• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: LLB (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

This course provides the opportunity to study for a dual qualifying LLB in Scots and English Law along with an in-depth, professionally oriented study of Oil and Gas Law.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

We are working with our Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) to combine our strengths and offer accredited LLB Honours degree with specialisms in Energy and Oil and Gas Law.

Our Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) is internationally renowned in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy. 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.

In your third and fourth year you will develop a detailed knowledge and expertise in this key commercial field and will study modules such as Energy Law and Energy Projects and Environmental Law.  You can also do a dissertation in your specialist area.

If you successfully graduate with this LLB, you will be guaranteed entry to and a fee discount for CEPMLP’s highly competitive LLM programme.

 

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Law is ranked number 1 in Scotland and number 3 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide (2019). We’re also in the UK Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guides, 2019.

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There is no advanced entry to the Law degrees based on Advanced Highers, A levels or HND.

Selection notes

  • Applicants who offer SQA Highers taken over two sittings of examinations and applicants who offer Advanced Highers to supplement grades achieved in the first sitting of examinations are expected to have slightly higher grades.
  • Applications from students with non-standard educational backgrounds and qualifications are welcomed and will be considered on their merits. These applicants must be able to show evidence of recent academic achievement. Certain professional qualifications or two or three recent Highers (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient.
  • Law is based on logical thinking therefore applicants are advised to offer a range of literary and logic-based subjects.
Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher ABBB (minimum) - AAABB (typical) including English at B . Mathematics or a Science subject at Standard Grade 2 or National 5 / Intermediate 2 grade B is recommended Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
GCE A-Level ABB (excluding General Studies) including English or another literary subject at B. GCSE Mathematics or a Science subject at grade B / 6 is recommended Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 32 points with 6, 5, 5 at Higher Level to include English. Mathematics or a Science subject at Subsidiary Level 5 is recommended.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3H3H3 including English at grade H3. Ordinary level Mathematics or a Science subject at O2 is recommended Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Graduate Entry See our Law (Scots- Accelerated LLB course or Law (Eng/NI - Accelerated LLB course)
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) HNC in Legal Studies/Legal Services with A in the Graded Unit
HND in Legal Studies/Legal Services with AA in the Graded Unit
Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Scottish Baccalaureate Considered individually Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Considered individually Level 2 entry is not possible to this degree
Welsh Baccalaureate Considered individually
European Baccalaureate Considered individually
Other Qualifications
Notes Additionally for Law with Languages: SQA Higher at B or GCE A-Level at B (or equivalent) in the appropriate language.
Applications from students with non-standard educational backgrounds and relevant educational history are welcomed and will be considered on their merits. These applicants must be able to show evidence of recent academic achievement. Certain professional qualifications or two or three recent Highers (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient.

 EU and International qualifications



English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall6.5
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 English Language Requirements

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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With an intake of only around 140 at Level 1, we take a personal and supportive interest in our students. A strong emphasis is placed on staff accessibility and on small group teaching involving senior staff. The modules are delivered by the School of Law and the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP).

How you will be taught

Our approach is intended to be both innovative and progressive with a changing emphasis as the student advances through the levels of the degree programme:

  • At Levels 1 and 2, teaching consists of a balance between lectures supported by small group teaching in tutorials and independent and group study.
  • At Levels 3 and 4 a greater proportion of coursework is conducted independently and classes take the form of seminar discussion.
  • A substantial part of coursework at Level 4 (25% of your total credits) involves preparation of a dissertation, a substantial work of independent, but supervised and supported, research on topic of your choice.

How you will be assessed

The form of assessment varies between modules. Presentations may be used to evaluate oral communication of reasoned legal argument and the ability to work effectively as part of a team. Moots may be used to assess court room manner and the ability to argue interactively.

Some modules are assessed by essay or drafting exercises while others involve tests on the comprehension and interpretation of legal sources such as Acts of Parliament or case reports. In no module does assessment depend solely on a final exam.

A small number of modules are continuously assessed; in the majority of modules the weighting of assessment is 25% for coursework and 75% for the final assessment.

A substantial part of coursework at Level 4 (25% of your total credits) involves preparation of a dissertation, a substantial work of independent, but supervised and supported, research on topic of your choice.

What you will study

Not every module will be available in every year, depending on staff availability and student demand.

Level 1

Foundations of Law

Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental precepts of law and fundamental legal and other transferable skills that you need to undertake degree level legal studies.

