The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria, widely known as Africa's Global Law Faculty, forms part of an unsurpassed network of universities from the African continent and abroad, with graduates from its post-graduate programmes filling leading positions across the region. The quality and relevance of the Faculty’s post-graduate programmes are widely acclaimed, and recognised as such by the likes of the United Nations and the African Union through the awarding to the Faculty of its highest honours.
An established suite of cutting edge masters programmes focussed on Africa, addresses themes as diverse as human rights and democratisation, to trade and investment law in Africa. Adding to this selection, the Faculty is now offering a specialised masters programme in extractive industry law in Africa.
A first for the continent, this programme focusses on extractive industries in African from a multi-disciplinary perspective, with a particular emphasis on the law aspects associated with contemporary oil, gas and mineral extraction. In addition to lectures presented by eminent academics and practitioners in this field of law, the learning experience is enhanced, as never before, by comprehensively incorporating aspects of macro- and micro economics and management, finance, mining engineering and earth sciences. The student experience is further enriched by field visits to operational mines and extractive industry operations, related organisations and institutions.
The aim, as with other masters programmes presented by the Faculty, is to deliver graduates who have a comprehensive and holistic understanding of all relevant aspects of the extractive industries in Africa, equipping them with the knowledge and confidence to take on the toughest challenges with which they will be presented. Tailor-made in Africa, for students who will be working in Africa, the ambition is nothing short of grooming the next generation of industry and government leaders, who will be at the vanguard of unlocking the riches of the continent in a way that can change the future of Africa's countries and her people for the best.
As such, it will be of particular interest to candidates from legal practice who work with the extractive industries, the judiciary, government officials, legislators, policymakers, international organisations, consultancies, industry regulators and research institutes. The programme also provides an excellent foundation for recent graduates on which to prepare for a career in this dynamic and exciting field.
A maximum of 25 students is selected for admission per year. In order to allow for the greatest flexible learning experience and to accommodate working professionals, the course consists of a blend of intensive, on-campus contact sessions throughout the year, and distance learning modules.
This full time 12 month intensive programme is designed to provide advanced specialised training for earth science graduates, leading to excellent employment opportunities in the extractive industry. It is suitable for those who already have an honours degree in geology, mining/minerals engineering or a related subject.
You will attain a comprehensive understanding of the role of a geoscientist working in the mining industry. New skills include underground geological and geotechnical mapping, surveying, mineral exploration, ore microscopy, ore deposit modelling and mine planning. In-depth coverage of mineral resource estimation and grade control, mineral extraction and management, mining law and the environmental impact of mining, enable skills in quantifying the economic value of an ore body and assessing its potential for exploitation to be attained. There is emphasis on acquiring knowledge of the geological characteristics and genesis, methods of exploration, extraction and processing techniques of the major types of metalliferous ore deposit, bulk commodities and industrial minerals.
Taught modules are presented over two semesters and individual projects are undertaken throughout the summer vacation, often as industrial placements with a mining/exploration company. Recent projects have been carried out in all major mining countries on six continents, including Australia, Tanzania, Mongolia, Chile as well as in the UK.
You will study 180 credits to obtain an MSc and 120 credits for a PgDip
The compulsory modules can include;
Some examples of the optional modules are;
The modules listed here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand
Formal teaching ends in late April/May with a field excursion to examine the geology and visit mines in an area of the world famous for its mining activity. Extensive use is made of Camborne School of Mines' underground mine facilities, laboratories, mineral processing pilot plant, and the superb field geology and extractive industry operations in South West England.
Migration in today's globalised world stands at the heart of key national and international debates; including migrants' and asylum seekers' rights and citizenship; state security and border management; and the globalisation of skilled labour markets. This interdisciplinary MSc offers the best of migration teaching from across UCL.
The programme combines theoretical and policy debates about migration. Students are equipped with the advanced skills, methods, concepts and theories essential for the study of global migration and gain the opportunity to apply them in both general and more specialised contexts relating to the processes, policies and politics of migration.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), a compulsory methods module (15 credits), five elective modules (75 credits) and the research dissertation (60 credits).
Students choose from a range of modules offered across UCL which specialise in migration. The list may include the following:
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, discussions, independent reading, practicals and workshops. The majority of modules are assessed through coursework although a small number are assessed by examination.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Global Migration MSc
Graduates of this programme will be well equipped to work with migrants and asylum seekers in different parts of the world, and gain posts in UN, EU, national policy think tanks, government research and policy departments, NGOs, community-based and grassroots organisations. The programme provides an excellent foundation for students wishing to pursue doctorates in the interdisciplinary field of migration studies.
Recent career destinations for this degree
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
UCL has internationally recognised expertise in the field of migration. It has two established research units, the Migration Research Unit and the Centre for Research on Economic Analysis of Migration. Cutting-edge research on migration also takes place across UCL in many different disciplines including law, public policy, anthropology, development planning, area studies, humanities and health. The involvement of such a wide range of disciplines in teaching on the MSc in Global Migration is unique.
Students benefit from the consolidation of migration expertise across UCL which is complemented by a departmental migration seminar series, and a vibrant and expanding body of PhD students in this field.
Migration research at UCL has a strong international dimension, benefiting from networks across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Geography
81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.