Taught course

Environmental Law, Policy and Governance

Institution
Birkbeck, University of London · School of Law
Qualifications
LLM

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Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in law or in any degree programme related to the aims and content of the programme.

Applications are reviewed on their individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

Months of entry

October

Course content

Our new LLM degree in Environmental Law, Policy and Governance is timely in an era of accelerating environmental crises: climate breakdown, biodiversity loss, conflicts over natural resources as a result of pollution, overconsumption, inequality and poverty, and the impacts of advancing technology. Habitat destruction threatens our species and communities. It also affects public health due to the increased risk of zoonosis transmission, as emphasised by the coronavirus pandemic.

Individuals and societies have increasingly turned to the law for solutions. While legal responses have been innovative and creative, challenges persist in the use of law to respond to complex environmental problems.

Our LLM in Environmental Law, Policy and Governance is an innovative research-led programme that will introduce you to the core themes, principles and theory underpinning environmental law. It has been developed following in-depth research with experts in environmental law, including legal practitioners in private practice, the public sector and NGOs as well as those working in policy. It offers you the theoretical and practical knowledge crucial for a solid understanding of the ways in which policy, the law and governance structures respond to environmental problems.

Together, we engage with contemporary legal policy discussions and evaluate legal, regulatory and policy proposals. We focus on a critical understanding of environmental problems as well as their intersection with other challenges such as racial and economic inequalities.

This degree is ideal for both law and non-law graduates, including those already in employment as legal practitioners. It will help establish an advanced understanding of the subject area and aid career progression.

Highlights

  • Our academic staff are international authorities in their respective fields. The School of Law is one of the top 10 Law departments for research intensity in the UK and one of the top three in London. Its research environment has been judged to be highly conducive to producing excellence in research.
  • You will have access to a stimulating programme of extra-curricular seminars from academics and legal and policy professionals working in diverse areas, with opportunities for networking and professional development.
  • You will benefit from our School of Law’s vibrant annual cycle of inspiring expert-led public lectures and conferences, in which School and cross-School research centres and institutes - such as the Birkbeck Centre for Political Economy and Institutional Studies (CPEIS) - play a key role.
  • Our city centre campus is in Bloomsbury WC1, a lively student-centred place that's home to a number of universities and other colleges of the University of London, and you will be able to take advantage of their rich research collections as well as that of Birkbeck Library, which has a strong collection in critical, theoretical and interdisciplinary legal studies, including access to key specialist journals and an extensive range of online materials.
  • The School is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
  • Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses and foundation programmes to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Student Advice Service
Email
studentadvice@bbk.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)20 3907 0700