Climate change is a universal problem with far reaching consequences for all governments, industry, societies and individuals. The LLM in Environmental Law examines all the political and legal issues concerning environmental protection, climate change policies, natural resources law, with an overarching emphasis on the impact of gas and oil.
The LLM in Environmental Law is an interdisciplinary programme, encompassing legal, political and human rights issues of environmental protection, whilst drawing on expertise from colleagues in other Queen Mary departments, including geography, human rights and physics.
Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and in many cases professional experiences from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.
Why study your LLM in Environmental Law at Queen Mary?
The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.
- There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
- We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
- Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
- We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
- You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.
You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. The Graduate Centre at Mile End campus will also provide work areas and social spaces tailored specifically to the needs and working patterns of postgraduate students.
As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.
In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:
- Business Source Complete
- Index to Legal Periodicals
- International Court of Justice Reports
- Kluwer Arbitration
- Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
- Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
- UK Statute law database
- United Nations Treaty Collection
In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.
The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules which may be assessed by essays or examinations (see module overviews for full assessment details and dates) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules equally across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.
What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the General LLM.
Induction and choosing your modules
We run a comprehensive two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and advice on module selection as well as a range of other vital information sessions. You do not have to select your modules until you have had the opportunity to listen and learn about them in greater detail during induction. More detail of the induction programme will be made available online by early September each year.
LLM Year Planner
The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.
The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.
The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.
In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.
Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two 45 credit dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take only 45 credits of taught modules each year, one per semester.
Part-time students may also wish to consider the LLM Flexible Study programme.
For more information:
Visit the School of Law website.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.
To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of Environmental Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of LLM available modules.
From the 2017/18 academic year, all LLM modules will be single semester taught 22.5 credits.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.
Certain combinations of modules may be restricted or required – see the individual module description for more details. These are also subject to change but will be confirmed prior to module selection.
- QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (Sem 1)
- QLLM379 Energy Law: Renewable and Nuclear (Sem 2)
- QLLM380 Energy Economics: A Legal Perspective (Sem 1)
- QLLM381 Energy Economics: Applied Analysis (Sem 2)
- QLLM382 Energy Law and Ethics (Sem 1)
- QLLM383 / QLLG008 International Regulation of Shipping (Sem 1)
- QLLM384 Law of the Sea, Navigational Freedoms and Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM435 Energy Law Development, Decommissioning and Waste Management (Sem 2)
- QLLM442 International Natural Resources 1 (Sem 1) (Not running 2017-18)
- QLLM443 International Natural Resources 2 (Sem 2) (Not running 2017-18)
- QLLM444 International Law and Governance of the Polar Regions (Sem 2)
- QLLM445 International Environmental Law 1 (Sem 1)
- QLLM446 International Environmental Law 2 (Sem 2)
- QLLM449 EU Environmental Law 1 (Sem 1) (Not running 2017-18)
- QLLM450 EU Environmental Law 2 (Sem 2) (Not running 2017-18)
- QLLM451 Introduction to the International Law of the Sea: Ocean governance and jurisdictional zones
- QLLM452 Advanced Issues in the Law of the Sea: Uses of the Oceans and Functional Regimes
The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.
Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.
In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.
How to apply - one LLM programme only
You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme, which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.
If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at firstname.lastname@example.org - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.
Where will my lectures and seminars be held?
Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).
The sample LLM teaching timetable will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the six taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.
You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Dr Rebecca Bates
- Dr Elena Fasoli
- Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice
- Professor Elias Olufemi (v)
- Professor Attila Tanzi
Tuition fees for Home and EU students
Full time £13,400
Tuition fees for International students
Full time £19,500
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
School of Law scholarships
The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Read more about funding a masters
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.
Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).
Read more about funding a masters.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Postgraduate Funding (pdf)
- Planning your budget and cutting costs (pdf)
- Part-time and vacation work (pdf)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Amina Yerzhumanova, Kazakhstan
LLM in Environmental Law 2010-2011
Scholar of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan
''Since graduating I have worked for an international law firm in its Kazakhstan office. By advising foreign companies doing business in Kazakhstan and working with colleagues from all over the world, I became convinced that the knowledge and skills that I would develop within the framework of the LLM program would help me to substantially improve the quality of my work. I chose Queen Mary because it came first on many criteria. The lectures were taught by remarkable professors and were tremendously rich in content. Study time was extremely active, since we participated in lectures and tutorials, presented seminars, joined in discussion groups as well as attended various conferences. I want to highlight that my fellow students on the LLM programme came from more than 80 different jurisdictions, which has broadened my general, as well as legal knowledge. I have formed many friendships with my international classmates.''
