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Your programme of study

Oil and gas law gives you a wide range of knowledge to manage the affairs of international oil and gas companies within the full spectrum of law careers plus the knowledge to work within regulation and offer expertise in case law developments within the various environmental laws involved at government level. This is a specialist area of environmental law in which you study the hydrocarbon industry in terms of corporate liability and responsibility, downstream energy law, investment and arbitration law which is relevant when working with other companies on high risk exploration areas. This is an internationally relevant programme due to the nature and operations of the oil and gas industry.

Courses offered cover licensing and other methods of state control of hydrocarbon resources, commercial contracting, regulation of the oil and gas industry, principles of environmental law and maritime planning. The intention is that by the end of the programme you will have developed the analytical skills and knowledge to provide you with a firm foundation for work in this sector. The programme provides you with the opportunity to examine and critically assess key legal issues in the oil and gas sector both in the UK and in other leading jurisdictions.

Courses listed for the programme

Introduction

Compulsory Courses

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Optional

  • Oil and Minerals for Good
  • State of Control of Hydrocarbons
  • International Energy and Environmental Law

Semester 2

  • Contracting in Hydrocarbon Operations
  • Corporate Environmental Liability
  • Oil and Gas Law: Taxation on Upstream
  • Downstream Energy Law
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration in the Energy Sector

Semester 3

  • Master of Law Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The School of Law is ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • Our law school is considered one of the elite training grounds for lawyers since 1495
  • Aberdeen is one of the best places you can study oil and gas law as it is one of the world centres for the energy industry and directly influences research and teaching at the university
  • The university has continuously worked with the energy industry since the 1970s to provide the latest thinking and modules to students

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months or 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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The LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course is available through flexible study options and provides an opportunity to critically assess key legal and contractual aspects (i.e. Read more

The LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course is available through flexible study options and provides an opportunity to critically assess key legal and contractual aspects (i.e. licensing, contracts, M&A, environmental, renewable energy) of the global Energy and Oil and Gas sectors, both in the UK and leading international regions.

The course is designed to allow basic legal concepts to be covered in depth before building on this knowledge by moving onto specific energy, oil and gas law content.

You will develop key transferable legal skills to drive your career further and on successful completion you will be able to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues in the industry.

The course is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in Oil and Gas or Energy.

What you will study

All modes of delivery will study the same breakdown of modules, but over different durations depending on if studying full-time (on-campus/online) or part-time online.

STAGES 1 AND 2

You will develop a complete understanding of the main legal principles affecting Oil and Gas industry including maritime law, oil and gas law, environmental law, health and safety and renewable energy. You will gain in depth knowledge around contractual and commercial arrangements including contracts, mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution.

STAGE 3

You will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters level dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

In full time on campus mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorial sessions. These comprise a mix of tutorial presentations, group study, discussion of findings by teams and/or individuals. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including e-books, journals and audio visual resources).

Online students (full-time and part-time) will study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. You will be taught by a dedicated oil and gas law team of law lecturers and supported by RGU's VLEs designed for on-campus students and those studying at a distance. You have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

On campus option

  • Lectures - 25 -30 students per group, 2 - 3  hours per week 
  • Tutorial - 15 students per group, 2 hours per week 
  • Independent Study - 16 hours per week 

Distance learning option

  • Independent Study - 16 hours per week 
  • Forum postings - 5 hours per week/semester

INDEPENDENT STUDY

You are required to engage in your own research as part of your weekly independent study time. Tutorial preparation and private study typically calls for an average of 16 hours of individual private study time per week.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

The majority of teaching staff on this course have professional Legal or Oil and Gas industry professional experience meaning that the course is taught with a highly practical edge.

Staff on this course could also include guest lecturers and industry experts.

ASSESSMENT

This illustrates the assessment methods for Full-time On Campus and Full-time Online Distance Learning study modes. Part-time students will be assessed on a case by case basis reflected by their particular circumstances and job commitments.

  • 2 written assignments, including essays (both on campus and distance learning)
  • 1 oral assessment (on campus)
  • 1 assessed forum posting contribution and weekly forum participation (both on campus and distance learning)

Job prospects 

This LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course will enhance your legal skills for a stronger employability profile within the oil and gas and energy industry. There is an increasing need for knowledge of the legal technicalities that affect the industry today. Masters level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector and are keys to career advancement, the oil and gas industry is no exception.