Examples of content

  • What law is – an introduction; rules - their structure and nature
  • Law and the state; introduction to the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights
  • Courts and tribunals – court hierarchies and the relationship between courts and tribunals
  • Formal sources of law – significance of “sources”; nature of precedent, legislation and the minor sources
  • Precedent: ratio decidendi, stare decisis – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Legislation: UK, Scottish, Northern Irish, (other) delegated, and European Community legislation – what they are, how they are created, how they are used and how to find them
  • Delivery of legal services – structure and function of the legal professions; professional standards, regulation of the legal profession and ethical behaviour alternative means of delivery, dispute resolution and professional ethics
  • Legal Argument and Mooting

Credits

20 credits

Private Law of Scotland 1

Aims

This module aims to introduce you to the study of Scots Private Law.

Examples of content

  • structure of Scots private law
  • incurring voluntary obligations
  • enforceable and unenforceable agreements
  • defective agreements
  • terms
  • termination and enforcement
  • unjustified enrichment

Credits

20 credits

Public Law I - Sources of Power

Aims

This module will provide an introduction to the United Kingdom, Scottish and EU dimensions of our constitutional arrangements.

Examples of content

  • Introduction to constitutional law: The concept of a 'constitution'; the 'law' of the constitution; types of constitution; the United Kingdom constitution; sources of constitutional law
  • Fundamental doctrines: The sovereignty of Parliament; responsible government, the separation of powers and the rule of law
  • Parliament: The UK and Scottish Parliaments: composition and functions; the legislative process
  • The Executive: The UK and Scottish governments: composition, organisation and functions; prerogative powers; local government (briefly)
  • EU institutions and sources

Credits

20 credits

Scots Criminal Law & Evidence

Aims

The module's primary aim is to furnish you with a knowledge of the principal crimes and defences encountered in Scottish criminal law and the Scottish law of evidence relating to criminal matters.

Examples of content

  • the appropriate scope of the criminal law
  • offences which threaten or harm bodily integrity
  • offences which threaten or harm interests in property
  • offences which protect the course of justice and public order
  • statutory offences and business crime
  • defences
  • the Law of Evidence

Credits

20 credits

Private Law of Scotland II

Aims

This module will build on basic knowledge and analytical skills developed in PLS I; to foster the ability to think like a lawyer.

Examples of content

General principles of delictual liability including liability for:

  • personal injury, death and damage to property
  • affront, damage to reputation, harassment
  • interferences with property
  • public authority defenders
  • financial harm

Credits

20 credits

Public Law II: Controls on Power

Aims

This module will provide you with an understanding of the political and legal means through which the exercise of governmental power is subject to control and accountability.

Examples of content

  • parliamentary and other scrutiny of the executive
  • the doctrine of ministerial responsibility; methods of calling government to account; criticisms and proposals for reform
  • judicial review; UK and EU dimensions
  • administrative justice; tribunals and other means of redress
  • the protection of human rights; the rights protected under the Human Rights Act; the machinery for their protection (HRA and ECHR)

SCQF credits

20 credits

Level 2

Commercial Law

Aims

This module is required if you wish to legally qualify in Scotland and an option for students in the English law stream. It introduces you to the key principles of mercantile and commercial law.

Examples of content

General principles of delictual liability including liability for:

  • Agency
  • Sole Trading
  • Partnership
  • Company Law
  • Corporate Insolvency

Credits

20 credits

Scottish Property Law

Aims

This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the fundamental principles of Scottish property and trusts law and the ability to apply this knowledge and understanding.

Examples of content

  • general concepts of property
  • heritable and moveable property
  • registration
  • prescription
  • the law of the tenement
  • title conditions
  • leases
  • heritable securities
  • an outline of conveyancing
  • trusts
  • succession

Credits

20 credits

Public Law III – Rights and Freedoms

Aims

This module aims to achieve an understanding of the rights of natural and legal persons under the Human Rights Act, the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) and the law of the European Union (EU); and how those rights may be protected through judicial mechanisms.

Examples of content

  • A study of selected human rights covering both the civil and criminal spheres (including freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention and the right to a fair trial in civil and criminal cases): the case law of British courts under the Human Rights Act and of the European Court of Human Rights under the ECHR.
  • The EU and human rights: the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU; the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights; the question of EU accession to the ECHR.
  • Freedoms under EU law: free movement of persons and goods.

SCQF credits

20 credits

English Criminal Law and Evidence

Aims

This module aims to enable you to understand and apply the main features of criminal liability in England and Wales and to introduce concepts in the law of evidence.

