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LLM/PgDip/PgCertClimate Change Law & Policy

Why this course?

Climate change effects are far reaching and omnipresent. Mitigating and adapting to climate change requires a tremendous effort from states, non-state actors and individuals.

This programme, taught by leading experts and practitioners, will give you a strong understanding of the complex web of rules, principles and institutions relating to climate change law and policy. You’ll better understand the relationship between global and national efforts dealing with climate change. Throughout the programme, you’ll also have the opportunity to take classes that will deal with climate finance, sustainable energy and litigation.

Setting it apart from other postgraduate degree programmes, the Strathclyde LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy does not require candidates to relocate or interrupt their current occupation. Instead, it's based on attendance during limited periodic teaching.

The programme's flexibility will make it attractive to anyone working in government, international organisations, law firms and consultancies, the banking and insurance sector, energy companies, and research, educational and advocacy organisations who wish to obtain a timely qualification and specialist knowledge in climate change law and policy. It also provides an excellent opportunity for recent graduates in law and other relevant disciplines to start out their careers in an exciting growth area with a competitive edge.

To apply you do not need to have a formal legal background, but having worked in a policy environment will prove useful.

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.

  • Michael Mehling, Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde Law School and Deputy Director of the MIT Centre for Energy & Environmental Policy Research
  • Francesco Sindico, Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance
  • Aileen McHarg, Professor of Public Law at the University of Strathclyde Law School
  • Kim Bouwer, Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde Law School
  • Harro Van Asselt, Professor Climate Law and Policy at the University of Eastern Finland
  • Achala Chandani Abeysinghe, Principal Researcher in the Climate Change team at the Institute for International Environment & Development

Our students

Students on the programme have come from a wide range of geographical backgrounds. Every single continent has been represented with students coming from the UK, Croatia, Germany, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Fiji, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Namibia, the US, Canada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Costa Rica and Brazil.

Alumni have moved on to exciting positions in leading organisations such as the Global Green Growth Institute, Milieu, World Bank, Stawiri or have consolidated their positions in leading law firms, research institutes and consultancy firms. Our current cohort boosts students coming from the private sector, international organisations, civil society and government.

Find out more about our students.

Course content

 

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.

Semester 2

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.

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.

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.

September

You’ll attend an intensive one-week long (Monday to Saturday) residential session from 11 to 16 September 2017 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 module - Research Methods & Skills.

January 

You’ll attend a second intensive one-week long residential session in January (8 to 13 January 2018) where you’ll follow:

  • Carbon Markets & Climate Finance
  • Sustainable Energy Governance

December to March 

You’ll work from home preparing yourself for the January residential session and, completed the session, on the assignments for the two above-mentioned modules and you will be completing Research Methods & Skills.

March to May 

You’ll follow Climate Change & Litigation, which will be delivered entirely online.

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 course tuition during each of the two seminar weeks. The fee does not include accommodation and meals during the two residential sessions. The Law School will provide support in identifying suitable accommodation options, should a student require such service.

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

Scotland/EU

2017/18

  • PgDip/PgCert Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £5,500
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (12 months) £11,000
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (24 months) £5,500

Rest of UK

2017/18

  • PgDip/PgCert Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £5,500
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (12 months) £11,000
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (24 months) £5,500

International

2017/18

  • PgDip/PgCert Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning £6,750
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (12 months) £13,500
  • LLM Climate Change Law & Policy, distance learning (24 months) £6,750

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´╗┐

Students on the course have moved on to take the following positions:

  • Special Advisor Office of the Director General at the Global Green Growth Institute in Korea
  • Legal Researcher at Milieu in Bruxelles
  • Climate Resilient Agriculture Consultant to the World Bank
  • Principal Consultant at Stawiri in Nairobi

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