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LLM Water Law

Course Description

Why LLM Water Law at Dundee?

The world’s long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. These in turn rely on individuals who possess a sound grasp of their legal, economic, technical and policy backgrounds.

Natural Resources Law and Policy is at the heart of these issues and provides the best in advanced education in its field, preparing its graduates to meet the challenges posed by the evolving global economy.

This LLM is aimed at lawyers and other professionals, both in government and industry, who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the law and practice of international business transactions and general international economic relations. The position of this programme at the Centre provides the student a unique opportunity to combine studies in general international economic and business law and practice with specialized courses in the energy and resources industries. This intensive professional and academic training, provided by internationally leading practitioners and professors in this field, leads to a distinctive and reputed advanced academic qualification based on academic excellence and professional relevance.

What's great about LLM Water Law Dundee?

Throughout its history, the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy as part of the Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management at the University of Dundee has achieved continuous growth and has established international pre-eminence in its core activities. Scholarly performance, high level academic research, strategic consultancy and top-quality executive education. Currently, we have over 500 registered postgraduate students from more than 50 countries world-wide.

Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy gives us a unique perspective on how governments and businesses operate. We offer flexible courses delivered by the best in the field, devised and continually updated in line with the Centre’s unique combination of professional expertise and academic excellence.

We will teach you the practical and professional skills you need to mastermind complex commercial and financial transactions in the international workplace, and we will expose you to many varied and exciting opportunities.
The programme is focused on the core area of Water Law, and includes teaching to enable students to study law at Masters Level. Students can choose options in other areas of natural resources law, or related disciplines such as economics.

The programme utilises the global reputation of the UNESCO Centre within the University of Dundee - the Dundee UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science is committed to the mission "water for all", and in its innovative taught programmes aims to develop a new generation of local water leaders. Its unique summer school programme is aimed at water resources experts who wish to supplement their expertise with water law and leadership courses with an international network of water resources specialists as students and faculty.

The UNESCO Centre achieved a high research rating in the 2008 RAE as part of the submission from the University's Law Unit of Assessment. The Unit finished among the top four in Scotland (out of 11), and among the top 19 out of 67 in the UK. All of its research was classified as being of an international standard.

Programme Content

The programme has both January and September starts. The core induction module, which spans a number of related courses, runs twice a year to cover both starts.

In the autumn semester (September – December) students will take National Water Law and two or three options.

In the spring semester (January-May), students will take Regulation of Water Services and two or three options.

The third core module, International Water Law, runs in a block in early summer and is also offered as a short course with a wide intake of participants from around the globe. Other options are also offered in intensive block format at this time (April – June).

Students will complete a dissertation or internship. Students starting in January may be able to undertake the internship during the summer months to enable them to complete within 12 months.

Methods of Teaching & Assessment

The Graduate School utilises a wide variety of teaching and assessment for on-campus modules. These include lectures, seminars, and workshops. Face to face teaching is supplemented by materials provided through the virtual learning environment. Assessments include examinations, individual research papers, presentations and role plays. Module handbooks supplement programme handbooks and provide detailed information on teaching schedules and reading as well as assessments. The Centre regularly welcomes guest lecturers from different disciplines to broaden the student experience and give them a more holistic perspective, regardless of the background of the individual student.

Careers Opportunities

As available water resources become scarcer, the need for their improved allocation and use becomes more pressing. The management of resources and the provision of services both require effective legal structures.
For students with a background in law or a related discipline, this programme will give them the specialisation and research ability to be attractive to a wide variety of employers including government departments, regulators, water services providers, international organisations and NGOs as well as academia or industry.
For those already working in water resources, this qualification will give them the expert knowledge and skills in law to advance their career, perhaps within a government department, a regulator, water services providers or a basin agency.

Visit the LLM Water Law page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Ruxandra Lazarescu

With a background in corporate law I decided to take time off to invest in my education and broaden my career opportunities. Coming from Australia, I was aware of the importance of water as a national and global issue. I was looking for a highly regarded course in water law offering breadth and depth, all delivered within a manageable time frame.

I got all this and more from the UNESCO centre. Integrated water learning offered in a stimulating and truly international environment. A year of great learning and opportunity.


5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 5 Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees


For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information



LLM Water Law Scholarship - 5 Awards

UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science£3,000 Scholarship towards tuition fees for applicants to LLM Water Law.Scholarships are available to applicants who wish to study either full time or part time.

Value of Scholarship(s)



For applicants to LLM Water Law who wish to study either full time or part time, starting Sept 2011 or Jan 2012.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy & Science at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.Closing dates for Scholarship applications are as follows:Courses starting September 2011 - closing date 1st July 2011
Courses starting January 2012 - closing date 15th November 2011

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have an undergraduate degree in relevant discipline, for example, law, economics, political science, hydrology, engineering, geography, water resources.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Last Updated

17 January 2017

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