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Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law & Practice Course by Distance Learning

Customise your own course with this fully flexible programme!

Course start date: 28th September 2020 (Application deadline: 1st September 2020). Delivered by tutored distance learning

This unique programme will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating the environment
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions - increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with study
  • Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programmes
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the 'accelerated route' and complete the LLM in 15 months
  • Achieve the level you choose – postgraduate certificate and diploma levels also available

Find out more in the course brochure.


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The course commences with an induction weekend in Leicester which takes place on 11th-12th September 2020, and the Core Module, (worth 30 credits) is then studied from 28th September 2020 through to the end of December 2020 and is assessed by written coursework.

From January to December 2021, students choose two 30 credit modules or one 30 and two 15 credit modules (giving a total of 90 credits for the first year of study).

In the second year, January to December 2022, students take either one 30 credit module or two 15 credit modules and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of their choice on a legal issue within the context of environmental law.

See this year's modules.

Students will all study the Core Module and will then specialise by choosing from the optional modules listed below. Please see the Course Structure section for a full explanation.

Core Module

Environment, Legal Control and EU Regulations

Optional Modules

  • Atmospheric Pollution
  • Health and Safety Law
  • Biodiversity and Nature Conservation Law
  • Water Pollution Law
  • Planning Law
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Environmental Permitting and Climate Change Regulation 
  • International Environmental Law
  • Noise Pollution Law
  • Light Pollution
  • Environmental Crime
  • Negotiated Study Module
  • Waste Management Law
  • Brownfield and Contaminated Land Law

And you can tailor the course to fit your specific job role and industry by selecting modules from other LLM programmes as well. See Flexible Study Options box for further information.

The Environmental Law and Practice course forms part of a wider LLM programme at Leicester De Montfort Law School and for added flexibility, in addition to the Environmental Law modules available, students may choose to study modules from the other LLM pathways:

  • Sports Law
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Business Law/International Business Law
  • Food Law
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • International Human Rights Law

Available modules from other courses include:

Collective Labour Law; Alternative Dispute Resolution; People Management within Organisations; Equal Opportunities in the Workplace; Event Management; Public Procurement Law and Practice; Expert Evidence; International Law; Aspects of Discrimination in Business; Civil Liberties in the Workplace; Individual Labour Law; Food Consumer Protection Law; Food Marketing Law; Food Safety Law; Food Sources Protection Law.

To gain an award in Environmental Law, the Core Module plus one full 30 credit module from the Environmental Law modules must be studied, and the dissertation must also fall within the scope of Environmental Law. Thereafter there is freedom of choice across all pathways.

See Environmental Law modules

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

Both companies based in the UK and those wishing to import into the UK will likely be affected by Brexit. De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you'll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

Rachael Bust, Chartered Town Planner and Lecturer, Leicester De Montfort Law School
Rachael Bust

Chartered Town Planner and Lecturer

Leicester De Montfort Law School

Fiona Dickson, Solicitor and Partner, Maynards
Fiona Dickson

Solicitor and Partner


Hazel Lobo, Environmental Law Practitioner and Lecturer,
Hazel Lobo

Environmental Law Practitioner and Lecturer

Neil Parpworth, Principal Lecturer, Leicester De Montfort Law School
Neil Parpworth

Principal Lecturer

Leicester De Montfort Law School

Andy Robinson, Senior Lecturer, Leicester De Montfort Law School
Andy Robinson

Senior Lecturer

Leicester De Montfort Law School

Kate Wilkinson Cross, Senior Lecturer in Law, De Montfort University
Kate Wilkinson Cross

Senior Lecturer in Law

De Montfort University

Martin Morgan-Taylor, Principal Lecturer, De Montfort University
Martin Morgan-Taylor

Principal Lecturer

De Montfort University

I am finding the course to be a unique way by which to further my knowledge, broaden my experience and apply this to my day job

L. Mayhew-Manchon, Nottingham Energy Partnership
and LLM Environmental Law and Practice student

This programme is designed for both lawyers and non-lawyers, and is ideal for:

• solicitors and barristers in private practice and in-house

It is also key for:

• environmental managers
• consultants
• technical managers
• quality control managers

The LLM in Environmental Law celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and it was the first in what has proved to be a very successful suite of distance learning Masters programmes. Over the years, it has recruited a large number of talented people from a range of professional backgrounds, all of whom share a common interest in environmental law. The course has been very popular with people who work for regulatory bodies, whether in legal departments or as field or enforcement officers, environmental consultants, planners, solicitors, barristers, those who work in regulated industries, such as waste or water and academics. Often, students have decided to study the course to obtain a qualification which confirms the breadth and depth of their existing practical knowledge, and to have the opportunity to look behind the law in order to address the underlying policy issues and how the law ought to be reformed. The feedback which we receive about the LLM is consistently very good and students regard the course as having been a worthwhile investment. Often it has proved to be the springboard for promotion, or the change of career direction which they desired. The wide range of optional modules available is a feature of the programme which also elicits very positive feedback.

The LLM Environmental Law and Practice Teaching Team,

Students can undertake to do the course following the Accelerated Route and complete their LLM in 15 months. Students will enrol in September 2020 along with the other students on the programme and study the Core Module until the end of December 2020. Accelerated Route students will then undertake to study all of their modules and write their dissertation within the remaining 12 months (January to December 2021).

This is a very intensive but rewarding route and successful students will graduate with their LLM at the end of 15 months. Accelerated Route students are supported through the allocation of a special director of studies who will provide additional support and advice during their studies.

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The course commences with an optional induction weekend on 11th and 12th September 2020 at Leicester De Montfort Law School. After that there are a number of further optional study components throughout the course. The Induction Weekend is intended to assist students in their choice of optional modules, allow meetings with course tutors and fellow students and provide useful introductory sessions especially for those students who do not have a degree in law or some other relevant legal qualification. The other sessions will concentrate on additional areas that will be useful to students throughout their studies. These additional sessions will offered through a combination of face to face and webinar format.

I undertook this course of study whilst still working full-time and undergoing a massive restructure at work. I have done well in this new structure and I am sure that the LLM qualification has helped me to achieve this.

C. Tubby,

 LLM Environmental Law graduate

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