International Oil, Gas and Energy Law (Top-up) - LLM

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Why study this course?

This multi-disciplinary programme is designed to address cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry in response to the demand for highly qualified professionals in the sector.

All modules have been designed specifically for those working in, or wanting to work in, the national and international oil, gas and energy industries or the renewable energy sector.

More about this course

This is a stimulating and rewarding course designed for professionals working in the oil, gas and energy industries or those looking to embark on a career in that area. It’s especially beneficial if you’re a private practice lawyer in oil, gas and energy law (or a lawyer hoping to specialise in these areas).

It’s also an ideal course for in-house lawyers from the upstream and downstream oil, gas and energy sectors. Alternatively it would also benefit non-legal professionals working in the oil, gas and energy sectors, in these particular areas:

  • finance
  • compliance
  • business development
  • the environment
  • licensing
  • operations
  • procurement
  • taxation
  • renewables
  • distribution
  • or for project managers, contract managers or company secretaries

The course 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. This covers everything from the drafting of basic contracts to the intricacies, to controversies and complexities of international regimes such as oil pollution from ships and the delimitation of continental shelf reserves between adjacent and opposite states.

You’ll be introduced to the fundamental precepts of English commercial law, the institutional legal framework of the oil and gas economies, contracts, regulations and treaties relating to oil and gas exploration and exploitation (including those relating to environmental issues), plus matters relating to finance including investment, insurance and taxation.

The course provides a programme of postgraduate study that will develop your academic knowledge and awareness of issues in international oil, gas and energy law. You’ll also 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.


You’ll be assessed on this one research module via a dissertation.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • passed the International Oil, Gas and Energy Law Postgraduate Diploma.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

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

Additional information

Our business and law undergraduate programmes are continuously improving and are currently under review for 2020-21 entry. Please apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and If there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our business and law courses to reflect the ever-changing landscape of the world of business and law.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

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

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