International Oil, Gas and Energy Law - LLM

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Why study this course?

This is a multi-disciplinary distance learning programme 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.

More about this course

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:

  • finance
  • compliance
  • business development
  • environmental positions
  • licensing
  • operations
  • procurement
  • project managers
  • taxation
  • contract managers
  • distribution
  • company secretaries
  • renewables

This distance learning course is taught in partnership with Informa via their online learning platform. It focusses 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 course 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.


This LLM top up will consist of one research based module followed by a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

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Entry requirements

To apply for this course you will need to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in International Oil, Gas and Energy Law.

Modular structure

This LLM top up consists of one research based module followed by a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.

Additional costs

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.

How to apply

To apply for this course please contact once you have completed your Postgraduate Diploma. 

When to apply

Please apply for this course directly after completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in International Oil, Gas and Energy Law.

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