Graduates from the LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course are employed worldwide in companies such as Centrica, Shell, BP, AMEC, NNPC and multiple UK or international law firms.

How to apply

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Your programme of study. With any international trade there is a need to ensure that all formalities are dealt with effectively and risks are managed as much as they can be. Read more

Your programme of study

With any international trade there is a need to ensure that all formalities are dealt with effectively and risks are managed as much as they can be. International Commercial Law is for you if you want to support and protect business in terms of all areas of trade, different business interpretations in each country and jurisdiction, intellectual property law protection, world trade production and logistics planning, oil and gas and arbitration. Within international property law you also learn about trade mark and brand protection, and cultural property issues as an optional course. You can work in a wide variety of careers in private business within energy, retail, manufacturing, IT and technology, and many other business sectors reliant on international trade to grow their business. You will be responsible for drafting and negotiating contracts within business operations, goods and services and you will have a deep understanding about business. You may also be required to go overseas and work long hours at times when you are busy. This is an area of law with immense variety in it and diversity.

The programme at Aberdeen in International Commercial Law gives you the opportunity to study intellectual property of brands, products and trade, commercial arbitration and international aspects to energy law to a degree of detail.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Introduction

Compulsory

  • Petroleum Law; Resource Management
  • Regulatory Law for Petroleum Operations
  • Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects
  • Co-Operative Contracts in the Oil and Gas Industry

Semester 2

  • Risk:Allocation in Oilfield Service Contracts
  • Governance in Petroleum Developments
  • Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Aspects
  • Investment Disputes in the Oil and Gas Context

Semester 3

  • Oil and Gas Law Professional Skills- Exploration and Production

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by Law School ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • Law has been taught at Aberdeen since 1495 and the inception of Kings College
  • Teaching has been influenced by the energy industry in Aberdeen since the 1970s when Aberdeen became European energy capital
  • You can attend seminars and events run by the Institute of Energy, and the Centre for Energy Law

Where you study

  • Blended Learning - see web page for details
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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The world’s long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. Read more

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.

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Your programme of study

Oil and gas law gives you a wide  range of knowledge to manage the affairs of international oil and gas companies within the full spectrum of law careers plus the knowledge to work within regulation and offer expertise in case law developments within the various environmental laws involved at government level. This is a specialist area of environmental law in which you study the hydrocarbon industry in terms of corporate liability and responsibility, downstream energy law, investment and arbitration law which is relevant when working with other companies on high risk exploration areas. This is an internationally relevant programme due to the nature and operations of the oil and gas industry.

Courses offered cover licensing and other methods of state control of hydrocarbon resources, commercial contracting, regulation of the oil and gas industry, principles of environmental law and maritime planning. The intention is that by the end of the programme you will have developed the analytical skills and knowledge to provide you with a firm foundation for work in this sector. The programme provides you with the opportunity to examine and critically assess key legal issues in the oil and gas sector both in the UK and in other leading jurisdictions. This programme specifically allows you to acquire a portfolio of professional skills which involve extra classes and simulated practical experience. This allows you to apply your skills directly to situations involving immediate application.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
  • State Control of Hydrocarbons

Optional

  • Oil and Minerals for Good
  • International Energy and Environmental Law

Semester 2

  • Contracting in Hydrocarbon Operations

Optional

  • Corporate Environment Liability
  • Oil and Gas Law: Taxation of Upstream
  • Downstream Energy Law
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration in the Energy Sector

Semester 3

  • Oil and Gas Law Professional Skills - Exploration of Production

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is a the heart of the European and World oil and gas industry with FTSE 100 companies located in Aberdeen city
  • You study with a top 10 ranked law school in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • 98% of students felt their LLM had added value to their career prospects and 97% would recommend their programme to others

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/" target="_blank">funding database via the programme page and the https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php " target="_blank">latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law at Swansea University – winner of the ‘Postgraduate’ category at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017. Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law at Swansea University – winner of the ‘Postgraduate’ category at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2017.

