"Contemporary environmental problems require complex solutions. We examine how we can and should improve environmental policy and environmental law enforcement to achieve better protection for animals and the environment."Dr Angus Nurse, Senior Lecturer in Criminology
The devastation of the environment and ecosystems is of increasing concern across the world. In addition to the impact of climate change and reduced biodiversity, both legal and illegal economic activity is a challenge to legal frameworks and agencies at national and international levels of governance.
This master's degree has been designed to tackle these issues and equip students with high-level knowledge and skills to enable them to develop professional careers in the environmental sector.
Successful completion of the course will ensure you have the required practical skills and knowledge applicable to careers in environmental policy and enforcement, with an emphasis on employability and engagement with contemporary environmental debates.
Our academic staff, including criminologist Dr Angus Nurse, who has both research and professional experience in the environmental crime area, European policy specialist Dr Meri Juntti, renowned gender and development expert Dr Sarah Bradshaw, and Professor Joshua Castellino, specialist in human rights law and Dean of the School of Law, are experts in their respective fields who use their impressive research portfolios to inform their teaching.
In the course of their work with NGOs such as the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association, the League Against Cruel Sports, Humane Society International and WWF (all of whom have attended environmental policy events hosted at Middlesex), we have developed a comprehensive understanding of the key skills and knowledge needed for graduates wishing to develop or maintain careers in environmental justice and law enforcement.
You will also have a number of opportunities to gain practical work experience through three different work placement modules offered as options through the programme. One of these enables you to apply to undertake an Erasmus-funded internship with an international organisation in an appropriate field based in another European country.
Four core plus two optional modules are completed over terms one and two, with a Dissertation period in term three.
Each module is typically worth 20 credits, except the Dissertation, Work Integrated Learning and Practicum in International Organisations modules which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning and Practicum in International Organisations may be chosen to replace the Dissertation with prior agreement.
Through this core module the student will develop skills and knowledge to understand and evaluate contemporary environmental policy and the ethical challenges that such policy needs to address. The module also enables an understanding of environmental responsibility and social constructs on 'care' for the environment and the various contexts on being accountable for harm or environmental wrongdoing. The module critically examines ethical traditions and how these traditions inform particular forms of environmental policy and action; in particular the conflicts between continued exploitation of the environment and the contemporary environmental protection 'movement'.
The aim of this module is to enable students to evaluate different perspectives on green crime, and crimes against the environment (including animals). Contemporary perspectives on green offending, the regulation of environmental problems, global perspectives on green crimes, green criminality and the effectiveness of justice systems in resolving environmental problems are a major focus.
This module will provide students with an in-depth understanding of environmental governance and the central theoretical approaches on which its principles are based. The module introduces the idea of the governance spectrum ranging from a coercive mode and legal instruments to approaches that rely on the agency and knowledge of environmental resource users themselves.
This module prepares students for the completion of either a dissertation or an assessed work placement or a work-based learning project. A series of lectures and workshops and online exercises address research methodologies, skills and employability.
The Dissertation module is taught in term two, and assessed by a 15,000-18,000 dissertation. Students demonstrate expert-level knowledge and advanced-level legal research skills by writing a dissertation paper, supported by a supervisor, on a topic proposed by the student and approved by the module leader, Dr Lughaidh Kerin.
Eligible LLM students can replace this module with the Work Integrated Learning or Practicum in International Organisations module with prior approval.
This module enables students to undertake work experience in an international organisation for 12 weeks. Examples of organisations where students from Middlesex have completed their placement include the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Building and Woodworkers International global union federation, as well as a range of NGOs and other UN agencies in Geneva.
Students keep a diary of their work documenting the acquisition of transferable skills, plus produce an original 4,000-word academic paper which indicates understanding of the organisation where the placement took place.
