LLM/MSc in Environmental Policy and Governance


Program Description


Environmental issues are among the most pressing across the globe. Whether in relation to climate change, biodiversity loss or environmental harm, solutions are urgently needed in policy and governance to mitigate, adapt, reduce or prevent significant impacts. This Masters degree addresses these concerns and canvasses potential solutions, enabling you to develop the skills and expertise you need to make a lasting and positive impact on the planet.

On this course, you’ll gain an excellent understanding of local, national and international environmental policies and governance. It addresses the legal, economic, scientific and political challenges facing society, giving you an integrated understanding of the relevant issues that will significantly enhance your employability.

Top reasons to study with us

#1 You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to compete effectively for employment opportunities in the ever-growing environmental sector

#2 You’ll benefit from the knowledge and guidance of our expert Environmental Policy and Governance lecturers and practitioners

#3 You'll have the opportunity to focus on the identification of effective environmental policy and governance solutions

Course objectives

This Masters course will:

  • introduce you to the topic of environmental policy and governance
  • develop your understanding and awareness of contemporary issues in the area
  • provide a rigorous and intellectually challenging training at an advanced level in environmental issues as preparation for, or as an enhancement to, a career in this area
  • develop your independent critical thought, research and writing skills to Masters level
  • Hone your abilities to engage with and develop policy across a broad interdisciplinary field, and in a way that is not only relevant to the narrow sphere of ‘national’ environmental governance, but that is also appropriate to a broad range of international settings

Research-led teaching

Our academic staff are recognised across the globe for their innovative research, and are considered experts in their fields. Their work is well represented in national and international journals, at academic conferences around the world and in the media.

You’ll also benefit from industry presentations typically delivered by representatives from environmental NGOs and international organisations that focus on environmental issues.

Course details

The course is multi-disciplinary and consists of six taught modules that are delivered by staff in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Natural Sciences and the Stirling Management School. You’ll take a combination of specialist modules in both semesters, and also complete a 10,000-word dissertation over the summer months.


All modules are delivered through small group learning and teaching sessions, which give you great opportunities for interaction with staff and to develop communication skills through discussion and the presentation of key issues. You’re required to attend weekly two-hour seminars. Active participation will be encouraged in class, and you may be required to prepare a short presentation on a topic of your choice within each module – although these aren’t normally assessed.

You’ll also undertake independent study, and read widely from a variety of sources - particularly for your dissertation. This piece of work provides you with opportunity to produce independent research in your chosen area.

This course is part of the "Making the Most of Masters" programme, which lets you kick-start your career by taking on a work-based project for your dissertation. The project will be solution-focused, and address real research needs within an organisation. Go to the Making the Most of Masters website to find out more about the programme.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination.

Course director

Dr Thomas Muinzer


Dr Annalisa Savaresi


Key staff

The course’s teaching staff includes a pool of experts from a variety of disciplines:

Dr Annalisa Savaresi - Lecturer in Environmental Law and Course Director

Dr Thomas Muinzer - Lecturer in Environmental Law and Public Law

Professor Gavin Little - Professor of Environmental and Public Law

Professor Simon Marsden - Chair in Energy Law

Professor David Copplestone Professor in the Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Professor Nigel Wilby – Senior Lecturer

Fees - 2018/2019

  • Home/EU: £6,300
  • Overseas: £15,250
Last updated May 2018

About the School

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