The business of hydrocarbon energy supply remains one of the most fundamental aspects of global commerce and natural resources law in the modern era. It is not limited to exploitation of petroleum but encompasses many different aspects of law and business, from protecting the intellectual property rights of new oil and gas technology, to complex joint venture contracts, and to compensation regimes for pollution liability.

Key Features of Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research, which provides an exceptional student experience, as evidenced by our PTES results.
  • A professional but friendly environment with pastoral support and free English language classes which attracts students from all over the world.
  • Lectures delivered by outstanding academics at the forefront of scholarship in their areas of expertise, which they combine with skilled and innovative teaching.
  • Exemption from level 2 education requirements of CIArb membership allowing you to apply to be awarded the level of Member of the Institute or MCIArb., if you successfully complete the International Commercial Arbitration module.
  • Extra-curricular activities such as mooting and summer schools abroad.
  • A wide range of employability initiatives. Our employability initiatives and close links with the legal practice bear fruit as Swansea LLM alumni are particularly well placed in the job market all over the world.

Modules in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law

The LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, an Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students proceed to Part II, which is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects). At least one of the LLM Research Projects must be written in the area of International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law or Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities.  The LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students to develop their research skills.

Modules in the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law may include:

  • Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities
  • International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions
  • Law of the Sea
  • Law of International Trade
  • Charterparties: Law and Practice
  • The Law of Marine Insurance
  • Law and Practice relating to in International Banking and Commercial Payments

For further information on the modules of the Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law programme, please visit the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law page.

Careers and Employability

Employability has always been on the top of our agenda. To that end we organise a number of initiatives for enhancing our LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students’ employability. These include:

  • Tailor-made employability advice by two dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures delivered who give our LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students an insight of the practice.
  • The unique opportunity to get involved in mooting,.
  • Close links with the legal practice and various elements of the shipping and business sectors.
  • The annual LLM Careers Fair, which gives the opportunity to our Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law students to meet and discuss their future aspirations with representatives from an array of local and international law firms.
  • Networking events and visits to leading enterprises within the City of London with a view to enhancing our students’ practical understanding of shipping and insurance practice.

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across. Teaching in the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students. 

All LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment.

Meet our Students

Ole Ollmann (Germany – LLM in Oil and Gas Law, now Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law)

Whilst working on his dissertations, Ole was offered an internship at Hapag-Lloyd AG, one of the oldest and most respected shipping companies in Germany and a leading globally operating container line. During his three month internship, Ole was involved in the day to day bunker procurement and bunker trade practice in the bunkering department. Ole was offered valuable inside into oil markets, trading and hedging practice as well as procurement strategies of a large container line. He procured bunker fuels for ships, prepared the necessary documentation and also dealt with bunker claims.

In addition, he dealt with general matters of the relevant law, such as general terms and conditions of sale and charter party terms pertaining to bunker fuel. Ole found his internship a great experience which gave him an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gained during the LLM program. After completion of his internship, Ole moved to a permanent position in the chartering / operations department of a specialised tanker owner and operator.



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Your programme of study. The General Law programme at Aberdeen is one of the best programmes in terms of scope and areas of interest you can choose to study at advanced level. Read more

Your programme of study

The General Law programme at Aberdeen is one of the best programmes in terms of scope and areas of interest you can choose to study at advanced level. If your first degree was in a specific area of law there is nothing preventing you from choosing another area of law completely or a complementary area. You could study environmental law areas such as oil and gas law, energy and environmental law, low carbon energy transition with further environmental regulation. If you are more interested in criminal law you could look at Criminology, the politics of human rights, humanitarian law.  If you are more interested in business you might choose international law, intellectual property law, world trade organisation or for business with a creative aspect you might think about specialist in cultural property issues or law for business and arts and museums law.  There are many possible mixes of these general areas of law you might want to explore. Employment possibilities are huge from this range of areas of law and include all notable areas to practise law and careers within the legal profession to welfare sectors such as employment, business, HR and finance.

