Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law

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Defend the world’s resources

Supporting careers in both energy and environmental law, this 100% online LLM (Master of Laws) prepares graduates to respond to the world’s most pressing climate-related issues. Learn to work within the legal frameworks governing these topics as you strive to protect the planet’s most valuable resources.

100+ years as a leading law school

Top 100 university1

#4 in the UK for online learning2

No hidden fees

World-leading Russell Group member

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Tackle tomorrow’s greatest challenges

Earn your Master of Laws at the prestigious Birmingham Law School, where you’ll learn from seasoned lecturers who are leading experts in energy regulation, oil and gas law, pollution control and more. This 180-credit programme features flexible online modules and a six-month dissertation to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the laws governing energy and the environment.

Module highlights

  • Assessment and financing of energy projects
  • Law relating to nuclear energy
  • Oil and gas law
  • Renewable energy and climate change law

Excellence in distance learning

The University of Birmingham’s online courses encourage students to elevate their ideas and reshape the world. You’ll have the freedom to study whenever and wherever it works best for you while benefitting from world-class instruction delivered by the same lecturers and faculty experts who teach on campus. Enjoy the flexibility of online learning with convenient modules that prioritise immersive activities and lively discussions. Graduate poised to step into your desired role with new knowledge and skills gained from a research-informed, career-centred programme.

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for the Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law, you will need to have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution in an allied degree with relevant work experience in the sector. Entry criteria are detailed below.

Offer in principle for qualifying students

Students who meet the following requirements are eligible for entry to the online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law. Applicants who meet standard entry criteria can receive an offer in principle within 48 hours.

Academic entry requirements:

Certificate/transcriptsStudent must have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma in law or an allied subject from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.
Additional documentation
  • Online application

  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)

  • One reference

  • Optional: A statement of purpose
Evidence of language (if applicable)If English is not your first language, you will also need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. Please see the detailed language criteria listed below.

Alternative paths to entry

Students seeking non-standard academic entry may pursue the following routes:

  • The degree or equivalent qualification must be from a UK university or recognised institution in law or an allied degree
  • You must provide evidence of at least three years of relevant work experience
  • You must also submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format
  • Without a degree, you must provide evidence of at least eight years of relevant work experience in a senior legal, regulatory or policy role
  • You must also submit a personal statement uploaded in PDF format

Earn an internationally recognised LLM

At Birmingham University, we’re shaping the future of industries through pioneering research and world-class programmes that prepare graduates to succeed in a global community.

If English is not your first language, you will need to supply an up-to-date English language certificate. See the details below.

  • Academic IELTS certificates with a score of 6.5, and no less than 5.5 in any band
  • TOEFL with a score of 88, and no less than 21 in ‘Reading’, 20 in ‘Listening’, 22 in ‘Speaking’, and 21 in ‘Writing’
  • Pearson PTE with a score of 67 and no less than 64 in all four skills
  • Cambridge Advanced English with a minimum overall score of 176 and no less than 169 in any component
  • Language Cert ESOL SELT B2 ‘Communicator’ test certificate with a minimum score of 33 in each skill
  • Trinity ISE III with a ‘Pass’ in each skill
  • HKDSE with a minimum score of 4 overall, to include three bands at grade 4 and one band at grade 3
  • India Standard XII with a minimum pass of 80% in ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% in West Bengal, or 85% in other state boards

You may not need to provide evidence of your English language abilities if:

  • You’re from a specified majority English-speaking country
  • You’ve completed a degree in English in a specified country within two years of your intended start date

If nationals from the following countries have a degree or GCSE English grade 4/C equivalent taken, then they do not need to provide a test and there is no validity period for their degree or GCSE equivalent.

Nationals of other countries can be exempt if they hold a degree from one of the below countries within the last two academic years:

  • Australia
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Overseas Territories
    • Anguilla
    • Bermuda
    • British Antarctic Territory
    • British Indian Ocean Territory
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Cayman Islands
    • Falkland Islands (and Dependencies)
      • South Georgia
      • South Sandwich Islands
    • Gibraltar
    • Montserrat
    • Pitcairn
    • Henderson
    • Ducie and Oeno Islands
    • Saint Helena (and Dependencies)
      • Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Brunei
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guyana
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • West Indies
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Jamaica
    • Saint Kitts and Nevis
    • Saint Lucia
    • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Transparent tuition costs

The estimated total cost of this programme is £17,640. You can pay in full or in instalments of £2,520 on a module by module basis. All costs are listed to help you make an informed decision. The fees listed above are for academic year 2024-25.

Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.

Flexible payment options

At Birmingham, we strive to be accessible to students of all backgrounds. We provide a range of payment options to meet students where they are and lower the barrier to higher education. The fee can either be paid in full or spread over manageable instalments by Direct Debit. Learn more.

No hidden fees

Studying for your degree at Birmingham means knowing the cost of tuition before you enroll. Our tuition covers all fees required by your programme, including access to our entire e-library and the online learning materials required for your modules. You won’t encounter any hidden costs on your path to graduation.

Early bird discount

We are excited to be offering a 10% early bird discount from the first module for the October 2024 intake to those who have accepted an unconditional offer and are registered on the programme by 27th September 2024.

Pursue a more rewarding career

As environmental concerns rise around the globe, demand for experts with deep knowledge of the legal issues surrounding energy and the environment is also growing. With an LLM from Birmingham Law School, you’ll be poised to fill the need for environmental lawyers and make a real difference for the world with expertise in energy regulation, nuclear energy law, environmental protection and more.

“I have always viewed the world as ‘the more education you have then more opportunities that are available’. The advancement in online learning helped open up the door for me to accomplish my long held goal of getting a masters degree. The online courses have advanced greatly in both their curriculum and acceptance in the marketplace.”
– Patrick Gettleman, Online student

We do more than educate. We inspire. We activate.

The University of Birmingham’s 100% online degree programmes are designed to the same standards as our on-campus courses, with research-informed content and the latest in digital learning techniques. Study whenever and wherever it suits you in flexible, career-centred modules with instruction from the foremost experts in your field. Take the first step in transforming your career today by learning more about our programmes and finding out why we’re regularly recognised as a top research and learning university.

#16 law school in the UK6

Top 100 university1

#4 in the UK for online learning2

Russell Group university

Top UK employers seek our graduates7

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