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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil and Gas Law at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Oil and Gas Law at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 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

Students pursuing the LLM in Oil and Gas Law have the opportunity to study an impressive and diverse choice of subjects of relevance to this growing area of law, enabling them to study and understand the complex legal features of the petroleum industry.

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law course is built upon the wide range of high calibre research produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching at the LLM in Oil and Gas Law. Teaching is research-led and practice-driven aiming at producing global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Teaching methods are geared towards our students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. Students are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Department of Shipping and Trade Law offers its postgraduate students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.

Modules

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a 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.

Oil and Gas Law students are required to take four modules from the following list. It is compulsory for students on the LLM in Oil and Gas to study International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law . Students will also be required to take 3 modules from the rest of the modules listed below:

Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities

Charterparties: Law and Practice

International Commercial Arbitration

International Trade Law

Law and Practice in International Banking and Commercial Payments

Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions

Law of the Sea

Marine Insurance

Following the successful completion of the taught modules, 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 Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

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

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities and enhance their practical understanding of shipping, insurance and commercial practice. Such activities include;

- employability lectures

- guest lecture series delivered inter alia by former judges, directors of international organisations and prominent partners from city law firms

- networking events, including an Annual LLM Career Fair

- visits to a number of leading enterprises within the City of London which also give our students another chance to network with professionals working in the commercial and maritime field

- mooting training throughout the year, including tailored guidance and weekly training classes

- free English language classes designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing

Careers and Employability

The Department of Shipping and Trade Law employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.

The Department also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), one of the foremost shipping and commercial law firms in the world, has very generously agreed with Swansea Shipping and Trade Law Department to sponsor the best student in Oil and Gas Law. The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) provides training programmes for London City solicitors, P & I (protection and indemnity) Clubs and shipping organisations. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Department of Shipping and Trade Law and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. The Fair enables our LLM students to meet and talk face to face with prospective employers. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabilityinitiativesandresults/ and http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmstudentsdestinations/



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The MSc/LLM Oil and Gas Law degree focuses on the main legal issues within today's oil and gas industry. Our LLM Oil and Gas Law degree is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in the oil and gas industry. Read more
The MSc/LLM Oil and Gas Law degree focuses on the main legal issues within today's oil and gas industry.

Our LLM Oil and Gas Law degree is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in the oil and gas industry.

The course provides the opportunity to critically assess and examine key legal issues in the oil and gas sector, both in the UK and leading areas. On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues. You will also gain key employability, enterprise and transferable skills.

It can also be studied by the flexible distance learning allowing busy professionals to study at their own pace.

See the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/law/study-options/distance-and-flexible-learning/oil-and-gas-law-full-time

Course detail

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

Stage 1

• Energy Law and Policy
• Oil & Gas Taxation: Fiscal Law & Policy
• Oil and Gas Law
• Environmental Aspects of Oil and Gas Law
• Maritime Law (option for Full Time course only)

Stage 2

• Oil and Gas Contract Law
• Renewable Energy Issues
• Oil and Gas Management
• Dispute Resolution in Oil and Gas Contracting
• Legal Aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions

Stage 3

• Dissertation

Award: MSc/LLM Oil and Gas Law

Dissertation

In 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.

Format

One of the unique online study features of this course is its flexibility, so that you can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. Study options are:

•Online distance learning, full-time fast track mode. This is suitable for those not engaged in full-time employment OR for professionals who are willing to reduce their working commitment to part-time while studying for the degree.

•Part-time distance learning mode for those wishing to study and continue working full-time.

•Full-time on campus.

The course is taught at Aberdeen Business school full-time on campus and online by distance learning or can be studied part-time (for online distance learning ONLY).

Online students will study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. Campus Moodle has a number of functions, ranging from a repository for lecture support material to video clips of guest speakers, and discussion forums. The discussion forum groups will be a key part of the course, actively engaging you with the course materials, the course personnel and your fellow students.

Full-time Study

In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Distance Learning

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students 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. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:
•Virtual tutorials
•Live chat
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Placements and accreditation

The course has professional accreditation from the Energy Institute. This accreditation is recognition of the high level of quality training and academic expertise provided by on this course.