Law careers

You may become a Barrister if you wish to represent people at High Court and Magistrates court to put legal argument forward for decision. You could start off as a legal executive to later qualify as a solicitor with further training or after a number of years experience you may wish to become a judge. If you want some work experience you could become a court usher. Other careers include a Paralegal. This role undertakes much of a lawyers role in drafting documents, meetings and contracts.  If you decide your law degree is useful for other areas you may look at Civil Service careers, become a politician, work in the police, city, or teach.

This programme is ideal if you want to be a generalist to an advanced level rather than a specialist in a specific area of law. You develop your analysis and research skills and you have the option of wide ranging courses to choose from which stretches your intellectual thinking capabilities in a top 10 School of Law (Complete University Guide 2018)

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Optional (4 courses 2 in Semester 1 and 2)

  • International Energy and Environmental Law
  • Oil and Minerals for Good
  • Low Carbon Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law
  • International Law: A Time of Challenges
  • The Politics of Human Rights
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Commercial Arbitration In the Asia Pacific
  • Private International Law: Concepts and Institutions
  • Issues in Criminal Justice
  • World Trade Organisation: Gatt
  • Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions
  • International Intellectual Property: Frameworks and Challenges
  • International Criminal Law
  • Copyright and Patents
  • Private International Law - Jurisdiction, Recognition and Enforcement

Semester 2

Optional

  • Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art and Museums
  • Principles of Environmental Regulation
  • Choice of Law for Business
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Low Carbon Energy Transition: Nuclear Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Criminal Evidence and Proof
  • Criminal Law
  • The use of Force in International Law
  • Trade Marks and Brand Development
  • International Trade and Finance Law
  • Private International Law of Family Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Carriage of Goods By Sea
  • Oil and Gas Law: Taxation of Upstream
  • Downstream Energy Law
  • Commercialising Innovation and Law
  • Commercial Tax Law and Policy
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration in the Energy Sector

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by a School of Law ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018). The University has been teaching and researching law since the Middle Ages.
  • You develop skills which are vital to the legal profession in a highly personalised environment with high contact from your lecturers.
  • You get a great range of options which you can tailor to your own requirements and build upon your undergraduate degree and experience to widen your career options, and you can take your qualifications further with programmes such as International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • January or September

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

You may be interested in:



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Your programme of study. This highly regarded degree in the industry is now available to study online either full time or part time around work and other commitments you may have. Read more

Your programme of study

This highly regarded degree in the industry is now available to study online either full time or part time around work and other commitments you may have. The programme provides you with the same skills and knowledge as the other two programmes in courses and access to tutors but it allows you to study at a time that suits you and you can complete a dissertation also online.

Oil and gas law gives you a wide range of knowledge to manage the affairs of international oil and gas companies within the full spectrum of law careers plus the knowledge to work within regulation and offer expertise in case law developments within the various environmental laws involved at government level. This is a specialist area of environmental law in which you study the hydrocarbon industry in terms of corporate liability and responsibility, downstream energy law, investment and arbitration law which is relevant when working with other companies on high risk exploration areas. This is an internationally relevant programme due to the nature and operations of the oil and gas industry.

Courses offered cover licensing and other methods of state control of hydrocarbon resources, commercial contracting, regulation of the oil and gas industry, principles of environmental law and maritime planning. The intention is that by the end of the programme you will have developed the analytical skills and knowledge to provide you with a firm foundation for work in this sector. The programme provides you with the opportunity to examine and critically assess key legal issues in the oil and gas sector both in the UK and in other leading jurisdictions.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Compulsory
  • Petroleum Law: Resource Management
  • Regulatory Law for Petroleum Operations
  • Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects
  • Co-Operative Contracts in the Oil and Gas Industry

Semester 2

  • Risk Allocation in Oilfield Service Contracts
  • Governance and Petroleum Developments
  • Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Aspects
  • Investment Disputes in the Oil and Gas Context

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Campus programme

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen city is at the heart of the European and World Oil and Gas Industry with FTSE 100 multinationals operating out of Aberdeen City and region
  • You are taught by a top 10 ranked law school in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)

Where you study

  • Online
  • 12 Months Full Time or 24 Months Part Time
  • September or January Start 

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

Find out more about living in Aberdeen

Living costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Study legal aspects of the oil and gas industry alongside international commercial law. Choose from modules offered by the Schools of Law, Agriculture, Policy and Development, Geography and Environmental Science, and Henley Business School. Read more
  • Study legal aspects of the oil and gas industry alongside international commercial law
  • Choose from modules offered by the Schools of Law, Agriculture, Policy and Development, Geography and Environmental Science, and Henley Business School
  • Leads to careers in the oil and gas industry, government agencies, international courts and tribunals, multinational corporations, law firms, and academia (subject to further study)

What will you study?

