Master of Laws (LLM) in Energy and Environmental Law

The LLM in Energy and Environmental Law aims to offer students an in-depth understanding of the legal aspects governing the key challenges of energy security and environmental protection. Students are trained for practice in the areas of energy investment and trade, project finance and infrastructure development, clean energy and climate change mitigation, with a focus on the specific energy and sustainability challenges of the Asia-Pacific region. The courses build on the expertise in energy and environmental law and investment and trade law at CUHK, and benefit from the participation of leading international practitioners in the field of energy and environmental law.

Medium of instruction:English
How and when to apply:

Applications for 2020 intake are now invited. You may apply through our on-line application system at the University's Graduate School webpage.

Admission requirements:

All applicants must fulfill the General Admission Requirements and the English Language Proficiency Requirement prescribed by the University’s Graduate School.

In addition applicants must have:

  • a qualification to practise law in the jurisdiction of the student's residence; or
  • a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree or a degree of equivalent standing; or
  • a Bachelor's degree in a non-law subject with substantial law-related working experience.

As many areas of professional activity are related to law, we welcome applications from applicants who work in the areas of energy, environmental preservation,  public administration, and similar relevant fields.

Applicants whose undergraduate studies were not conducted and assessed in English are required to take an appropriate English language proficiency test and achieve a sufficient score, such as a score of 570 or above in TOEFL (Paper Based Test), 88 or above in TOEFL (Internet-Based Test); Band 6.5 or better in IELTS; or equivalent. The test results must be obtained not more than two years prior to the date of applying to join the LLM Programme.


Full-time: one year (normative study period) - two years (maximum study period).

Part-time: two years (normative study period) - three years (maximum study period).


The CUHK Graduate Law Centre, 2/F, Bank of America Tower, Central.

Programme requirements:

24 units: including 12 units of required courses and 12 units of elective courses. Students should pass all the assessments with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in order to be recommended for graduation.

Required Courses:

  • International and Comparative Energy Law
  • International and Comparative Environmental Law
  • Principles of Environmental Law
  • Project Finance and Infrastructure Law

Elective Courses

  • Chinese Environmental Law
  • Clean Energy and Climate Law
  • Disaster Law
  • Dispute Resolution in the Natural Resources and Energy Sector
  • Financial Markets: Law and Operation
  • Oil and Gas Law

Students who would like to undertake independent research project in an area of significant personal interest may choose Independent Research or Independent Research Dissertation.

Students may also choose courses offered by respective CUHK departments of the Faculty of Social Science subject to place availability and approval. These courses are delivered at the Shatin Campus. For example, Economics of the World Energy Markets, Environmental Policy Analysis and Global Resources Energy.

The offering of an elective course in any term will depend on teacher availability and sufficient student interest.

Study Sequence

Delivery mode:

A 3-unit course will usually have three teaching hours per week.

Classes are held during daytime and evenings of weekdays and daytime on Saturdays.

Classes will incorporate a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials, presentations and class discussions.

Study options:

Students may take elective courses offered in other LLM Programmes and the JD Programme offered by the Faculty of Law subject to availability of places.

Course Exemptions

Additional learning & development opportunities:

The Sir TL Yang Society


Exchange Programmes

Tuition fees:

HK$5,880 per unit* for a total of 24 units within the normative study period.

Students will be billed at the beginning of each term based on the number of units for which they have registered. Extra fees may be charged for students studying outside the normative study period.

*subject to annual review

Scholarships and Prizes:

CUHK Faculty of Law Master of Laws Global Scholarship 2020/21 for outstanding non-local students admitted in 2020/21

CUHK Faculty of Law Master of Laws Scholarship 2020/21 for outstanding local students admitted in 2020/21

Other Postgraduate Scholarships and Prizes

Further study options:

Master of Philosophy in Law (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy in Laws (PhD)

Student housing:

There is a shortage of on campus student accommodation for non-local postgraduate students. When relocating to Hong Kong students are advised they will need to rely on (readily-available) private off-campus accommodation during their studies.