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Call for applications: Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law / University of Eastern Finland

Call for applications: Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law / University of Eastern Finland

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Programme Director:
August 28, 2018
About the Programme
We are accepting applications for the University of Eastern Finland’s two-year Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law until 31 January 2019!Are you looking to become an expert on key policy and legal aspects of global, regional and local environmental challenges? Climate change has become one of the defining issues of our generation, and the uncertain future availability of natural resources – including forests, food, water, energy and minerals – poses unprecedented socio-economic and environmental challenges and opportunities. Achieving sustainable development requires strong and in-depth knowledge of multi-level and multi-actor governance, legal and regulatory institutions, and social and community practices. If you’re interested, our Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law, is for you!The Master’s Degree Programme is a unique multidisciplinary two-year programme taught in English at the University of Eastern Finland. The programme combines group teaching and independent research, bridging theory and practice, with the objective of providing participants with strong professional skills in environmental law and policy. 

Our experienced teaching staff includes: Prof Harro van Asselt, Prof Lasse Peltonen, Prof Kati Kulovesi, Prof Rauno Sairinen, Prof Kim Talus, Prof Juha Kotilainen, Adjunct Prof Elisa Morgera, Adjunct Prof Antto Vihma, Prof Irmeli Mustalahti, Prof Ismo Pölönen, Dr Yulia Yamineva, Dr Seita Romppanen, Dr Sabaa Ahmad Khan, Dr Tuula Honkonen, Dr Sabaheta Ramcilovic-Suominen, Dr Niko Soininen, and Ms Eugenia Recio. In addition, external speakers from Finland and abroad regularly provide lectures.

Courses offered include, among others:

  • Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Community Relations and Conflict Mediation in Natural Resources Management
  • International Environmental Law
  • Mining, Environment and Society
  • EU Environmental Law
  • International Energy Law and Policy
  • Sustainability and Natural Resources
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessment
  • Contemporary Issues in Environmental Policy
  • WTO: Environment, Clean Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution
  • Forests and International Law

Study and application essentials:

  • Two-year Master’s degree programme (120 ECTS) with interactive study methods.
  • Annual intake: 20 students
  • Two alternative majors: 1) Environmental and Climate Change Law; and 2) Natural Resources Governance.
  • Minimum admission criteria: Appropriate Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree and proof of English language proficiency.
  • Application period: 1 November 2018 – 31 January 2019.
  • Tuition fees: There are no tuition fees for students from the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland. For citizens outside EU/EEA or Switzerland, tuition fee is €8,000 per year. We offer a generous scholarship system for non-EU/EEA students to cover tuition fees. Scholarships are easy to apply together with the online application.

More information, detailed admission criteria and application process explained step-by-step available here.

Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society:

The Master’s Degree Programme benefits from the research and education networks of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY). The Institute combines expertise in social and cultural research and applies it to the analysis of natural resource use and the environment. The LYY has made the University of Eastern Finland one of Finland’s leading places for social-scientific environmental research, focusing especially on issues of natural resource governance and policies of sustainable development.

Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law:

The Master’s Degree Programme also benefits from the UEF Centre for Climate, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), which brings together six professors, six senior or post-doctoral researchers and more than 20 PhD researchers specializing in climate, energy and environmental law. The Centre hosts regular events, including the annual UEF-UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements.


For more information, contact: envirolawpol (at)