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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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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.

Outcomes

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
  • Develop an advanced insight into global oil and gas management commercial environment and requirements
  • Develop critical insight into management issues relating to the global oil and gas business.

Full time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Assessment

Assessment methods include examinations, coursework and a project.

Professional recognition

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

Careers

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.

Specialised equipment

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



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The. Master of Science in Commodity Trading. (former Master of Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping) was created in 2008 with professionals through the. Read more

The Master of Science in Commodity Trading

(former Master of Arts in International Trading, Commodity Finance and Shipping) was created in 2008 with professionals through the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association, this unique academic programme has been designed to respond to a need identified by Geneva’s commodity trading, commodity finance, and shipping community itself.

Developed with professionals

this innovative academic program for young students with a Bachelor Degree is conducted to best fit in with the demands of the commodity trading industry.

From 2018, Students will have to secure a part-time traineeship linked to Commodity Trading and in Switzerland as of the first semester in order to start the master.

The Master is designed for young students with a Bachelor degree with no or less than 3 years of work experience.

If you have more than 3 years of work experience, in any field of expertise, you can apply to the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Commodity Trading (DAS). You will find more information on the website by clicking here.

The Master in Commodity Trading, created in conjunction with the Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA), is founded on the principle of a strong coordination between academia and the commodity trading industry. This partnership reflects the desire to create a highly specialized academic programme for people wanting to work while studying, in the trading field, in Geneva. 

Career opportunities

Graduates find work in all sectors both in Switzerland and abroad. Given the nature of the Geneva economy, opportunities are usually found in banking, financial institutions, fiduciaries, consulting firms, insurance agencies, local and international manufacturing, international trade companies (e.g. commodities trading, product distribution), international or global organisations (e.g. ICRC, UNHCR, WTO) and public administration.

Study Programme

Core courses (30 credits): Quantitive methods, Finance and Investment, Legal Aspects and Regulations, International Economics and Trade, Natural Resource Economy and Agri Commodities

Specialized courses (24 credits): Metals, Ores and Mineral, Options, Hedging Tools & Technics, Shipping, Transport & Logistics, Energy Oil and Gas, Energy Renewables, Types of Financing for Commodity Companies, Trade Finance for Banking Instruments, Accountancy, Control and Auditing, Marine Insurance, Commodity Price Mechanism, Commodity Price Risk, Shipping market, CSR and Business Ethics

Traineeship (30 credits)

Master Thesis (18 credits)

Application

The application procedure opens every year at the beginning of January.

Applications close on 28 February for all students.

There is only one Master intake in September every year. Attendance is mandatory for admitted students from day one.



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Professionally accredited by the Energy Institute (the leading chartered professional body for the international energy industry), Oil and Gas Management MSc is Coventry’s longest running degree course in oil and gas. Read more
Professionally accredited by the Energy Institute (the leading chartered professional body for the international energy industry), Oil and Gas Management MSc is Coventry’s longest running degree course in oil and gas. Developed in collaboration with the industry and delivered, like Petroleum and Environmental Technology MSc, by the largest group of oil and gas specialists at Coventry University, this exciting programme can be taken as a conversion course or as a means of enhancing relevant skills obtained at first degree level.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

This course aims to equip you with the skills required to support a range of management/professional careers in the global petroleum industry. It provides a comprehensive advanced level introduction to the international operation of the industry (upstream and downstream), and explores the key challenges and emerging technologies that are influencing exploration and production and the future of oil and gas.

Core modules focus on essential skills for industry managers/professionals such as project and quality management, health and safety management and petroleum contracts and economics.

Students can then enhance their employability by specialising in one of four routes (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment [QHSE]; Finance and Investment; Law and Policy (this route is not available for May start); and Technology Management). Course highlights include the use of industry standard simulation facilities and software (including an innovative simulation centre, which supports real time scenarios linked to the management of industry-related emergencies, and a state of the art commodity trading floor), and the opportunity to obtain an IOSH accredited Managing Safely Certificate. MSc OGM students can also participate in a vibrant Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

This course is ideal for a person who is interested in a professional career in the energy and hydrocarbon industry. It is also suitable as a means of career enhancement for those already working in the industry. It is designed to benefit students from a range of technical, non-technical and commercial backgrounds. The course provides an understanding of the processes, drivers, threats and opportunities related to the management of the energy and hydrocarbon industry in the 21st century. It adopts a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating modules from various specialist areas including petroleum contracts and economics, project management, renewable energy, risk management, environmental management, strategic and human resource management.

