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Are you interested in where we source our future energy and how we protect what we have now and in the future? Do you want to learn the complexities of the law that surrounds energy extraction?

Within the political setting you understand regulation as you do in the legal setting but you look at policies, regulation and interdependencies and relationships globally to understand how risk, security and future policy may alter this. You then study how this then translates in law. There is a heightened senses of awareness now within energy and climate and an increased sense of urgency about pollution controls and concerns regarding energy reserves.  Energy extraction is set within a volatile political and social environment in many countries some of whom supply energy globally. You look at historical oil crisis, security, and politics and you connect this to environmental regulation systems, the different legal systems and approaches in law.

This programme gives you a wide breadth of skills and knowledge in an essential area of the energy industry, both upstream and downstream, commercial and domestic globally. You are taught in the energy capital of Europe in Aberdeen city, home to a multitude of FTSE 100 companies from the energy industry and you learn from both its learning's and that of academics who follow it closely at Aberdeen. Energy has provided a lot of historic case law and knowledge which has influenced energy law over time. Much of it has related to the tightening of mechanisms and regulation to prevent environmental damage from occurring. There are also economic influences in the energy industry which can rapidly alter the economics of countries when suppliers change prices, lower or raise production or change group agreements. Even within the domestic market energy suppliers continue to influence the prices we pay for our domestic energy which can in turn affect domestic economics within countries.

You can work as a lawyer or regulator across the supply chain from source to domestic energy or you can work as a consultant or advisor within policy. Within the energy industry itself you can be a vital part of project initiation in understanding policy, guidance, risks and laws to support growth alongside social and legal responsibility to ensure integrity in all areas of energy extraction.

Courses listed for the programme


  • Energy Politics
  • Introduction to Energy Economics


  • Low Carbon Energy Transition: Renewable Energy Law
  • State of Control of Hydrocarbons

Semester 2


  • International Energy Security


  • Low Carbon Energy Transition: Nuclear Energy and Carbon Capture and Storage
  • Downstream Energy Law

Semester 3 


  • Energy Politics and Law Project

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught by academics with a strong knowledge of the industry from energy to renewable policy research. Aberdeen is situated at the heart of the European oil and gas industry
  • We have developed an international reputation as a centre for academic excellence and political research
  • You get specific expertise in the Middle East, Latin America, North and South Asia, Nordic countries, Europe and the UK

Where you study

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

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