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International Energy Law and Policy PG Cert, PG Dip, LLM

International Energy Law and Policy PG Cert, PG Dip, LLM

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

International Politics International Law Energy Economics / Management / Conservation Law (Specific Statutes)

Course type


Course Summary

The growing pressure on natural resources has prompted an evaluation of traditional forms of energy, as well as a search for new and renewable energy forms. Energy production, distribution and use have become a priority area for governments, businesses and non-governmental organisations across the world. With a growing demand for employees with specialised legal knowledge in energy law and policy, we’ve designed this course specifically to meet that need.

On this Masters course, you’ll explore the intersections between energy, environment, investment and regulation. Expert staff have come together to provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of energy law and policy, as well as of key areas of investment law, environmental policy, energy management and economics.

Course objectives

This course will help you to develop transferrable skills that employers are often looking for. By the end of the course, you’ll have:

  • excellent writing, analytical skills and communication skills
  • time management skills
  • knowledge, understanding and skills at the Masters level that are appropriate for careers in law offices, government, international organisations, NGOs and business
  • in-depth insights into relevant legal, political and economic issues related to energy law at the national, regional and international level
  • an understanding of the dynamics of the past and current energy law, policy-making and governance, as well as likely future developments in the area
  • the academic foundation for progression to PhD-level study.

Different course options

Full time | Stirling Campus | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Over the last few decades, climate change, energy security and sustainable low-carbon energy objectives have had and continue to have profound implications for energy law and policy. As a result, policy, legislative and regulatory activity has increased almost breathlessly, with an unprecedented increase in the pace and breadth of government, industry, NGO and community/citizen involvement and action since privatisation in the early 1990s. This has led to a renewed urgency to analyse and understand the legal and policy interventions in energy systems, in particular the trade-offs and tensions as governments attempt to shift towards a low-carbon energy transition in order to make energy systems more sustainable and equitable. This module examines the particular challenges and opportunities of the energy transition, focusing on the legal, policy and governance issues facing fossil fuels (including shale gas and carbon capture and storage), nuclear power and renewable energy. The module will draw upon a range of comparative material from around the world with particular emphasis on the European Union and its Member States, at the international, regional, national and local level, and including other relevant areas of law (e.g. environmental, planning, constitutional) to illustrate critical debates on energy law and policy. Throughout the module, the main thrust will be to provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging training in Energy Law and Policy, that equips students will the ability to develop independent critical legal thought and legal research and writing skills at the LLM level through the preparation and presentation of written and oral arguments

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second class Honours degree (2:1 preferred) or equivalent. Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate work experience are encouraged to apply.