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Energy and Climate Change Law Institute

LLM programme

Energy law students on a boat in an ocean wind farm

Queen Mary is one of a few universities in the world to offer an Energy and Climate Change Law LLM. Our programme develops your knowledge and understanding of this dynamic sector. It provides an interdisciplinary approach building upon well-established areas at Queen Mary, including Commercial Law, Dispute Resolution, Environmental Law and Regulation. Students learn about the law and regulation relevant to the energy sector: domestic law, international law, hard law and soft law. We combine theory and practice both in the classroom and in extracurricular seminars from industry experts including Shell, European Commission, BEIS, OFGEM and NGOs.

You will benefit from:

  • First rate teaching from academic and leading energy experts
  • A curriculum, shaped by industry participants that is both innovative and relevant
  • Regular guest lectures from leading experts in the industry
  • Internship and mentoring programmes with leading lawyers from industry and private practice
  • The Energy Forum which promotes academically led discussion on legal trends
  • Student field trips
  • Introductory course on Energy Fundamentals
  • Access to sponsorship opportunities and awards for academic excellence


  • Energy Law Principles
  • Energy and Climate Change
  • International Energy Transactions
  • International Energy Law and Ethics
  • International and Comparative Petroleum Law and Contracts
  • Energy Decommissioning and Waste Management in International Law
  • Nuclear Energy Law
  • International Arbitration and Energy
  • Renewable Energy Law
  • Exploitation of Energy Resources in Disputed Areas
  • EU Energy Law
  • Current Issues in International Energy Regulation
  • Energy Economics: A Legal Perspective
  • Mining and Natural Resources Law

For more information about the modules in the list, including their descriptions, please check the LLM module page.

  • Investment Treaty Arbitration: Foundations, Jurisdiction and Procedure
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration: Agreements and Substantive Protection
  • International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution
  • International Environmental Law
  • EU Environmental Law
  • International Regulation of Shipping
  • Concepts in Natural Resources Law: Biodiversity, Human Rights and Trade
  • Climate Change Law
  • Multinational Enterprises: Business and Legal Organisation
  • Multinational Enterprises: Social Issues

For more information about the modules in the list, including their descriptions, please check the LLM module page.

Apart from being one of the few energy law specialised institutions in the world, the Energy & Climate Change Law Institute combines contact with the energy and legal industry with academic excellence. It also allows students to take part of the most amazing extra-curricular activities, such as visiting an offshore wind farm or a nuclear power plant.
— Gustavo Rochette, Energy and Natural Resources Law LLM 2018/19


The Institute receives applications from students with different backgrounds and work experience. Each year we have students that have some experience in a certain part of the energy sector and come to increase their knowledge of other areas for example renewables or nuclear law. Other students come straight from their undergraduate studies.

To find out more and apply, visit the Energy and Climate Change Law LLM.

Energy & Climate Change Law Institute Scholarship

The Energy & Climate Change Law Institute is pleased to offer two partial tuition fee scholarships of £7,500 each for the September 2024 intake, for students wishing to follow the LLM in Energy and Climate Change Law.

The Energy & Climate Change Law Institute is a leading postgraduate law school within the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London. The aim of the Institute is simple- to provide a first class student experience; with world class teaching, a broad curriculum anchored in the real world of the energy sector; and to be a leading voice in the law and regulation of the energy transition.

Find out more about the scholarship and how to apply.

Dissertation and Prize

The Dissertation for Energy LLM students is a 10,000 word paper. It is 30 credits of the overall 180 required to complete the LLM. It is a detailed and rigorous piece of research conducted independently by students.

There is flexibility on the choice of topic so long as it has an energy law theme. Students are asked to submit a short abstract towards the end of the first semester.

You will be allocated a supervisor who will help and guide you through the research and drafting process.

When I read the essays, I look for originality of thought and clarity of expression. Where a subject such as climate change is examined, I look to see that the student has adopted both a practical as well as an academic approach, and that their work makes a positive, relevant contribution.
— Lord Browne

Energy Fundamentals Course

Each year we offer an Energy Fundamentals course. This course is offered to both Postgraduates and PhD students as well as lawyers from members of the Institute and their associates. It features lectures from leading academics and practitioners in energy law to provide a comprehensive overview of the key market drivers. It is popular with students as it is a useful preparation for many of the energy modules.

2022 programme

The Institute combines academic and practical training in the energy sector. We aim to provide our students with the best learning experience and preparation for their future career.
— Norah Gallagher, Academic Director, Energy & Climate Change Law Institute
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