UCC Postgraduate courses

Law - LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law)

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Law - LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law)

  • Code

    CKL48 Full-time and CKL49 Part-time

  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    1 year Full-time; 2 years Part-time

  • Teaching Mode

    Full-time, Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Qualifications

    LLM

  • EU Fees 2019

    €7,000
    See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Non-EU Fees 2019

    €17,000

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Open for EU applications, check rounds closing dates under How to Apply

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    15 June

  • Start Date

    7 September 2020

Course Outline

The LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) is a new programme which takes advantage of a concentration of legal expertise in the field at the School of Law, University College Cork. Academic staff at the Law School currently hold advisory roles with a wide range of Irish and international agencies and organisations, including the European Environment Agency, the Environmental Protection Agency, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, an Bord Pleanála (Irish Planning Board), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board, etc. The LLM programme offers a wide variety of legal topics ranging across traditional areas of environmental law, policy and regulation, as well as planning and land-use law, heritage protection, international environmental law, marine environmental law, natural resources law and human rights law.  It aims to prepare graduates for a variety of careers in the broader environmental regulatory space, including in the legal professions, governmental and regulatory agencies, environmental NGOs, compliance roles in industry, academia and environmental consultancy. The LLM seeks to integrate theoretical and practical aspects of the application of environmental and natural resources law, and to connect module content with legal and regulatory frameworks operating locally, nationally, regionally and globally. To the greatest degree possible, the programme is based on flexible workload arrangements, to suit recent law graduates and environmental professionals alike. 

Applicants for the LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) Degree also have the option of registering for a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental and Natural Resources Law.   Students take 60 credits of taught masters’ modules from those on offer for the LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law). The Postgraduate Diploma can be completed over 9 months full-time or 18 months part-time.  Those who wish to apply for the Diploma should contact lawpostgrad@ucc.ie  for application details. 

This shorter programme may be attractive to legal professionals and others who may prefer not to make an initial commitment to a full master’s programme. Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma may further progress their studies by completing a 15,000-word research dissertation and graduating with a Masters in Law (LLM). 

The LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) offers a wide choice of options, allowing students to take a broad range of diverse modules.  

Exposure to technical aspects of the application of environmental and natural resources law to marine law is also available to students through optional science-based, non-law modules on GIS, Remote Sensing and Characteristics of the Marine Environment. In addition, students will have access to selected non-programme but complementary modules, covering such areas as Law of the Sea, International and European Human Rights Law, Corporate Insolvency Law, EU Competition Law, International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, etc. 

The LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) builds on the expertise and reputation of a cohort of dedicated academic researchers in Cork to offer world-class education in this field. Whether students are (recent) law graduates or other environmental professionals, the programme will provide them with a critical, in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the key issues arising in environmental and natural resources law, policy and regulation. 

Students take a total of 90 credits.

Core Modules

Students take core modules to the value of 75 credits as follows:

  • LW6101 Introduction to Planning Law (5 credits)
  • LW6106 Legal Concepts for Heritage and Environment (5 credits)
  • LW6580 Environmental Law in Practice (5 credits)
  • LW6581 Method in Environmental Law (5 credits) 
  • LW6617 International Biodiversity and Ecosystems Law and Policy (5 credits) 
  • LW6618 Climate Change Law and Policy (5 credits)
  • LW6627 International Environmental Law (5 credits) 
  • LW6628 Marine Environmental Law (5 credits) 
  • LW6629 Natural Resources Law (5 credits)
  • LW6631 LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) Dissertation (30 credits)

Elective Modules

Students must choose 15 credits from the following: 

  • GG6501 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (5 credits)
  • GG6502 Introduction to Remote Sensing (5 credits) 
  • LW6541 Electronic Commerce Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6550 International Criminal Law (10 credits)
  • LW6560 Law of Cybercrime (10 credits) 
  • LW6572 Contemporary Issues in International Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6584 International Refugee Law (5 credits)
  • LW6588 Enforcement and Sanctions in Antitrust Law (5 credits) 
  • LW6589 Contemporary Issues in EU Competition Policy (5 credits) 
  • LW6605 European Corporate Restructuring, Insolvency and Rescue (10 credits) 
  • LW6606 International Human Rights Law (10 credits) 
  • LW6623 Global Maritime Security (5 credits)
  • LW6624 Port Law (5 credits)
  • LW6625 Law of the Sea (Clinical) (5 credits)
  • LW6632 Citizen Suits in Environmental Law (5 credits) 

Full details may be found in the College Calendar. Please see the Book of Modules for a more detailed description of programme modules.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours over 2 years.

