University of Dundee

Degree level: Postgraduate

International Mineral Law and Policy (LLM) (Taught)

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Course summary

The minerals industry is changing quickly as environmental and sustainability concerns grow. The industry has a crucial role to play in the energy transition and as a source for components. On this course you will study these changes and understand how the industry previously worked and how it will move towards a sustainable future. You'll examine the regulatory and contractual environment surrounding the minerals industry. You will learn about how mining rights are granted, the production process, and decommissioning. You will also study the choices facing governments and companies, and look at how governments can enforce changes to out-dated practices to improve environmental and sustainability performance. Mining projects create all sorts of regulatory issues, ranging from illegal mining to social and economic impacts. You will learn about the stages of the industry, including recognising the changing place of minerals in the world economy. You will also learn about: The ways investors allocate risk over the long term The nature of mining rights The regulatory and contractual model surrounding a mining project Mineral economics and options for mineral taxation Social, environmental, and sustainability issues surrounding mining projects Dispute avoidance and resolution You do not need to be a lawyer to take this course. CEPMLP has been a global voice of energy law and policy since 1977. We are now working towards the transition to low-carbon economies worldwide. With over 6,000 postgraduate alumni from more than 50 countries, we prepare our graduates for high–profile careers in the public and private sectors.

Course details


Modules may include: natural resources sectors (a multidisciplinary introduction); dissertation or internship; international and comparative mineral law; mineral resources policy and economics; environmental law and policy for natural resources and energy; financial and project analysis of natural resources and energy ventures; international law of water resources; mineral and petroleum taxation; legal frameworks for water resource management; public policies for natural resource-based development; structuring and documenting international mining transactions.

Assessment method

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), or an extended PhD Proposal (students who propose to follow up the LLM with a PhD may, with the approval of an academic supervisor, submit a 10,000 word PhD proposal).

How to apply

International applicants

University of Dundee alumni can be found in international and national oil companies, mining companies, financial organisations, government departments and agencies, non-governmental and international organisations, research and academic institutes, international law firms, consultancies with interest in the energy and natural resource sectors all over the world.

Entry requirements

Applicants 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 proficiency requirements are; IELTS 6.5, or TOEFL 603 or 250 on the computer-based test.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £7650 Year 1
England £7650 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7650 Year 1
Scotland £7650 Year 1
Wales £7650 Year 1
Channel Islands £7650 Year 1
International £18150 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees shown are for our one year taught postgraduate degrees starting in 2020/21.
International Mineral Law and Policy (LLM) at University of Dundee - UCAS