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Your programme of study

Oil and gas law gives you a wide  range of knowledge to manage the affairs of international oil and gas companies within the full spectrum of law careers plus the knowledge to work within regulation and offer expertise in case law developments within the various environmental laws involved at government level. This is a specialist area of environmental law in which you study the hydrocarbon industry in terms of corporate liability and responsibility, downstream energy law, investment and arbitration law which is relevant when working with other companies on high risk exploration areas. This is an internationally relevant programme due to the nature and operations of the oil and gas industry.

Courses offered cover licensing and other methods of state control of hydrocarbon resources, commercial contracting, regulation of the oil and gas industry, principles of environmental law and maritime planning. The intention is that by the end of the programme you will have developed the analytical skills and knowledge to provide you with a firm foundation for work in this sector. The programme provides you with the opportunity to examine and critically assess key legal issues in the oil and gas sector both in the UK and in other leading jurisdictions. This programme specifically allows you to acquire a portfolio of professional skills which involve extra classes and simulated practical experience. This allows you to apply your skills directly to situations involving immediate application.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1

  • Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship
  • State Control of Hydrocarbons


  • Oil and Minerals for Good
  • International Energy and Environmental Law

Semester 2

  • Contracting in Hydrocarbon Operations


  • Corporate Environment Liability
  • Oil and Gas Law: Taxation of Upstream
  • Downstream Energy Law
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration in the Energy Sector

Semester 3

  • Oil and Gas Law Professional Skills - Exploration of Production

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen is a the heart of the European and World oil and gas industry with FTSE 100 companies located in Aberdeen city
  • You study with a top 10 ranked law school in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018)
  • 98% of students felt their LLM had added value to their career prospects and 97% would recommend their programme to others

Where you study

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

International Student Fees 2017/2018

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