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Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law

Start date
March / June / October
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Distance learning, Taught

Our Online LLM in Energy and Environmental Law will equip you with the essential skills you need to tackle the world’s energy issues and the demands of climate change.

Whatever your professional ambition, this 100% online programme provides the legal framework for careers in both energy and environmental law.

Why study this online programme?

Energy is crucial to our social and economic lives, and yet we’re having to do more with less against depleting natural resources and mounting environmental concerns. Law is key to meeting these challenges head on.

Covering both energy management and environmental protection in one programme, this online LLM will help you answer today’s biggest challenges, while supporting careers in both fields. According to the UN, a shift to a greener economy is estimated to create 24 million new jobs globally by 2030 (United Nations 2019).

Taught by lecturers at the forefront of government legislation, at a standard you’d expect from a Russell Group university, you can be confident that anything you learn here is enriched with up-to-date research and career-focused content.

By adopting a transnational, multi-jurisdictional approach to energy ownership and environmental protection, our lecturers will prepare you to take on a host of local and global legal issues. It’s this that makes the programme perfect for students the world over.

Your programme of study

Exploring topics such as environmental protection, energy regulation and climate change law, this 180-credit programme is split between six modules, plus a final dissertation. Spanning 2.5 years, you’ll have time to delve deeply into the module content and reflect on everything you’ve learnt.

To assess your understanding, you will be asked to complete a case study after each module plus three reflective reports throughout the programme. You will also be expected to submit a dissertation at the end. 

Programme outcomes include:

  • Insights into the issues around environmental protection
  • How energy production depends on natural resources
  • Problem-solving, evidential reasoning, negotiation and drafting skills
  • Legal issues arising from deploying resources and generating energy
  • Transactions underpinning energy production and supply
  • Events of market failure and modes of regulation
  • Patterns of energy production, supply and consumption 

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The research skills I learnt on the course helped me impress during my vacation scheme on a graded research project – which ultimately led to me being offered a full-time job. The technical, legal knowledge I learnt at Birmingham has enabled me to hit the ground running at work.

Josh White, LLM International Commercial Law

Why Study this Course?

What is an Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law?

Our Online LLM is delivered and studied 100% online, so you don’t need to set foot on campus. You can access the programme using our online learning platform, at any time and from almost anywhere in the world.

Such flexibility means this programme is ideal for professionals who are unable to attend campus due to work or family commitments. 

Our Online LLM offers an immersive mix of live video, interactive projects, digital resources and student peer-to-peer projects.

Why choose the Online LLM from the University of Birmingham?

Our Online LLM is unique in exploring the legal issues around both energy and the environment, unlocking careers in each industry sector. The programme also adopts a transnational approach, benefitting students, no matter which jurisdiction they’re working in.

Featuring insights from experts at the forefront of environmental legislation, the knowledge you gain from this programme can be put into practice at your workplace from day one.

Is an Online LLM worth it?

Taught by our expert lecturer team, this online LLM offers the same academic rigour and global character you’d expect from a Russell Group university. But with the flexibility of 100% online study, it means you can study from anywhere in the world.

Beyond the academic benefits, the programme provides ample opportunities to network and improve your practical experience, as well as offering guidance and support from our Student Services and technology teams.

How much does the Online LLM cost?

For instant access to pricing information, please fill out our form or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

Where can I study an Online LLM with the University of Birmingham?

To study online, all you need is an internet connection and a computer.

Key information

  • 100% online degree
  • A Russell Group university
  • Rated ‘gold’ for teaching (Teaching Excellence Framework 2017)
  • World top-100 university (QS World University Rankings 2019)


Environmental and energy regulation

Exploring different forms of environmental and energy regulation around the world, you’ll learn how the environmental impact of energy systems is regulated, and when, where and how the law intervenes in ordinary market transactions.

Law relating to nuclear energy

This module looks at the potential for nuclear energy within a country’s energy mix, detailing the commissioning and decommissioning of nuclear power facilities and issues around nuclear safety and liability.

Assessment and financing of energy projects

Examining both the environmental assessment and the financial impact of energy infrastructure, you’ll understand how big energy projects must repay the financial costs incurred in setting them up without incurring environmental costs too.

Oil and gas law

Assessing ownership of natural resources, this module explores the licensing of natural resource exploitation, the processes involved in refining and distributing oil and gas, the transportation of resources to other countries and issues concerning their consumption.

