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Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law

Tackle the world’s greatest challenges

In a world of limited resources, an understanding of sustainable energy management is key to our survival, as are the legal implications for businesses and individuals alike.

Supporting careers in both energy and environmental law, this 100% Online LLM (master of laws) provides the legal framework to respond to the world’s energy issues, while considering the impact of climate change.

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Watch the recording of our Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law webinar with Programme Director, Dr Walters Nsoh – designed to give you an authentic feel for what it’s like to study the LLM Energy and Environmental Law programme online at Birmingham Law School.

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Quick facts

100 years

Birmingham Law School has more than 100 years experience as a leading Law School


total programme fee. This can be paid in full or in instalments of £2,355 every module1


Birmingham Law School is one of the top places to study Law in the UK (QS 2022)2

Safeguarding our future

The protection and sustainable management of our natural resources are crucial to our future, particularly the world’s poorest societies, who are disproportionately affected by depleting resources. By linking the contemporary issues of environmental protection and energy management, this 100% online programme is in a unique position to meet these challenges and unlock legal careers in both sectors.

Taking a distinctively transnational, multi-jurisdictional approach to teaching, the programme examines the varying levels of energy ownership and environmental protection around the world.

Delivered by internationally-renowned lecturers from the Birmingham Law School, this programme will arm you with skills you need to respond to energy and environmental crises anywhere in the world.

10% Early Bird Discount

We are excited to be offering a 10% early bird discount from the first module for the June 2023 intake to those who have accepted an unconditional offer and are registered on the programme by 26th May 2023.

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“The technical, legal knowledge I learnt at Birmingham has enabled me to hit the ground running at work.”
– Josh White, LLM International Criminal Law graduate

Career outlook

The move to a greener economy could generate around 24 million new jobs globally by 2030, according to the UN. This statistic highlights a market ripe for legal expertise in energy management and environmental protection.

Perhaps you are in a role with growing responsibility, or you are a qualified lawyer ready for your next venture. Whatever your professional ambition, this engaging programme provides the legal framework to realise a growing number of opportunities.

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LLM webinar:

Watch the recording of our Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law webinar with Programme Director, Dr Walters Nsoh – designed to give you an authentic feel for what it’s like to study the LLM Energy and Environmental Law programme online at Birmingham Law School.

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Admissions requirements

To apply for the Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law degree from the Birmingham School of Law you will need:

  • Completed application
  • At least a 2.1 honours degree or non-UK equivalent in Law OR a 2.1 honours degree or non-UK equivalent in an allied degree with relevant work experience in the sector
  • A reference (this is dependant on your entry mode and may not be required)
  • CV
  • Language requirements (international students)*

A statement of purpose (Optional)

* Exceptions to the listed admissions requirements will be assessed on an individual basis.

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Tuition details

The estimated total cost of this programme is £16,485. You can pay in full or in instalments of £2,355 on a module by module basis. All costs are listed to help you make an informed decision.

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Looking to learn whether you meet our entry criteria?

Email your degree certificate (or equivalent) to us. A member of the online admissions team will provide feedback within 48 hours.

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Start dates:

February | June | October

Curriculum: equipped for the real world

Covering topics such as environmental regulation, energy production and the law relating to nuclear energy, the programme provides a comprehensive understanding of law in this evolving field.

The programme features six core modules, lasting 16 weeks each, giving you ample time to understand the core legal issues surrounding energy production and how to solve them. All assignments are case-study led, requiring hands-on legal research, providing practical skills you can implement in your current career from day one.

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“Learning in a stimulating and positive environment from world-leading experts in their field was an important reason for me to choose the University of Birmingham for my postgraduate degree.”
– Maria Pilavki, LLM Criminal Law and Criminal Justice graduate

Programme outcomes

You will complete this programme ready to:

  • Apply legal arguments to support a fair distribution of natural resources
  • Tackle complex commercial transactions underpinning global energy production and supply
  • Examine the need for regulation and how it is assessed against operational conditions
  • Factor biodiversity loss, climate change and unequal access to resources into your proposals
  • Explore patterns of energy production, supply and consumption, as well as issues around energy security in geopolitical contexts

Immersive online experience

As well as providing the highest levels of convenience and flexibility that 100% online learning offers, the programme is full of interactive elements, like video and group activities, which bring the content to life.

Rather than trying to replicate a campus-based setting online, we’ve built this programme from the ground up, drawing on the latest technology to create a truly unique and immersive student experience.

The online learning environment is not only a window to programme materials, it’s an opportunity to connect directly with your lecturers and other professionals like yourself.

Experience Online

Faculty expertise

Renowned for its legal education and research credentials, the University’s Law School features lecturers at the forefront of government environmental legislation. Programme director Professor Robert Lee is also the Director of the Centre for Legal Education and Research at the University of Birmingham, a Fellow of the Academy for Social Sciences and an advisor to international agencies and governments. He has also published significant research on environmental law and technologies regulation.

As well as benefiting from the experience of your lecturers, you’ll be able to call on your own dedicated module convener and seminar tutor. These members of the faculty team are always on hand to guide you through the programme content, discussion activities and assignments.

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Frequently asked questions

You may have some questions about the programme, the university or the online environment. It’s always the way when starting something new. Don’t worry; we’re here to answer them.

If you have a question we don’t cover here, request more information or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

If you already hold a bachelor’s degree in law, and would like to undertake our Online LLM, you can also apply for Bar Professional Training. However, if your first degree is in an allied subject, you would also need to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), before taking professional courses which allow you to become a qualified lawyer.

There are three intakes per year. You can choose to join our programmes in February, June and October.

Though the schedule varies by programme, most online classes, or synchronised tutorials, normally take place once every two weeks. These are often run multiple times during the day, so you can join at a time that suits you. You’ll receive a timetable of your synchronous session after you enroll.

Through our online learning environment, Canvas, you can contact your peers and tutors, use discussion forums, connect to live lectures and take part in group work. It’s a highly interactive environment, designed to make you feel part of a community.

Some students also choose to use Skype, WhatsApp or Google Hangout whilst studying, in addition to Canvas.

As well as learning from leading lecturers and industry speakers, you’ll have access to community boards, instant messaging services, live discussions and one-to-one support from a Student Services Coordinator. We also offer 24/7 technical support should you encounter any difficulties accessing the online platform.

Our online learning environment includes videos and interactive activities for you to learn from. You can also access the university’s online library, which includes e-textbooks, journal articles and specialist industry reports.

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  1. Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.
  2. UNKNOWN (2022) World University Rankings by Subject. QS Top Universities [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 09.05.2022]