Careers

There is an increasing need for knowledge of the legal technicalities that affect the oil industry today. This LLM/Masters Oil and Gas Law course will enhance your ability, professional standing and employability within the oil and gas industry. Masters level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector and is key to career advancement, the oil and gas industry is no exception. In addition, there are good prospects for further academic research in the oil and gas law field.

Graduates from law courses at Aberdeen Business School have a record of excellent employment prospects. Many are employed worldwide in all sectors – industrial, governmental, technical, administrative, operational or self-employed in companies such as Agip Oil, Halliburton, Amec, Marathon, Schlumberger, Shell, Stolt Offshore, Total and Weatherford.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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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

Find out more about:

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

Find out more about https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life" target="_blank">living in Aberdeen and https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php" target="_blank">living costs 

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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. 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

Find out more about:

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

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

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/1053/oil-and-gas-law-with-dissertation-online-learning/

Campus programme:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/214/oil-and-gas-law-with-dissertation/

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:

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/tuition-fees-and-living-costs-287.php

*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

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/finance-funding-1599.php

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/

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:

https://abdn.ac.uk/study/student-life

Living costs

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/finance.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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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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Your programme of study. Read more

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

Find out more about:

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

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Overview. This unique double postgraduate program seeks to address the needs of the modern law practitioner who wants to bridge the specialized legal knowledge with business practice and corporate applications. Read more

Overview

This unique double postgraduate program seeks to address the needs of the modern law practitioner who wants to bridge the specialized legal knowledge with business practice and corporate applications. The ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece has partnered with the University of Reading, School of Law to enable students to complete two graduate degree programs in 16 months.

Participants of the Double Masters program will study for the MSc in Business for Lawyers at ALBA and one of the LLM programs offered by the Law School of the University of Reading.

The MSc in Business for Lawyers enables legal professionals to gain a solid theoretical understanding as well as a practical approach to economic and financial issues related to the day-to day operations of a business firm. The Program provides a unique learning experience that promotes collaboration and leadership competencies in an interdisciplinary curriculum.

The Postgraduate masters courses (LLM) are especially suited to applicants planning to take professional exams and continue on to practise law, either in the UK or overseas. Law graduates are also in high demand across many other areas, with potential destinations including European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media and the public sector. The LLM programs offered by the Double Masters Program include:

Commercial LLM programmes

Commercial LLM Distance Learning programmes

For more information about the programme please visit: http://www.reading.ac.uk/law

Highlights

  • Earn two separate academic degrees in 16 months only.
  • Gain the experience of living and studying abroad.
  • Save money and time staying abroad for only 6 months.
  • Study the full program of study at Reading with no exceptions or other special arrangements made.
  • Choose from a wide range of 8 different LLM programs offered by the Law School at Reading.
  • Exploit important synergies from the LLMs and the MSc programs of study.
  • High quality business education provided by ALBA that reinforces and expands the knowledge and skills of law practitioners.

Career

The Postgraduate masters courses (LLM) are especially suited to applicants planning to take professional exams and continue on to practise law, either in the UK or overseas. Law graduates are also in high demand across many other areas, with potential destinations including European and international governmental and non-governmental organisations, the media and the public sector.



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The Oil, Gas and Energy Law LLM is one of a portfolio of degrees offered by Coventry Law School. Read more
The Oil, Gas and Energy Law LLM is one of a portfolio of degrees offered by Coventry Law School. It seeks to develop industry professionals working within the energy sector who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the wider legal issues surrounding the oil, gas and energy sectors, and those who wish to enter the sector.

Offering an international student experience, the opportunity to undertake an internship (subject to availability and competitive application) at an organisation within the energy sector and integrated research, the course will develop valued skills whilst offering students further opportunities to gain experience of working within the industry.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

By design, the course aims to take a broad approach into the law and its application within the energy sector. Graduates will be able to apply their knowledge to a diverse range of employment opportunities in this exciting industry.
-The opportunity to specialise in the dissertation to match specific career aspirations
-Access to a wide range of legal resources
-The potential for international fieldtrips through the Global Leaders Programme (GLP)
-Level 7 award from CMI
-An interactive and internationally diverse learning environment
-As part of the course, students will benefit from the expertise of a leading academic in the field of Legal Risk Management
-Opportunities to gain valuable workplace experience through the internship module, subject to availability and competitive application

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The LLM will take into account the dynamic nature of the energy industry, as signposted in the Contemporary Issues in Oil and Gas module. Specifically the LLM incorporates mandatory modules on Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility within the energy sector, Furthermore with the opportunity to gain a Chartered Management Institute award (CMI).

