Environmental Policy and Law, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • English (book IELTS)
    Language
University rank #301 (ARWU) ,
The Master's Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law at University of Eastern Finland is a multidisciplinary two-year programme that combines group teaching and independent research with the objective of providing participants with professional skills in environmental law and policy.

About

The Master in Environmental Policy and Law programme at University of Eastern Finland  consists of advanced study of law and policy in relation to the environment, climate change and natural resources.

All students will complete basic courses on environmental law and environmental policy. They will choose between two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance or Environmental and Climate Change Law.

1) Natural Resources Governance: The scientific background for the major is environmental policy which offers the social scientific perspective to current environmental problems and their solutions. Within the major, you can specialise in global and local governance issues and in policy formulation and implementation. Your target degree will be Master in Social Sciences (MSocSc). 

2) Environmental and Climate Change Law: Environmental law includes a number of specialiced areas of legal practice, such as climate change law and natural resources law.  Environmental lawyers can also specialize in international legal issues, EU law or national environmental legislation. Your target degree will be Master of International and Comparative Law (MICL).

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.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Studies:

  • Introduction to Master’s Degree Studies, Environmental Policy and Law
  • Introduction to Environmental Law
  • Sustainability and Natural Resources
  • Academic Legal Writing
  • Environmental Policy Instruments and Natural Resources Governance
  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Theories and Methods for Social Studies of Environmental Issues
  • Community Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management
  • Contemporary issues in environmental policy
For more info please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

 The application package sent to UEF should consist of the following:

 1.    Application form (completed online)

 2.    Official certified copies of degree and graduation certificates in the original language

 3.    Official translations of degree and graduation certificates

 4.    Official certified transcript of records in original language

 5.    Official translations of the transcript of records

 6.    Proof of English language proficiency

 7.    Letter of motivation (written online on the electronic application form)

 8.    Written essay (attached as part of the online application in .doc/PDF format)

 9.    Letter of recommendation

10.   Copy of passport photo page

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    8000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.


Living costs for Joensuu

700 - 1000 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

The University of Eastern Finland offers a generous scholarship system to support the students that are required to pay the tuition fees. The non-EU/EEA students may apply for scholarships from the University of Eastern Finland in order to cover for the tuition fee, partly or fully.

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