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  • Duration: 24 months - 60 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time+Distance Learning

For lawyers and non-lawyers: gain an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment and processes in the international energy and resources industries.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

This degree will lead to advanced knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory environment and processes in the international energy and resources industries.  The course includes emphasis on the structure and regulation of gas and electricity markets and leads to an advanced understanding of the way legislation and regulation can be used to implement policy decisions in the downstream energy industries.

The world's long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. These in turn rely on individuals who possess a sound grasp of their legal, economic, technical and policy backgrounds.

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee is at the heart of these issues and provides the best in advanced education in its field, preparing its graduates to meet the challenges posed by the evolving global economy. Throughout its history, the centre has achieved continuous growth and has established international pre-eminence in its core activities: scholarly performance, high level academic research, strategic consultancy and top-quality executive education. Currently, we have over 500 registered postgraduate students from more than 50 countries world-wide.

This provides a rigorous training for graduate students and working professionals. Full-time and distance-learning degrees, intensive training programmes tailor-made for individuals or companies and short-term professional seminars are all on offer.

We will teach you the practical and professional skills you need to mastermind complex commercial and financial transactions in the international workplace, and we will expose you to many varied and exciting opportunities. 


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Helping you meet the challenges of tomorrow

Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy provides a unique perspective on how governments, business and communities operate, providing the professionals of today with the ability to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

I chose to study at the CEPMLP because of its global reputation. It is an intellectually stimulating environment with innovative pedagogical teaching and research. CEPMLP is unarguably a place to widen one's knowledge horizon and hone your expertise.

Living as an international student in Dundee has been a great experience for me. Dundee is such a wonderful friendly environment in which one would wish to be. University of Dundee of course is truly a global community of communities of people from across different continents in the world. What a safe and friendly community!

Cosmos Nwedu

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

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How you will be assessed

Each distance learning module will be assessed by at least two methods: EITHER

Written examination and research paper (most modules are assessed in this way).  The exam and research paper are each worth 50% of your total mark.


Written examination and case studies.  The exam is worth either 60% or 70% and the case studies are worth either 40% or 30% of your total mark respectively.

  • a dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor, or
  • an Internship report - students who choose this option are required to source an organisation willing to offer a 3-month work placement, approved by an academic supervisor

Modes of Delivery

Each module will be delivered by distance learning using My Dundee.

The Study Guide

  • The student will receive a hard copy of the Study Guide
  • The Study guide will be available on the VLE (Blackboard)

This Study Guide has the following aims:

  • To introduce the student to the key concepts and issues of debate.
  • To guide the student towards a wide range of reading material from which they may choose what research topics to pursue.
  • To provide the student with some opportunity for self-evaluation through a combination of short questions, tasks, exercises and case studies. 

Reading Material

  • A core reading book will be provided to the DL students
  • Core and additional reading material will be available on the VLE. 

Academic Support/Guidance

A core team of distance learning academic staff and tutors will provide support to the students with relation to:

  • Information on the structure and content of the programme
  • Guidance on using the full range of learning guides and tools
  • Academic questions relating to particular issues in the field of study
  • Preparation of assessments and research papers
  • Feedback on assessments and research papers


What you will study

Our LLM is made up of a total of 180 credits

Core Modules

A minimum of 60 credits from



Project financing is a tool, not an outcome in itself. This course recognises that energy projects are frequently financed by lenders. Where the lenders are content to accept repayment solely from the revenues of that project – not from the wider revenues of the sponsor – there is a limitation of recourse (or at the extreme an absence of recourse). That is project financing. The course looks at how various types of energy project can be structured to achieve that goal. The bank is not an equity risk taker – its business is to take credit risks. Project finance will force the bank to take a degree of project risk, so the bank will demand a contractual structure which mitigates that risk exposure. The course is concerned with understanding the risks for various energy projects – oil development; gas development; power generators; mining projects etc – and seeing how the principle risks inherent in those projects are moved by contract to the party best able to bear the risk. The course understands that where the bank is happy with the project risk profile, it will lend. If the bank is not happy with the project risk profile, it will not lend. The course looks at the risks which can be moved and how are they moved to a party acceptable to the lender – whilst at the same time ensuring that the holder of that risk is happy with the level of payment for taking that risk.

Module leader

Stephen Dow

Credits: 20


Downstream energy law and policy is concerned with the structure and regulation of gas and electricity markets. With the advent of liberalisation, most gas and electricity markets have become semi-competitive. There are regulatory structures to control entry to the market. There are rules on how the producers / generators interact with the suppliers – either bilateral markets or pools. There are rules for producers / generators which get special treatment – frequently state-owned companies and renewable generators. There are measures to control security of supply. There are measures dealing with pass through of costs – and attempts to ensure that the consumer price does not reach unacceptable levels. The course looks at regulatory structures – the role of government; the role of the independent regulator; the role of the market operator and the transmission system operator. The course looks at the options for structuring liberalised and semi-competitive markets. It looks at measures to reduce investment risks for additional capacity. It recognises that the position of capacity short markets is different from that of markets with capacity excess – even if in the long term, both ultimately want the same thing…cheap and reliable delivery of the commodity.