As part of their studies, students will be given the opportunity to complete a dissertation in an approved related topic, or to undertake an internship (subject to competitive application) with a host organisation within the energy industry. Both the dissertation and internship will be facilitated by training in research skills and research methods.

Please note: Students will need to pass all Semester 1 modules and attend two compulsory employability skills workshops. After an interview with an internal panel of academics and formal presentation, successful students are selected by the host organisation.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

Law graduates of the LLM Oil, Gas and energy Law will enhance their knowledge on the oil and gas industry. They will be able apply their knowledge to a wide variety of situations. While very many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practice law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers. Particularly with those who have chosen to pursue a postgraduate qualification in law, as the skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate law degree are in great demand from non-legal employers.

For non-law graduates the programme aims to enhance the employability of professionals who seek to upgrade their skills while at the same time gaining formal academic recognition for such upgrading. Students will gain a number of transferable skills transferrable skills, including, working independently and reflecting on feedback to improve their performance. The ability to think analytically; using the skills to construct sound discussion.

WORK PLACEMENTS

As part of the final assessment students are given the option to undertake an internship. This can be within a company of their choosing, or they may use the university connections to obtain a placement within the Energy industry.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR AN INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The university runs a number of field trips throughout the year in conjunction with a number of partnerships. Furthermore, international experience is also enhanced through the Global Leaders Programme (GLP) activities.

GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAMME

To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

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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 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

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The skills and competencies of the global oil and gas manager are key to ensuring a safe and effective workforce and to provide safe and reliable oil and gas extraction. Read more
The skills and competencies of the global oil and gas manager are key to ensuring a safe and effective workforce and to provide safe and reliable oil and gas extraction. In global exploration and production networks there is a clear need for managers who are trained in the latest techniques and practices in the field of the global oil and gas environment. The needs of the industry, technology and work practices are ever-changing. Consequently, it is vital that all their training reflects the changes in the business.

This postgraduate degree programme provides a global perspective on these issues and also a high quality of delivery from subject matter experts, from both industry and academia. The programme also features software products and computer-based training from market leaders in the relevant subject areas.

The aims of the programme are:

- To provide students with an enhanced base of knowledge of current and reflective practices necessary to initiate or further a career in global oil and gas management

- To develop an advanced insight into global oil and gas management commercial environment and requirements

- To develop critical insight into management issues relating to the global oil and gas business.

Visit the website http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/courses/pg/enggen/oil-mgt

What you'll study

Compulsory modules:

Strategy and management
Research methodology
Individual project

Programme specific modules

Processing, storage & transportation of oil and gas; alternative sources of energy
Energy and commodities trading: practice and legal frameworks
Maritime economics and global business management
Economics, accounting and finance for the energy sector
Environmental engineering
Supply chain management

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:
- Postgraduate finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/pg)
- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Assessment

Assessment methods include examinations, coursework and a project.

Specialist equipment/facilities

Students will have access to existing online resources such as Moodle, emails, library online resources, IEEEXplore, databases, Web of Knowledge, and Scopus.

Professional recognition

Accreditation will be sought for the programme. It is strongly anticipated that this programme will have a minimum of 2 accrediting professional bodies.

Career options

The oil and gas industries provide a wide range of career opportunities across the globe. Some are offshore, working directly out on the rigs drilling for oil and gas and on fixed installation oil and gas production platforms as part of the extraction process. Other roles are in commercial activities working onshore, such as in buying and selling oil and gas or as part of the legal teams setting up contracts.

Careers and employability

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & SCIENCE
We work with employers to ensure our degrees provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the world of work. They also provide a range of work experience opportunities for undergraduates in areas such as civil engineering, manufacturing and business information technology.

Students also benefit from the services provided by the university’s Guidance and Employability Team, including ‘JobShop’, mentoring, volunteering and the student ambassador scheme.

Find out how to apply here - http://www2.gre.ac.uk/study/apply

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The LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration provides practical and valuable training in the fast moving and highly specialist disciplines of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution and Construction Adjudication. Read more
The LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration provides practical and valuable training in the fast moving and highly specialist disciplines of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution and Construction Adjudication.

