Taught course

Energy and Environmental Law

University of Aberdeen · School of Law

Entry requirements

Normally a 2(i) Honours degree in Law, or another related discipline, or equivalent. The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE). For more information see www.abdn.ac.uk/international/english-requirements

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The LLM programme in Energy and Environmental Law builds upon the world-class reputation in teaching and research which the School of Law has developed in oil and gas law and energy law in a broad sense. The unique aspect of the new programme, and the factor which distinguishes this degree from its peers, is the close examination of the interlinked nature of energy and the environment as encapsulated by the concept of sustainable development. The programme looks at the current environmental challenges that characterise the world, including the organisation of our energy system in the 21st century. Topics among others include environmental damage in the upstream energy sector, clean energy and carbon law, the regulation of the green economy as well as the protection of our natural resources as a precondition for a sustainable future. A core theme emphasised throughout this programme is that neither energy demands nor the case for environmental protection can be considered in isolation. Solutions at a local, national and global level must balance carefully these two, at times competing, concerns, not least in the light of current claims for a transition to a low carbon society.

Set against the background of Aberdeen’s reputation as European energy capital, the programme seeks to equip students with the necessary knowledge and skills to operate effectively at the intersection of energy and environmental matters. Surprisingly, there are few LLM programmes that offer this specialisation whilst simultaneously providing the necessary breadth in both areas of the law. The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen intends to fill that gap. Students will be taught on a wide range of hotly debated issues by staff specialised in various fields of domestic, European and international energy, environmental and climate change law.

Find out more about courses you can study. You can study and LLM Energy and Environmental Law with Dissertation or with Professional Skills

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 or 36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Officer
+44 (0)1224 272 443/440
+44 (0)1224 272442