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  • Study Type

    Distance learning , Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Full time - 12 - 15 months Part-time - 30 months

  • Course Type

    MSc, LLM

  • Course Fees

    Please visit the website for details

  • Last Updated

    07 September 2018

The LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course is available through flexible study options and provides an opportunity to critically assess key legal and contractual aspects (i.e. licensing, contracts, M&A, environmental, renewable energy) of the global Energy and Oil and Gas sectors, both in the UK and leading international regions.

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

You will develop key transferable legal skills to drive your career further and on successful completion you will be able to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues in the industry.

The course is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in Oil and Gas or Energy.

What you will study

All modes of delivery will study the same breakdown of modules, but over different durations depending on if studying full-time (on-campus/online) or part-time online.


You will develop a complete understanding of the main legal principles affecting Oil and Gas industry including maritime law, oil and gas law, environmental law, health and safety and renewable energy. You will gain in depth knowledge around contractual and commercial arrangements including contracts, mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution.


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.

Teaching and assessment

In full time on campus mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorial sessions. These comprise a mix of tutorial presentations, group study, discussion of findings by teams and/or individuals. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including e-books, journals and audio visual resources).

Online students (full-time and part-time) will study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. You will be taught by a dedicated oil and gas law team of law lecturers and supported by RGU's VLEs designed for on-campus students and those studying at a distance. You 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.


On campus option

  • Lectures - 25 -30 students per group, 2 - 3  hours per week 
  • Tutorial - 15 students per group, 2 hours per week 
  • Independent Study - 16 hours per week 

Distance learning option

  • Independent Study - 16 hours per week 
  • Forum postings - 5 hours per week/semester


You are required to engage in your own research as part of your weekly independent study time. Tutorial preparation and private study typically calls for an average of 16 hours of individual private study time per week.


All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.

The majority of teaching staff on this course have professional Legal or Oil and Gas industry professional experience meaning that the course is taught with a highly practical edge.

Staff on this course could also include guest lecturers and industry experts.


This illustrates the assessment methods for Full-time On Campus and Full-time Online Distance Learning study modes. Part-time students will be assessed on a case by case basis reflected by their particular circumstances and job commitments.

  • 2 written assignments, including essays (both on campus and distance learning)
  • 1 oral assessment (on campus)
  • 1 assessed forum posting contribution and weekly forum participation (both on campus and distance learning)

Job prospects 

This LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course will enhance your legal skills for a stronger employability profile within the oil and gas and energy industry. There is an increasing need for knowledge of the legal technicalities that affect the industry today. Masters level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector and are keys to career advancement, the oil and gas industry is no exception.

Graduates from the LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course are employed worldwide in companies such as Centrica, Shell, BP, AMEC, NNPC and multiple UK or international law firms.

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Oil and Gas Law (LLM/MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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