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 in Environmental Policy and Law is a multidisciplinary two-year programme that combines group teaching and independent research with the objective of providing participants with professional skills in environmental law and policy. The programme consists of advanced study of law and policy in relation to the environment, climate change and natural resources.
All students will complete basic courses on environmental law and environmental policy. They will choose between two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance or Environmental and Climate Change Law.
Who we are?
The Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change is a joint Master’s degree programme organized between two disciplines; environmental law and environmental policy. The Master’s degree programme is fully administrated through the UEF Law School, although the environmental policy major is based at the UEF Department of Geographical and Historical Studies.
In addition, the programme is part of the Centre for Climate Change, Energy and Environmental Law (CCEEL), established in 2013. UEF Law School is the leading Finnish research institution in the area of natural resources, climate change, energy and environmental law. The CCEEL brings together a range of activities from UEF Law School and provides a common platform for discussion, research and education.
The programme also benefits from the research and education network of the Institute for Natural Resources, Environment and Society (LYY) operating at the UEF, representing several disciplines including geography, forest economics and policy, environmental law, history, aesthetics and policy, sociology, education, and tourism studies.
The LYY network brings together the expertise of researchers from a variety of traditional and new fields of study to craft socio-cultural scrutiny of the environment and the use of its resources, with the results then offered to the world. The Institute’s researcher network includes over 100 researchers and postgraduate students, as well as 12 professors, representing several disciplines including geography, forest economics and policy, environmental law, history, aesthetics, and policy, sociology, education and tourism studies.
Admission requirements 2018 – 2019
|1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree in an appropriate field
2. Proof of English language proficiency
3. Letter of motivation in English
4. Letter of recommendation in English
5. Essay in English
6. Copy of passport photo page
The subsequent criterion for the programme is:
Admission criteria explained:
Appropriate Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree
A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent university degree with good academic results corresponding to at least three years of full-time study in environmental sciences, social-scientific environmental studies, natural sciences or environmental engineering, or an appropriate field in social science or law.
The degree must be awarded by an internationally recognized university or by a recognized university of applied sciences or polytechnic.
The programme accepts applications from students who have not completed their first degree by the application deadline. Such applicants must indicate their anticipated graduation date in their application and submit a scanned copy of their latest official transcript of records. Applicants obtaining their degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period should submit a scanned copy of the original degree certificate and final transcript of records as soon as possible.
Successful applicants can be made a conditional offer of admission subject to satisfactory completion of the required academic degree. The deadline for submitting scanned copies of the original Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificate and transcript of records (in original language and translated as applicable, see below) is 9 August 2019. The admitted applicants are also required to bring the original degree certificate and final transcript of records with them when they start their studies for verification.
Note! Conditional applicants who complete their required academic degree after the application deadline has closed, will submit the copies of their degree certificate and final transcript of records (translated as applicable) directly to the master’s degree programme coordinator.
Those conditional applicants who are submitting the necessary educational documentation after the deadline has closed should contact the Master’s programme to receive the details as regards how to submit the documents (envirolawpol (at) uef.fi).
Requirements to demonstrate that the applicant fulfils the criteria related to previous education:
The following requirements apply to submitting the documentation listed below: the completed application form, together with scanned copies of the original degree certificate and transcript of records (including information on the extent of the studies, grades and description of the grading system) must be uploaded to the online application at studyinfo.fi. In case the required original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, a complete, word-by-word literal translation into one of these three languages by an official translator is required.
Scanned copy of the original Bachelor’s or Master’s degree certificate in the original language and a translation of the degree certificate as applicable.
Scanned copy of temporary degree certificate in the original language (alternative to degree certificate) and a translation of the temporary degree certificate as applicable.
Scanned copy of certificate of graduation in the original language and a translation of the certificate of graduation as applicable.
Scanned copy of transcript of records of Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the original language and a translation of the transcript of records as applicable.
Applicants holding a provisional degree certificate may also apply for the programme. That is, the degree must be verifiably completed and the required documents of the completion of this degree must be submitted.
The admitted applicants are required to bring the original degree certificate and final transcript of records with them when they start their studies for verification.
If the required original documents are not in English, Finnish or Swedish, a complete, literal translation into one of these three languages by an official translator is required. Please see further instructions on official translations of educational documents on page ‘Other specific requirements‘.