The course is professionally accredited by the Energy Institute. Obtaining Energy Institute accreditation involves a rigorous assessment, by a visiting panel of experts, of the quality of the course, the School, its facilities and its staff and students. It represents a positive endorsement of the relevance of the course to the needs of the 21st century industry and its potential to produce graduates with the skills and expertise required to become the global energy professionals of the future. On successful completion of this course, students will have met the entry requirement for working towards MEI chartered professional status for the Energy Institute. In addition to their degree certificate, students will also have the opportunity to obtain an IOSH accredited health and safety certificate.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

The Oil and Gas Management MSc degree course will benefit students from a range of technical, non-technical and commercial backgrounds.

The course will provide an understanding of the processes, drivers, threats and opportunities related to the management of the energy and hydrocarbon industry in the 21st century.

The programme adopts a multidisciplinary approach drawing modules from various specialist areas including:
-Petroleum contracts and economics
-Project management
-Risk management
-Environmental management

On successful completion of the programme, students will in addition to their degree certificate get an IOSH accredited health and safety certificate.

The Oil and Gas Management MSc will equip graduates with the expertise required for leadership and management in the World’s fastest growing and dynamic sector.

HOW WILL THIS COURSE ENHANCE MY CAREER PROSPECTS?

This programme of study is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career in this fast growing energy and hydrocarbon industry. It can provide you with opportunities in a number of career pathways in national and multinational energy companies, consultancies, energy ministries investment banks and international energy agencies.

The course is accredited by the Energy Institute and all students benefit from free membership of the Institute for the duration of their studies. The Energy Institute is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 20,000 individuals working or studying within the energy sector worldwide. Membership of the EI provides access to extensive learning and networking opportunities to support professional, management, technical and scientific career development within the industry.

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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Learn from internationally renowned experts in commercial and corporate law and advance your career in this exciting and complex field. Read more

Learn from internationally renowned experts in commercial and corporate law and advance your career in this exciting and complex field. The highly flexible structure of this LLM means you’ll be able to tailor the programme to suit your ambitions.

Introducing your course

Whether your aim is to progress within a law firm specialising in commercial and corporate work or join the legal team of a global corporation, this LLM degree will provide essential in-depth knowledge to help you succeed. Its flexible structure will enable you to design a programme that suits your individual needs by choosing from a wide range of optional modules. These draw on the world-leading expertise of our academics in areas such as corporate governance, secured transactions, conflict of laws, international business law and maritime law. The options also include modules on ship finance, insurance and ship sale and purchase that are not widely available elsewhere. In addition, our extensive links with law firms will enhance your learning and help you to build professional networks.

Overview

This LLM degree offers essential knowledge and skills for recent graduates who are keen to enter the competitive world of commercial and corporate law, and for more established practitioners looking to move into a new specialism.

View the programme specification document for this course

Career Opportunities

The Law School’s dedicated careers coordinator and the student-run law societies organise a range of events to help you enhance your employability and build your networks. These include: 

  • the annual Law Careers Fair, which attracts more than 50 law firms and other companies
  • bespoke CV writing and job application workshops
  • industry seminars presented by major law firms such as Mishcon de Reya and Clifford Chance

You will graduate with specialist knowledge and transferable skills that will help you to succeed in a wide range of fields. You could work as a solicitor or barrister, or work for a company’s in-house legal team. Your skills will be sought after by banks, insurance brokers, oil trading companies and P&I (protection and indemnity) clubs, to name just a few examples. The LLM is also an essential foundation if you are considering further study at PhD level with a view to an academic career.

Our graduates work all over the world in top law firms such as Van Traa in Rotterdam. One graduate has set up her own successful practice, Fichte & Co, in Dubai. Students have also gone on to work for global companies such as Total.



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Who is it for?. Your peers on the course will be on average, 24, with a minimum 2.1 or equivalent bachelor’s degree. It’s likely you will have a few years’ work experience either through an internship of full-time employment. Read more

Who is it for?

