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Oil and Gas Law (LLM/MSc)

Course Description

The MSc/LLM Oil and Gas Law degree focuses on the main legal issues within today's oil and gas industry.

Our LLM Oil and Gas Law degree is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in the oil and gas industry.

The course provides the opportunity to critically assess and examine key legal issues in the oil and gas sector, both in the UK and leading areas. On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues. You will also gain key employability, enterprise and transferable skills.

It can also be studied by the flexible distance learning allowing busy professionals to study at their own pace.

See the website http://www.rgu.ac.uk/law/study-options/distance-and-flexible-learning/oil-and-gas-law-full-time

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must gain either IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

What you will study

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

Stage 1
•Energy Law and Policy
•Comparative International Tax Law
•Oil and Gas Law
•Environmental Aspects of Oil and Gas Law

Stage 2
•Oil and Gas Contract Law
•Renewable Energy Issues
•Oil and Gas Management
•Dispute Resolution in Oil and Gas Contracting

Stage 3

Award: MSc/LLM Oil and Gas Law

Dissertation :
In Stage 3, 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.

How you will learn

One of the unique online study features of this course is its flexibility, so that you can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. Study options are:
•Online distance learning, full-time fast track mode.
This is suitable for those not engaged in full-time employment OR for professionals who are willing to reduce their working commitment to part-time while studying for the degree.
•Part-time distance learning mode for those wishing to study and continue working full-time
•Full-time on campus.

The course is taught at Aberdeen Business school full-time on campus and online by distance learning or can be studied part-time (for online distance learning ONLY).

Online students will study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. Campus Moodle has a number of functions, ranging from a repository for lecture support material to video clips of guest speakers, and discussion forums. The discussion forum groups will be a key part of the course, actively engaging you with the course materials, the course personnel and your fellow students.

Full-time Study:
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Distance Learning:
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students 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. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:
•Virtual tutorials
•Live chat
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Placements and accreditations

The course has professional accreditation from the Energy Institute. This accreditation is recognition of the high level of quality training and academic expertise provided by on this course.


There is an increasing need for knowledge of the legal technicalities that affect the oil industry today. This LLM/Masters Oil and Gas Law course will enhance your ability, professional standing and employability within the oil and gas industry. Masters level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector and is key to career advancement, the oil and gas industry is no exception. In addition, there are good prospects for further academic research in the oil and gas law field.

Graduates from law courses at Aberdeen Business School have a record of excellent employment prospects. Many are employed worldwide in all sectors – industrial, governmental, technical, administrative, operational or self-employed in companies such as Agip Oil, Halliburton, Amec, Marathon, Schlumberger, Shell, Stolt Offshore, Total and Weatherford.

If you want to find out how to apply, click here - http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

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

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Merit Scholarship - 20+ Awards

Aberdeen Business School is pleased to offer a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students who wish to study at the School.This page contains details of all scholarships available on courses apart from the MBA (Masters of Business Administration). Please click below if you wish to apply for an MBA scholarship.MBA Scholarship
Please read through the following information carefully.
- Number of awards: 150
- Value of awards: £2000, £1500, or £1000 per award

Value of Scholarship(s)



Eligible Courses:
- This scholarship is applicable to all MSc courses in this area of study.Who can apply:
- An International student paying fees at the overseas rate or
- A UK/EU student on a full cost course for which the course fee has been set at £5000GBP or above and
- You hold the offer of a place on one of our courses

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

For entry to the course you should be one of the following: •law graduate in any jurisdiction •lawyer admitted to practice in any jurisdiction •non-law graduate with substantial law-related work experience such as engineering contracts •legal administrator within a business. An undergraduate degree in law or a related discipline (usually at honours level) is preferred however relevant experience in the oil and gas sector may be an acceptable alternative where relevant qualifications are lacking.

Course Fees

UK/EU students: £5,000; International Students: £9,760

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