Taught course (will run subject to approval)

International Climate Change Law and Sustainable Development

Bangor University · Bangor Law School

Entry requirements

Candidates should have a relevant single or joint honours degree, ideally 2:1, from a university or another degree-awarding body. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification, or a non-graduate qualification which the University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission, may be accepted.

In general, all applicants are judged on their individual merits; work experience and other factors will be taken into consideration. Candidates without a relevant degree or professional qualification should have a minimum of 3 years' relevant work experience.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This unique new programme combines the study of international climate change law and sustainable development. The connection between these two fields of international law was emphasised by the adoption in 2015 of both the Paris Agreement – a new UN treaty dealing with climate change – and the Sustainable Development Goals, a UN General Assembly resolution mapping out the global development agenda to 2030.

The recent Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 places Wales as a jurisdiction in a very unique position of strength on the international stage to offer programmes that connect the study of climate change and sustainable development to each other.

Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of international law, the advanced level theories, and the many traditional and contemporary challenges in the discipline. You will also develop specific expertise within the fields of international climate change law and policy, and international sustainable development law. Through a choice of optional modules, you will have the opportunity to fully develop expertise in the area of your interest.

This programme will appeal to individuals with an interest in climate change, global environmental issues, international development, human rights, and global justice, as well an international perspective on these topics.

Information for international students

International applicants are normally required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. The minimum English language requirements will normally be: IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each individual component score; Pearson PTE: a score of 62 (with no element lower than 58); Cambridge English Test – Advanced: 176 (with no element lower than 169).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office, Bangor Law School
+44 (0) 1248 382085