Taught course

Oil and Gas Law and Policy

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: a good 4-year degree, equivalent to a UK honours degree, preferably 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. For full entry requirements, please see our website.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee is the internationally renowned graduate school in the field of international business transactions and natural resources and energy law and policy.

Our interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and consultancy provides a unique perspective on how governments, business and communities operate, providing the professionals of today with the ability to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

How you will be taught

Knowledge and Understanding:

of the main types of international (global and regional) and national regulatory frameworks and instruments between and within individual states, as well as between companies and governments, and contractual arrangements between companies in the international energy and natural resources sectors;
of the key policy issues relating to law, regulation and contracts in the international energy and natural resources sectors;
of the jurisprudence of courts, and operation of tribunals and other dispute settlement mechanisms.


Undertake an evaluation of legal (or fiscal) regimes for the international energy and natural resources sectors.
Participate in the drafting of international agreements and national regulations or in the negotiation of an agreement between government and company or between companies, in the international energy and natural resources sectors.
Critically review information and critically analyse issues relating to the international energy and natural resources sectors, informed by developments at the forefront of the subject.

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.

Information for international students

CEPMLP alumni can be found in international and national oil companies; mining companies; financial organisations; government departments and agencies; non-governmental and international organisations; research and academic institutes; international law firms; consultancies with interest in the energy and natural resource sectors all over the world.

Fees and funding

CEPMLP Awards/Assistantships (maximum value of £6,500 each).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation20 (12500 words)

Course contact details

Stephen Dow
+44 (0)1382 384300