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Regulation of energy is a complex area covering everything across the supply chain. It is also fraught with controversy and advocates attempting to clean up the environment, often providing high profile press when things aren't seen as socially responsible. Energy law is a specialist area which is mainly concerned with the huge risks involved in extracting energy within wild and remote environments and dealing with waste products, removal of facilities, implementation of new facilities and operations with environment at the forefront of business operations. There are huge implications for corporate and social responsibility and the energy industry sees it as imperative that they get their regulation and responsibilities right. The negative effects of getting regulation wrong can be hugely costly and very damaging to reputation in a highly regulated and safety conscious industry.

The ability to manage the business through change without loosing time and money and understanding how to work with regulation from government level can be a challenge, especially when business does not follow a straight line of growth. You not only learn the law in terms of energy and environment but you also cover downstream regulation to customer supplies and renewable energy areas which you may also be involved with if you work for a large multinational for example. Many people are not aware of just how much work goes into getting regulation right for company and government and how much potential there is to save the environment from unnecessary practices which put all at risk. In this respect this is a very rewarding subject to study and work in if you are interested in environment and regulation.

Energy Law is part of an environmental range of laws specifically aligned to exploitation of minerals. Throughout the process you will learn about all the regulatory requirements within the supply chain from extraction to supply. Aberdeen is at the heart of the energy industry and you will benefit from industry networks and regulators situated in the city. This will give you a really good perspective and insight into the discipline and how it is transferred to employment in the energy industry internationally.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Optional Courses

  • Low Carbon Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law
  • International Energy and Environmental Law
  • Oil and Gas Resources for Good
  • State of Control of Hydrocarbons

Semester 2

  • Principles of Environmental Regulation
  • Low Carbon Energy Transition: Nuclear Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Corporate Environmental Liability
  • Downstream Energy Law
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration in the Energy Sector
  • Contracting in Hydrocarbon Operations

Semester 3

  • Master of Law Dissertation

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • The demand for energy lawyers continues within current and new industry areas internationally
  • You are taught by experts with practical application of theory and close links to regulators and industry in the city
  • Aberdeen is situated at the heart of the European industry, it is an energy city with FTSE 100 multinationals located here
  • The School of Law is ranked in the top 10 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2018)

Where you study

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

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