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.
The University of Bradford is ranked 301-400 in the world for Business and Economics in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
2:2 or above in any subject, or relevant work experience at graduate level.
English language requirements
IELTS at 6.5 or equivalent with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-test.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »
What you will study
The programme is designed to accept not only Law graduates but students from other fields of study. An intensive 2-week induction at the beginning of the programme will ensure that all students, including those from non-law and/or international backgrounds are taught the requisite basic concepts and academic skills necessary to allow them to effectively achieve the learning outcomes.
Students will be required to take 180 credits of modules comprising a taught element of 120 credits, and a 60 credits dissertation on the subject area. All modules are 20 credits each. Students will be required to take 40 credits of core modules covering subjects on Principles of Regulation and Enforcement; and Sustainable Development Law in Business and Society which will explore core themes and provide the necessary background and wider context of the study of this subject.
In addition, students will be required to take a total of 60 credits of modules from the following subjects which will provide specific and in-depth knowledge in specialist aspects of environmental law:
- Climate change law
- Petroleum law
- International environmental law
- Natural resource governance
- International environmental governance
- Business, human rights and environment
The final 20-credit module of the LLM in Natural Resources, and Environmental Law and Policy is an elective which can either be chosen from the list above, or from a wider pool of postgraduate modules from the School of Law or from other departments such as Management or Peace Studies and International Development.
All module information is for 2019 entry, and is subject to change.
Learning and assessment
You will be taught in small groups in an interactive and engaging learning environment.
The course is also enhanced by visiting guest speakers from all walks of life, including the legal professions, academia, and businesses.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Tuition fee 2020
(January 2020 entry)
- Home/EU: £6,850 per year
- International: £16,040 per year
(September 2020 entry)
- Home/Eu: £7,190 per year
- International: £16,840
There may be additional costs that you may incur as a student. Though these are not essential to your programme of study you need to be aware of them as a student of the University. A list of the sort of costs you might expect can be found on our fees and finance section.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
Our courses are shaped by the School of Law International Advisory Board, made up of leading figures in the judiciary and legal practice, academia and wider industry and society who advise us on the skills and competencies needed in the current and future workplace. This feeds into the design and delivery of our courses, ensuring our students gain knowledge and experience that is not only academically rigorous but valued by employers.