof Aileen McHarg

Read more about the Sustainable Energy Governance module.

Climate Change & Litigation (online)

This on-line class will explore the reasons behind the emergence of climate change litigation and the efficacy of litigation in moving forward climate change policies. It will then highlight the key challenges that any climate change case will present from a legal perspective.

Finally, the module will discuss the possible judicial fora and grounds on which a climate change case could be based.

Class co-ordinator: Prof Mark Poustie

Find out more about the Climate Change & Litigation module.

Climate Law & the Global Economy (online)

This on-line class will focus on the relationship between international and domestic climate laws and policies with the international economic legal order, i.e. the international trade and international investment regimes.

This discussion will take place in the wider context of how and whether climate laws and policies can play a positive role in moving the international community towards a low carbon society.

Class co-ordinator - Francesco Sindico

Find out more about the Climate Law & the Global Economy module.

Learning & teaching

The LLM is delivered through a combination of distance learning using the University’s virtual learning environment and two compulsory weeks of seminar-based learning.

Each module can also be taken as a specialised course.

October

You’ll attend an intensive one-week long (Monday to Saturday) residential session from 3 to 8 October 2016 where you’ll follow two core modules:

  • Climate Change & International Law
  • Comparative Climate Change Law

September to December 

You’ll work from home on the assignments for the two above-mentioned modules and on a third core module - Research Methods & Skills.

January 

You’ll attend a second intensive one-week long residential session from 9 to 14 Jnauary 2014 where you’ll follow two elective modules from:

  • Equity & Adaptation or Carbon Markets & Climate Finance
  • Forests, Land Use & Climate Change or Sustainable Energy Governance

January to May 

You’ll follow a third module chosen between Climate Change & Litigation and Climate Law & the Global Economy. Both are delivered entirely online. You’ll also work from home on the assignments for the two above-mentioned elective modules and the third online elective module.

May to September 

You’ll work on a dissertation, provided you’ve passed the necessary credits.

October 

If you’ve accrued the necessary amount of credits, you’ll be awarded the LLM in Climate Change Law & Policy.

Assessment

The course will be assessed mainly by written assignments.

Entry requirements

Normally a first class or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline related to Climate Change Law & Policy, although previous study with some law content would be useful.

Other qualifications may be recognised, especially where the applicant’s work experience is relevant to the course.

For the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law & Policy we're in a position to waiver the official University post-graduate English language proficiency requirements. If you do not have a IELTS certificate, we will gauge your level of English on an ad-hoc basis in order to determine whether your level of English is sufficient. Since participating on the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy does not require students to stay in the UK permanently, participants will be required to gain a visitor’s Visa, and not a student Visa (Tier 4). 

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

The fee includes the full residential and course tuition during each of the two seminar weeks.

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

2016/17

  • PG Dip Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £10,500
  • PG Cert Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £5,250
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (24 months) £5,250
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (12 months) £10,500

Rest of UK

2016/17

  • PG Dip Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £10,500
  • PG Cert Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £5,250
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (24 months) £5,250
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (12 months) £10,500

International

2016/17

  • PG Dip Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £13,000
  • PG Cert Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £6,500
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (24 months) £6,500
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (12 months) £13,000

How can I fund my course?

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy. Opportunities include:

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers international students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Scottish students

Students living in Scotland can find out more about funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland.

English students

Students ordinarily resident in England may be eligible to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to cover their tuition fees and living costs.

Student testimonial

Tashina Esteves, LLM Climate Change Law & Policy student

The LLM Climate Change Law and Policy course offered by the University of Strathclyde is the first of its kind. The uniqueness of the course content and its relevance in today’s world was too exciting to pass up and I had to be a part of it. I was ecstatic to learn that I had been accepted for the course and even more so when the Goa Education Trust, through the British Council, made an exception and offered me a scholarship to pursue a distance learning course. It's courses like these that equip a person to make a difference in the world and I cannot wait to be a part of the solution to the seemingly insurmountable problem that is climate change.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Careers

The skills that you’ll acquire through the LLM in Climate Change Law & Policy will allow you to confidently move into the ever-growing field of climate change law and policy.

The course may be of interest to: 

  • professionals within the public sector already working in or interested to move into the energy/climate change field in national governments
  • professionals within the private sector already working in or interested to move into the energy/climate change field within electricity utilities, in specialised law firms, in consultancy firms or in the banking and insurance sector
  • professionals already working in or interested to move into the energy/climate change field within non-governmental organisations, research centres and academia
  • recent graduates from relevant subjects keen to move into the climate change/energy legal and policy field´╗┐

Contact us

Apply

Applications will be processed on a rolling basis with a final deadline for the 2016/17 cohort on 3 June 2016.

We advise you to register your interest early due to the restricted number of spaces available.

Climate Change Law and Policy - Distance Learning (12 months)

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Climate Change Law and Policy - Distance Learning (24 months)

Qualification: LLM, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: distance learning, part-time

Discover more about Strathclyde

Law - our research

Our Law School is rated the best in Scotland for research and our staff are among the top experts in their fields.

Scales of justice.

Law School

Find out all about the Law School here at Strathclyde.

Life in Glasgow

We're one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Voted the ‘friendliest city in the world’ in a recent Rough Guide poll, we're also named a must-visit destination in the New York Times, The Guardian and Wanderlust.

Glasgow at Night - Clyde, Crane, Armadillo, Hydro