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

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 CEPMLP 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 CEPMLP 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.

Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy gives us a unique perspective on how governments and businesses operate. We offer flexible courses delivered by the best in the field, devised and continually updated in line with the Centre's unique combination of professional expertise and academic excellence.

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. Why not take a few minutes to complete our application form - it could be the most far-reaching career move you'll ever make!

Once on campus you are amazed being around people from all over the world, sharing their culture with you and learning from yours as well. I strongly believe that coming to Dundee was one of the wisest decision in life, not only because the CEPMLP is well known among the mining sector, but also because I wanted to be part of it as a representative of my country.

Cesar Salazar
Mineral Law and Policy LLM
Peru

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee is the internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy.

Stimulated by oil and gas developments in the North Sea, the Centre was established in May 1977.

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.

Winning the Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade in 2004 was recognition that for nearly three decades we had been delivering high quality professional training and education worldwide.

This commitment to quality remains to this day and will continue and improve into the future.

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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How you will be taught

Knowledge and Understanding:

  • of the main types of international (global and regional) and national regulatory frameworks and instruments between and within individual states, as well as between companies and governments, and contractual arrangements between companies in the international energy and natural resources sectors.
  • of the key policy issues relating to law, regulation and contracts in the international energy and natural resources sectors.
  • of the jurisprudence of courts, and operation of tribunals and other dispute settlement mechanisms.

Skills

  • Undertake an evaluation of legal (or fiscal) regimes for the international energy and natural resources sectors.
  • Participate in the drafting of international agreements and national regulations or in the negotiation of an agreement between government and company or between companies, in the international energy and natural resources sectors.
  • Critically review information and critically analyse issues relating to the international energy and natural resources sectors, informed by developments at the forefront of the subject.

How you will be assessed

The LLM is made up of compulsory and elective modules. The taught component is followed by either:

  • 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

The following modules must be completed (40 Credits)

Credit rating: 20

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.

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.

Core specialist

A minimum of 40 credits from

Credit rating: 20

The course deals with selected issues central to understanding international and national environmental policy and law related to production and consumption of natural resources and power generation. It addresses, in particular, environmental problems arising in connection with production and transportation of petroleum (both on-land and offshore), mining activities, use of nuclear energy, including production of uranium and disposal of radioactive wastes, and use of fossil fuels, including transboundary air pollution and global climate effects. A special emphasis is placed on the solutions for environmental problems provided by various national regulatory systems, in particular British and North American.

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 Transatlantic Negotiation Exercise will be carried out between the Masters students at the CEPMLP and the post-graduate students at the Washington College of Law of the American University, International Legal Studies Programme.

The main aim of this module is to provide a formal forum in which using tried and tested methods of international negotiations, in a detailed form, the participants can gain or improve their negotiating skills.

Credit rating: 20

The main aim of this module is to provide the students with the legal tools needed for analysing and understanding the structure of transactions and types of agreements commonly encountered in the international mining industry.

This module will enable the students to gain an understanding about the areas of key importance to be considered in a typical mining industry agreements.

The module will also provide the students with an understanding and knowledge of the main considerations involved in drafting and negotiating mining industry agreements.

Credit rating: 20

The primary objective of this course is to provide an overview of the fundamental legal principles that govern national freshwaters from a comparative law perspective. The course begins with an overview of legal entitlement to water and compares national legal regulatory systems. At the end of the module, students are expected to be able to identify the legal issues and possible solutions for addressing national water problems. An understanding of the basic principles of national law is required. This course will consider the principles of national water law and administration. Basic historical and current concepts of national water law will be identified and analysed. Existing systems of water law in various countries (i.e., civil law countries, common law countries, Muslim countries) will be examined and compared. The course will address the issues of ownership and legal entitlement with respect to water resources; legal regimes governing the right to use water; regulation of the beneficial uses of water resources and water quality and pollution control. Finally, such issues as water resources administration and privatisation of the water industry will be examined. The new developments in Scotland will be analysed and compared with water law revision activities in other countries (i.e. Australia, China, Kenya, Namibia and South Africa).

Environmental Regulation

Module Convenor: Professor Andrea Ross

This is a first semester module. The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the main concepts and legal mechanisms used in regulating human impact on the environment. The modules uses examples from the UK and the students' home countries to explore the key concepts shaping environmental law; to identify different approaches and techniques for environmental regulation; to assess strengths and weaknesses of these techniques for different parties and to explore ways in which different techniques can be combined to give effect to environmental policy.

The module is delivered through seminars and independent research tasks. Students MUST prepare for class using reading from the module guide and from their own independent research. The beginning of each class will be spent running through what EACH student has read to prepare for class. This will then be used to structure the discussion in the seminar. There will be one piece of assessed work in the form of an exam held during the December exam diet.  This will be a two-hour unseen exam, with the default format being requiring students to answer 2 questions from a choice of 4. There will also be one formative practice examination during the semester.

UN Human Rights Law

Module Convenors: Professor Robin Churchill

The module aims to introduce students to the extensive law, institutions and procedures for the promotion and protection of human rights developed by the United Nations. It examines the work of various UN bodies, particularly the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the various committees of independent experts that have been set to monitor compliance with the principal human rights treaties. In addition, a number of specific rights will be analysed in detail, including the right to freedom from torture, the right to adequate housing, the rights of women and children, and equality and non-discrimination.

 

Module Reading List

Environmental Regulation

Module Convenor: Professor Andrea Ross

This is a first semester module. The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the main concepts and legal mechanisms used in regulating human impact on the environment. The modules uses examples from the UK and the students' home countries to explore the key concepts shaping environmental law; to identify different approaches and techniques for environmental regulation; to assess strengths and weaknesses of these techniques for different parties and to explore ways in which different techniques can be combined to give effect to environmental policy.

The module is delivered through seminars and independent research tasks. Students MUST prepare for class using reading from the module guide and from their own independent research. The beginning of each class will be spent running through what EACH student has read to prepare for class. This will then be used to structure the discussion in the seminar. There will be one piece of assessed work in the form of an exam held during the December exam diet.  This will be a two-hour unseen exam, with the default format being requiring students to answer 2 questions from a choice of 4. There will also be one formative practice examination during the semester.

UN Human Rights Law

Module Convenors: Professor Robin Churchill

The module aims to introduce students to the extensive law, institutions and procedures for the promotion and protection of human rights developed by the United Nations. It examines the work of various UN bodies, particularly the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the various committees of independent experts that have been set to monitor compliance with the principal human rights treaties. In addition, a number of specific rights will be analysed in detail, including the right to freedom from torture, the right to adequate housing, the rights of women and children, and equality and non-discrimination.

 

Module Reading List

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 LLM.

 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 2017-18
Scottish and EU students £17,950 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £17,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £17,950 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £19,950 per year of study
Rest of UK students £19,950 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) £19,950 per year of study
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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 LLMP024449

Course Contact

Dr Stephen Dow
Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
s.r.dow@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0)1382 384300

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