Examples of content

  • introduction (anatomy of a crime; human rights)
  • actus reus (factual element)
  • mens rea (mental element)
  • strict and corporate liability
  • offences against the person
  • general defences
  • accomplices and inchoate offences
  • property offences
  • introduction to concepts of evidence

SCQF credits

20 credits

Law, Society and Human Rights

Aims

The overall aim of the module is to encourage critical thinking about laws and their place in society by examining the social, political, economic, moral and ethical contexts in which law, and human rights law in particular, operates in the United Kingdom.

Examples of content

  • the social, political, economic, moral and ethical contexts in which law operates in the United Kingdom
  • a range of legal and social theories as a framework for critical reflection on the context and operation of law
  • the values which underpin human rights law at global, regional and domestic levels

SCQF credits

20 credits

Scottish Family Law

Aims

This module with provide you with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the principles of Scottish family law, including succession. In addition to acquiring a knowledge of and ability to apply key statute and case law you will gain an understanding of the purposes behind family law, changes in law and the social context in which it operates.

Examples of content

  • the extent of family law and the concept of a family
  • children’s capacity and rights
  • parents and children
  • parental rights and responsibilities
  • marriage and Civil Partnerships
  • formation of marriage
  • legal effects of marriage
  • breakdown of marriage
  • financial provision on divorce
  • cohabitation
  • succession

SCQF credits

20 credits

Level 3

Students must take at least 90 credits from the specialist Energy modules (which may include a relevant dissertation) over years 3 and 4.

Core modules

English Law of Obligations

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop a solid understanding of the principles of tortious liability and contract law in English law and how these differ from Scots Law. The module will fulfil both Obligations (I and II) of the qualifying law degree requirements in England and Wales.

Examples of content

  • Introduction and historical background essential to understanding English Law
  • Overview of Torts including early development of Negligence and Intentional Torts
  • Trespass to Land and Occupiers’ Liability
  • Nuisance and the doctrine of Rylands v Fletcher
  • Defamation and other aspects of privacy
  • Introduction to origins and formalities of English contract law
  • Consideration - promissory estoppel, other aspects of variation
  • Misleading statements and duress
  • Misrepresentation / mistake
  • Remedies for breach of contract

SCQF credits

30 credits

Real Estate and Commercial Practice

Aims

This module aims to build on the knowledge and skills acquired at levels 1 and 2, to acquire a knowledge and understanding of advanced elements of Scots Private Law and to prepare students for PEAT 1.

Examples of content

  • residential conveyancing
  • introduction to commercial conveyancing
  • introduction to commercial leasing
  • standard securities
  • the law of insurance
  • personal insolvency

SCQF credits

30 credits

Optional modules

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain knowledge and understanding of the way in which legislation and regulation can be used to implement policy decisions in the energy industries (gas and electricity). The emphasis of this module is on understanding the regulators’ approach when deciding any restructuring of the energy industry. 

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain an understanding and knowledge 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. The emphasis of this module is on providing an understanding of the common and diverging objectives between the governments and oil companies/investors and how to accommodate the diverse interests of the various stakeholders in the development of petroleum resources.

Energy Projects and Environmental Law

Aims

The aim of this module is to develop an understanding of the legal regimes and regulatory mechanisms that exist to control the environmental impacts of energy projects.

Examples of content

Understanding the problem

  • the impacts of energy projects

Starting projects

  • planning and related consents, on land and offshore
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

Running projects

  • regulation at global, regional and national levels

Decommissioning

  • Corporate social responsibility, public participation and stakeholder engagement

SCQF credits

30 credits

Promoting Freedom of Information

Aims

  • to analyse different theories, laws, policies, and practices for promoting freedom of information
  • to examine different socio-legal and political contexts for freedom of information laws and their implementation
  • to understand the opportunities and challenges for achieving freedom of information in those contexts

Examples of Content

  • the political, legal, and philosophical basis for freedom of information
  • the relationship between freedom of information and other human rights
  • the political and legal context for legislating and implementing freedom of information
  • the role of freedom of information in various thematic areas, potentially including surveillance, environmental protection, truth-seeking, indigenous rights, and corporate social responsibility
  • country or sub-national case studies, potentially including the UK, Scotland, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia

SCQF credits

30 credits

Comparative Constitutional Law

Aims

To analyse major issues in constitutional theory from a comparative (domestic and international) perspective.

