Master's Degree in Environmental Law

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Program Description

Master's Degree in Environmental Law

Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Master's Degree in Environmental Law

This university master's degree provides fundamental and specific knowledge on environmental law. It pays special attention to the different branches of the discipline and also deals with various non-legal subjects related to technical, geographic, economic and business aspects of the environment.

The Faculty of Law offers a special programme that enables students to simultaneously study the Master's Degree in Legal Practice in conjunction with another university master's course taught at the Faculty of Law and thus obtain a law specialisation. For more information please consult the Faculty of Law's website

Career opportunities

The URV’s Faculty of Legal Sciences is responsible for the University Master's Degree in Environmental Law, an official degree acknowledged by the European Higher Education Area.

The interdisciplinary nature of the University Master's degree in Environmental Law provides students with the chance to access a wide range of careers. They can also decide to continue their academic training by enrolling in the doctoral programme in Law. Among the career opportunities open to them are the following:

  • Public administration (town councils, provincial councils, district councils, chambers of commerce and other authorities): working as environmental experts.
  • Non-governmental organizations: providing technical and legal advice.
  • Private companies: providing technical and legal advice.
  • Environmental advocacy: providing technical and legal advice; environmental conciliation and mediation.
  • Environmental consultancy and auditing.
  • Environmental journalism.
  • Environmental research and doctoral studies.
  • Environmental education.
  • Teaching and research in universities and other research centres.

Language of instruction


Type of study

Online (Moodle). Students can opt to study the last semester of the second year face to face

Student Profile

The master's degree is designed for students with previous training in the field of law, political sciences and public administration, economics, business sciences and other related fields. In general, the master's degree can be useful for graduates in other areas of the social sciences, and also the environmental sciences and biology. The master's degree is also suitable for candidates from other knowledge areas, and it intends to add new academic knowledge, and more skills and qualifications to their professional and vocational experience.

FIRST YEAR: Compulsory subjects

  • Fundamentals of Environmental Sciences
  • Environmental Economics
  • Human Rights and Environmental Justice
  • Fundamentals of Environmental Public Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • European Union Environmental Law
  • Administrative Environmental Intervention
  • Comparative Environmental Law
  • Protection of Biodiversity
  • Environmental Criminal Law
  • Energy Law and Environmental and Energy Technologies
  • Methodologies and Techniques of Legal Research

SECOND YEAR: Compulsory subjects

  • Water and Marine Envinronment Law
  • Pollution and Prevention Control and Waste Management
  • Business and the Environment
  • Land Use and Urban Planning Law
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Work Placement
  • Final Master's Project
  • Seminars


  • Subject 0: Introduction to Law

(**) After checking the candidate’s transcript, the body responsible for admission can decide that the student must attend and satisfactorily complete some of the subjects that are programmed as bridging courses.

Admission qualifications

A university degree in law, political science and public administration, economics, environmental science, journalism, labour studies, or a related field. A university degree in public management and administration, labour relations and business studies, or a related field.

Specific documentation

As well as the compulsory documentation required for pre-enrolment on the programme, students must also submit the following documents:

  1. Proof of work experience
  2. Letter of motivation/statement of intent
  3. Proof of previous education

Selection criteria

The pre-enrolled candidates will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Suitability of the admission qualification: up to 30 points. Qualifications will be graded according to the following scale:
    a) A degree in the field of law: up to 30 points.
    b) A degree in the fields of environmental and social sciences: up to 15 points
    c) Other qualifications: 0 points.
  2. Evaluation of the student’s academic record in the university degree qualifying them for admission to the master's degree: up to 35 points.
  3. Letter of motivation: up to 15 points.
  4. Competence in languages other than Spanish: up to 15 points.
  5. Other training relevant to the content of the master's degree (courses, seminars or other training activities), for which proof must be provided: up to 5 points.
This school offers programs in:
  • Spanish

Last updated December 7, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Online
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 years
Part time
Start date Sept. 2017
Spain Tarragona
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End date June 23, 2017
Duration 2 years
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