Our course is designed to give you an understanding of the legal and regulatory environment and processes in the international energy and resources 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 (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 Natural Resources Law and Policy by distance learning is aimed at natural resources industry professional, both in government and industry, who wish to develop a broad understanding of the legal and regulatory framework within which the resources industry operates, both nationally and internationally, and of the key policy issues and challenges.
The LLM Natural Resources Law and Policy programme offers students the opportunity to study wide range courses such as Environmental Law and Policy for Natural Resources and Energy, International Law of Natural Resources and Energy, International Petroleum Law and Policy, National and Comparative Oil and Gas Law, International and Comparative Mineral Law and Policy, and Mineral Resources Policy and Economics. Thereby providing broad knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts and specific economics, legal and jurisdictional issues in the field of international and trans-boundary natural resources.
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.
- 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 80 credits from
The main objective of this module is to provide an understanding of the main law and policy issues in the international petroleum industry, with an emphasis upon transactional agreements concluded between host government and oil company/investors.
Common and diverging objectives between the two parties and indeed among the international corporate and financial investors themselves are faced in a candid and practical way, with an emphasis upon ways of accommodating the interests of diverse stakeholders in the development of petroleum resources.
A brief introduction is provided to petroleum taxation issues. The module focuses upon problem-solving techniques in a variety of settings, noting the inputs of lawyers, economists, accountants, engineers and geologists.
This is a tailor-made course specifically designed for those students who specialise in energy and natural resources law and policy. The module is based on a transnational approach: it combines elements of international and comparative environmental law and deals with selected issues central to understanding legal and policy issues related to extractive industries and power generation. It addresses, in particular, environmental impacts and aspects of on-land and offshore exploration, production and transportation of petroleum, mining operations, nuclear energy safety and disposal of radioactive waste, and use of fossil fuels, including transboundary air pollution and global climate effects. A special emphasis is placed on examining various environmental tools (such as standards, EIA, environmental managements systems) that provide solutions of environmental problems in different national regulatory systems, both developed (UK and USA) and developing.
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.
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.
The module aims to provide an understanding of the regulatory and contractual mechanisms required to make a single jurisdiction work in relation to petroleum law. The emphasis is on providing the student with knowledge and understanding of the differences (and similarities) between regimes based on licences, and those based on production sharing contracts.
All oil and gas law throughout the world is the same at a basic level – international law determines which state is entitled to the resource; the entitled state grants rights to individuals to extract the resource; the individuals agree amongst themselves as to how to split the costs and benefits; there is unitisation if necessary; the production is taxed; pipelines etc are built to move the production; the production is sold; and the facilities are ultimately decommissioned. This module aims to show the different models states adopt to facilitate petroleum production, including showing the role for state companies.
Module leaderStephen Dow
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.
The Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science.
Compulsory Choice Modules
40 credits from
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.
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
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.
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 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||Reg Fee £480, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules) £1350, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credits) £810, Dissertation/Internship £1710, Exam Fee £150, Exemption request fee £300|
|Rest of UK students||Reg Fee £480, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules) £1350, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credits) £810, Dissertation/Internship £1710, Exam Fee £150, Exemption request fee £300|
|International students (non-EU)||Reg Fee £480, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (20 credit modules) £1350, CEPMLP Specialised Modules (10 credits) £810, Dissertation/Internship £1710, Exam Fee £150, Exemption request fee £300|
|Fee status||Fees for students starting 2020-21|
|Scottish and EU students|
|Rest of UK students|
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See our scholarships for International applicants
Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students will increase by no more than 5% per year for the length of your course.
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
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.
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Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy
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