How to plan your studies?


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • See also the SmartStart-guide for new students for more information of the first weeks of your studies.

Introductory studies

  • Students schedule their studies independently. However, it is recommended to begin with the "compulsory introductory studies (23cp)" module (see the course programme).
  • It is recommended that the student completes these courses during the first academic year.

Major studies

  • Together with the compulsory introductory courses, it is recommended to begin also the specific major studies (in major Natural Resources Governance OR Environmental and Climate Change Law). Each major have their individual compulsory and major-specific courses and depending on which major the student wishes to complete, he/she should plan and schedule their studies accordingly.
  • Major studies are the most important part of the student's studies! Choose your major courses based on your own aspirations. The major studies are intended to help the student to gain the needed skills and knowledge for completing the final research, the master's thesis, and naturally also to equip the student for the future working life.
  • It is not possible to complete a double major with both the majors of our master's programme. A student can instead complete minor studies (from the other major) alongside the chosen major studies. E.g. a student majoring in Natural Resource Governance can alongside their major studies complete as many courses from the major of Environmental and Climate Change Law as they wish. However, a student must at least complete the 77cp of studies from the chosen major (see course programme), and on top of this any additional minor studies (can be included in the 20cp of elective studies).
  • The major is selected during a student's first year of studies, in the end of spring semester. The decision on the major is binding.
  • See more information on the page 'Majors'.

Elective studies

  • While completing the compulsory and major studies, the student must also complete 20cp of "elective studies" which the student can choose independently. Please note that the elective studies are a minor part of your master's studies. Instead of completing a large amount of elective studies or minor subjects, it is recommended to concentrate primarily on your major studies, and secondarily on your elective/minor studies. See more information on the page 'Elective studies'.
  • The student may choose any courses at the UEF departments for the elective studies provided that these courses are conducted in English. When choosing elective studies it is highly recommended that the student chooses courses which are closely linked to chosen major.
  • A minor subject (at least 15cp) can be formed of the elective studies. It is recommended that, for example, if a student majoring in Natural Resource Governance, he/she should complete at least 15 cp of the courses from the major of Environmental and Climate Change Law (which then forms a minor subject in Environmental and Climate Change Law).  

Personal study plan

  • Personal study plan is a tool for planning and scheduling  one's individual studies. The personal study plan is done electronically in the WebOodi system. Students will receive information and guidance on the personal study plan during the first semester by participating in the Introduction to Master's Degree Studies, Environmental Policy and Law -course module.