SOAS University of London

School of Law

MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development

duration:
One year (full-time); Two or three years (part-time, daytime only).

Fees 2016/17

UK/EU fees:
£13,230
Overseas fees:
£18,550

This is a Band 5 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found in the Fees and Funding tab on this page or in the Registry Postgraduate Tuition Fees page

2016 Entry requirements

  • Upper second class honours preferably in a related discipline

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Overview

Start of programme: September intake only

The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development provides a unique specialisation in one of the most rapidly developing areas of law. Environmental law is one of the most challenging fields that has grown very rapidly over the past four decades and is now one of the key areas of both domestic and international law. At SOAS, we understand the environment in a broad sense which includes not only environmental issues strictly speaking but also all the links that they have with other areas such as natural resources, human rights, economic development trade or intellectual property rights.

The SOAS degree offers a distinct mix of modules that covers all the main areas of environmental law in their international and national dimensions. The international and global nature of many environmental issues makes the international law component a key part of the MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development. We offer all the general topics that make up the core of international environmental law. Additionally, we focus specifically on the North-South dimension of international environmental issues given the key role this plays in most international environmental negotiations.

The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development specifically seeks to put international environmental law in its national context and examines the broad legal frameworks negotiated at the international level in the context of their implementation in selected countries of the South. It thus provides a much more grounded context to the study of environmental law.

Further, we also study the legal regimes of individual countries of the South to provide much more specific analysis of the discipline at the level of its implementation in specific contexts. The MA in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development gives specific emphasis to different regions of the South, including South Asia, China and sub-Saharan Africa.

For further information about the general structure of the MA in Law programme at SOAS, please visit the General MA in Law (MA in Legal Studies) page.

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Structure

To facilitate the study of law, all MA students are required to attend a two-week Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods in the September before beginning the MA programme.

Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four (4.0) full units including the dissertation. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised MA are required to take at least two (2.0) of the three (3.0) taught units within their chosen specialism. The third unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Modules List or the following courses associated with the Environmental Law and Sustainable Development specialisation:

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

Full Module Units (1.0)
 Half Module Units (0.5)
 Examples of non-Law module options:
 Dissertation (1.0)
Core Courses

Students must take courses to a total value of 135 credits and a dissertation. Full unit course (1 unit) = 45 credits Half unit course (0.5 unit) = 22.5 credits. Students must take courses to a value of 90 credits from the list below:

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Climate Change and Energy Law and Policy 15PLAC154 1 Unit Full Year
Law, Environmental and Sustainable Development in a Global Context 15PLAC118 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 1 Unit Full Year
Water Law and Development: Conflicts, Governance and Justice 15PLAC177 1 Unit Full Year
Water and development:conflict and governance 15PDSH049 0.5 Unit Term 2
Water Law: Justice and Governance 15PLAH044 0.5 Unit Term 1
Dissertation

Students must also take a Dissertation in Law, which should be on a topic relating to environmental law and sustainable development.

ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Dissertation in Law 15PLAC999 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Courses

Students must also take one further course or two half courses, to a total value of 45 credits, either from the list above or the optional list below**

Non-Law Options
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Energy Policy in the Asia-Pacific 15PFFH011 0.5 Unit Term 2
Global Energy & Climate Policy 15PFFC017 1 Unit Full Year
Optional Course list - MA Environmental Law and Sustainable Development
ModuleCodeUnit valueTermAvailability
Alternative Dispute Resolution 15PLAC104 1 Unit Full Year
Banking Law 15PLAC105 1 Unit Full Year
Chinese Commercial Law 15PLAC106 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 0.5 Unit Term 2
Feminist Legal Theory 15PLAC155 1 Unit Full Year
Foundations of Comparative Law 15PLAH031 0.5 Unit Term 1
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 0.5 Unit Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 1 Unit Full Year
Human Rights in The Developing World 15PLAC111 1 Unit Full Year
Human Rights of Women 15PLAC112 1 Unit Full Year
International and Comparative Copyright Law: Copyright in The Global Village 15PLAC115 1 Unit Full Year
International and Comparative Corporate Law 15PLAC116 1 Unit Full Year
International Criminal Law in Practice 15PLAC168 1 unit Unit
International Human Rights Clinic 15PLAC145 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 0.5 Unit Term 2
International Labour Law and Equality Rights 15PLAC169 1 Unit Full Year
International Protection of Human Rights 15PLAC119 1 Unit Full Year
Islamic Law (Ma/Llm) 15PLAC121 1 Unit Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies 15PLAC123 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 1 Unit Full Year
Law and International Inequality:Critical Legal Analysis of Political Economy From Colonialism to Globalisation 15PLAC131 1 Unit Full Year
Law and Policy of International Courts and Tribunals 15PLAH026 0.5 Unit Term 2
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAC130 1 Unit Full Year Not Running 2016/2017
Law, Human Rights and Peace Building: The Israeli-Palestinian Case 15PLAC133 1 Unit Full Year
Law, Institutions and Political Economy of Transition 15PLAC134 Unit - Not Running 2016/17
Law of International Finance 15PLAC135 1 Unit Full Year
Law of Islamic finance 15PLAC159 1 Unit Full Year
Migration, Gender and The Law in South East Asia and Beyond 15PLAH023 0.5 Unit Term 2
Modern Chinese Law and Institutions 15PLAC139 1 Unit Full Year
Multinational Enterprises and The Law 15PLAC140 1 Unit Full Year

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Tuition Fees

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Registry's Postgraduate Tuition Fees page.

This is a Band 5 tuition fee.

The fees below are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. 

Full-time Part-time 2 YearsPart-time 3 YearsLLM only 4 Years                     
UK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas StudentsUK/EU StudentsOverseas Students
£13,230 £18,550 £6,615 £9,275 £4,410 £6,183 £3,308 £4,638

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