Taught course

Planning and Environmental Law

Northumbria University · Faculty of Business and Law

Entry requirements

•a degree in law. •a degree incorporating law elements or a joint honours degree incorporating law. •a comparable professional qualification. Students with non-law degrees but appropriate work experience will also be considered. Candidates without a degree or equivalent but suitable work related experience may also exceptionally be considered for admission to the Diploma.

Months of entry


Course content

Northumbria has an enviable reputation for its practical, innovative LLM programmes, which are accessible to a wide range of professionals.

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (60 credits), LLM (60 credits) - total 180 credits, all at level 7

The linked award structure of our distance learning LLM course gives students flexibility in their studies. Students enrol on and complete each stage of the course, all of which are at Masters level, before choosing to move onto the next stage or choosing to exit with the relevant award. The stages are Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.

Each part of the programme is treated as a separate and distinct award – successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Certificate stage, comprising three modules, is therefore an entry requirement for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and successful completion of the 60 credit Postgraduate Diploma stage, comprising three modules, is an entry requirement for the LLM stage. Completion of all three stage leads to the award of LLM.

The Planning & Environmental Law course offers students the opportunity to gain an advanced level of knowledge and understanding of the law relating to the control of land use and the management of the environment. The Certificate stage focuses on planning law as applied primarily in the UK and covers the law relating to the role of land use development plans, planning permission and enforcement before going on to examine the special procedures for the promotion and assessment of major projects the role of compulsory purchase and the effects of various designations. At diploma level students examine the different approaches to regulation before undertaking two option modules focusing on different environmental issues.

The course will be of interest to lawyers practicing in town planning and environmental law, planning consultants, policy makers, councillors, members of the public interfacing with planning and environmental issues in their local community as well as those with a broader interest in the subject matter.

The LLM component consists of a 15,000-17,000 word thesis in a topic to be approved by the Programme Director. This provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of planning and environmental law to study a topic of their choice in greater detail.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum score in each component of 5.5. Pearson Academic score of 62 (or above) with a minimum score in each component of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking of 51

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
0191 227 4453