Law - Environmental & Climate Law
MSc Environmental & Climate Law
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
Environmental degradation and the climate and biodiversity crises are amongst the most important issues of our time. At their heart are questions of intersectionality and justice. This interdisciplinary programme enables law and non-law graduates to develop core knowledge and skills that will be needed to help address these challenges, whose significance will continue growing in the years ahead.
The programme draws on UCD Sutherland School of Law's established strength in climate and environmental law and policy, while also benefiting from teaching and research expertise from across the university, including from the Schools of Geography, Economics, Biology & Environmental Science, and Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy.
Note: In keeping with our commitment to environmental responsibility, international students undertaking this programme online will be charged the same fees as Domestic/EU students.
An interdisciplinary legal degree for tomorrow's environmental leaders
This unique programme allows law and non-law graduates to combine a legal degree with the development of expertise in a range of other vital environmental disciplines.
Dr. Andrew Jackson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Law
Andrew Jackson has diverse research interests in the fields of climate and environmental law and is an accomplished litigator, having been involved in public interest environmental cases for many years, including before the Irish, English and EU courts. He acted for Friends of the Irish Environment in the landmark 'Climate Case Ireland' before the Supreme Court of Ireland. His previous roles include working for a large law firm in London and Paris, for the UK government's Department for Environment, and as in-house lawyer for an environmental NGO in Ireland.
Prof. Suzanne Kingston, Professor of Environmental Law
Suzanne Kingston is Professor of Environmental Law at UCD and a Judge of the EU General Court. Suzanne has published widely in the fields of environmental and climate law and is co-author of 'European Environmental Law' (Cambridge University Press), described by reviewers as an "essential text" and a "major contribution to the literature".
Course Content and Structure:
90 credits taught masters = 60 credits taught modules + 30 credits dissertation
September and January start dates are available for this programme.
Students must choose the following four core taught modules (40 credits in total):
Foundations of Environmental Law
Climate Change Law and Policy
Natural Resources Law
Environmental Moot Court
Students choose 2-4 of the following optional modules (20 credits in total), which includes a field trip for those who opt for
Practical Environmental Assessment
NGOs: Law, Governance and Social Change
The Market for Labour, Land & SDGs
Ecology and its Applications
Peatlands and Environmental Change
Culture, Heritage and Human Rights
International Law of the Sea
All core modules are online only. Depending on the optional modules chosen, students can complete the programme fully online or partly online and partly in person.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.
Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/
The School encourages all applicants whose first language is not English to attend the pre-sessional English programme offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre, details of which are available at www.ucd.ie/alc.
International applicants should visit the UCD International Office website (www.ucd.ie/international) for information regarding our campus, location of UCD, visa information, registration and orientation.?
Applicants should indicate which programme they are applying for. All applicants should note:
Official transcripts must be submitted as proof of examination results by all applicants except UCD graduates.
The personal statement is an important component of the application. It should contain information demonstrating your capability to undertake the course successfully. You should detail any relevant research and practical experience including any publications and major essays/projects.
Applicants must nominate two academic referees (name, position, postal address, e-mail address and telephone number). If an applicant has been in employment for more than two years, one of the referees must be your employer.
Full Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes
• This programme is intended for applicants with a degree in Law or another relevant discipline, including the social and natural sciences. An upper second class honours, or international equivalent is required.
• Exemption may be given to those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a relevant graduate qualification.
1 year full-time, online.
Post Course Info
Careers & Employability
The aim of this programme is to equip graduates to work in the fields of climate and environmental law/policy, internationally or in Ireland, as a practising lawyer, legal adviser, policy maker, advocate, researcher, consultant or academic. Career opportunities exist for example in inter-governmental organisations (e.g. United Nations, European Union, Council of Europe), in government departments and agencies, in local government, in international and domestic non-governmental organisations and think tanks, and in leading planning and environmental consultancies and law firms.
Several UCD careers events are held throughout the year, including dedicated law careers fairs which are attended by top employers. For specific careers advice, the UCD Sutherland School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its academic faculty.