This course will equip the professional with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of key topics in the fields of construction law and dispute resolution. It is suitable for the wide range of professionals who need to keep up-to-date with developments in these areas. It provides an understanding of how the system works alongside knowledge and skills in the alternatives to litigation, adjudication and arbitration available. There is the option of a Construction Adjudication route - adjudication is a very common form of dispute resolution in the UK construction industry.

The course offers flexible online study by distance learning so busy professionals are able to study at their own pace. A previous degree in law is not a prerequisite for this course. The course is good for prospective students who are lawyers, Surveyors, construction industry professionals, oil and gas professional, architects, contract Managers and Administrators, project managers.

Visit the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/law/study-options/distance-and-flexible-learning/construction-law-and-arbitration

Course detail

Practical training is enhanced by looking at recent and future developments. The focus is on UK cases and materials and, where appropriate, international aspects which will allow those students studying outwith the Scottish and UK sectors to benefit.

The course offers 3 optional study routes as follows (further details on each module are available via the links below):

ARBITRATION ROUTE

Stage 1
•Law of Obligations and Evidence (double module)
•Arbitration Law
•Arbitration Practice & Procedure

Students who are interested in the Fellowship Status of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) must complete the Arbitral Award Writing short course.

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Arbitration

Stage 2
•Construction Law
•Advanced Construction Law
•Construction Contracts In Context
•International Construction Contracts

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Arbitration

Stage 3
•Dissertation

Exit Award: LLM/MSc Construction Law and Arbitration

ADJUDICATION ROUTE

Stage 1
•Law of Obligations and Evidence (double module)
•Construction Adjudication Law
•Construction Adjudication Procedure

Students who are interested in the Fellowship Status of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) must complete the Adjudication Decision Writing short course.

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Adjudication

Stage 2
•Construction Law
•Advanced Construction Law
•Construction Contracts In Context
•International Construction Contracts

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law and Adjudication

Stage 3
•Dissertation

Exit Award: LLM/MSc Construction Law and Adjudication

ARBITRATION AND ADJUDICATION ROUTE

Stage 1
•Law of Obligations and Evidence (double module)
•Arbitration Law
•Arbitration Practice & Procedure

Exit Award: Postgraduate Certificate in Arbitration

Stage 2
•Construction Law
•Advanced Construction Law
•Construction Adjudication Law
•Construction Adjudication Procedure

Exit Award: Postgraduate Diploma in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication

Stage 3
•Dissertation

Exit Award: LLM/MSc in Construction Law, Arbitration and Adjudication

Note: In order to meet the RICS accreditation requirements students must also complete the module in Construction Contracts In Context

Format

This course is suitable for the working professional as it is taught online, by distance learning. The flexible structure of the course allows a choice of study routes depending on discipline and professional needs. The vocational nature of the course allows the graduate to use the skills and knowledge obtained to steer their career advancement. Apart from the masters degree, students can study four modules for a Postgraduate Certificate or eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma.

Teaching will be delivered through the University's online virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle, allowing students to interact with tutors and fellow students around the world. Online study allows for a diverse range of teaching and learning methods to be employed including interactive online discussions (including tutor-student and student-student interaction), and all supported by a dedicated technical team. The use of diverse and hi-tech learning methods promises the student a stimulating, interactive and informative learning experience.

Online Learning

Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students 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. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Assessment methods

The course is largely assessed by way of coursework which can be completed remotely.

There is now a portfolio of assessments for the first stage – which tests students knowledge and skills in a range of different ways but which is largely undertaken in the University’s online teaching environment. This portfolio does include one closed book exam for each of the arbitration and adjudication routes (and two over two years for the "joint" route (Route C), however. This is to be sat at a venue which is arranged by the student – with the support of the University.

The second stage is assessed by way coursework submissions in answer to questions posed by teaching staff and the third stage requires submission of a 15,000 word dissertation.

Careers

With its practical perspective and recognition from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), this course provides a professionally recognised qualification. The international recognition and popularity of this course also means that many of our graduates have gone on to work in high level posts within both the construction and energy industries, across the globe.

