Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law

Study Programme Details
City: Joensuu
Country: Finland
Admission Sessions: Autumn Session
Study Format: Full Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


24 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a transformative journey with our Master’s Degree Programme in Environmental Policy and Law—a dynamic two-year multidisciplinary initiative that seamlessly blends group instruction and independent research. Our mission is to equip participants with robust professional skills in environmental law and policy, fostering expertise in areas such as climate change, natural resources, and environmental governance.


Dive into an enriching academic experience as all students engage in foundational courses covering environmental law and policy. Choose your path from two distinctive majors:

  • Delve into the social scientific perspective on environmental challenges. Specialize in global and local governance issues, policy formulation, and implementation, earning a Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc).
  • Explore specialized legal practice areas, including climate change law and natural resources law. Tailor your focus to international legal issues, EU law, or national environmental legislation, earning a Master of International and Comparative Law (MICL).

Admission Requirements

  • A previous Bachelor’s degree corresponding to at least 3 years of full-time academic studies from an institution for higher education is required from all Master’s degree applicants. The degree must be awarded by an internationally recognized university or by a recognized university of applied sciences or polytechnic.
  • TOEFL iBT, overall score 92, min. 22 in writing
  • IELTS (academic) overall score 6.5, min. 6.0 in writing
  • PTE (academic), overall score 62, min 54 in writing
  • C1 Advanced overall score C or 180, with min. 162 in writing
  • C2 Proficiency overall score level C1 or 180, with min. 162 in writing
  • The first courses of the autumn semester commence in the beginning of September, and on the spring semester usually on the second week of January. Some courses that are part of the UEF Summer School take place in August.
  • The Environmental Policy and Law master’s programme is a two-year programme (altogether 120 study credits).
  • The student should aim at completing at least 60 study credits each academic year (30 credits per semester).
  • Tuition fee: EU/EEA nationals no tuition fee; non-EU/EEA nationals 8,000 €/academic year

Future Career Outcomes

As graduates, you are poised for impactful careers as Environmental Policy Analysts, Climate Change Legal Advisors, Sustainability Consultants, Environmental Governance Specialists, and International Environmental Lawyers. Anticipate contributing to meaningful change and advancing sustainable practices globally.

Visa Requirements:

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