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LLM Oil and Gas Law & Policy

Course Description

Why Oil and Gas Law & Policy 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 Oil and Gas Law & Policy

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.This provides a rigorous training for graduate students and working professionals. Full-time and distance-learning degrees, intensive training programmes tailor-made for individuals or companies and short-term professional seminars are all on offer.

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. Why not take a few minutes to complete our application form - it could be the most far-reaching career move you’ll ever make!

How you will be taught

The LLM is made up of compulsory and elective modules with this taught component being followed by either:
A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor

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

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

What you will study

Compulsory Modules
• Natural Resources Sectors: A Multidisciplinary Introduction
• Dissertation or Internship

Core Modules
Core Compulsory Modules
• International Petroleum Law and Policy
• National and Comparative Oil and Gas Law

Core Specialist Modules
• Downstream Energy Law and Policy
• Oil and Gas Law - Commercial Contracts Matrix
• Petroleum Policy and Economics
• Transnational Investment Law and Policy

Elective Modules
Candidates are advised to choose additional modules from what is available on the academic timetable subject to any restrictions that may apply

How you will be assessed

Each course is assessed by a combination of examinations and a research paper.

Visit the LLM Oil and Gas Law & Policy page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Emefen Udom

1340.jpg I chose to study at the University of Dundee due to the fact that they offered courses no other University in the world offered.

After my degree I plan to set up a consultancy company in Nigeria to put into practice the knowledge I gained from the University of Dundee.

Applicants need to prepare their spirit, soul and body for a life time knowledge they will gain from the University of Dundee. Applicants also need to know that even if they pay a billion pounds for tuition, it shall never be commensurate with the high powered knowledge they shall gain especially from the intelligent lecturers like Stephen Dow and Professor Peter Cameron.

The most enjoyable thing about my degree was that the lecturers devoted time to explain the issues that I never understood properly in class without any complaints or frown. My best University experience was meeting students from other parts of the world, since I have always yearned to be multicultural in my approach to issues.


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



PhD Research Scholarships - 5 Awards

Since 2007 CEPMLP has offered one or more research scholarships to support candidates reading for the degree of PhD. The scholarships are available for three years (subject to performance) and will cover fees and provide a stipend of £9,000 per annum (£750 per month) towards living expenses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£9,000 per annum


Successful candidates will have access to all the resources of the PhD programme, including limited support for travel. Applications will be welcome in any area of current research interest to the Centre (see CEPMLP's Research section of the website for further information on current research topics)

Application Procedure

Applicants should complete an application form for admission as a research student to the University of Dundee indicating on the form that they are applying to CEPMLP as their academic department and indicating on the finance section of the form that they are applying for a CEPMLP scholarship. They should also include a 5-10 page summary of their research proposal, covering the research question, relevance, methodology to be applied and originality. Applications must be received by 30th April 2011 and a decision will be made by 1st June 2011 with the successful candidate(s) expected to take up the scholarship from September 2011. http://www.dundee.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/how_to_apply/index.htm

Entry Requirements

You should have a good 4-year degree, equivalent to a UK honours degree, preferably at upper 2nd class level or above. Candidates holding the equivalent of a good 2nd class lower degree may also apply. Degree certificates and academic transcripts must be provided. 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 LLM. English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

Course Fees

UK/EU/OS 2016-2017 £16,800 £11,025(PGDip) £7,455(PGCert)

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