Master Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change

University of Eastern Finland

Application deadline: February
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: January  2016, February  2016
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The programme provides advanced training in policy, law and impact assessments for climate change and sustainable management of natural resources.

The programme is based on two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance and Environmental and Climate Change Law. All students are required to take courses in Natural Resources Governance, Environmental Law and Policy, and in Climate Change Law and Policy before selecting their major.

Who we are?

The Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change is a joint Master's degree programme organized between two disciplines; environmental law and environmental policy. The Master's degree programme is fully administrated through the UEF Law School, although the environmental policy major is based at the UEF Department of Geographical and Historical Studies.

In addition, the programme is part of the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), established in 2013. UEF Law School is the leading Finnish research institution in the area of natural resources, climate change, energy and environmental law. The CCEEL brings together a range of activities from UEF Law School and provides a common platform for discussion, research and education.

The programme also benefits from the research and education network of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY) operating at the UEF, representing several disciplines including geography, forest economics and policy, environmental law, history, aesthetics and policy, sociology, education, and tourism studies.

The LYY network brings together the expertise of researchers from a variety of traditional and new fields of study to craft socio-cultural scrutiny of the environment and the use of its resources, with the results then offered to the world. The Institute's researcher network includes over 100 researchers and postgraduate students, as well as 12 professors, representing several disciplines including geography, forest economics and policy, environmental law, history, aesthetics, and policy, sociology, education and tourism studies.


Two alternative Majors * Natural Resources Governance
* Environmental and Climate Change Law

The duration of the programme is approximately two years. Students who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded a Master's Degree in Social Sciences (MSocSc).

Degree structure and courses * Major Studies 100 cp
* Compulsory Studies (22 cp)
* 8031003 University Study Skills 1 cp
* 5319303 Personal Study Plan 1 cp
* 5319105 Introduction to Natural Resources Governance and Climate Change Policy 2 cp
* 5311719 Introduction to European and International Environmental Law 4 cp
* 5119161 Sustainability and Natural Resources 5 cp
* 5311712 Environmental Policy Instruments 4 cp
* 5311721 Climate Change Law and Policy 5 cp

Student has to complete 78 credits (inc. Masters Thesis) according to the chosen major.

5319102 Major Subject: Natural resources governance (78 cp)

Compulsory (13 cp): * 5119154 Theories and Methods for Social Studies of Environmental Issues 5 cp
* 5119156 Community Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management 3 cp
* 5119155 Natural Resource Governance 5 cp

Non-compulsory (choose 25 cp): * 5119157 Community Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management, literature 3 cp
* 5119202 Advanced Literature on Environmental Politics 5 cp
* 5119132 Natural Resource Economics and Policy 5 cp
* 5119166 Corporate Social Responsibility in Natural Resources Management 5 cp
* 5119162 Mining, environment and society 5 cp
* 5119163 Mining, environment and society II 5 cp
* 5119164 Food and Society I 5 cp
* 5119165 Food and Society II 5 op
* 5311717 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 5 cp
* 5119167 LYY Course: Current approaches for natural resources, environment and society research 5 cp
* 5117337 Natural Resources Governance and Boundaries 5 cp
* 3513062 Forest Governance and Environmental Policy 5 cp
* 3512025 Foresight Methods and Applications for the Forest Sector 5 cp
* 3512020 Social Forestry 3 cp
* 5319305 Workshops, conferences and other extra-curricular activities 3-5 cp

Compulsory (40 cp): * 5119242 Masters Thesis Seminar and Masters Thesis 40 cp and
* 5319106 Maturity Test
* 5319103 Major Subject: Environmental and climate change law (78 cp)
* Compulsory (14 cp):
* 5311093 Public International Law 5 cp
* 5311720 International Environmental Law 5 cp
* 5311709 Environmental Law in the European Union 4 cp

Non-compulsory (choose 24 cp): * 5311115 International Energy Law and Policy 5 cp
* 5311732 WTO: Environment, Clean Energy and Natural Resources (trade and resources) 5 cp
* 5311731 International Water Law 5 cp
* 5311733 Forests: International Law and Governance 5 cp
* 5311014 Seminar on International Dispute Settlement 5 cp
* 5311722 Seminar on International and European Environmental Law 5 cp
* 5311105 Public EU Law 5 cp
* 5311114 EU Energy Law and Policy 5 cp
* 5311729 Law and Politics on the Environment and Natural Resources in Russia 5 cp
* 5311717 Environmental and Social Impact Assessment 5 cp
* 5311734 Seminar on Climate Law and Carbon Markets 5 cp
* 5311923 Comparative Law 5 cp
* 5319305 Workshops, conferences and other extra-curricular activities 3-5 cp

Compulsory: * 5311900 Master Thesis seminar and master thesis, Environmental and Climate Change Law and
* 5319106 Maturity Test


* Bachelor's degree or equivalent university degree in an appropriate field
* Proof of English language proficiency
* Letter of motivation in English
* Letter of recommendation in English
* Copy of passport photo page
* Interview

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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