Programmes and Degrees

Master's Degree Programs

Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change: Master's Degree Program in Environmental Policy and Law

The Master's Degree Program Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change in Environmental Policy and Law is a multidisciplinary two-year Master's degree program that combines high level teaching with vocationally-oriented educational objectives.

The program provides advanced training in policy, law and impact assessments for climate change and sustainable management of natural resources.

The program is based on two alternative majors: Natural Resources Governance and Environmental and Climate Change Law. All students are required to take courses in Natural Resources Governance, Environmental Law and Policy, and in Climate Change Law and Policy before selecting their major.

The Nordic Master in Envronmental Law (NOMPEL)

The University of Eastern Finland Law School and CCEEL, together with the Law Faculties of the Uppsala and Tromsø Universities, will be launching a new international joint degree progamme in environmental law in 2019. The NOMPEL programme will focus on two substantive areas: natural resources management and climate change & energy law.

The Nordic Master in Envronmental Law (NOMPEL) programme has received 1.5 million Danish Krone (about 200 000 euro) of funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers. The NOMPEL programme will be the first joint programme in the field of law funded through the Nordic Council of Ministers’ funding instrument for joint Nordic programmes. The objective is to make higher education in the Nordic Region more international and offer joint programmes that are research-based and build on the participating universities' areas of excellence.

The NOMPEL programme will be coordinated by The Uppsala University. The first students are expected to enroll in autumn 2019, with a yearly intake of 25 students. The students will stay at all three universities during the two-year programme.

Further information: Senior Lecturer Seita Romppanen (seita.romppanen@uef.fi) and http://www.cimo.fi/programmes/nordic_master, https://www.uef.fi/web/cceel

Doctoral Programs

Doctoral Program in Law

The UEF Law School offers a general Doctoral Programme in Law, in which the students can choose their topic of research based on their academic and professional interests. Postgraduate students are awarded with the degree of either Doctor of Law (LL.D.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).


The Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE)

Natural resources, the environment and society constitutes one of the six thematic areas of The Doctoral Programme in Social and Cultural Encounters (SCE). This thematic area offers doctoral students an opportunity to join an international and multidisciplinary doctoral programme. Topics of interest include:

  • the sustainable use of natural resources
  • responsive natural resources governance
  • climate and energy governance
  • bioeconomy research from social science perspectives
  • global environmental challenges
  • global, national and local environmental politics
  • resilient communities
  • human relationships with nature and animals

Other International Programs and Courses

UEF-UN Environment Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Since 2004, the UEF Law School has organized an annual two-week course on international environmental law-making and diplomacy in cooperation with the UN Environment. CCEEL has been responsible for organizing the course since its establishment in 2013.  Thus far, 424 participants from 122 countries have received training through the course. Funding for the course is provided by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment as well as the UN Environment.