Taught course

Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development

Newcastle University · Newcastle Law School

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in law or any other subject. We will also consider applications on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications or experience in professional legal practice.

Months of entry


Course content

Our LLM in Environmental Regulation and Sustainable Development provides an advanced understanding of the challenging legal issues surrounding environmental law, regulation, protection and sustainable development.

This course is one of four taught law courses (LLM) we offer and is suitable for graduates of any background. It is ideal if you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of how the law shapes and influences our environment.

It will give you the knowledge, insights and analytical skills to enhance your career in practice, business, academia or another career path.

You will develop your knowledge and expertise in:

  • national, European and international legal regimes and their effectiveness in achieving environmental protection and sustainable development;
  • the relationship between environmental regulation, policy, science, justice and trade;
  • legal responses to the economic, environmental and social challenges facing humanity today.

You will develop both your practical and research legal skills. Through our Legal Simulation module you will work in small teams and be presented with a realistic scenario. You will be introduced to a variety of practically-focused legal skills, including:

  • analysis of complex legal problems
  • devising legal strategies
  • working with the law in real-life contexts

You will also learn a variety of legal-specific research skills through our Legal Research Skills and Methods module.

You can create your own specialised programme of study that matches your legal interests and career aspirations. You can choose from a wide range of optional modules to complement your core studies, including:

  • environmental impact assessment
  • planning law
  • climate change

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Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 4 English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills. If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our course fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Gemma Hayton, Admissions Secretary, Newcastle Law School
+44 (0) 191 208 8736