Your peers on the course will be on average, 24, with a minimum 2.1 or equivalent bachelor’s degree. It’s likely you will have a few years’ work experience either through an internship of full-time employment. You needn’t have any prior knowledge of energy, commodities, shipping or finance, although you should be comfortable with quantitative methods (mathematics and statistics).

Objectives

You’ll emerge from this course fully equipped to operate effectively in this highly competitive international industry. You’ll gain a solid foundation in energy economics, markets and trading, and be able to formulate strategy for fossil fuels, electricity and renewables. Your studies will encompass energy transportation, especially seaborne and are rounded off with extensive study of finance and financial markets and essential transferrable skills in accounting and IT. You can complement your core modules with optional modules and, if you wish, an independent research project.

What will you learn

  • Develop your knowledge and understanding of generation from exhaustible and renewable sources, demand determinants, transportation, trading, pricing and risk.
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of corporate finance, as well as financial markets, institutions and instruments.
  • Understand and critically evaluate current international issues in energy and commodities, finance and trade.
  • Formulate decisions in the energy sub-sectors of oil, gas, electricity, involving aspects such as refinery/petrochemical economics, energy transport solutions (pipeline/ship), generation and distribution of electricity, and managing energy risk.
  • Analyse factors affecting the energy, finance and commodity trade sectors.

Assesment

We review all our courses regularly to keep them up-to-date on issues of both theory and practice.

To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:

  • eleven core courses (10-20 credits each) and five electives (10 credits each)

or

  • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits)

or

  • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)

Assessment of modules on the MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.

Induction Weeks

The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:

  • An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for.  The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
  • a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.

Career pathways

Graduates from the course are typically employed in positions related to energy, metals and agricultural commodities, shipping/freight operations, finance, consultancy and industry. Types of organisations employing trading houses include:

  • Commodity trading houses (e.g. Glencore, Trafigura)
  • Oil & gas companies (e.g. Shell, ENI, Total)
  • Professional services and specialist consultancy firms (e.g. KPMG, PwC, Wood McKenzie)
  • Shipping companies
  • Export/Import companies


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Your programme of study. If you want an exciting career in the financial markets of the world and you are confident with numbers, this programme will give you an edge when working in financial markets in terms of understanding of theory and practice in finance internationally. Read more

Your programme of study

If you want an exciting career in the financial markets of the world and you are confident with numbers, this programme will give you an edge when working in financial markets in terms of understanding of theory and practice in finance internationally. You are able to evaluate risks and understand decisions which are applicable to multinationals, governments and other organisations in developing and emerging markets. This programme will broaden your knowledge and enable you to work for international organisations within corporate finance, investment management, trading and accounting professions.

You develop analysis of a range of issues in international trade and the international monetary and financial systems, including foreign direct investment, balance of payments, sovereign debt, international currency and commodity markets. This will involve drawing on relevant elements of international macroeconomics, trade theory, the theory of option pricing, futures, the economics of international financial markets and other key elements of international finance.

This is an industry where there will always be plenty of opportunities globally in areas such as industry, investments, securities, trading, banking, investment banking, accountancy and financial management. The programme is supported by excellent research over decades within economics and finance including the Aberdeen Centre for Research in Energy Economics and Finance (ACREEF) which has been able to collaborate successfully with business in the oil and gas industry centre of Aberdeen. Graduates studying the programme have gone on to senior managerial positions.

Other similar programmes include:

Courses listed for the programme

  • Corporate Finance
  • Economics for Finance and Accountancy
  • International Economics
  • Issues in international trade and the international monetary and financial systems
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Balance of payments
  • Sovereign debt
  • Portfolio management
  • International currency and commodity markets

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You study at a Top 3 UK University for impact in Business and Management Studies (REF 2014)
  • You study using world leading facilities - access to our in-house stock exchange provides opportunities to work with a real trading platform and supports in-depth understanding of finance in practice

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 or 24 Months
  • September start
  • 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.

Scholarships

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

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

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Your programme of study. This campus delivered programme gives you some unique combinations and choices when studying International Trade Law and Treat Negotiation. Read more

Your programme of study

This campus delivered programme gives you some unique combinations and choices when studying International Trade Law and Treat Negotiation. You study all the essential parts to international trade agreements but you have a choice in optional courses to further specialise in Intellectual Property and how that is affected by international treaties, oil and gas law in relation to international trade, Asian and Pacific trade, and arbitration. The Law School is ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018) and law has been taught at University of Aberdeen since the inauguration of Kings College in 1495.

