Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability

Graduate Diploma, Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability (Graduate Diploma)



Program Websites


Program Contact

Mary Morris (lawgrad@uwo.ca)
Student Services Assistant

Faculty of Law

Western University
Law Building Rm 239
London, Ontario N6A 3K7

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 88422
f. 519-850-2412

The Graduate Diploma in Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability will provide complementary interdisciplinary training to students whose backgrounds and previous academic disciplines are in fields other than Law. Our goal is to provide mining professionals (eg geologists, geophysicists, engineers), business professionals (eg those in finance or human resources), public servants, indigenous leaders, and advocates working with non-governmental organizations with knowledge of the key legal frameworks that govern the extractive industries in Canada and abroad. This will help them to understand issues in areas like environmental regulation, the rights of indigenous peoples, and applicable corporate finance provisions.

Program Length

  • 2 terms (8 months) – Full-time
  • 3-4 terms (12-16 months) – Part-time
Part-time students can complete the program in either three or four terms. As the Faculty of Law does not offer Summer courses, students would be limited to taking courses in the Fall and Winter. Part-time students will not be charged tuition during the Summer Term.

Program Design

  • Full-time study, part-time study
  • Course-Based

Admission Requirements

Applicants to this program must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum average of B (74%) in the last two years of full-time study. The Bachelor’s Degree should be in a discipline that is relevant to the program, such as Geology, Geophysics, Engineering, Geography, Environmental Science, Indigenous Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, or equivalent.

Applicants who wish to take courses offered by Mining Law, Finance, and Sustainability but do not wish to pursue the diploma credential must have completed a Bachelor’s Degree (in any discipline) with a minimum average of B (74%) in the last two years of full-time study. In exceptional circumstances, equivalent work experience in the mining industry may be considered as an alternative to a university degree; contact the graduate program directly for details.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

Application Deadline

  • May 31 - Acceptance notifications usually begin in June.
Late applications may be considered at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee. If you are considering making a late application, please contact the Graduate Assistant (lawgrad@uwo.ca) to confirm there is space available in your chosen program.