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LLM/PgDip/PgCertInternational Law & Sustainable Development

Why this course?

In a world facing unique economic, environmental and social challenges of a scale not seen before, promoting sustainable development has become a pressing priority.

The course will give you a solid grounding in the structures, rules and principles of aspects of public international law that impact on sustainable development.

This programme is designed specifically for graduates who want to work in the international development sector in management, planning or policy-related areas.

The course has a flexible structure. You’ll have the opportunity to pursue your own interests and tailor your degree to your chosen career path. You can select elective classes from other Masters Programmes in Law as well as related programmes across the University.

It is not necessary that you hold a law degree before embarking on this course of study however law content in your previous course may be useful.

You’ll study

This programme is available full-time and part-time with three potential exit points. You can choose to study for a:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
  • Master’s degree (LLM)

Core classes

  • Research Methods (compulsory for LLM)
  • The Law of the World Trade Organisation
  • International Environmental Law 1

Elective classes

Choices may include:

  • Global Environmental Law: Issues of Sustainability & Equity (recommended)
  • Business & Human Rights
  • Comparative Company Law & Regulation
  • Competition Law & Policy in the EU
  • Legal Process & the Law of Contract & Other Obligations (for non-lawyers)
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights in Comparative Perspective
  • Global Water Policy
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict Resolution & the State
  • Theory and Principles of Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary International Relations
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Conflict Resolution & the State
  • Theory & Principles of Conflict Resolution
  • International Migration Law
  • Labour Law in the Global Economy
  • Mediation, the Law & Policy

Please note that the classes offered may change from year to year.

Placement projects in Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance (SCELG)

A unique aspect of this programme is the opportunity for you to undertake a placement within the Centre for Environmental Law & Governance through our incubators and labs:

This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis and upon merit and availability of placements.

Undertaking a placement within SCELG will give you the unique chance to gain practical experience of doing research that can make a real difference to local communities and their environment. Working with experts in the area of international law and sustainable development will equip you with new and transferable skills such as team working, time management, leadership and networking. It also gives you insights into national and international policymaking and governance. Ultimately this experience puts you in a strong position to launch your career in international law and sustainable development.

Career support

We organise events and workshops that will help you to build a network of contacts that are fruitful for launching your career. We have dedicated events to give you career advise and our course directors have intricate knowledge how to prepare your CV and create opportunities for a successful career in sustainable development.

Facilities

Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You will have access to a wide range of electronic information sources which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

The Law School is home to Scotland’s first Law Clinic. It provides a ‘real life’ learning experience for students and an invaluable service to members of the public who do not qualify for legal aid, and cannot otherwise afford legal advice.

Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance

The Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance is a centre of excellence in environmental law and governance and boasts a vibrant research community. You're encouraged to engage with the activities of the Centre.  These include guest lectures and international conferences.  

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in the organisation of the annual postgraduate Colloquium on Environmental Law and Governance. This has a session devoted to the presentations of highly qualified LLM students.

Course content

In addition to the core classes, you'll have the opportunity to pursue elective classes from other Masters programmes in Law as well as related programmes across the University. Elective classes allow students to pursue their personal interests and tailor their degree to their intended career path.

Compulsory classes

Legal Research

This is offered by distance learning across both semesters.

The aim of the module is to help you enhance your research abilities and skills with a view to improving your performance in course. 

International Environmental Law 1

This class will introduce you to the foundations of international environmental law, including its subjects, sources, principles and measures of implementation.

It will also provide you with a basic understanding of how compliance and dispute settlement operate in international environmental law, with special focus on the environmental case law of the International Court of Justice.

The Law of the World Trade Organisations

This class will provide you with advanced instruction in the law of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

You'll explore the core rules of non-discrimination and most-favoured nation treatment which underpin many of the legal agreements comprising the WTO. You’ll also look in detail at the operation of the WTO dispute settlement system. The analysis will then move on to more specialised WTO agreements such the Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, the Antidumping Agreement and the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. You'll also look at how the WTO disciplines the grant of governmental subsidies to domestic industries.

Elective classes

Elective Classes

Choices may include:

  • Global Environmental Law: Issues of Sustainability & Equity (recommended)
  • Business & Human Rights
  • Comparative Company Law & Regulation
  • Competition Law & Policy in the EU
  • Legal Process & the Law of Contract & Other Obligations (for non-lawyers)
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Human Rights in Comparative Perspective
  • Global Water Policy
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict Resolution & the State
  • Theory & Principles of Conflict Resolution
  • Contemporary International Relations
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Conflict Resolution & the State
  • Theory and Principles of Conflict Resolution
  • International Migration Law
  • Labour Law in the Global Economy
  • Mediation, the Law & Policy
 

Please note that the classes offered may change from year to year.

Learning & teaching

As a general rule, classes taught within the Law School will normally be taught over a ten-week teaching period with one two-hour seminar per week. 

However in some cases, classes may be offered intensively over a shorter time period depending on class structure and availability of staff. 

We also encourage our students to participate in the seminars and talks that are organised by the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law & Governance to allow you to broaden your knowledge and skills in international law and sustainable development and to meet world renowned practitioners and scholars working in this area.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods and weightings are used on this Masters programme. The majority of your assessments will consist of exams and/or coursework.

If you wish to gain the award of a Masters Degree (LLM) you'll need to complete a dissertation. This is typically a 15,000 word essay based on an independent research project. Work on the dissertation starts after successful completion of all taught classes on your degree.

Entry requirements

Normally a first class or second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline (some law content recommended). Entry may be possible with other qualifications, especially where your work experience is relevant to the course.

English language requirements

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

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

Scotland/EU

2017/18
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £6,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) - £3,250
  • PgCert (part-time) - £3,250

Rest of UK

2017/18
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £6,500
  • LLM/PgDip/PgCert (part-time) - £3,250
  • PgCert (part-time) - £3,250

International

2017/18
  • LLM/PgDip (full-time) - £13,500

How can I fund my course?

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. 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.

Lord Hope Scholarship

The Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme offers two partial scholarships of £1,000 each (£500 for part-time). This scholarship is available for applicants across a range of our LLM/MSc courses for study in 2017/18. They're awarded competitively taking into account financial need and academic merit.

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students

Scottish and non-UK EU postgraduate students starting in 2017 may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England can apply for Postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Wales

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Wales can apply for support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students starting in 2017 who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland can apply for support from Student Finance NI. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. We are waiting on further information being released about this support and how to apply.

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

International students

We have a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies. Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

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

Careers

Increasingly, lawyers and other related professionals are operating in environments that demand an understanding of sustainable development, and its relationship with other rights and norms.

Studying on this programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills relevant to working or planning a career with an international focus.

Students on this and other related programmes have gone on to take up varied positions including:

  • Analyst in the Private Wealth division of a multinational bank
  • Policy Officer with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Logistical Coordinator with Oxfam America
  • Legal counsel for an energy utility company based in Switzerland
  • Responsible Investment Analyst for a leading global provider of research into corporate environmental, social and governance performance
  • Project Associate for an international non-profit organization working to advance global public health
  • Senior manager at Ofgem
  • Lecturer at a technical college in Bahrain
  • Internship Swiss Department of the Environment
  • Internship Center for International Environmental Law
  • Consultant for an international company specialising in professional infrastructure and environmental services
  • Water Resources Specialist

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Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

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Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2017, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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