International Oil, Gas and Energy Law - PG Dip
Why study this course?
The International Oil, Gas and Energy Law postgraduate diploma is a multi-disciplinary distance learning programme taught in partnership with Informa and was designed to address the cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry and respond to the demand for highly qualified professionals in the sector. The modules have been designed to be relevant to you if you work in, or wish to embark on a career within the national and international oil, gas and energy industries and the renewable energy sector.
This is a stimulating and rewarding course designed for individuals who currently work in the international oil, gas and energy industries or who wish to embark on careers in that industry. It is especially beneficial for private practice lawyers in oil, gas and energy law (or lawyers hoping to specialise in these areas).
The course is also ideal for in-house lawyers from the upstream and downstream oil, gas and energy sectors or non-legal professionals working in the oil, gas and energy sectors, in particular:
- business development
- environmental positions
- project managers
- contract managers
- company secretaries
This distance learning course is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platform. It focuses on the practical aspects of oil and gas law and is set in the broader context of contemporary energy regulation, law and policy. It seeks to develop a deep understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed by national authorities to oil, gas and energy production.
Those working in the oil and gas sectors increasingly want and need to have an understanding of the legal principles that underpin many of their activities, from the drafting of basic contracts to the intricacies, controversies and complexities of the international regimes covering such matters as oil pollution from ships and the delimitation of continental shelf reserves between adjacent and opposite states.
This course seeks to introduce you to the fundamental precepts of English commercial law; to the institutional legal framework of the oil and gas economies; to contracts; regulations and treaties relating to oil and gas exploration and exploitation (including those relating to environmental issues); and to matters of finance, including investment, insurance and taxation.
The PGDip provides a programme of postgraduate study which will develop your academic knowledge and awareness of issues in international oil, gas and energy law and increase your understanding of the legal dimensions to activities taking place in the oil, gas and energy fields and the extent to which they might give rise to legal issues. As well as deepening your understanding of the law in these areas, our focus throughout the programme is on the practical application of the law. The programme benefits from teaching by tutors with strong relevant backgrounds in the academic world and in legal practice with a number practising as barristers or solicitors.
Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma programme will entitle you to carry your credits on to an LLM course. The LLM ‘Top-up’ by distance learning involves taking an additional module in legal research methods and the writing of a 15,000 word dissertation. Successful completion of these components will give you an LLM in International Oil, Gas and Energy Law by distance learning and is exclusively for students who have completed the postgraduate diploma.
The course will be assessed entirely by coursework. The introductory module will be assessed by a multiple choice test; a case analysis test and a statute analysis test. The core modules will be assessed by 2 pieces of coursework which will each consist of a series of short-answer questions and a case study totalling 2,500 words per piece.
- an undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above in law or a related qualification from a UK or EU university, or equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas university
- a minimum of 6.5 IELTS with 6.0 in all components is also required from EU and international students or equivalent
The course is taught by the self-study of a comprehensive module manual and with students encouraged to read from specified case law and legal journals. There is a logical progression through a complex syllabus and you are given the opportunity to discuss theoretical issues as well as practical problem solving. You are supported in undertaking online research using electronic law databases and are encouraged to use online legal resources on a regular basis. The course team will respond to student queries left on the forum promptly and will ensure that you feel well supported and engaged throughout your studies.
The course modules will be accessed through the online learning platform that will contain handbooks, lecture notes, web links, a discussion forum, study skills materials and assessment criteria. You will also receive a daily round-up of activity from the forum. The course is assessed entirely through coursework which will be submitted through the online learning platform. The course modules will be released at a rate of one per month.
The postgraduate diploma programme is 12 months long and comprises an introductory module and six compulsory core modules. Each of the core modules gives a thorough grounding in the core components of oil, gas and energy law whilst referring to aspects and important points of law from all of the other modules, so bringing together all the subject areas that comprise oil, gas and energy law.
Each module includes:
- your core study material together with a series of short thought provoking questions through which you can assess your understanding of each module
- a self-assessment problem question which will help you to develop your skills of reasoning, argument and critical judgement
The introductory module
This module will introduce you to key concepts that are necessary for an understanding of the modules that follow.
The core modules
Once you have studied the introductory module you will proceed to study the eight core modules which comprise the compulsory element of the course. You will then be ready to:
- follow the written material provided
- test your understanding of the material by responding to questions in the text
- attempt the self-assessment problem question that accompanies the material
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.