Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 10 weeks

UK/EU fee

£905 (2020/21)

International fee

£905 (2020/21)

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Online course description

The level 7 Certificate of Credit in International Environmental Policy and Law is a 20 credit module providing you with a critical understanding of the principles of international environmental policy and law. The course, which takes an international outlook, covers key topics including history, sources and major international environmental policy and law. A critical comparative approach is taken in discussing specific UK legislation in relation to other national laws, which will benefit both UK based and international students. You will also study environmental compliance mechanisms within organisations using a series of interactive case studies.

The module, which has been developed with input from the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), is suitable for individuals with compliance responsibilities within organisations or those seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding of international environmental policy and law. Whilst this module is an opportunity to enhance your CPD and add to your professional portfolio, it is also an excellent opportunity to experience our IEMA accredited online Sustainability and Environmental Management MSc before making a commitment to study the full programme.

By completing this course, you’ll have a greater understanding of how policy and legislation are being used to mitigate current environmental issues and approaches that can be taken to achieve compliance within organisations.

Accredited by CIWEM, giving you free student membership

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This programme is accredited by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM)

Whilst enrolled on this module you can enjoy free student membership to the CIWEM that allows you to:

The CIWEM will support the development of the skills and qualities that employers are looking for, providing you with opportunities to showcase your talents.

Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to register for graduate membership of CIWEM.

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Delivery from experienced academics

We have many years’ experience in the delivery of environmental courses online which means you can expect the highest standards of teaching and education. Our team of tutors, made up of research-active academics and practising sustainability professionals will guide you through the module, providing regular feedback to ensure you stay on track.

You will also have access to a dedicated online learning advisor who will be on hand to support you with pastoral and non-academic matters throughout your studies.

What you will study

We will advise you of your study plan when you are invited to enrol.

You must complete one 20 credit module which covers environmental policy and environmental law.

Postgraduate CertificatePostgraduate Certificate

Code: 7EV546

International Environmental Policy and Law

This module aims to develop a critical knowledge and understanding of environmental policy and environmental law and regulation used for the protection of the environment. Areas covered will range from principles of environmental policy, environmental policy instruments, international agreements, EU legislation, UK laws and regulatory bodies. Environmental problems within organisations are discussed through a range of examples that show how organisations can comply with legislation for the prevention and control of environmental pollution towards sustainable development.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise  the  fundamental  principles of international environmental  law,  and  the  legal  and  institutional  framework  in  which they have developed and are implemented
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how policy and legislation are used to mitigate current environmental issues and approaches employed to achieve compliance
  3. Critically evaluate the role and effectiveness of the main institutions and frameworks for implementing appropriate interventions

Module content

  • The nature of the environment
  • International environmental law: history, sources, international law and the European Union, international law and the UK, major international agreements
  • UK environmental law
  • Regulation of environmental law: standards and standard-setting, enforcement, mechanisms to monitor and improve regulation
  • The UK Legislative Framework and the environment: sources, classification and associated judicial systems, interpretation, enforcement, environmental policy and regulatory regime, Common Law in the protection of the environment
  • Major UK environmental legislation: Town and country planning, Industrial Pollution Control regimes, Air quality and climate change, waste, contaminated land, water, Nuisance, Nature Conservation.
  • Environmental compliance within organisations: Compliance tools, Advantages and disadvantages of compliance,
  • The future of environmental law and its regulation
  • Employability Skills
    • Problem solving
    • Consultancy skills
    • Team work and collaboration
  • Digital Skills
    • Ethical and legal requirements surrounding the use and re-use of information and identify sources of relevant advice.
    • Using a comprehensive range of information sources in any medium, including specialised information such as archives, data sets, special collections, colleagues and contacts in research networks to access current and relevant information.
  • Research Skills
    • Research problem identification and framing
    • Research design and methodologies
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20 Credits

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

The module is delivered 100% online over 10 weeks using a range of interactive learning materials and some live classroom sessions. Provision is made for discussion and interaction with tutors and fellow students through live virtual classroom sessions and online discussion forums.

You will study alongside students who are on the full online MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management, giving you a wider perspective of sustainability from your global student community.

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Who will teach you

Uche Okere

Dr Uchechukwu Okere
Programme leader

Academic Lead for Environmental Management, Dr Uchechukwu Okere, has previously worked with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) to deliver professional training courses to environmental professionals in various sectors including oil and gas, maritime and finance in the both the UK and abroad.

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Entry requirements

You will require a good first degree in a related subject. Applicants with professional qualifications or relevant experience can also apply.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5, you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes, which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £905 1 £905

About your fees

Prices are correct for the year of entry shown. These are subject to annual increase in subsequent academic years.

Flexible payment plan available

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

When submitting your application, please ensure it is complete, with all the relevant documents requested in the application form. These are listed below:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.


This Certificate of Credit can act as an ideal form of CPD for those working in sustainability and environmental management. It will provide you with an understanding of international environmental policy and law and the principles, mechanisms advantages and disadvantages of environmental compliance within organisations.

Options for further CPD

It is important for environmental professionals and practitioners to stay up to date with the latest trends and developments within the industry through continued professional development.

Those looking to further enhance their CPD within sustainability and environmental management can continue their learning with another one of our Sustainability and Environmental Certificate of Credit standalone modules:

Progress onto a masters degree

The 20 credits at Level 7 gained from this Certificate of Credit can be transferred as RPL (recognition of prior learning) onto a relevant Master’s degree subject to meeting all other admission criteria.

The 20 credits from this standalone module can be used towards module exemptions onto our MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management (Online).

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