Taught course

Environmental Law

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honours degree in law, of at least upper second class or equivalent. Exceptionally, non-law graduates with relevant legal experience may be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Interest in and concern about environmental issues is accelerating and the law has a crucial part to play in shaping our response.

Both public and private sectors are becoming subject to increasingly onerous environmental obligations, from detailed rules on pollution control to wider duties in relation to biodiversity and climate change, whilst environmental impact assessment is now an everyday requirement.

The programme aims to give law graduates and others a conceptual understanding of the main legal issues related to environmental regulation as well as knowledge of the subject sufficient to encourage the critical evaluation of current research and practice in the field. Students can choose from a range of modules designed to develop their knowledge and understanding of issues connected with the environment and the law. Possible modules include Sustainable Development, Environmental Regulation, Ecosystems & International Law and Environmental Justice.

Here at Dundee, the research expertise of the staff covers all aspects of environmental law and this is reflected in the diverse range of modules offered.

Students are taught through a mix of lectures, seminar discussions and tutorials.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment35

Course contact details

Professor Peter McEleavy
+44 (0)1382 384452