Modules

Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

The course involves a combination of lectures and directed study. Some programme modules (those offered in conjunction with the LLM Marine and Maritime Law, i.e. Marine Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, International Environmental Law) are scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays, in order to facilitate a flexible workload programme to students, particularly those with a professional career.  Others will run on various days of the week throughout the Semester, but will employ Panopto lecture-capture technology (digital recordings made available via Blackboard) in order to maximise workload flexibility and accessibility to students, particularly those with a professional career.  Non-programme modules will mainly run throughout the semester and, where possible, will be available through digital recording.

Assessment

Individual module assessments can be viewed in the Book of Modules. Most programme and non-programme modules are assessed by way of continuous assessment (essays).

Who teaches this course

The teaching staff at UCC specialising in environmental and natural resources law is one of the programmes key strengths. UCC teaching staff on the LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) include: Prof Owen McIntyre, Dr Áine Ryall, Dr Bénédicte Sage-Fuller, Dr Phyllis Comerford, Dr Anne-Marie O’Hagan, Prof Irene Lynch-Fannon, Dr. Bjorn-Oliver Magsig and Dr. Eva Barrett.  As a national programme, modules will also have contributions from other Irish academics in the field.  UCC School of Law benefits from strong links with key environmental agencies and organisations at the national and international levels, upon which we expect to rely for a full programme of guest speakers. For a full list of school members see the School of Law website here  

Why Choose This Course

This programme aims to equip graduates to participate and excel in any aspect of professional engagement with environmental and natural resources law, policy or regulation, and to develop a rewarding career in this field with, for example, the legal professions, governmental and regulatory agencies, industry, NGOs or academia.  The programme adopts a global perspective, with a focus on international and comparative law and on the techniques of environmental regulation, which are universal in their application and relevance.     

Skills and Careers Information

What can I do after I graduate with a [LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law)? 

The LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law) aims to prepare graduates for a variety of careers in legal practice, regulation and compliance, including the legal professions, governmental and regulatory agencies, international institutions and compliance roles in industry.  It also provides a strong basis for careers in the broader environmental regulatory and policy space encompassing environmental advocacy and campaigning, environmental consultancy, environmental policy advice and research, and academia.  It is relevant for those interested in careers in the energy, infrastructure, utilities, natural resources and project finance sectors.  The degree provides a valuable opportunity for those already working in these fields to further develop their knowledge and skills and to keep up-to-date with the latest developments and emerging trends in this rapidly developing area.  

Students will be involved in organising the annual Postgraduate Research Symposium in Environmental Law, currently in its 8th year: http://www.ucc.ie/en/media/academic/law/events/2015/BookofAbstracts-Symposium2015.pdf

Occupations associated with [LLM (Environmental and Natural Resources Law)]:

  • Legal professions
  • Governmental and regulatory agencies
  • Local government
  • Industry
  • Utilities
  • Infrastructure developers
  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • Environmental consultancy
  • International organisations / secretariats
  • Academia

 

 

Requirements

Candidates must be approved by the School of Law. They must normally hold a Law Degree (Level 8) with at least a 2H1.  Candidates with other third level qualifications and/or relevant professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Applications from overseas candidates are welcome, and their qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Non-EU applicants should contact the International Education Office by email internationaloffice@ucc.ie for application details. The number of places available in any given year is dependent on resources and all qualified candidates may not be admitted.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison site. 

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The EU fee for this course is €7,000.

The Non-EU fee for this course is €17,000.

Full-time/Part-time fee:

If your course is offered full time and part time, normally the fee for the part-time course is half the full-time fee per year, please check the fact file for confirmation.

Deposits:

If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.

Questions?

If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary form as part of the application process for this programme. A copy of this form is available here for the full-time option: CKL48 Supplementary Form LLM (Environmental & Natural Resources Law) FT (22kB)and the part-time option: CKL49 Supplementary Form LLM (Environmental & Natural Resources Law) PT 

The closing date for non-EU applications is 15 June

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