• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Award: LLB
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

This course provides an accredited LLB in Eng/NI 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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We expect you to have an interest in energy and environmental matters.  As for all law degrees you should be able to demonstrate a willingness to take on responsibilities and contribute to your community (school, church, club).  You should also have strong written and oral skills in English and enjoy reading.

Please ensure that your personal statement is written in perfect English and follows a logical structure.  Include evidence that you have tried to find out what a career in law (and energy) would be like and show evidence of how you contribute to your school or wider community.  There is a separate section in the UCAS application about paid employment and if you have had any form of paid work it is wise to complete this section.

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 3 year Honours
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher AA (advanced higher) + AABBB (Higher)
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
BTEC Considered individually
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 36 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H2H3H3H3
Graduate Entry Via our Law - Accelerated LLB course
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) Considered individually
Scottish Baccalaureate Considered individually
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Considered individually
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).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

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:

  • In year 1 teaching consists of a balance between lectures supported by small group teaching in tutorials and independent and group study.
  • In years 2 and 3 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.

What you will study

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

Level 2

Foundations of Law (Advanced)

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

SCQF credits

20 credits

English Law of Contract 

Aims

This module aims to develop an understanding of the key elements of the English Law of Contract and their operation.

Examples of content

  • formation of a contract
  • consideration
  • intention to create legal relations
  • contract terms
  • vitiating factors
  • duress and undue influence
  • discharge of a contract
  • remedies
  • restitution
  • privity of contract
  • assignment and agency

SCQF credits

20 credits

Public Law I (Advanced): 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

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

English Law of Tort

Aims

This module is an introduction to the principles of tortious liability.

Fulfilment of Obligations (II) qualifying law degree requirements in England and Wales.

Examples of content

  • intentional harm to the person
  • unintentional harm to the person including recovery for negligently inflicted psychiatric injury
  • vicarious liability and joint and several liability
  • economic loss and product liability
  • torts related to land
  • torts related to reputation and privacy

SCQF credits

20 credits

Public Law II (Advanced): Controls on Power

Aims

This module aims to achieve 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 3

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

English Law of Equity and Trusts

Aims

The aim of this module is 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

Public Law III – Rights and Freedoms (Advanced)

Aims

The aim of this module is to achieve an advanced 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

30 credits

English Law of Property

Aims

This module aims to analyse the various major principles, legislation and caselaw 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
  • co-ownership
  • Leasehold
  • commonhold
  • mortgages
  • easements
  • covenants
  • socio-economic and human rights context

SCQF credits

30 credits

Level 4

You must take at least 90 credits in the specialist modules (which may include a specialist dissertation).

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.

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

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

and one of

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.

This course is fully accredited by 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.

 Find out more about fee status

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.

We expect you to have an interest in energy and environmental matters. As for all law degrees you should be able to demonstrate a willingness to take on responsibilities and contribute to your community (school, church, club). You should also have strong written and oral skills in English and enjoy reading.

Please ensure that your personal statement is written in perfect English and follows a logical structure. Include evidence that you have tried to find out what a career in law (and energy) would be like and show evidence of how you contribute to your school or wider community. There is a separate section in the UCAS application about paid employment and if you have had any form of paid work it is wise to complete this section.


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  Degree UCAS Code
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