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LLMNatural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy

University of Bradford
United Kingdom, Bradford
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Natural Resources form the bedrock of global economic development. However, development and use of natural resources have implications for the environment, often leading to other socio-economic and political challenges such as poverty, disease and conflicts, especially in developing countries. The resulting environmental impacts such as climate change, pollution and degradation of habitats and species extinction has also raised serious challenges for governance and diplomacy at the international level, often pitting international economic policies and frameworks with natural resources and environmental governance.

This course will provide you with an excellent understanding of the law and policy issues in this area, and skills necessary to pursue a career in this exciting field, whether this be in private legal practice, as in-house lawyers in corporations, policy-oriented work in intergovernmental and other international institutions in advocacy in civil society organisations.

The course offers a wide range of modules that are contemporary, academically rigorous and skills oriented. The design ensures you gain core knowledge of the wider context framing law and policy in this field whilst giving you the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your particular interests by choosing from a range of specialist modules. You will explore emerging issues such as a low carbon economy, unconventional and alternative energy, the regulation and governance of multinational corporations and the responsibility of states in addressing these concerns.

Programme structure

The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

An intensive 2-week induction at the beginning of the course ensures that all students, including those from non-law and/or international backgrounds are taught the core concepts and academic skills necessary to achieve the learning outcomes.

You will then complete two compulsory core modules, carrying 20 credits each:

Regulatory theory and practice
Sustainable development Law in Contemporary Business & Society
The two core themes of these modules – regulation and sustainability – cut across all module subject themes and the themes of the other two new LLM programmes of the offered by the Law School: the LLM in International Commercial Law and the LLM in International Human Rights and Development. The two modules will be attended by the students of all LLMs, which will allow you to benefit from interaction with peers with wide ranging academic and professional interests. The assessment of those two modules will reflect the theme/stream of expertise of each student, thus taking into account the diversity of student interests and course focus.

You will then choose three from a pool of four 20-credit modules which have a broader focus on natural resources and environmental law:

Climate Change Law
Petroleum Law
International Environmental Law
Waste Management Law

The final 20-credit module of the LLM in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy will be an elective from a larger pool of modules, wincluding modules from the other two new LLMs.

You will complete the LLM programme by completing a 60-credit dissertation. The topic of the dissertation will be from the area of Natural Resources and Environmental Law and Policy.

Career opportunities

During your time studying at the Faculty of Management and Law you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:

The European Computer Driving License (EDCL) – the benchmark for digital literacy
Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll – training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
Project Manager Professional certificates – giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
Big Data analysis and reporting skills – using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.

In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.

Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States