Aims: The programme provides students 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.
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 students will have developed the analytical skills and knowledge to provide them with a firm foundation for work in this sector.
Syllabus: Students must complete four courses and a dissertation. At least three courses must be taken from the Oil & Gas Law course options. The fourth course can be taken from a different LLM programme.
The number in brackets indicates the semester in which the course is taught.
Oil and Gas Law: State Control (1) Oil and Gas Law: Contracting (1) Maritime Spatial Planning Law (1) Oil and Gas Law: Regulation (2) Taxation of Oil & Gas (2) Principles of Environmental Regulation (2) Renewable Energy Law (2)
Assessment: Assessment is based on a combination of written examination at the end of the relevant semester and one or more course essays. In addition, students must complete a course in research methods and a dissertation on a topic within the specialism. The dissertation is planned and written between March and August each year. Guidance on the writing of a dissertation is given.
Teaching: Teaching is organised on a modular basis. There are two 12-week semesters, the first beginning at the end of September, the second at the end of January. Students can join either in September or January. Examinations are held at the end of each semester, in January and May. The dissertation is submitted on the 1st September each year, regardless of start date. Courses are offered subject to the availability of staff, sufficient enrolment and sabbatical arrangements. Applicants are strongly advised to consult the Law School webpages for updates to the programme syllabus.