Environmental protection and pollution control

Analysing the planning and permissions involved in conducting environmental operations around the world, you will explore the systems used to mitigate and control environmental pollution.

Renewable energy and climate change law

Learn about how climate change is driving the shift toward renewables and the resulting legal issues in developing green energy infrastructure, as well as the extent to which renewable energy can form part of the energy mix.


For the most up-to-date pricing information for this programme, please download our brochure and a member of the recruitment team will be in touch to discuss your interest.


Scholarships may be available. Please see our postgraduate funding database for further information on the opportunities which may be available to you.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or via your home government. It’s good to do your research to find opportunities for which you could be eligible.

Postgraduate student loans

The UK government has reconfirmed its commitment to loans for postgraduate degrees. Masters students are able to receive up to £10,906 for taught postgraduate degrees – and this includes students who wish to study online. Detailed criteria and information regarding the application process can be found on the website.

How To Apply

There is support and guidance available for those who want to apply for the Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law programme. You can fill out a request for information or call a member of our Admissions Team (+44 (0)800 032 7101), who will be happy to help guide you through the application process.

If you would like to submit your application directly, click the Apply Now button. From here you will be directed to an application form specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for. Here you will be asked to create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the how to apply pages.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

To be accepted onto the Online LLM Energy and Environmental Law, you must have:

  • 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

For international students, standard English language requirements apply. You must have an IELTS 7.0 or equivalent, with no less than 6.5 in any band.

To apply you will need to supply the following:

  • Evidence that you meet the academic and language criteria
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • Transcripts
  • CV

For more details, please request information.

International Requirements

100% online learning

As an Online LLM student, you’ll have access to our digital platform throughout the programme. Drawing on the latest digital media, studying online inspires active student participation and social connectivity, providing a truly dynamic learning experience.

Rather than simply reading lecture transcripts and sending in assignments, you’ll engage with the curriculum directly using:

  • Video lectures: accessing content at any time and from any device
  • Interactive assignments: actively participating in learning exercises
  • Real-life case studies: gain skills you can apply to your organisation immediately
  • Social interaction: connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital resources: rely on support for any of your admissions, enrollment, technology or career needs

Find out more about the Online LLM.

All the benefits of campus-based study

Each module features live, interactive synchronous sessions. You will be allocated a time for these sessions that fits best with your time zone. In each session you will have the opportunity to present your work and/or discuss case-study exercises.

Online LLM students benefit from the same expert teaching as campus students. You will also be able to communicate and network with fellow students, helping to enhance your experience further.

To assess your understanding, you will be asked to complete a case study after each module plus three reflective reports throughout the programme. You will also need to submit a final dissertation. Deadlines are structured at reasonable intervals, with time given between modules to consolidate what you have learnt.

Grow your career opportunities in law

With the green economy set to create 24 million new jobs globally by 2030 (United Nations 2019), studying energy and environmental law is key to enhancing your career prospects. 

You may be a lawyer ready for your next challenge or a professional with growing regulatory responsibilities in the energy or environmental sector. Whatever your background, this programme offers insights into the transnational legal frameworks to tackle both energy and environmental issues worldwide. 

Our Online LLM will prepare you for a range of jobs including:

  • Legal advice and consultancy within the energy and environmental sectors
  • In-house counsel for an energy company
  • Lawyers advising in the energy or environmental sector
  • Policymakers in government
  • Advisors to international agencies and NGOs
  • In-house counsel in an MNC in the energy or environmental sector 

Previous LLM graduates from Birmingham Law School have gone on to become successful high court judges, prosecutors and law firm partners.

Grounding the programme content in the real world, the School draws on extensive industry networks, with material created by professionals with strong practice experience 

During the course of the programme, you will have an opportunity to join the UK Environmental Law Association.

Find out more about the Online LLM.

Birmingham LLM student testimonials

“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

“The knowledge and analytical and research skills developed during my degree can be incorporated and utilised in any career path, whether in academia or practice.”
Kyros Hadjisergis – LLM International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights

“I chose the University of Birmingham for my LLM for a few reasons. The staff are really impressive and I liked the idea of being able to work under and with those academics and staff.”
Zoe Dipple – LLM General

“Environmental issues and the de-carbonisation of energy are going to be major concerns in the 21st century. Jobs will follow, and this course positions you to take advantage of those jobs as they come through.”

Professor Robert Lee, Programme Director

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