The University of Newcastle, Australia
Fast facts
Location

Newcastle City

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 25 Feb 2019
  • Semester 2 - 29 Jul 2019
  • Winter - 24 Jun 2019
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Duration

1 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

UON program code: 40141

Study Environmental Law

The Master of Environmental Law at the University of Newcastle is designed to equip legal and non-legal professionals with a deeper knowledge of Environmental Law, through a unique, professionally-focused and interdisciplinary program.

Why study with us?

  • Learn from experts from a range of disciplines – learn from distinguished and experienced academics from Australia and overseas in the areas of Law, Environmental and Life Sciences, Business and Architecture and Built Environment.
  • United Nations Certification – we are the only legal postgraduate program in Australia that offers you the opportunity to obtain certification by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and/or the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). To obtain co-certification, students must complete specific courses on Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development and the UN 2030 Development Agenda.
  • Flexible study options – at UON, you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study anytime.
  • Study at NeW Space – NeW Space, in Newcastle’s CBD, provides the optimum environment for you to excel in your studies.
  • Study overseas – broaden your cross-cultural legal knowledge through international study experiences and international legal externships.

Master of Environmental Law

What you will study

The Master of Environmental Law comprises of 8 courses (80 units) which includes 3 core courses (30 units) and 5 directed courses (50 units). Students may choose courses that they are interested in from a range of areas including:

  • Environmental Law
  • Law and Economics of Climate Change
  • International Environmental Law and Policy
  • Sustainable Development and the United Nations 2030 Development Agenda
  • Environmental/Natural Resources Law Clinic
  • Property Law and Planning Legislation
  • Human Rights and Climate Change-Induced Human Displacement
  • Disaster Management Policy/Social Considerations
  • Government and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Sustainability and Ecosystem Health
  • Applied Natural Resources Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Water Management
  • Business & the Natural Environment
  • Social Enterprises and Co-operative Innovation
  • Mining Law
  • Co-operative Law and Governance

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Master of Environmental Law you will be able to use your specialised knowledge to advance your career and work in various areas including:

  • environmental and resources sectors
  • public policy
  • government sector
  • non-government sector
  • private sector, e.g. sustainability consulting
  • legal practice or advice (for legal professionals only)
  • in-house counsel (for legal professionals only)

A Master of Environmental Law does not qualify you to be admitted to practice law in Australia. In case you are interested in practicing law in Australia, our Juris Doctor (JD) and the embedded Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) is designed to equip you with knowledge, clinical experience and the qualifications for admission to legal practice in Australia. JD graduates can apply for entry into the legal profession as solicitors without any further study.

Professional Recognition

Professional Recognition

The Master of Environmental Law at UON is the only postgraduate legal program in Australia that offers you the opportunity to obtain certification by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and/or the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

To obtain co-certification, students must complete specific courses on Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development and the UN 2030 Development Agenda. Please contact the Program Convenor for further information on this opportunity.

Practical Experience

Practical Experience

International Study Experience or Legal Externship

Eligible students will have the opportunity to broaden their cross-cultural legal knowledge through participation in organised out-of-country activity, including international study experiences and international legal externships.

For further information regarding the Newcastle International Study Experience and the Newcastle International Clinical Legal Externship please contact the Program Convenor.