Carolin Hammar, Sweden
LLM in Environmental Law 2011-12
Before joining Queen Mary, I was working as a paralegal at a law firm in London. I have always had a great interest in environmental law and as my home country doesn’t offer environmental courses at this level, I decided to apply to Queen Mary. I wasn’t familiar with all the different colleges within London University so the LLM Ranking Guide and Queen Mary’s informative website were crucial to me. The teachers are very helpful and take an active part, not only in the course, but with advice in terms of the dissertation or just providing helpful information about various environmental events in London. The course is up to date with the latest within European Environmental Law. The teacher takes an active part and is very interested in the subject, which makes the course even better. But the best thing is the various discussions about EU matters and the opportunity to get an insight in other countries point of view. To be a postgraduate student in London is so much more than studies. The busy city continually offers environmental events and conferences, which is a good opportunity to visit some of the environmental organisations for example IMO.
Charles Poncelet, Belgium
General LLM 2010-11
School of Law Scholarship winner
I decided to study at Queen Mary, University of London right after finishing my Masters degree in Belgium at the Université Catholique de Louvain. Coming across the websites of the outstanding London universities I found out that Queen Mary was offering a LLM programme in the field of environmental law which was precisely what I intended to do. I also realised that the teaching staff was composed of skilful professors, lecturers and guest lecturers sometimes internationally well-known.
Turning this project into concrete actions has been a very rewarding experience so far. I am surrounded by students having various backgrounds and coming from wide-ranging cultures. I have been meeting people from all over the world in the very stimulating context of London. Through my different classes in Queen Mary, I have the opportunity to interact with the teachers and with the other students. In this regard, each and every students’ opinion matter and influence the way of teaching. What is more, given that some of my teachers are involved in the editorial board of law reviews, we have the chance to submit articles for publication.
Besides this, conferences are constantly set up in the different universities of London getting together experts, academics, practitioners, students. For this reason, I have the great feeling that I live in the heart of a place where the future of environmental law is shaped. I deeply benefit from the intellectual emulation that emerges from these activities. Moreover, I am currently working with some students of different UK universities on the organisation of the 5th Annual Public Interest in Environmental Law Conference, the UK's only student-led conference of its kind. Thanks to its substantive financial support, Queen Mary enables us to achieve this very challenging objective. On the whole, undertaking the LLM programme at Queen Mary is a global experience through which I acquire worthy tools for my future. The scholarship I was generously granted by Queen Mary helps me to further value these opportunities. I have a job which starts in October with a Belgian law firm called Liedekerke.
Danielle Andrade, Jamaica
LLM in Environmental Law 2009-2010
"Before coming to Queen Mary, I was working as an Attorney-at-law for an environmental non-government organisation in Jamaica. I realised that I needed a better understanding of international environmental law to appreciate environmental policy and decision-making in my country and to become a more effective advocate.
In 2009, I received a British Chevening Scholarship to pursue an LLM in Environmental Law in the United Kingdom. Queen Mary, University of London, with its excellent reputation, was an obvious choice. Located in London, the “hub” of Environmental Law in the United Kingdom, Queen Mary offers courses with exceptional academic lecturers and comprehensive legal resources through respected institutions such as the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. I also benefited from having guest lectures from respected and skilled practitioners in the environmental law field and being able to choose from cross-cutting courses such as ‘Challenging Public Power: Advanced Administrative Law’ and others relating to trade, human rights and development. I am also having a fantastic experience studying in a diverse community where I continue to meet wonderful and engaging young professionals committed to public interest environmental law. I am currently working with some of these students to organise the 4th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, the UK's only student-led conference of its kind. Queen Mary has allowed me to grow and develop and I am excited about the prospect of returning to Jamaica and putting into practice what I have learnt."
Maria Carneiro da Silva Magalhães, Brazil
Chevening Scholar, LLM in Environmental Law 2010-11
"In 2010, after working as a lawyer in the Secretariat of the Environment of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in the environmental law area at a law firm, I was graced with a scholarship from the British Council to attend a Master's Degree Program (LLM) in the Environmental Law area. My choice to study at Queen Mary was based on its position at the forefront of the environmental debate and international policy making. It turned out to be an outstanding personal and academic experience because the faculty provided me with accurate tools to obtain a strong foundation regarding environmental issues."
- Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice invited as an expert on the law of treaties for the International Law and Drug Policy Reform
6 October 2014
- QM Visiting Professor, Attila Tanzi, appointed member to the Permanent Court of Arbitration
6 March 2014
- Coordinator of Ecologic Legal to speak on Climate Change Negotiations on 21 March 2014
27 February 2014