Please also follow the country-specific requirements of your country when certifying and submitting your documents.
Proof of English language proficiency
To comply with the Programme’s English-language proficiency requirement, applicants must fulfill at least one of the following requirements:
– Secondary education completed in English language in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), in an EU/EEA country or in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States
– English as A language with minimum grade Magna Cum Laude Approbatur as part of Finnish Matriculation Examination
– Bachelor’s or Master’s degree conducted in English in a Nordic country (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), in an EU/EEA country or in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States
No language test is required from applicants fulfilling one or more of the above criteria. Such applicants may demonstrate their English-language proficiency by official copies of the relevant degree certificate and transcript. It is recommended, however, for applicants who have also taken a language test to indicate their test scores when applying. Please see instructions on certification of educational documents here.
Demonstrating English language proficiency through a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English
For applicants demonstrating their English-language proficiency through a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree completed in English, the language of study must be clearly indicated in the degree certificate and transcript of records or the application must include an official certificate from the applicant’s institution stating that the medium of the instruction of the applicant’s degree has been English. The university retains the discretion to determine whether the degree complies with the programme’s English-language proficiency requirements. If the degree includes transfer credits from outside the specified country/area or courses in a language other than English, the degree might not be deemed to fulfill the requirement.
Applicants who do not fulfill any of the above criteria must demonstrate their English-language proficiency by submitting language test scores together with their application. The minimum scores required for admission are:
- IELTS (Academic): overall 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in writing)
- TOEFL iBT: 92 (minimum 22 in writing)
- PTE (Academic): minimum 62
- C1 Advanced (former CAE): at least 180
- C2 Proficiency (former CPE): at least 180
The language test result must be submitted to UEF before the application deadline closes. Please read more here.
Letter of motivation in English
The Letter of Motivation (suggested length 400 – 500 words) should be a self-produced, independent text, describing applicants’ readiness as well as motivation for the particular programme in question. The letter of motivation should contain all the information that applicant sees as relevant for the evaluation process and hence applicants among other things are expected to explain why they should be selected for the programme and how their previous education supports the studies in the Master’s degree programme. Applicants should describe their educational background, work experience, international experience and language skills and point out the relations between their background and the focus of the Master’s degree programme. In addition, applicants are expected to explain how they intend to fund their studies during the Master’s degree programme.
Letter of recommendation in English
Applicants are required to submit a letter of recommendation from at least one referee. The letter of recommendation must be written in English. The letter of recommendation should be from a person who is in a position to describe the applicant’s readiness, motivation and relevant skills to successfully complete the Master’s programme. Letters of recommendation from academic referees (such as former professors or teachers) are preferred, but letters of recommendation from former or current employers are also accepted. The recommendation letter must bear an original signature from the referee, and it should be uploaded to the online application with the other documents. If the letter of recommendation is mailed in directly by a third party, e.g. your university officials, the admissions office will forward the documents to the programme coordinator for evaluation. The documents can be send to:
UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND
Admissions Office, Joensuu campus
(include the programme name)
Yliopistokatu 2 / P.O. Box 111
80101 Joensuu, Finland
It is always the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the application documents reach the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) by the deadline. UEF does not process any application documents that have arrived after the deadline.
Written essay based on the application exam question
The applicant may use a maximum of 7,000 characters (including empty spaces) for the essay. The answer should be written by using Word processing software (like MS Word or WordPerfect). The essay is uploaded to the online application form with other documents. The grading of the essay will be based on its originality and overall academic level (including structure, quality and style).
You can find the exam question for admission 2019 here.
University of Eastern Finland uses plagiarism detection.
Copy of passport photo page
Applicants must include a copy of their passport photo page in the application.
All applicants who meet the minimum criteria are personally interviewed via Skype (or alternatively telephone) after the application deadline has closed. Applicant is requested to provide a Skype ID address and/or personal telephone number in the application form in order to facilitate the interview. Please note that applicants who do not meet the minimum criteria are not interviewed.
Prioritizing when applying to multiple programmes at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies
Applicants are required to prioritize one program over the others, if they apply more than one program from the UEF’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. If applicants are admitted to all the programs of their choice, a study place will only be offered for the prioritized program, cancelling the study place from the other programs.
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