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Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources Law
Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources Law

Graduate Diploma in Natural Resources Law

  • ID:UWA610126
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—1(a) a Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; or 

2(a) (i) a bachelor's degree in a cognate area, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and (ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; or 

3(a) (i) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and (ii) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent; and (iii) at least two years of relevant professional experience.

English Requirements

  • Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening 

  • IELTS (Academic) including IELTS for UKVI (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules)

  • PTE (Academic): Postgraduate Research Studies applicants: An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 64 in the reading and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the other sections.

Course Information

This course is ideal if you're looking to expand your current knowledge of the mining, energy and natural resources sector or if you seek a new career path in this highly regulated industry. This course is available for law and non-law graduates, and, depending on your qualifications, this course may be articulated into the Master of Resources and International Commercial Law or Master of Mining and Energy Law.

You'll study a foundation unit in law governance (this applies to all students except those with a recognised law degree) and also choose three option units, from topics such as mining law, climate change, and oil and gas project development.

The topics dealing with the regulation of industry such as mining and oil and gas law provide a deep understanding not only of the steps required to commercialise the resource and the required legal compliance, but put those things into a practical context. So you will learn how oil and gas exploration is conducted and what is involved in the steps from finding a commercial reservoir to its sale. This informs your understanding of the contracts involved (joint operating agreements and gas sales contracts among others), but also of the associated risks and legal issues. 


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Course structure details


Take all units (6 points):

  • LAWS5227 Foundations of Law and Governance (6)

Option - Group A

Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:

  • LAWS5111 Corporate Governance for Resources Companies (6)

  • LAWS5114 International Environmental Law (6)

  • LAWS5175 Heritage Governance: from Global to Local (6)

  • LAWS5208 Oil and Gas Project Development Law (6)

  • LAWS5252 International Trade Financing (6)

  • LAWS5253 International Shipping Law (6)

  • LAWS5398 Construction Law (6)

  • LAWS5507 International Oil and Gas Law (6)

  • LAWS5517 Mining Law (6)

  • LAWS5521 Climate Change Law and Emissions Trading (6)

  • LAWS5532 Energy Agreements: Oil and Gas, Alternative Energy and Sustainability (6)

  • LAWS5540 Environmental Protection Law (6)

  • LAWS5576 International Commercial Arbitration (6)

  • LAWS5589 Energy Regulation: Sustainable Oil and Gas and Alternative Energy Production (6)

  • LAWS5590 Water Resources Law (6)

  • LAWS5694 Research Paper I (6)

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Expand your skills, expertise and knowledge of law to prepare yourself for the next step in your law career. Graduates may find employment opportunities within the government sector, resource companies or the corporate energy sector.

  • Lawyer

  • Policy analyst

  • Policy and Planning Manager

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Overseas Student Health Cover

OSHC: 530 ($) per year

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