The module aims to enable students to apply theoretical knowledge and research to anticipate and respond to challenges in a selected workplace experience. The workplace experience may be undertaken as an internship negotiated by the student or in their current workplace or an existing voluntary role. It also aims to foster sustainable long term learning by requiring students to take responsibility for their own learning, design and negotiate learning goals and make informed judgments about their performance across the programme of study. The module asks students to engage as active subjects in the assessment process, thus enhancing the capacity for transformative learning. By selecting a topic of interest grounded in the workplace experience the student will demonstrate reflexivity, self-regulation and self-assessment in their journey towards personal and professional development.
The aim of this module is to analyse foreign policy practices as crucial sites of political agency and choice in the contemporary geopolitics of international relations. This course will draw on the advanced classical and critical theories of international relations and geopolitical perspectives applied to the study of the foreign policy traditions, strategies and practices of the key actors and cases in global politics. The module is designed to encourage and qualify an international group of postgraduate students who may wish to further their specialised study of foreign policy analysis and or employment in fields related to governance, business, politics and diplomacy. The overall aim of this module is to create a multidisciplinary, multicultural learning environment that is reflected on the teaching practice and research of the module leader and receptive to the diverse needs and views of students.
This module aims to engage students in exploring criminological issues from a global perspective, particularly in respect of contemporary debates on the policing of transnational problems and the development of global policing. The module considers policing in a wide rather than narrow context identifying that the changing nature of crime and crime control in a 'globalised' world and the emergence of crimes which transcend national borders requires a globalised approach to crime and justice.
This module provides you with skills and knowledge to understand and critique the notion of sustainable development and the many manifestations it takes in policy and governance starting with the global blueprint of Agenda 21. An increasingly popular term, global governance refers to the collaborations of state and non-state actors in advocating, making laws and policies for and undertaking practical actions to address issues that have global scope in terms of impact and/or causality.
This module analyses changes in the global security agenda since the end of the Cold War, both empirically and theoretically. The meaning of security is explored and competing theoretical perspectives in the discipline are compared. The transformation of military security threats is then analysed with particular emphasis on the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and the significance of global terrorism. The module then explores the rise of non-military issues of human security including environmental change, crime, disease, poverty, and disasters.
This module considers the implications for International Relations of forces of globalisation, both economic and cultural. It analyses the rise of international organisations, transnational politics and issues of global importance, and explores the theoretical debate surrounding these.
This module aims to provide a critical exploration of the key institutions and frameworks that govern human rights at the international level and of the international policy context that promotes sustainable development, to examine how the two do, or do not, interact. It problematises the notion of rights as competing, contested and co-opted and questions their ability to function in crisis situations.
As well as the optional modules listed above, students can choose to study from a range of Law modules in terms one and two.
Not all of the optional modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.
You will learn via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops designed to facilitate discussion. Practitioners invited as guest speakers from leading environmental NGOs will provide practical perspectives and allow you to engage in contemporary debates and discuss real-world case scenarios.
Students' knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed by a variety of assessment methods including essay writing, reports, reviews and a research or project proposal.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This programme is targeted both at those interested in continual professional development and improving their employment and career prospects in the environmental policy and enforcement field.
In particular, the course is suitable for those wishing to gain employment or achieve career progression within environmental NGOs, government environment agencies, local authority environment departments and environmental advocacy and policy organisations. The skills gained in the programme are suitable to career pathways in environmental investigations, environmental policy, environmental advocacy and environmental monitoring and environmental protection research.
It is also suited to students wishing to progress from undergraduate study in green criminology and environmental justice to postgraduate study and academic careers in green scholarship and academic advocacy.
Students have access to the University's Employability Service and are offered guidance by the Programme Leader and other contributors to the programme, including on how to enter and pass recruitment processes for national and international organisations.
Staff members teaching on the programme include world-renowned scholars who combine instruction in core topics with the fruits of their current research. Students will benefit from their networks of contacts, notably as regards internship opportunities in national and international organisations such as the United Nations.
Find out about our wide range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MA Environmental Law and Justice
This course is offered full time or part time.
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time per taught credit: £50
Part-time per dissertation credit: £25
Full-time students: £12,500
Part-time per taught credit: £84
Part-time per dissertation credit: £42
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide