Environmental Law and Policy

Key Facts

Course Code M194
  • Qualification


  • Typical Course Length

    1 Year

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Are you working for environmental organisation or are you seeking to make a career in this ever more important area of law and policy? This scheme allows you to study subjects such as international environmental law, control of pollution law, climate change, law and food policy law, or marine environmental law. 


Why study Environmental Law & Policy at Aberystwyth University?

  • Opportunity to study for a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, LLM, or to study individual modules to enhance your knowledge in specific areas.
  • 96.5% of Aberystwyth Law School’s publications were judged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher in the most recent research assessment – REF 2014
  • Members of academic staff in Aberystwyth Law School are active in research and publication and participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal and related fields. 
  • Expansive research is carried out within the School across a range of research areas and within a range of research centres.
  • Oncampus student can join the residential study schools for distance learners who are often professionals in the field of study. The programme of lectures, seminars and workshops at these residential study schools provides an invaluable opportunity for debate and discussion with staff, visiting lecturers and fellow students.
  • Over the years a large number of well-known legal academics have taught in Aberystwyth Law School.
  • Aberystwyth is a multinational community. Aberystwyth Law School participates actively in international and European academic networks and frequently hosts visits by academics and experts from other countries.
  • Aberystwyth University is a top 50 university for research power and intensity – REF 2014
Our Staff

Aberystwyth Law School lecturers are mostly either qualified to PHD level or have professional experience and qualifications as practicing lawyers. Many staff also have a PGCE (Higher Education).

Course Details


1 Year: September to September


Each of the six modules is assessed via an essay of 6000 words and an oral presentation. 

Sstudent will complete a master’s dissertation of 13,000 to 15,000 words which deals with an area of chosen study in the third semester.

Entry Requirements:

A prior law degree is not essential. An Honours Degree 2:2 (minimum). Degrees in law, the social sciences, or other similar subjects are preferred. Those from other disciplines or with suitable professional experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Equivalent international qualifications are acceptable especially if ECTS evidence is available. Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) and/or Accreditation of Experiential Prior Learning (APEL) are considered on an individual basis according to current University Regulations.

English Language Requirements:

If you have a Bachelors degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Further information on English Language Requirements  

Course Fees:

Please see the tuition fee pages for current tuition fees. Please note that all fees are subject to an annual increase.


Possible funding opportunites can be found in our funding calculator.


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking to establish or expand careers in government departments, think tanks, international organisations, environmental advocacy, business organisations, international law firms and a wide range of NGOs.


On this course you will gain a wealth of skills vital for success in legal and more general employment. You will:

  • develop expertise in the latest legal developments in the field of environmental law and policy
  • develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to environmental law issues
  • master a range of legal methodologies
  • learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information regarding environmental law and policy
  • learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build a winning argument based on your own rigorous research and analysis
  • develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently
  • develop your planning, analysis, presentation, project management and professional independence
  • enhance your problem solving and creative thinking skills
  • devise and sustain a self-initiated programme of study
  • develop study and research skills
  • work effectively with others

Teaching & Learning

How will I learn?

This course is a one year full-time programme. The academic year is divided into three semesters. In the first two semesters, you will take the core module of Legal Studies and at least three (and up to 5) other modules on environmental law and policy, with the option of taking two modules from other legal disciplines, such as human rights. These modules are delivered via seminars, with a strong emphasis placed on independent study.

In the final semester (June-September), you will complete an extended dissertation, and arrange your level of contact time with your assigned dissertation supervisor.

What will I learn?

These modules will give you the tools to engage in general legal analysis, particularly at international level, and special expertise on various issues of environmental law and policy, whilst also allowing you to tailor your study to your individual needs and interests.   

This course balances the academic with the urgently practical – for example, combining the necessarily comprehensive detail of environmental legislation in conflict with the harsh reality of the day-to-day threats posed to the environment.

An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within a specialism of your choice. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in the first two semesters is via written assignments and oral presentations.

Successful submission of your dissertation in the final semester leads to the award of an LLM.