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International Energy Law (Distance learning) LLM

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Study Mode(s): Distance learning
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

  • 100% of NTU's research submitted to the Law Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of research impact (REF 2021).

LLM International Energy Law aims to provide you with a critical understanding of current issues relating to energy and environmental policy and regulation at an international level.

About the LLM International Energy Law

The course introduces you to key international legal principles and frameworks regulating the energy sector and considers their application to global energy industries at a moment when the international community is seeking to address the challenges of climate change.

Why choose this course?

  • The course adopts a ‘reflective’ approach. It provides you with a fundamental understanding of the international legal framework governing natural resources and how climate change concerns have translated into policy.
  • It also places significant emphasis upon the regulation of renewable and more sustainable energy sources, such as solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower (sunrise energy sources) as well as the use of traditional mining activities.
  • Choose a study route that suits you with full-time, part-time and distance learning options available.
  • Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
  • Scholarships are available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes. Contact us for details.

Nottingham Law School

The School is one of the largest university law schools in the UK, enjoying a national and international reputation for delivering high quality education and training across a broad range of academic and professional courses. It has strong ties with many leading law firms both locally and nationally.

What you’ll study

LLM International Energy Law is based on the significant expertise of academic staff in Nottingham Law School.

The course will help you develop a strong analytical understanding of key legal principles and frameworks relating to the international energy industries, as well as an understanding of the shifts in approach in international environmental policy towards more sustainable forms of energy.

LLM International Energy Law permits high-level specialisation in the field and the development of critical awareness of a range of contemporary issues which pertain to the sector, such as the quest to mitigate the effects climate change.

You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.

Core module

International Energy Transition Law and Regulation 

The aim of this module is to provide students with an understanding of the international legal framework governing natural resources and how climate change concerns have translated into policy, law and regulation for the transition to renewable energy and other non- or low-carbon energy sources (especially nuclear power) to meet carbon neutral/net zero emissions targets.

Optional modules

International Energy Investment Law

This module aims to introduce students to the relationship between international energy investment law and sunset to sunrise renewable energy projects, particularly solar and wind. It examines the challenges to renewable energy projects and discusses how regulatory solutions are deployed as a response to challenges at national, regional and international level.

International Environmental and Climate Change Law

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the evolution of international law for environmental protection and its application to the global energy and extractive industries. The former, global energy aspects will include environmental law issues arising from traditional hydrocarbon energy sources, to renewables such as wind, solar, hydropower & geothermal industries; whereas the latter, extractive industries includes traditional mining activities, as well as minerals such as lithium & copper that are significant for the clean energy technologies, such as electric cars.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Develop detailed and in-depth knowledge of the concept of CSR, including its history, relevant theories, and limitations to legal policy and business practices in national, international, multi-sector and multi-disciplinary settings.

International Dispute Resolution

To allow students to understand the technical legal, procedural, political and commercial aspects of international dispute resolution. The module will equip students with a fundamental knowledge regarding litigation, arbitration and mediation - in the commercial environment from the perspective of the courts of England and Wales.

  • You can select up to five modules from any subject area. We do advise you to select modules from the above options if possible.

Dissertation

The dissertation is an extended piece of academic work, independently researched and written. You will be supported in your work by one-to-one supervision from a tutor expert in the chosen field. Subject to academic suitability and the availability of an appropriately expert tutor, you may select your own area of study for the dissertation phase of the course.

Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

How you’re taught

Distance-learning students who complete the course over two academic years study three modules across Terms One and Term Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

Distance-learning modules are structured, directed learning activities, delivered through the University’s online learning platform – NOW. Distance learners will be asked to complete additional tasks – such as preparing essay plans or presentations – over the course of each module.

If you're interested in studying this course full-time or part-time, please visit this course page.

Course length

21 - 24 months distance learning

Assessment

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

Your dissertation will be assessed through a research based written assignment of 12,000 words. The topic that you choose for your dissertation should be relevant to the course specialism and the chosen title will be subject to approval by the Course Leader.

Additionally, you will complete a reflective report consisting of pre-set questions, each with a maximum word count attributed to it; approximately 250 words, i.e. 1000 words in total. Your reflective report will be assessed by way of competence or non-competence.

Expert Teaching Staff

Our courses are taught by academics with significant subject expertise. The School’s vocational focus and strong links with the legal profession mean that many of our academic staff members have extensive practical experience. The courses also have a strong research base. Our academic staff actively research and publish, and many are recognised as being among the leading experts in their fields.

Research Expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have an Intellectual Property Research Group.

Access to Resources

Nottingham Law School is delighted to announce that it will continue to provide access to the Oxford University Press (OUP) online resource - Law Trove.

Law Trove provides online access to a range of online resources, including over 200 textbooks published by OUP, and covers core and optional subject areas. Students on all courses will be provided with unlimited access to the resources within Law Trove in order to further enhance your experience during your time with us.

Careers and employability

Your future career

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Recognition of Prior Learning

NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our courses page.

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Home fees for 2023 entry

Study routeHome fees
Two years (distance learning)£4,100

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

International / EU fees for 2023 entry

Study routeInternational / EU fees
Two years (distance learning)£4,100

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

The University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact our Admissions Team or call +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

The University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.