This programme is highly relevant to current and future events resulting from breakdown of regional agreements with the UK and EU for example and re-negotiation of international trade agreements globally in a volatile global environment for trade internationally. The programme is highly relevant to you if you want to work in top level government and influence policy to assist your respective country to trade successfully around the world. This is a complex but fascinating area with some contemporary history to it in terms of the different agreements available and how these are now managed. There is also a need for skilled law professionals to work in multinational business where international trade needs to continue in order for companies to grow successfully within their supply chain and countries they trade in.

You will learn about the sale of goods to and from different countries in terms of legal agreements, World Trade Organisation rules and regulations and international trade negotiation plus management of international sales and terms. You can also study arbitration to assist in smooth running of your respective company or negotiations. This is an exciting area of international law in which there will be plenty of challenges to apply your skills and training to.

This programme differs in optional course modules from the blended learning programme of the same name by allowing you further specialisms which are highly relevant to government and global business arrangements when trading internationally within their supply chain, sales and manufacturing and service areas or within ideas creation and supply across complex supply chains globally.

Courses listed for the programme

Compulsory

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
  • World Trade Organisation: Gatt

Optional

  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration

Oil and Gas Law

  • International Commercial Arbitration Asia and Pacific
  • Private International Law: Jurisdiction in Business Transactions
  • Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art and Museums

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Law has been taught at Aberdeen since its inauguration at Kings College in 1495. The Law School is now ranked 10th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • 97% of students would recommend their programme to other students, and 98% felt that it had made a positive contribution to their career (Survey 2016)
  • You can attend events, seminars and talks run by the School of Law at its Centres of Private International Law, Energy Law and other legal centres and projects.

Where you study

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

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about fees:

Find out more from the programme page

*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 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

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Renewable energy is an essential and vital resource for the world’s future, and future there is an urgent need for engineers capable of solving the industry’s complex challenges in this field. Read more

About the course

Renewable energy is an essential and vital resource for the world’s future, and future there is an urgent need for engineers capable of solving the industry’s complex challenges in this field.

Studying Renewable Energy Engineering at Brunel provides graduates with the knowledge and skills to make a strategic real-world impact in the resolution of the world’s energy problems.

Graduates from Brunel’s MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering will develop:

- The versatility and depth to deal with new, demanding and unusual challenges across a range of renewable energy issues, drawing on an understanding of all aspects of renewable energy principles including economic assessment.

- The imagination, initiative and creativity to enable them to follow a successful engineering career with national and international companies and organisations.

- Specialist knowledge and transferable skills for successful careers including, where appropriate, progression to Chartered Engineer status.

Aims

Huge business incentives, markets and a wide variety of employment opportunities throughout the world are expected with the development of renewable energy resources as a substitute for fossil fuel technology.

The purpose of the MSc programme is to help meet this demand by cultivating qualified and skilled professionals with specialist knowledge in relevant technologies within the renewable energy sector.

The primary aim is to create Master’s degree graduates with qualities and transferable skills ready for demanding employment in the renewable energy sector. These graduates will have the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development and acquiring new skills at the highest level, and the programme also establishes a strong foundation for those who expect to continue onto a PhD or industrial research and development.

Initial programme learning outcomes

The programme will provide opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

Knowledge and understanding of:

1.The principles and environmental impact of renewable energy technologies, including solar (thermal and electricity), wind, tidal, wave and hydro, geothermal, biomass and hydrogen.
3. The principles of energy conversion and appropriate thermodynamic machines.
4. The heat and mass transfer processes that relate to energy systems and equipment.
5. The principles, objectives, regulation, computational methods, economic procedures, emissions trading, operation and economic impact of energy systems.
6. The diversity of renewable energy system interactions and how they can be integrated into actual energy control systems and industrial processes.

At the cognitive thinking level, students will be able to:

1. Select, use and evaluate appropriate investigative techniques.
2. Assemble and critically analyse relevant primary and secondary data.
3. Recognise and assess the problems and critically evaluate solutions to challenges in managing renewable energy projects.
4. Evaluate the environmental and financial sustainability of current and potential renewable energy activities
5. Develop a thesis by establishing the basic principles and following a coherent argument.

