University of Dundee

University of Dundee

International Mineral Law and Policy (LLM Full time)

This degree is aimed at mineral industry professionals, both in government and industry, who wish to develop their understanding of the legal and regulatory framework within which the mineral industry operates and of the key policy issues and challenges in this sector.

Entry requirements

LLM: 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.

Course modules

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 methods

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).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time September 2019 - 12 Months
LLM Full-time January 2020 - 12 Months

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