At a Glance
As sustainable policies and their corresponding regulatory and compliance requirements are increasingly adopted at international, EU, and domestic levels of governance, the need for lawyers and policy makers capable of coordinating these two important areas of legal practice is rapidly expanding. Simultaneously, investors and shareholders are calling for enhanced levels of corporate social responsibility from their boards.
The Business Law and Sustainable Development with Dissertation programme of the University of Aberdeen is designed to provide you with the knowledge required to meet these challenges, and, from a corporate perspective, to adapt to a changing world. It may also appeal to practitioners who wish to acquire or update their legal knowledge to position themselves for employment in this burgeoning field. A challenging and rewarding subject to study, you will be immersed in the grounding concepts of commercial law designed to support the development of business both locally and globally, together with the regulatory requirements to do so sustainably. Our teaching promotes the kind of contextual thinking that enables you to gain a deeper, more forward-thinking understanding about the issues at stake within these areas.
The programme will provide you with advanced and specialist knowledge in key areas of Energy Law and Environmental Law, together with a detailed understanding of Commercial Law at an international level. We’ll explore the many different viewpoints and needs of energy and commerce at a global level within an environmental context. Through the preparation of a 10,000 word dissertation, you will develop the skills of critical analysis and independent research in law which are relevant to the needs of the legal profession and other areas of employment such as policy development Upon completion, you will be equipped with the intellectual, critical and practical skills that are fundamental to practicing as a trained professional in this developing field.
A career in Law can command status, prestige and often has a good or even large income attached. As this dynamic area of law is developing both commercial law firms, government agencies and NGO’s will be seeking professionals equipped with this combined knowledge and skill. Equally, after studying in this developing area of law, you may wish to use the programme as an entry point towards a PhD in Sustainable Law and beyond that to work in the academic world. Because the Law touches so many parts of public life, it has become well regarded as a stepping stone, should you perhaps wish to enter politics, or business. More and more non-legal employers are valuing the eminently transferable skills law graduates can bring to industry and other international business organisations. These skills include but are not limited to:
- Critical thinking
- Problem solving
- Effective communication
- Commercial Lawyer/Barrister
- Environmental Lawyer/Barrister
- Government Official/Civil Servant
- Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
- International Energy and Environmental Law
- Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions
- International Intellectual Property: Framework and Challenges
- International Commercial Arbitration
- Corporate Environmental Liability
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApplication deadline not specified.
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , National
Deadlines for applying for full-time on campus postgraduate taught degrees starting in January will be confirmed shortly.
DisciplinesSustainable Development Business Law Legal Studies View 472 other Masters in Legal Studies in United Kingdom
- Normally, a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial
- English Language Requirements
International22400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22400 GBP per year during 12 months.
National11500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11500 GBP per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Aberdeen
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