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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.

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