LLM Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

Entry year
2022/23
Course code
M29A1
Application
University
Level
Postgraduate
Department
Bristol Law School
Campus
Frenchay
Duration
One year full-time; two years part time
Delivery
Full-time, part-time both start September or January
Programme leader
Iain Mcdonald

Please note that new student recruitment to this course has been suspended for the September 2022 and January 2023 intakes. Applications for September 2023 and January 2024 can be made from October 2022. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the LLM International Law page.

Page last updated 23 November 2021

Introduction

Through the wide range of LLMs we offer, we are attracting the next generation of leading practitioners and academics to study specialised law with us.

Part of our comprehensive range of LLM programmes, the LLM in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development allows you to deepen your understanding of law relating to the environment and associated development issues.

You will engage with the legal and ethical challenges posed by sustainable development, and explore global environmental issues such as climate change, biodiversity protection, water management and renewable energy, from the perspective of both developed and developing countries. By encouraging innovation in assessing current environmental problems, the course will prepare you to work in legal practice, whether you choose to go into a commercial organisation, the public sector or a non-governmental organisation.

Diverse choice of modules

Pursuing an LLM allows you to focus in on a particular area of law by delving deep into the subject and undertaking independent research and learning. The modules available cover a diverse range of legal topics, making it possible to tailor the course towards the specific areas of law you wish to explore further.

Teaching backed by the latest research

The School has a thriving research culture and most tutors on our LLMs are active researchers, publishing in leading journals. At the same time, the quality of teaching at Bristol Law School has been recognised by the Quality Assurance Agency as 'excellent'. You can therefore expect to participate in carefully-planned, lively and highly informative sessions designed to give you a deep and thorough grounding in your chosen area of law.

Flexible study options

There are two intakes to the LLMs, one in September and one in January, and you can study with us full or part time.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The option modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

Core modules

  • International Environmental Law (15 credits)
  • Natural Resources Law (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits).

Option modules

You'll study five of the modules from this list, or four of them plus one option module from any of our other LLM courses.

  • Contemporary Research Project (15 credits)
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (15 credits)
  • European Environmental Policy and Law (15 credits)
  • Globalisation and the Law (15 credits)
  • International Employment Law (15 credits)
  • International Human Rights Law (15 credits)
  • International Law and Institutions (15 credits)
  • Shipping Law (15 credits)
  • World Trade Organisation Law (15 credits).

Dissertation (60 credits)

You'll need to write a 15,000 word dissertation. This needs to be an original piece of work. You can satisfy this requirement by:

  • carrying out empirical work that has not been done before
  • synthesising issues not put together before
  • looking at topics that people in the discipline have not looked at before
  • examining existing knowledge in an original way, or
  • bringing new evidence to bear on an old issue.

You don't need to meet all of these criteria. Your dissertation topic must broadly relate to your LLM award.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The flexible nature of the course allows you to study with us full or part time. The course involves both extensive independent research and discussion in the context of workshops, designed to encourage the development of your critical, analytical and reflective skills. You will be expected to prepare for each workshop and to participate actively in discussion with your tutors and peers.

You will also have access to course and module information through our online Blackboard system.

For more details see our glossary of teaching and learning terms.

Study time

Full-time attendance

The full-time course takes one year, with approximately six to nine contact hours a week. However, as independent study is fundamental to the course, the total study time should be around 36 hours a week.

Part-time attendance

The part-time route takes two years. You will usually have around four hours of contact with your tutors a week and you should spend between 12 and 18 hours a week studying independently.

Dedicated support

You will receive a high level of support both during your studies and after you have graduated. You will be allocated an LLM academic tutor to support you throughout the course. We also organise events to help you plan your career after the LLM.

Assessment

Taught modules on the LLM Environmental Law and Sustainable Development course are assessed through a combination of written coursework assignments and oral presentations. The culmination of the course is a dissertation of up to 15,000 words, which constitutes an original contribution to the corpus of legal knowledge within an area of environmental law.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Fieldwork

Pro Bono Unit

You'll have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono work through your LLM, volunteering your time to help the local community.

Supervised by academics and practitioners, you'll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as Legal Advocacy Support Project, Elderlaw, the UWE Street Law Programme and Bristol Musicians Advice Service.

Study facilities

In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you'll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.

Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.

In our specialist library, you'll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research.

The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You'll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databases both on and off campus.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Environmental Law and Sustainability Research Group (ELSRG)

The Environmental Law and Sustainability Research Group provides a forum for research activity in the field of environmental, sustainability and natural resources law. The Group's members are drawn from across the University as well as externally.

The Group is premised on the belief that environmental problems are problems of the law and society. Members are concerned with the task of connecting global sustainability challenges to the experiences of the communities and fostering innovative and practical law and policy solutions that are necessary for societies to work in harmony with nature.

Student representation

We have a student representation system, supported by UWE Students' Union. LLM student representatives are elected by LLM students to represent them, which means you will have the opportunity to raise any issues and help to shape the course by sharing your views.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Studying for an LLM provides an ideal opportunity to develop specialist skills that will be favoured by employers, both in the legal world and beyond. It opens up a range of career opportunities and gives our students the edge over other graduates.

The in-depth knowledge you will acquire in a particular area of law will give you a thorough grounding in the subject area and raise your employability prospects, enabling you to become a specialist within your organisation. It is for this reason that many of our LLM graduates choose to go on to complete a PhD or go into teaching and research.

Recent graduates from Bristol Law School have gained positions in local government, solicitors firms, the Ministry of Defence and other organisations including Marks and Spencer plc, Direct Line and Lloyds TSB.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

More information on fees can be found on our tuition fees pages.

For funding options, please see our funding and scholarships information.

Entry

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • An honours degree of 2:2 or above in Law; or
  • An honours degree of 2:2 or above plus a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) or the Common Professional Examination (CPE); or
  • An honours degree of 2:2 or above in a related subject (such as business, politics or international relations) and/or relevant experience: please give full details in your application.

Applicants who do not mee the above requirements, but have relevant work experience and/or can demonstrate appropriate subject knowledge are still encourage to apply, however they might be invited to an interview to assess suitability for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. You should have:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

See further details of our English Language requirements.

UWE-Münster Referral Scheme

German students should have completed the First Stage Exam (FSE) and the FFA (Common Law).

Students can join UWE Bristol from Münster, but must complete the full two semesters in Bristol. Students can complete their dissertation over the summer (they aren't required to be in Bristol to do this). Supervision can take place online via video and email.

UWE Bristol's International College
International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

English Language Requirement

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. You should have:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all components

See further details of our English Language requirements.

How to apply

Please apply online. Applications for the LLM course may be submitted at any time of year and the deadline for applications is 1 September for study that same academic year.

For further information