In terms of practical, professional and transferable skills, students will be able to:

1. Define and organise a substantial advanced investigation.
2. Select and employ appropriate advanced research methods.
3. Organise technical information into a concise, coherent document.
4. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
5. Design and select renewable energy equipment and systems based on specific requirements/conditions.
6. Work as part of, and lead, a team.

Course Content

The taught element of the course (September to April) includes eight modules; delivery will be by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work. A further four months (May to September) is spent undertaking the dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

Renewable Energy Technologies I-Solar Thermal and electricity systems
Renewable Energy Technologies II-Wind, Tidal, Wave, Hydroelectricity
Renewable Energy Technologies III-Geothermal, Biomass, Hydrogen
Power Generation from Renewable Energy   
Renewable Energy Systems for the Built Environment
Energy Conversion Technologies
Environmental Legislation: Energy and Environmental Review and Audit
Advanced Heat and Mass Transfer
Dissertation

Teaching

Students are introduced to subject material, including key concepts, information and approaches, through a mixture of standard lectures and seminars, laboratory practical, field work, self-study and individual research reports. Supporting material isavailable online. The aim is to challenge students and inspire them to expand their own knowledge and understanding.

Preparation for work is achieved through the development of 'soft' skills such as communication, planning, management and team work. In addition, guest speakers from industries provide a valuable insight into the real world of renewable energy.

Many of the practical activities in which the students engage, develop into enjoyable experiences. For example, working in teams for laboratory and field work and site visits. We encourage students to develop personal responsibility and contribution throughout the course. Many elements of coursework involve, and reward, the use of initiative and imagination. Some of the projects may be linked with research in CEBER, CAPF and BIPS research centres.

1 Year Full-Time: The taught element of the course (September to April) is delivered by a combination of lectures, tutorials and group/seminar work. From May to September students undertake the dissertation.

3-5 Years Distance Learning: The programme is designed to enable you to conduct most of your studies at home, in your own time and at your own pace. Students are supplied with a study pack in the form of text books and CD-ROMs; cut-off dates for receipt of assignments are specified at the beginning of each stage. Examinations can be taken either at Brunel University London or in the country you are resident in. The dissertation is carried out in one year.

Modules are assessed either by formal examination, written assignments or a combination of the two.

Assessment

Each module is assessed either by formal examination, written assignments or a combination of the two. Cut-off dates for receipt of assignments are specified at the beginning of the academic year. Examinations are normally taken in May. The MSc dissertation project leading to submission of the MSc Dissertation is normally carried out over four months (FT students) or one year (DL students).

Special Features

Excellent facilities
We have extensive and well-equipped laboratories, particular areas of strength being in fluid and biofluid mechanics, IC engines, vibrations, building service engineering, and structural testing. Our computing facilities are diverse and are readily available to all students. The University is fully networked with both Sun workstations and PCs. Advanced software is available for finite and boundary element modelling of structures, finite volume modelling of flows, and for the simulation of varied control systems, flow machines, combustion engines, suspensions, built environment, and other systems of interest to the research groups.

About Mechanical Engineering at Brunel
Mechanical Engineering offers a number of MSc courses all accredited by professional institutes as appropriate additional academic study (further learning) for those seeking to become qualified to register as Chartered Engineers (CEng). Accrediting professional institutes vary by course and include the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Energy Institute (EI) and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Teaching in the courses is underpinned by research activities in aerospace engineering, automotive/motorsport engineering, solid and fluid mechanics, and energy & environment. Staff generate numerous publications, conference presentations and patents, and have links with a wide range of institutions both within and outside the UK. The discipline benefits from research collaboration with numerous outside organisations including major oil companies, vehicle manufacturers, and other leading industrial firms and governmental laboratories. We have links with at least six teaching hospitals and work with universities in China, Poland, Egypt, Turkey, Denmark, Japan, Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Italy and the US.

Women in Engineering and Computing Programme

Brunel’s Women in Engineering and Computing mentoring scheme provides our female students with invaluable help and support from their industry mentors.