Employers expectations are increasing and a high quality and relevant qualification is often considered vital alongside any necessary experience. This qualification will certainly help advance the career of graduates in a range of sectors and positions including:
• arbitration practice
• construction industry
• legal profession
• architecture
• surveying
• oil industry
• engineering

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

Funding

For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

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Under the programme, students must complete four compulsory modules, and choose from a range of optional modules. Modules will be delivered primarily through small group seminars. Read more

Under the programme, students must complete four compulsory modules, and choose from a range of optional modules. Modules will be delivered primarily through small group seminars. Attendance is mandatory for these seminars, which have been chosen as the primary means of delivering material to students due to the advanced nature of the course. Small group seminars encourage participation and the development of communications skills. They also allow students to benefit from close contact with the academics teaching on the programme, many of which are also experienced practitioners and consultants in their respective fields of expertise.

The compulsory modules ensure that students develop an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of international law and governance and become familiar with current debates in the field.

Optional modules then allow students to explore particular aspects of international law and governance, such as aspects of international and regional law, international dispute settlement, international human rights, international humanitarian law and international economic law, in greater depth.

The completion of optional modules, together with the dissertation, allow for development of students’ subject specific knowledge as the programme progresses. The development of the students’ skills is achieved mainly through the combination of the compulsory module in Applied Research Methods in Law, taught in Michaelmas term, and the students’ pursuit of the dissertation, supervision for which begins at the start of Epiphany term. Through these modules, students can practise their skills intensely, whilst continuing to acquire a deeper level of specialised knowledge on their chosen topic. 

An important objective of the LLM in International Law and Governance programme is to provide students with skills that will enable them to thoroughly analyse and interpret legal sources, literature, and cases, and to research and formulate an independent opinion on international legal questions. Students will also learn to clearly present their findings both orally and in writing to international legal specialists, to participate actively in academic debate, and to apply this advanced academic knowledge in public international law in a professional context.

As such, an LLM in International Law and Governance will provide students with an excellent foundation to pursue an international law career, whether it is in legal practice, employment in international institutions, or employment in non-governmental organisations. The LLM qualification will also be an excellent vehicle for the further development of research skills and, as such, also offers entry into further postgraduate study and, in particular, doctoral research.

Core modules

  • Fundamentals in International Law (unless a similar module has already been studied)
  • Fundamental Issues of International Legal Governance
  • Applied Research Methods in Law
  • Dissertation (of 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 words).

Optional modules

Please note: not all modules necessarily run every year, and we regularly introduce new modules. The list below provides an example of the type of modules which may be offered.

  • Advanced Issues in International Economic Law
  • Comparative and Transnational Law
  • Global Environmental Law
  • Global Financial Law
  • Global Institutions
  • International Co-operation in Criminal Matters in Europe
  • International Counter Terrorism: Theory and Practice
  • International Investment Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • International Trade Law & Policy
  • International Perspectives on Law and Gender
  • Introduction to International Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to European Union Law
  • Law of Oil and Gas Contracts
  • Law of the Sea

Course Learning and Teaching

This programme involves both taught modules and a substantial dissertation component. Taught modules are delivered by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Although most lectures do encourage student participation, they are used primarily to introduce chosen topics, identify relevant concepts, and introduce the student to the main debates and ideas relevant to the chosen topic. They give students a framework of knowledge that students can then develop, and reflect on, through their own reading and study.

Seminars are smaller-sized, student-led classes. Students are expected to carry out reading prior to classes, and are usually set questions or problems to which they will apply the knowledge they have developed. Through class discussion, or the presentation of student papers, students are given the opportunity to test and refine their knowledge and understanding, in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The number of contact hours in each module will reflect that module’s credit weighting. 15-credit modules will have, in total, 15 contact hours (of either lectures or seminars); 30-credit modules will have 30 contact hours. Students must accumulate, in total, between 90 and 120 credits of taught modules for the programme (depending upon the length of their dissertation).

In addition to their taught modules, all students must produce a dissertation of between 10,000 and 20,000 words. The dissertation is intended to be the product of the student’s own independent research. Each student is allocated a dissertation supervisor, and will have a series of (usually four) one-to-one meetings with their supervisor over the course of the academic year.

Finally, all taught postgraduate students on this programme, are encouraged to attend the various events, including guest lectures and seminars, organised through the School’s research centres, including Law and Global Justice at Durham, the Human Rights Centre, the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, and the Durham European Law Institute.



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