Sample modules:

  • Advanced issues in international commercial law
  • Legal issues in oil and gas
  • Oil and gas contract law
  • Comparative oil and gas law
  • Energy law and regulation

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

A postgraduate law degree will open many doors for you, not only in specialised areas of employment, such as law firms, European and intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs), but also in academia (with further postgraduate study), the media (journalism and broadcasting), the civil service, and other branches of public service. 

Graduates from our LLM programmes have gone on to work for a range of national and international law firms, as lawyers and as in-house legal counsel for large multinational companies in the UK and abroad, as well as international organisations and NGOs. 



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*PLEASE NOTE. course is subject to approval. Entry requirements will be confirmed once the course is validated.*. This course is specifically designed for graduate and professionals involved internationally in the oil and gas industry. Read more
*PLEASE NOTE: course is subject to approval. Entry requirements will be confirmed once the course is validated.*

This course is specifically designed for graduate and professionals involved internationally in the oil and gas industry. This includes lawyers, but also geologists seeking out new oil and gas sites, engineers planning the drills, and those responsible for drawing up contracts, who all need to know the legal technicalities affecting their industry.

It offers a unique opportunity to rapidly increase you understanding of the legal issues involved in various international scenarios and to improve your techniques and skills in drafting a variety of international contracts.

Key features:

• Acquire the fundamentals of international oil and gas agreements (i.e. upstream and downstream) along with negotiation techniques and strategies that work in international and multicultural settings

• Learn how to effectively negotiate in concert with counsel and how to get the terms negotiated incorporated into an enforceable international oil and gas agreement

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/international-oil-and-gas-law#about

Course detail

On this Oil and Gas Management LLB course, you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.

Our courses are designed to be engaging, attractive and flexible in the current global marketplace. There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable.

The entry points are (commencing September 2017):

• September
• November
• January
• March
• June
• July

Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.

• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits

The structure provides an intense and highly rewarding learning experience. The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.

Capstone project

This Master's course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:

• A six month work placement - a work-based learning approach in a suitable organisation, formulated in advance with the employer and business school.

• Internship - this is an assessed activity lasting one to three months, as monitored work or service/volunteer experience formulated in advance with the Business School. You will have specific learning goals and will actively reflect on the complete learning experience.

• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.

• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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Our LLM in Employment Law and Practice course is suitable for anyone across the globe working or interested in UK and EU employment law issues, legally qualified or not. Read more

Our LLM in Employment Law and Practice course is suitable for anyone across the globe working or interested in UK and EU employment law issues, legally qualified or not. The course provides in-depth current knowledge and skills in employment and labour law from a UK law perspective.

The course is delivered fully online (except for one optional module, which requires attendance at an on-campus workshop) and is the only online UK employment law LLM to give you an optional ADR route and the ability to apply for associate membership of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb).

It is designed to develop your core legal and professional skills to be an effective, highly functioning employment law specialist.

What you will study

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING FULL TIME - SEPTEMBER STARTS

Stage 1 

Those who are non-legally qualified or those who choose to refresh their skills, will study foundation legal knowledge and skills necessary for the study of law. You will study the employment contract, and the rights contained therein. Practical employment knowledge and skills needed to run a tribunal action are also taught. You can also choose from options covering dispute resolution, and oil and gas law.

Stage 2 

You will study the law relating to equality and discrimination in the workplace and the issues arising from the termination of employment. You also choose from options covering collective employment rights, dispute resolution, oil and gas law, and health and safety law.

Stage 3 

You will have the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study of an approved topic and report the findings through a 15,000 word dissertation.

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING FULL TIME - JANUARY STARTS

If starting in January, Stage 1 and 2 are reversed, except that those who are non-legally qualified will study foundation legal knowledge and skills in stage 1. Those who are legally qualified can choose to refresh these skills in either Stage 1 or Stage 2 if they wish.

ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING PART TIME

Stage 1

If you are not legally qualified or if you choose to refresh your skills, you will study foundation legal knowledge and skills necessary for the study of law. You will study the employment contract and the rights contained within such a contract, and issues arising from the termination of employment. You also choose from options covering collective employment rights, dispute resolution, oil and gas law, and health and safety law.

Stage 2

Practical employment knowledge and skills needed to run a tribunal action are taught. You will also learn about the law relating to equality and discrimination in the workplace. Optional modules covering collective employment rights, oil and gas law, dispute resolution or health and safety law are also studied.

Stage 3 

You will have the opportunity to plan and execute an extended research-based study of an approved topic and report the findings through a 15,000 word dissertation.

Teaching and assessment

This course is taught fully online by experienced employment law academics and practitioners through our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, which allows you the flexibility to study online from any location at a time that suits you.

Each module provides detailed written materials and recommended reading for further learning development. Electronic discussion forums and online tutorials provide the medium for interactive discussion with fellow students and the tutors, and for peer and tutor feedback. Summative assessment is conducted through the electronic forums and written coursework.

Please note if you choose to take the Mediation in Practice module, you will be required to attend a compulsory on campus workshop.

ACTIVITY SUMMARY

  • Tutorial - 5-15 students per group, 3-4 hours for each module per semester
  • Independent Study - approx. 10 hours per module per week

INDEPENDENT STUDY

It is suggested that you read the topic materials and recommended additional readings on a weekly basis, with regular online interaction in the electronic forums and online tutorials being strongly encouraged.

STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE

All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

The course is taught by experienced legal academics who undertake research in the employment field, and practitioners who are highly skilled in employment law and dispute resolution, resulting in the course having a strong academic underpinning but also a highly practical dimension.

ASSESSMENT

Typically students are assessed each year:

FULL TIME

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 or 8 written assignments (depending on whether part-time or full time), including essays
  • 8 forum postings from core modules and others depend on which options are chosen

PART TIME

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, typically for 2 hours
  • 4 or 8 written assignments (depending on whether part-time or full time), including essays
  • 6 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 2

  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 4 practical skills assessment
  • 2 forum postings from core modules and others depend on options chosen

Year 3

  • 1 dissertation

Job prospects 

The Employment Law and Practice course will enhance your knowledge and ability, professional standing and employability within the employment law field.

With the adoption of mandatory early conciliation in employment law cases, and an increase in the popularity of mediation and arbitration, ADR knowledge and skills are becoming increasingly necessary for an employment law specialist.

In today’s competitive job market having demonstrable employment law and ADR knowledge and skills is a distinctive advantage, not only for advancement in your career, but to enhance your own self-confidence.

Our graduates are employed worldwide in all sectors - oil and gas, industrial, governmental; in private companies, in the legal professions and are also self-employed.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.



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Why study this programme?. With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Read more

Why study this programme?

With the growing importance of world trade, lawyers are expected to look beyond national jurisdictions and understand issues of public international law and international commercial law. Legal employers now place a high premium on graduates with international commercial law skills. This programme focuses on the law and legal framework governing the international community, as well as various legal issues surrounding international trade and global markets.

The 'What you'll study' section below has details about the core and option courses on this programme but please also note the following important information about core courses: 

  1. Where a student has the choice of Common Law Foundations or the Pro Bono Placement, overseas students who do not have any experience of a common law jurisdiction will only be permitted to take Common Law Foundations.
  2. Any former University of Greenwich student who has already taken Corporate Law or Public International Law or the 3rd year Pro Bono Placement as part of one of the University's LLB programmes will not be permitted to take the same course(s) again as part of the LLM programme.

Anyone with any query about the 'Important notes on core courses' in the paragraph immediately above should contact the School of Law at 

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 15 credits from this list of options.

Students are required to choose 60 credits from this list of options.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

Assessment

You will be assessed via coursework, class presentations and a dissertation.

To ensure we deliver the best learning experience for our students, the structure and delivery of courses may change to reflect knowledge and industry standards.

