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

Our course is designed for to give you an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment and processes in the international energy and resources industries.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

Our LLM Mineral Law and Policy by distance learning is aimed at mineral industry professionals both in government and industry, who wish to develop their understanding of the legal and regulatory framework within which the mineral industry operates and of the key policy issues and challenges in this sector.

The LLM Mineral Law and Policy expose students to the legal and policy issues relevant to mining in most countries, to the common legal issues and structures that arise in the activities of mining companies while examining the effects that mining can have on environment and communities and the responses to these effects. This programme therefore aims to provide an intellectually challenging academic programme of study, which will demand of the student the ability to analyse and evaluate key regulation, international and comparative law that are relevant to mining and the key influences and effects of those laws from other disciplinary perspectives particularly economics and political science since reliable understanding of the law affecting mining cannot be achieved without these perspectives.

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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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. 

Reading Material

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

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

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.

OR

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

 

What you will study

Our LLM is made up of a total of 180 credits

Core Compulsory Modules

A minimum of 60 credits from

Credit rating: 20

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.

Credit rating: 20

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.

Credit rating: 20

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.

Credit rating: 20

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.

Credit rating: 20

The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the law that governs the non-navigational uses of international watercourses. The course begins with an overview of the fundamental principles of public international law, considered in the specific context of international watercourses. At the end of the modules, students are expected to be able to identify the legal issues and possible solutions for addressing international water problems. An understanding of the basic principles of public international law is required. The programme will consist of seven 3-hour lectures, with some provision for student presentations. The assessment for the course is one research paper, maximum length 4500 words due at the end of the term.

Compulsory Choice Modules

40 credits from

Credit rating: 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.

Credit rating: 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.

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.

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.

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2016/17
  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

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 2017-18
Scottish and EU students
Rest of UK students
Overseas students (non-EU)
Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students TBC
Rest of UK students TBC
Overseas students (non-EU) TBC

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.

  Degree Course Code
Apply NowMineral Law and Policy (Distance Learning) LLMP040302

Course Contact

Vikki Watson
Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
DL-SocialSciences@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 384459

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