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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year Full Time, 2 years Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


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  • Last Updated

    29 March 2019

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. Course options at Aberdeen broadly fall into categories around Energy, Environment, Human Rights, International Law, Commercial and Trade Law and Criminal Law.

Aberdeen is equally internationally recognised in all areas of law on offer. The University has been teaching law since it began in 1495 and it offers longevity and sound academic and analytical skills which have enabled graduates to follow a multitude of exciting careers. Aberdeen city is known for its major international oil and gas hub globally. The university has strong links with the industry and expertise in energy, oil and gas and environmental law plus further renewable industries which many multinationals are now focusing on for their research and development towards the future. This industry and others also require much knowledge within international trade across the whole spectrum of legal essentials. This is reflected in courses in International Trade Law, GATT, IP law, company law, and others. Aberdeen offers strong human rights related areas such as Criminal Justice, private international law, the politics of human rights and others.

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There are many directions open to you which are dependent on your background undergraduate degree and the options you decide to take for postgraduate level study. The programme allows you to really specialise at advanced level in areas of interest to you and this will depend on what you want to do in your future career. Energy law areas are very specific to industries which are related to the courses provided but other courses in international trade and human rights related areas provide a wide range of possibilities globally. 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


  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship

Optional (4 courses 2 in Semester 1 and 2)

  • International Energy and Environmental Law
  • Low Carbon Energy Transition Renewable Energy Law
  • International Law: A Time of Challenges
  • The Politics of Human Rights
  • 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
  • Copyright and Patents
  • Private International Law - Jurisdiction, Recognition and Enforcement
  • Comparative and International Perspectives on Company Law
  • Criminological Theories
  • Comparative and International Insolvency Law
  • Oil and Mining Resources for Good
  • Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art and Museums
  • State of Control of Hydrobarbons

Semester 2


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

Semester 3

  • Dissertation

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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

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