If you would like more information on this programme, please contact us at 



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This is a multi-disciplinary distance learning programme designed to address the cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry and respond to the demand for highly qualified professionals in the sector. Read more
This is a multi-disciplinary distance learning programme designed to address the cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry and respond to the demand for highly qualified professionals in the sector. The modules have been designed to be relevant to you if you work in, or wish to embark on a career within the national and international oil, gas and energy industries and the renewable energy sector.

More about this course

This is a stimulating and rewarding course designed for individuals who currently work in the international oil, gas and energy industries or who wish to embark on careers in that industry. It is especially beneficial for private practice lawyers in oil, gas and energy law (or lawyers hoping to specialise in these areas).

The course is also ideal for in-house lawyers from the upstream and downstream oil, gas and energy sectors or non-legal professionals working in the oil, gas and energy sectors, in particular:
-Finance
-Compliance
-Business development
-Environmental positions
-Licensing
-Operations
-Procurement
-Project managers
-Taxation
-Contract managers
-Distribution
-Company secretaries
-Renewables

This distance learning course is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platform. It focusses on the practical aspects of oil and gas law and is set in the broader context of contemporary energy regulation, law and policy. It seeks to develop a deep understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed by national authorities to oil, gas and energy production.

Those working in the oil and gas sectors increasingly want and need to have an understanding of the legal principles that underpin many of their activities, from the drafting of basic contracts to the intricacies, controversies and complexities of the international regimes covering such matters as oil pollution from ships and the delimitation of continental shelf reserves between adjacent and opposite states.

This course seeks to introduce you to the fundamental precepts of English commercial law; to the institutional legal framework of the oil and gas economies; to contracts; regulations and treaties relating to oil and gas exploration and exploitation (including those relating to environmental issues); and to matters of finance, including investment, insurance and taxation.

The course provides a programme of postgraduate study which will develop your academic knowledge and awareness of issues in international oil, gas and energy law and increase your understanding of the legal dimensions to activities taking place in the oil, gas and energy fields and the extent to which they might give rise to legal issues. As well as deepening your understanding of the law in these areas, our focus throughout the programme is on the practical application of the law. The programme benefits from teaching by tutors with strong relevant backgrounds in the academic world and in legal practice with a number practising as barristers or solicitors.

This LLM top up will consist of one research based module followed by a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

For more information on the PGDip portion of this course, please view this web-page: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international-oil-gas-and-energy-law---llm/

Modular structure

This LLM top up consists of one research based module followed by a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

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Course outline. The underlying philosophy of the. LLM. is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. Read more

Course outline

The underlying philosophy of the LLM is to develop specialists in the field of International and Commercial Law. The programme attracts students from a wide variety of backgrounds with different experiences. It stresses the importance of interaction between staff and student, as well as between student and student. We believe this is an essential element in the development of effective lawyers in this area.

Following successful completion of the LLM in International and Commercial Law, you should have developed a range of skills, which include:

  • A sound understanding of each of the chosen areas of the law
  • Confidence in the analysis of complex case-law
  • The ability to make your argument convincingly, orally and in writing
  • The ability to take a co-operative approach to problem solving

Start dates

Students may take the LLM over

  • 12 months starting in September; or
  • 9 months starting in January.

Teaching methods

Seminars are the primary teaching method for this course. They encourage the development of clear analytical skills and create a forum where you can test your ideas against the arguments of your peers. Whether you enter the legal profession or business world you will find it is essential to have developed persuasive abilities. LLM options are taught in the form of three hours of seminars spread over each of the teaching weeks of the course. LLM seminars for subjects which are also taught at LLB level take place in two hour blocks every fortnight.

You are expected to read the cases and other materials relevant to the particular seminar in advance. At the seminar you will be asked to support your opinions and discuss your analysis of the area with your fellow students. In some modules you may be expected to make a presentation on a topic given to you by your tutor. Whilst these tasks may seem daunting at the beginning of the year, you will rapidly gain confidence as your debating skills develop.

Where seminars are on a fortnightly basis, the course will be supported by three hours of lectures per week during the lecturing period. Seminars will complement the lecture series.

Course material is available on the University’s own Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), Moodle. This allows students to download lecture notes, submit assignments and share resources in an electronic forum both within the University’s computer network and remotely.