Module leader

Stephen Dow

Credits: 20


The main aim of this course is to introduce you into current appraisal techniques and concepts that relate to natural resources and energy organisations. It focuses on the internal investment decision from the perspective of the operational manager. The key starting point is the question: how can companies create value through sound investment decisions in order to support the business? As a result, we are concerned with the deployment of finance, rather than how it is generated from the financial markets.

This is a practical course in which evaluation techniques, such as discounted cash flow analysis, are applied to realistic scenarios, leading to the preparation of spreadsheets, their analysis and interpretation of results. The objective is the capability to recommend appropriate appraisal techniques to a given business investment, along with an appreciation of social and other non-financial features, underpinned by a basic understanding of the principles of risk analysis.



The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and specific legal and jurisdictional issues in the field of international and transboundary natural resources. The emphasis is on ensuring a proper understanding of the existing legal mechanisms and international regimes applicable to various types of natural resources located beyond States’ jurisdiction or control.

Module leader

Dr Sergei Vinogradov

Compulsory Choice Modules

40 credits from

Credits: 40


The dissertation contributes to the achievement of the aims of the Masters degree namely:- to promote a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas relating to the specialisation of the student; to develop originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression; to build upon, develop and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules.

A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor.

Credits: 40


The internship provides the student with the opportunity to apply in the workplace the knowledge and skills learnt at CEPMLP and to learn how professionals in the field perform their tasks.

Students who choose this option are required to source an organisation willing to offer a 2-month work placement, approved by an academic supervisor. The Internship includes the submission of a written report as part of the assessment.

The internship requires an intellectual report of approximately 10,000 words

Elective Modules

Sufficient modules from the academic timetable to bring the total number of credits to 180.

In common with other CEPMLP LLM degrees, any approved module can be included in the elective modules.

What sort of jobs do alumni of CEPMLP go on to do?

The answer is a wide range of varied roles. It is important to be aware that as with any job it depends upon your level of experience and skills set as to whether the role would be suitable for you, there is no one size fits all.

Past alumni have found employment with a variety of organisations including National Oil Companies, Exploration and Production Companies, Government and Ministries and Commercial Organisations including Banks, Law Firms and Global Consultancies.


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CEPMLP graduates are highly employable

Past alumni have found employment with a variety of organisations including National Oil Companies, Exploration and Production Companies, Government and Ministries and Commercial Organisations including Banks, Law Firms and Global Consultancies.

I chose distance learning with CEPMLP because it provides the right balance of applied academic and industry perspectives, which is essential in today’s market place. I’ve held a number senior positions in the energy industry for over 10 years. Keeping pace in today’s business world of energy economics and policy, requires a problem solving mind-set. The advanced learning I’ve received from my CEPMLP course provides real-world application from the outset. This sets my course apart from others I’ve investigated thoroughly. Taking this LLM, I needed to be confident that it would influence my work place and not be purely an academic exercise, although academic credibility is essential.

The course is challenging but the modular format means it’s possible to be realistic about fitting it around work and family life. Best of all, I’m already applying my knowledge to better inform colleagues and clients, and bring a fresh perspective. It just proves it’s not impossible to be over educated!

Steve Freeman

For many of us coming from Africa to study, one would realise that the extractive industry is particularly becoming critical to our economies back home. I can immediately refer to Ghana’s growing influence in the oil and gas industry, having begun commercial production of its oil in 2010.

The knowledge offered at CEPMLP is extremely valuable and prepares us adequately to take up challenging roles within the entire energy industry, given the multi-disciplinary nature of teaching and learning at this globally recognised graduate centre. The teaching faculty are a group of dynamic people who command huge heights within the energy industry and offer the most edge-cutting perspective to the issues and trends of the global energy world. You can trust that even if you don’t leave here top of your class, you leave with your intellectual curiosity highly satisfied and at best; highly provoked to do further research on areas that interest you.

Dundee offers you a standard of living you won’t find elsewhere in the UK. It’s a great way to find yourself connected to the beautiful old Scottish way of life. Scotland is fast becoming a place after my heart.

Joseph Nii Tettey Ashong

You should have the equivalent to a UK Honours degree, preferably at 2:1 level or above. Candidates with a 2:2 degree may also apply. Preferred degree disciplines are Law, Economics, Geology, Petroleum or Mining Engineering, Finance.

Work experience in the energy/natural resources industry is an advantage, though it is not a strict requirement for admission to the MSc.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

  Distance Learning
Registration Fee (non-refundable) £ 480
CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules, applicable to all degrees) £ 1350
CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credit modules, applicable to all degrees) £ 810
Dissertation/Internship £ 1710
Additional Costs:  
Additional exam fee £ 150
Exemption request fee £ 300

All Distance Learning course fees include one examination fee and courier charges.

Advance notice is required (minimum of 6 weeks) for all on-campus courses due to class size restrictions. Contact the Distance Learning administrator for further information. 

All fees are subject to increases without prior notification.


Full time fees

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowInternational Energy Law and Policy (Distance Learning) LLMP046445

Course Contact

Helen Bone
Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
+44 (0)1382 388350

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