• For Entry: September/January
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Training in theory and critical analysis along with practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Why study this course at Dundee?

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) is one of the few centres in UK universities with the background and specialist skills to offer such a course.  Over the past few years it has been high successful in developing its teaching, research and industry contacts in management.  Courses are designed in conjunction with industry specialists and industry related learning is a core element of all courses in the Centre.

This is not a general course – it is contextualised within the International Mineral Resource Management Sector.

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).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

All modules will be delivered on the campus of the University of Dundee in face-to-face mode. Self-study makes up a considerable proportion of the student’s learning experience. Formal and informal group work occurs in some modules.

Teaching staff are drawn principally from full-time University of Dundee academic staff, as well as by some of CEPMLP’s international global staff.

How you will be assessed

Assessment varies between modules but generally combines examination and coursework, with some case studies in selected modules.

 

What you will study

Our MSc is made up of a total of 180 credits

Core business and management

The following modules must be completed (60 Credits)

Credits:20

Overview

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. The module examines the behaviours, contemporary influences and dilemmas within the practice of management in knowledge intensive organisations.

Module leader

Professor Graeme Martin

Dr Brian Howieson

Dr Evangelia Fragouli

Credits: 10

Overview

The principal aim of this course is to give an appropriate understanding of the published accounts of a company and their underlying principles, so that an effective contribution may be given to the senior financial management of an organisation. Particular emphasis is given to accounts of the extractive industries.

Credits: 20

Overview

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.

Module leader

Professor Phillip Crowson

Credits: 10

Overview

This module will introduce students to the complexities of business finance and aim to give them an understanding of the basic financial 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 and the effective management of working capital requirements. The module is designed to give students an appreciation of issues of this nature they will confront 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.

Module leader

Mr Donald MacLeod

Core specialist

60 credits from

Credit rating: 20

The aim of this module is to provide students with a critical and reflective orientation to the deep understanding of complex approaches to strategic management and organisational analysis. The module will develop a critical appreciation of core concepts and essential strategic and organisational management tools for understanding data and analysing decisions. Students will acquire the analytic skills needed to accomplish, defend and critique a strategic business analysis.

Credits:20

Overview

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

Credits:20

Overview

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.

Module leader

Dr Ariel Bergmann

Credits: 20

Overview

This module aims at introducing participants to main principles and concepts of legal, regulatory and contractual regimes for mining, from international and comparative perspectives and within a sustainable development framework. The focus is on the understanding of ownership and mineral tenure regimes; the interface between mineral tenure regimes, competitive uses of land and environmental regulation; forms and typical clauses of mining agreements; CSR, scope and implications of voluntary regulation; an introduction to underlying conflicts for the regulation of artisanal and small-scale mining; and methods for, and trends on, community engagement in mining projects.

Module leader

Dr Ana Elizabeth Bastida

Credits:20

Overview

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.

Module leader

Mr Armando Zamora

Electives

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

Compulsory choice

20 credits from

Credits: 20

Overview

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.

Credits: 20

Overview

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 report of approximately 5000 words.

Participating students will have a first degree and aspire to develop an academic or research career or to work in the mineral resource management sector.  The programme will develop a holistic view of key challenges and issues facing this sector.


Successful students will gain a career-enhancing applied MSc, which might be used as a springboard to a research degree or to develop a career in the mineral resource management or related organisations.
Networking opportunities will also greatly benefit the students with exposure to work challenges in other organisations and interaction with guest speakers and University faculty particularly beneficial.

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 yearsÕ work experience at a managerial level is also required.

 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.

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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.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £17,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £17,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
This programme is eligible for our Global Excellence Scholarship

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 Mineral Resources Management MScP052347

Course Contact

Dr Anita Schiller
Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
a.schiller@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 388384

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