This course will provide you with a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in the area, with a particular focus on the environmental law and investment law aspects of the oil, gas and mining industries.
It also draws on our strengths in international trade and commercial law, which will help you gain an appreciation of the oil, gas and mining industries in their global economic context.
The LLM Oil, Gas and Mining Law provides the foundations for a future career or further postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) study in most aspects of the regulatory and commercial world, as they relate to the international energy industry, with a specific focus on the petroleum and mining sectors of this burgeoning area of economic activity.
Gain a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in this specialist and expanding area of Law.
Gain an appreciation of the Oil, Gas and Mining industries in their global economic context.
Benefit from our expertise in Oil, Gas and Mining as well as the complementary fields of International Trade and Commercial law.
Choose a study route that suits you with full-time, part-time and distance learning options available
Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards.
You will complete six taught modules and an independently researched and written dissertation, under the supervision of an expert academic. In addition to four core modules you will also select two option modules.
The core modules are explicitly designed to ground the student in the general fields of international investment law and international environmental law as they relate to the petroleum and mining sectors of the energy industry. The general approach taken to the teaching of these core modules aims to afford maximum flexibility in the coursework assignments for individuals to write on legal issues that match their personal and / or career and future study interests.
You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.
You will also choose two modules from other subject areas. We strongly advise you to take modules from our International Trade and Commercial Law options, which are highly applicable to the Oil, Gas and Mining industries. Students studying by distance learning are required to undertake modules in International Commercial Transactions and International Competition Law.
In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.
The dissertation is 18,000 - 20,000 words on a suitable topic of your choice and includes one-to-one supervision with a tutor who is an expert in that field.
There is scope within this LLM degree scheme to pursue both coursework and dissertation projects on traditional oil and gas law issues such as:
The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.
Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.
Part-time and distance-learning students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.
For full- and part-time students modules are taught through weekly two-hour seminars in small groups. Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.
Distance-learning modules are structured, directed learning activities, delivered through the University's online learning platform – NOW. Distance learners will also have the opportunity to participate in virtual discussions with other students and academic staff, and will be asked to complete additional tasks – such as preparing essay plans or presentations – over the course of each module.
Professor David Ong has long-standing research and teaching interests in international and environmental law issues specifically related to the oil and gas industry, especially in the off-shore industry and developing / transitional economies.
He has also contributed to numerous publications relating to the regulation and environmental implications of the oil and gas industry. A few of his related consultancies, publications and training courses in these fields are as follows:
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You will need a good degree in Law (minimum 2.2) or an honours degree in another discipline, plus either the CPE (Common Professional Examination) or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) conversion qualification.
Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.
English language requirements
International students need to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English before starting the course. We usually require one of the following:
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
TOEFL iBT 83 with at least 18 in reading, 17 in listening, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
An equivalent English language qualification.
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