Examples of content

  • constitutions (written and unwritten)
  • constitutional rhetoric and constitutional idolatry
  • constitutional performance
  • referendums
  • international law and constitutional law
  • the disenchantment of citizens for (electoral) politics
  • the rise of legal authority and the rule of law
  • militant democracy
  • civil disobedience
  • constitutional review (within the courts)
  • constitutional review (outside the courts)

SCQF credits

30 credits

Level 4

Core modules

Dissertation

Aims

The dissertation contributes to the achievement of the aims of the LL.B. Honours degree in the following respects:

  • promoting a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas of law
  • developing originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression
  • building upon and developing the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier modules

Examples of content

Research area of law agreed and supervised by member of staff.

SCQF credits

30 credits

English Law of Equity and Trusts (Dual Qualifying)

Aims

To promote an understanding of the fundamental elements of trust law and of its relevance to modern life and other areas of the law.

Examples of content

  • the distinction between legal and equitable ownership
  • equitable remedies
  • the nature and constitution of a trust
  • the three certainties
  • express trusts
  • charitable trusts
  • implied or resulting trusts
  • constructive trusts
  • duties of a trustee, breach of such duties

SCQF credits

30 credits

English Law of Property (DQ)

Aims

To critically analyse the various major principles, legislation and case law used to regulate the use and enjoyment of property with particular emphasis on land law

Examples of content

  • concepts of property and introduction to land law
  • the classification of interests in land, the 1925 legislation and unregistered land
  • registration of title to land
  • freehold – including adverse possession
  • co-ownership – including human rights issues
  • leasehold
  • mortgages
  • easements
  • covenants
  • socio-economic and human rights context

SCQF Credits

30 credits

Optional modules

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain knowledge and understanding of the way in which legislation and regulation can be used to implement policy decisions in the energy industries (gas and electricity). The emphasis of this module is on understanding the regulators’ approach when deciding any restructuring of the energy industry. 

Number of credits: 30

You'll gain an understanding and knowledge 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. The emphasis of this module is on providing an understanding of the common and diverging objectives between the governments and oil companies/investors and how to accommodate the diverse interests of the various stakeholders in the development of petroleum resources.

Energy Projects and Environmental Law (Advanced)

Aims

This module aims to develop an advanced understanding of the legal regimes and regulatory mechanisms that exist to control the environmental impacts of energy projects.

Examples of content

Understanding the problem

  • the impacts of energy projects

Starting projects

  • planning and related consents, on land and offshore
  • Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

Running projects

  • regulation at global, regional and national levels

Decommissioning

  • Corporate social responsibility, public participation and stakeholder engagement

SCQF credits

30 credits

Promoting Freedom of Information (Advanced)

Aims

  • to analyse different theories, laws, policies, and practices for promoting freedom of information
  • to examine different socio-legal and political contexts for freedom of information laws and their implementation
  • to understand the opportunities and challenges for achieving freedom of information in those contexts

Examples of Content

  • the political, legal, and philosophical basis for freedom of information
  • the relationship between freedom of information and other human rights
  • the political and legal context for legislating and implementing freedom of information
  • the role of freedom of information in various thematic areas, potentially including surveillance, environmental protection, truth-seeking, indigenous rights, and corporate social responsibility
  • country or sub-national case studies, potentially including the UK, Scotland, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia

SCQF credits

30 credits

Comparative Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law (Advanced)

Aim

To critically analyse major issues in constitutional theory from a comparative (domestic and international) perspective.

Examples of content

  • constitutions (written and unwritten)
  • constitutional rhetoric and constitutional idolatry
  • constitutional performance
  • referendums
  • international law and constitutional law
  • the disenchantment of citizens for (electoral) politics
  • the rise of legal authority and the rule of law
  • militant democracy
  • civil disobedience
  • constitutional review (within the courts)
  • constitutional review (outside the courts)

SCQF credits

30 credits

This course is fully accredited by the Law Society of Scotland and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (England and Wales) so when you graduate you will have full flexibility in deciding where to complete your legal training.

We have close links with employers and we offer programmes to support and develop your employability. Our excellent reputation throughout the profession and close links to employers help Dundee graduates find employment with both law firms and other private sector companies. 

With its core professionally accredited status and specialist focus on oil and gas and energy law this programme is strongly placed to be relevant to graduates who are keen on a career in the domestic energy sector. Graduates will have a unique combination of core and specialist legal skills which are not currently available in other undergraduate law degree programmes.

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.

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Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

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 costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • 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.


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