Prepare yourself for a managerial, advisory or academic position in the mining sector – either in the private sector or government.
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 (CEPMLP), 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. Stimulated by oil and gas developments in the North Sea, the CEPMLP was established in May 1977.
Our students achieve the practical and professional skills needed to mastermind complex commercial and financial transactions in the international workplace, with exposure to many varied and exciting opportunities. 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
As an internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions, natural resources and energy law and policy, our distance learning programmes provide a rigorous training for graduate students and working professionals who cannot afford the time to undertake full time studies.
The aim of the MBA programme is to prepare participants for managerial, advisory and academic positions in the mining sector – private sector and government. The programme will provide an intellectually challenging academic programme of study, which will demand of the student the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in energy with an emphasis on the economic dimensions of the subject. This will prepare participants for success in the rapidly evolving and highly competitive global business climate that characterises the mining sector.
The MBA programme offers students an unrivalled ability to tailor their programme of study to their own particular interests and learning objectives. These allow for the development of in depth and specialist knowledge of business management, legal, economic and policy issues in the mining and related sectors of the world economy.
This programme is designed for graduates with a good first honours degree or equivalent, who aspire to work in the mining sector and who have a particular interest in the management segment of the Oil & Gas or related sectors.
You will achieve 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. Why not take a few minutes to complete our application form - it could be the most far-reaching career move you'll ever make!
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).
Modes of delivery
Each module will be delivered by distance learning using the My Dundee - our online learning system.
The Study Guide
- The student will receive a hard copy of the Study Guide
- The Study guide will be available on the My Dundee
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.
- A core reading book will be provided to the DL students
- Core and additional reading material will be available on the My Dundee.
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
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.
- 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, or
- Project Report of up to 8,000 words on a topic approved by academic supervisor for MSC and MBA programmes
What you will study
Our MBA is made up of 180 credits
The following modules have to be completed (80 credits)
All too often mineral policies are developed without any proper understanding of the economic forces which influence all aspects of the mineral industries. Unless they work with those forces, rather than against them, policies are doomed to fail, no matter how well-intentioned or desirable they might appear. Whilst the various sectors of the hard-rock mineral industries share common features, each is influenced by different factors. This course explains, in a straightforward and common sense fashion, the main characteristics of the major sectors and the many forces working on demand, supply and prices. It is often overlooked that mining is primarily an economic activity. The lectures and notes bring out the various conflicting aims and objectives of all concerned with the industries and give an overall view of the economic context for all the legal and policy issues facing the minerals industry without becoming unduly enmeshed in whatever is presently of fashionable concern.
This 10 credit course introduces the subject of financial accounting for non-accounting master’s students. It is specific to financial accounting, in that its focus is to provide a basis for the successful student to enter into management decision making processes involving the final accounts of an organisation, particularly within the extractive industries. For example, the analysed published accounts are all from the oil, gas and mining sectors, thus requiring an understanding of specific financial reporting characteristics, unique to them.
To meet the above prime objectives, the course is directed to the understanding and interpretation of accounts, rather than on their preparation. However, in order to effectively do so, there has to be an appreciation of their development, so some practical accounting work is included. In this short course, the topic of management accounting is not included.
This module is designed to give students an overview of the wide and complex field of Strategic Management and Organisational Analysis. It will provide them with tools for effective executive and organisational analyses and decision making, with a specific focus on the Extractive Industries. It will raise awareness, provide skills and enable students to integrate learning from other disciplines. The module has two main components: • Firstly, acquiring theory and understanding key concepts in the field of strategy, and; • Secondly, developing the ability to apply theory, models and concepts learned to analyse organisations. This module works with two challenges, complexity and breadth. To get the most out of it, students will require to read widely and think deeply. This will give students a rewarding grasp of a vital subject.
This module will introduce the students to the complexities of business finance and aim to give them an understanding of the issues business managers in the energy and extractive industries are required to consider in the decision-making process. All managers, in all types of organisations, have to be constantly aware of the financial implications of decisions being made, including sources and cost of finance, return on investment, management of working capital requirements and of associated business and financial risk. The module is designed to give students an appreciation of the financial management issues they will encounter as managers and to give them the confidence in the understanding of finance to be able to ensure the correct financial information is available to them to allow for well informed decision making.
The aim of this module is to develop the student’s critical understanding and application of models, approaches and tools for the management of complex energy and natural resources organisations.
40 credits from
This module will provide students with foundation knowledge on how taxes and non-tax instruments are used by governments and the extractive industry to promote natural resource development while deriving revenues for the state and profits for extractive firms. Emphasis is on providing an understanding of the complex issues of tax regimes and the skill to analysis current topics or controversies, with the objective of providing competent strategy or policy advice to either governments or resource firms.
Students will be prepared to compare and evaluate alternative taxation regimes, including environmental and international tax issues. Some topics covered in the module include; resource rent taxation, royalties, direct and indirect taxes, general structure of PSAs/PSCs, transfer pricing, and current issues from around the world. This module does not teach skills in accounting, financial analysis or tax law.
The primary aim of the course is to provide a detailed consideration of the theory of finance as it applies to the energy and mining industries and to consider how the theory is applied in practice.
The two key focus areas will be investment decision making with uncertainty and how the investment demands are financed.
The module provides an introduction to the main legal and policy issues in the mining industry, with an emphasis on the common methods within which mining is regulated. The approach is a comparative one and focuses on techniques applicable in various settings and countries, noting the influence of law, economics, finance, technical aspects and geology. Students will acquire understanding of the key law and policy issues relating to the regulation of mining, including the ownership of minerals and application for rights to mine; and the effects that mining can have, on environment and communities, and how these are addressed.
Core business and management
40 credits from
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.
This module aims to provide students with a strategic understanding and key skills in managing human resources more effectively in the energy and extractive industries. It focuses on the core human resource problems faced by all organizations, including culture change, the contribution of human resources to organizational performance and change, and the developing role of information and communication technologies (ICT), recruitment, selection and retention, human resource development and managing knowledge, motivation and performance management, compensation and rewards, the design of work, and employee relations.
Compulsory choice modules
20 credits from
The project report contributes to the achievement of the aims of the Masters degree, by:
- promoting a deep and critical understanding of specific issues to the specialisation of the student
- developing originality of thought and the skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression
- building upon, developing and integrating the knowledge and skills acquired in taught modules
The project report should be approximately 8000 words.
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 3-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 repor of approximately 5000 words.
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.
A good Honours degree or equivalent, preferably at upper 2nd class level or above in Business Studies, Finance, Accountancy, Economics, Petroleum or Mining Engineering, Law, Geology or other appropriate discipline. A minimum of 2 yearsÍ work experience at a managerial level is also required.
English Language Requirement
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.
|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|
|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
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2017-18|
|Scottish and EU students||Fee to be confirmed for 2017/18|
|Rest of UK students||Fee to be confirmed for 2017/18|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||Fee to be confirmed for 2017/18|
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students|
|Rest of UK students|
|Overseas students (non-EU)|
You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate (UKPASS) 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.
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