Accreditation

The requirement of UK-SPEC reinforces the need for a recent graduate with a Bachelor degree to take an appropriate postgraduate qualification in order to become a chartered engineer (currently, an accredited Bachelors degree does not enable the graduate to proceed to Chartered Engineer status without additional learning at M level).

This MSc program will be compliant with the further learning requirements of UK-SPEC. Accreditation will be sought from the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) and Energy Institute. As a result, it will appeal to recent graduates who have not yet obtained the appropriate qualifications but intend to become Chartered Engineers. Most importantly, it will appeal to Mechanical, Chemical and Building Services Engineering graduates who wish to specialise in energy, or suitably experienced graduates of related subjects such as Physics.

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The 21st century calls for graduates with an interdisciplinary training and problem-solving competence in the fields of ecology, energy, resources etc. Read more
The 21st century calls for graduates with an interdisciplinary training and problem-solving competence in the fields of ecology, energy, resources etc. Process engineering, for example, with such fields as environmental- and energy engineering, is now seen as one of the key disciplines. It deals with the engineering required for a wide range of processes and the transformation of materials, in which raw materials are converted in a series of unit operations into salable intermediate and final products.

One focus of training within the discipline relates to the development and application of various environmental and energy technologies. Both environmental- and energy engineering are classified as green technologies, which have developed at an above-average rate in the last few years. That is due to growing social awareness for sustainability and the finite nature of our resources on the one hand and legal constraints on the other. The latter in particular call for innovative processes and technologies in response to today’s challenges. The Master program in Environmental, Process & Energy Engineering is designed to communicate the knowledge, methodology and problem-solving competence needed to tackle a very wide range of engineering problems in the above mentioned fields. With its commitment to bridge-building between the academic and the business worlds, Management Center Innsbruck also provides essential teaching in the increasingly important horizontal disciplines of law and economics, and the skills needed for today’s labor market.

Major Energy Engineering

In the light of dwindling energy resources and volatile energy prices, energy engineering has become an integral economic factor with enormous potential for growth, especially in such fields as energy generation from non-fossil primary energy sources, energy distribution and energy savings. MCI graduates with a specialization in Energy Engineering typically deal with a wide variety of processes, from conventional power plant engineering to the conversion of energy carriers and their various precursors, and decentral energy supply systems. The major in Energy Engineering caters for these market requirements by communicating the relevant knowledge and skills with a combination of in-depth teaching and practical applicability.

Given their interdisciplinary training and the program’s strong practical orientation, graduates are particularly well qualified to work as engineers at the interface with business and management with special reference to the following areas:

Energy trading, energy management & natural resources
Renewable energies
Glass industry
Oil industry
Consulting engineers, consulting & engineering
Paper and paper products
Chemicals
Gas and heating supply industries

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There has never been a greater need for international trade lawyers. During our LLM in International Commercial and Trade Law you’ll learn about the regulation of trading and commercial activities, cross-border transactions between companies and individuals, and the process of harmonising commercial law. Read more

There has never been a greater need for international trade lawyers.

During our LLM in International Commercial and Trade Law you’ll learn about the regulation of trading and commercial activities, cross-border transactions between companies and individuals, and the process of harmonising commercial law. You’ll also learn to apply the rules of international trade law and develop critical perspectives so that you can evaluate cutting-edge scenarios and the theories underlying trade liberalisation. 

This course is designed for students who have a foundational understanding of law and wish to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the area of international commercial and trade law.

Why Choose Sussex?

  • Skills training is a core part of the course – preparing you for a wide variety of jobs in the area of international commercial and trade law.
  • Sussex Law School has an incredibly vibrant and diverse group of faculty from all around the world, who have a wealth of experience working with organisations like the World Trade Organisation and the European Parliament.
  • Benefit from a truly interdisciplinary approach to international commercial and trade law exposing you to a wide variety of viewpoints.

How will I study?

You will learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

You will be assessed through coursework, unseen examinations, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Alongside your core modules, you can choose from a range of exciting options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. Our options are taught by specialist academics, based upon their areas of expertise. Find out more about your course options here.

Funding Opportunities

The University of Sussex is proud to offer a range of postgraduate funding awards up to £5000, in order to help talented students to come and study at Sussex.  Find out more about funding awards available to you by visiting our funding database.