Specialist designations

Students can select specific modules to have their LLM designated as specialising in:

  • International Trade and Maritime Law;
  • International Oil and Gas Law; or
  • Financial Services Law

Each designation requires the following to be taken:

  • 20 unit Advanced Legal Research module;
  • 40 unit Core module; and
  • 120 units of Options.

The modules currently offered for the designations are as follows:

International Trade and Maritime Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • International Intellectual Property (40)
  • Law of Business Organisations (40)
  • Law of World Trade (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

International Oil & Gas Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • International Oil and Gas Law and Policy (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Banking Law (40)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
  • EU Competition Law (20)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

Financial Services Law

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)
  • Banking Law (40)

120 units of Options from:

  • Law of Business Organisations (40)
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • EU Competition Law (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Securities Regulation (20)
  • Dissertation (40)

Non-designated LLM

Students who wish to have an LLM in International and Commercial Law without a designation must take

  • Advanced Legal Research (20)

160 units of Options from

  • Banking Law (40)
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws (20)
  • Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights (20)
  • Environmental Regulation and Energy Exploitation (20)
  • Intellectual Property Law (40)
  • International Human Rights (20)
  • International Medical Law & Ethics (20)
  • International Oil and Gas Laws and Policy (40)
  • International Trade and Maritime Law (40)
  • Law of Business Organisations (40 units)
  • Law of War (20)
  • Law of World Trade (20)
  • Marine Insurance (20)
  • Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery (20)
  • Public International Law (40)
  • Dissertation (40)

September start

The September start allows students to take more time to adjust to postgraduate studies. In the first term students must take the Advanced Legal Research module and choose Money Laundering, Offshore Banking and Asset Recovery, Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Rights, or EU Competition Law. All the modules are then available from January onwards, subject always to there being sufficient students opting for them



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Your programme of study. You gain two complementary areas of knowledge in studying Oil and Gas Law and Economics to understand the complex environment of state controlled hydrocarbon and mineral extraction in a high risk industry in terms of extraction safety, risks, reliability, environment and returns. Read more

Your programme of study

You gain two complementary areas of knowledge in studying Oil and Gas Law and Economics to understand the complex environment of state controlled hydrocarbon and mineral extraction in a high risk industry in terms of extraction safety, risks, reliability, environment and returns. On the legal side you understand the regulation of the oil and gas industry from the heart of the industry in Aberdeen gaining valuable teaching rooted in research and learning from decades of studying and collaborating with the energy industry. On top of this huge knowledge base across the supply chain you gain further knowledge of managing uncertainty, licensing, taxation, and contracts which require a degree of legal and economic knowledge. University of Aberdeen is already well known and highly regarded due to its ability to interpret the needs of the industry and close collaboration often with Advisory Boards from the industry.

Within the world of academia the programmes of note are MSc Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance, LLM International Commercial Law and LLM in Oil and Gas and Energy which have consistently trained top professionals in the industry.. Aberdeen provides a high international profile of energy specialists in the University and expertise in the industry. You benefit from world leading researchers in Energy Economics such as Professor Alex Kemp, OBE. You benefit from access to the Aberdeen Institute of Energy, powered by the University and our strong links with industry and policymakers.

Our MSc in Law and Economics of Oil and Gas is intellectually challenging and provides career-ready credentials to help increase your employability in legal and financial oil and gas contexts. If you want to improve your oil and gas knowledge, work globally or locally to specific hubs career opportunities could include: Commercial Adviser, Energy and Business Consultant, Investment Analyst, Market Analyst, Oil and Gas Associates, Project Manager

Courses listed for the programme

Themes include:

  • Licensing and upstream taxation
  • Investment appraisal techniques and risk analysis
  • Health, safety and environmental regulation
  • Crude oil market, determinants of oil supply and demand
  • Principles of accounting
  • Principals and features of oil and gas contracts

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 4 Months, 9 Months, 12 Months, 18 Months or 24 Months
  • Combination
  • Full Time or Part Time

International Student Fees 2017/2018

*Please be advised that some programmes have different tuition fees from those listed above and that some programmes also have additional costs.

Find out more about fees and living costs

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page

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Campus Facilities

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