International Oil, Gas and Energy Law - PG Dip

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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. Our course is 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 currently 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

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.

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).

This course is ideal for in-house lawyers from the upstream and downstream oil, gas and energy sector. It would also suit 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 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 deeper understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed by national authorities to oil, gas and energy production.

The PGDip provides a programme of postgraduate study which will develop your 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. Our focus throughout the programme is on the practical application of the law, our tutors have strong relevant backgrounds in legal practice with a number practising as barristers or solicitors.

Successful completion of the postgraduate diploma will entitle you to study the 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 two pieces of coursework which will each consist of a series of short-answer questions and a case study totalling 2,500 words per piece.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:
  • 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

Modular structure

The course is taught by the self-study of a comprehensive module manual, you'll be encouraged to read from specified case law and legal journals. You'll be 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 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

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

You can apply for this course via our partner's website.

When to apply

Please apply online via Informa Professional Academy.

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