Careers

This course will enable you to work as a legal practitioner in a variety of roles, for example: 

  • Advising on cross-border commercial transactions 
  • As an arbitrator in international commercial disputes 
  • As a government official 
  • As an expert in an NGO or international organisation 

Graduates of our previous LLM courses in International Commercial Law and International Trade Law, which we've merged to create this LLM, have gone on to roles such as: 

  • Deputy Director, Ministry of Commerce (Pakistan) 
  • Manager (Legal Compliance), Essar Oil Limited 
  • Senior Client Service Specialist, Capital Group 
  • Head of Legal Department, Emirates Associated Business Group 
  • Corporate Lawyer, Ioannides Demetriou Law offices 


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This programme is appropriate for you if are seeking to develop the skills and confidence to address the critical global challenges of energy and diminishing natural resources. Read more

This programme is appropriate for you if are seeking to develop the skills and confidence to address the critical global challenges of energy and diminishing natural resources. Clean energy, optimal use of resources and the economics of climate change are the key issues facing society, and form the fundamental themes of this programme.

Course details

You explore the world’s dependency on hydrocarbon-based resources, together with strategies and technologies to decarbonise national economies. The course examines global best practice, government policies, industrial symbiosis and emerging risk management techniques. You also address the environmental, economic and sociological (risk and acceptability) impacts of renewable energy provision and waste exploitation as central elements. 

The programme develops the problem-solvers and innovators needed to face the enormous challenges of the 21st century - those who can play key roles in driving energy and environmental policies, and in formulating forward-looking strategies on energy use and environmental sustainability at corporate, national and global scales.

What you study

For the PgDip award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules. For an MSc award you must successfully complete the 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project. 

Energy, environment, risk managing projects, sustainability and integrated waste management are the main foci of the programme, but you also explore the financial aspects of energy and environmental management. Economics is integral to the development of policies and is often a key influencing factor.

This programme aims to develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role and place of energy in the 21st century and the way the environment impinges on the types of energy used and production methods. It also aims to investigate the environment as it is perceived, and contextualise its actual importance to mankind. Specific objectives for this course are to establish the financial validity for the pursuit of alternative energy forms and management of the environment.

You are encouraged to take up opportunities of voluntary placements with local industries to conduct real-world research projects. These placements are assessed in line with the assessment criteria and learning outcomes of the Project module. 

Examples of past MSc research projects

  • The taxonomy of facilitated industrial symbioses
  • Assessment of the climate change impacts of the Tees Valley
  • Exploring the links between carbon disclosure and carbon performance
  • Hydrothermal carbonisation of waste biomass
  • Quantifying the impact of biochar on soil microbial ecology
  • Potential for biochar utilisation in developing rural economies
  • Carbon trading opportunities for renewable energy projects in developing countries
  • Exploring the potential for wind energy in Libya
  • Demand and supply potential of solar panel installations
  • A feasibility study of the application of zero-carbon retrofit technologies in building communal areas
  • Energy recovery from abandoned oil wells through geothermal processes

Course structure

Core modules

  • Concepts of Sustainability
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Energy and Global Climate Change
  • Global Energy Policy
  • Integrated Waste Management and Exploitation
  • Project
  • Research Methods and Proposal

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

The course provides a number of contact teaching and assessment hours (through lectures, tutorials, projects, assignments), but you are also expected to spend time on your own, called 'self-study' time, to review lecture notes, prepare course work assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. For example, each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. 

In most cases, around 60 hours are spent in lectures, tutorials and in practical exercises. The remaining learning time is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 180 credits; hence, during one year of full-time study a student can expect to have 1,800 hours of learning and assessment.

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including examination and in-course assessment with some utilising other approaches such as group-work or verbal/poster presentations.

Employability

Work placement

There may be short-term placement opportunities for some students, particularly during the project phase of the course. This University is also in the process of seeking accreditation for the Waste Management module from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.

Career opportunities

Successful graduates from this course are well placed to find employment. As an energy and environmental manager, you might find yourself in a role responsible for overseeing the energy and environmental performance of private, public and voluntary sector organisations, as well as in a wide range of engineering industries.

