5 Low Tuition Masters programmes in Environmental Law, Protection and Management

The following article outlines 5 Masters programmes which deal with Environmental Law, Protection and Management. The list covers courses from a variety of disciplines that approach these topics, including law, economics and science. All of the universities listed offer either free or low-cost tuition to both EU/EEA and non-EU/international citizens.

Master in Environmental Policy and Management at Lund University Sweden

This programme is a two-year, interdisciplinary programme which aims to prepare students for careers engaging with industry, governance and policy-makers on issues surrounding environmental management. The programme encourages students to grapple with issues around environmental law, environmental economics, environmental policy and sustainable consumption and how these are addressed by business, governments and broader society. In a context of global climate change, this course trains students to think critically about how particular environmental crises are being and should be managed. The course is structured into three blocks. During the first two blocks students will take courses from a selection of different disciplines followed by a research thesis to be written in the third block. The University of Lund does not charge tuition fees for EU/EEA citizens.

L.L.M in Natural Resources and International Environmental Law at the University of Iceland

Based in the Faculty of Law, this Masters programme aims to provide students with a specialist training in the legal rules around the governing of natural resources and environmental management more broadly, in both the European and international contexts. The course is a one-year programme and is split into coursework and thesis components. The course is conducted in English and prides itself on the international student base that it attracts. Iceland is a country rich in natural resources and the course encourages students – particularly international students – to explore the Icelandic countryside and relate their studies to the wider world. The cost of the course is €350 for both international and EU/EEA students.

M.Sc. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen

This social science Master’s degree is focused on addressing the key question of ‘how do we make the most of the environment and natural resources that are available to us?’ During the course, students will engage with content around economics, the environment and natural resources at a national as well as a global level. By the end of the course, the programme will have trained students towards thinking about the immense challenges facing the globe in terms of environmental concerns and encourages thinking about practical solutions to these challenges. The programme prepares students for careers in multidisciplinary settings where, as practitioners, they can engage with economic analysis, project assessment and management and development of assignments concerning environmental issues. The MSc in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics is a two year programme which is separated into four learning blocks in the first year and a thesis in the second year. The course also encourages students to undertake a ‘project in practice’ where they gain course credits while working at a related organisation. The course is free to EU/EEA citizens.

Master in International Environment and Energy Law (programme option) at the University of Oslo

This programme option falls under the Masters Programme in Public International Law. The course seeks to provide students with a thorough understanding of the fields of international climate law and the regulation of climate friendly energy and how these two fields are interlinked. On the one hand, international climate law deals with the obligations of individual states to curb greenhouse gas emissions and to implement and manage effective adaptation systems and on the other, energy law is concerned with domestic  regulatory issues related to renewable energy sources. Main themes of the course cover: Common but Differentiated responsibility, Sustainable Development, Precautionary Principle, Polluter Pays Principle and Sovereignty. Students are encouraged to think critically about issues around regulation, enforcement and implementation of climate protection and energy renewal. The programme lasts 1 ½ years and comprises of three mandatory courses, one elective and a written master’s thesis. The course is free to both international and EU/EEA student.

M.Sc. in Environmental Protection at the University of Science and Technology, Poland

This programme approaches the field of environmental studies and management from a scientific perspective and essentially aims to equip students with an understanding of the variable natural processes and effects of human pressure on the natural environment. In addition to a thorough training in mathematics, life sciences, technical agriculture and forestry sciences, students will also learn basic aspects of technology in these fields and how this can be used practically in the application of environmental protection. The course is full-time and takes place over a period of 18 months. Tuition fees are €2000 for both international and EU/EEA students.

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