Recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the programme provides the training, skills and aptitudes necessary for students intending to pursue PhD-level research in the social sciences and humanities, and in particular environmental law and policy. It is ‘portable’ in that it can be taken by any student intending to go on to PhD study at Newcastle or elsewhere and provides the initial research training element of any ESRC 1+3 programme (Master’s degree + PhD).
Through the programme, you will develop
• critical understanding of key principles and doctrines in a range of legal subjects related to environmental regulation and sustainable development
• appreciation of the key institutions relevant to those legal subjects
• critical understanding of relevant theoretical perspectives on the legal and policy issues raised by the subjects studied
• skills in analysis, synthesis, evaluation and judgement across arguments from diverse sources
• knowledge and practice of doctrinal, quantitative and qualitative research techniques, especially those pertaining to current research in environmental law and policy
More information is available about the various areas where we offer research supervision.
LAW8035 Foundations of Environmental Law and Policy
HSS8001 Thinking About Research
HSS8004 Qualitative Methodology in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS8005 Introduction to Quantitative methods
LAW8152 Applied Research Methods in Law
You will take 40 credits from the following:
LAW8553 Biodiversity and Natural Resources Law
LAW8555 Environmental Impact Assessment: Law and Practice
LAW8147 Introduction to Planning Law and EIA
LAW8053 International Environmental Law
LAW8138 Science, Climate Change and Environmental Justice
the optional modules above can be substituted to the value of 20 credits with level 7 modules in other schools.
An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in law.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall (with at least 6.5 in writing) or equivalent.
No work experience is required.
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