Energy and environmental managers examine corporate activities to establish where improvements can be made and ensure compliance with environmental legislation across the organisation. You might be responsible for reviewing the whole operation, carrying out energy and environmental audits and assessments, identifying and resolving energy and environmental problems and acting as agents of change. Your role could include the training of the workforce to develop the ability to recognise their own contributions to improved energy and environmental performance.

Your role may also include the development, implementation and monitoring of energy and environmental strategies, policies and programmes that promote sustainable development at corporate, national or global levels.



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This MSc Energy and Environmental Management (with Advanced Practice) course is ideal if are seeking to develop your skills and confidence to address the critical global challenges of energy and diminishing natural resources. Read more

This MSc Energy and Environmental Management (with Advanced Practice) course is ideal if are seeking to develop your skills and confidence to address the critical global challenges of energy and diminishing natural resources. Clean energy, optimal use of resources and the economics of climate change are the key issues facing society, and form the fundamental themes of this programme.

Course details

You explore the world’s dependency on hydrocarbon-based resources, together with strategies and technologies to decarbonise national economies. This course examines global best practice, government policies, industrial symbiosis and emerging risk management techniques. You also address the environmental, economic and sociological (risk and acceptability) impacts of renewable energy provision and waste exploitation as central elements.There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Energy and Environmental Management – one year full time
  • MSc Energy and Environmental Management – two years part time
  • MSc Energy and Environmental Management – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.The MSc Energy and Environmental Management (with Advanced Practice) offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by completing an internship, research or study abroad experience in addition to the content of the one-year MSc. This two-year programme is an opportunity to enhance your qualification by spending one semester completing a vocational internship, research internship or by studying abroad. Although we can’t guarantee an internship, we can provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. Alternatively, a research internship develops your research and academic skills as you work as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia. A third option is to study abroad in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

What you study

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Energy, environment, risk managing projects, sustainability and integrated waste management are emphasised on the programme, but you also explore the financial aspects of energy and environmental management. Economics is integral to developing policies and is often a key influencing factor.

You develop a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the role and place of energy in the 21st century, and how the environment impinges on the types of energy used and the way they are produced. You investigate the environment as it is perceived, and contextualise its actual importance to mankind. Specific objectives for this course are to establish the financial validity of pursing alternative energy forms and managing the environment.

Examples of past MSc research projects

  • The taxonomy of facilitated industrial symbioses
  • Assessment of the climate change impacts of the Tees Valley
  • Exploring the links between carbon disclosure and carbon performance
  • Hydrothermal carbonisation of waste biomass
  • Quantifying the impact of biochar on soil microbial ecology
  • Potential for biochar utilisation in developing rural economies
  • Carbon trading opportunities for renewable energy projects in developing countries
  • Exploring the potential for wind energy in Libya
  • Demand and supply potential of solar panel installations
  • A feasibility study of the application of zero-carbon retrofit technologies in building communal areas
  • Energy recovery from abandoned oil wells through geothermal processes

Course structure

Core modules

  • Concepts of Sustainability
  • Data Acquisition and Signal Processing Techniques
  • Economics of Climate Change
  • Energy and Global Climate Change
  • Global Energy Policy
  • Integrated Waste Management and Exploitation
  • Research Methods and Proposal
  • Research Project (Advanced Practice)

Advanced Practice options

  • Research Internship
  • Study Abroad
  • Vocational Internship

Modules offered may vary.

Teaching

How you learn

You learn through a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, projects and assignments. You are also expected to participate in self-directed study, to review lecture notes, prepare assignments, work on projects and revise for assessments. Each 20-credit module typically has around 200 hours of learning time. 

You usually spend around 60 hours in lectures, tutorials and in practical exercises over the duration of the course. The remaining learning time is for you to gain a deeper understanding of the subject. Each year of full-time study consists of modules totalling 180 credits. During one year of full-time study you can expect to have 1,800 hours of learning and assessment.

How you are assessed

Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including exams and in-course assessment with some using other approaches such as group work, or verbal or poster presentations. 

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

Employability

Career opportunities

Successful graduates from this course are well-placed to find employment. As an energy and environmental manager, you might find yourself responsible for overseeing the energy and environmental performance of a private, public or voluntary sector organisation, or in one of a wide range of engineering industries.

Work placement

There may be short-term placement opportunities for some students, particularly during the project phase of the course. This University is also in the process of seeking accreditation for the Waste Management module from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management.



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