LLM Oil and Gas Law

Masters in Oil and Gas Law

1. Overview

MSc/LLM Oil and Gas Law focuses on the main legal issues within today's oil and gas industry.

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Aberdeen is the energy capital of Europe and this postgraduate course in Oil and Gas Law, taught at Aberdeen Business School, has been developed to provide graduates with the skillset required in an area of increasing market demand. It is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in the oil and gas industry.

The course provides the opportunity to critically assess and examine key legal issues in the oil and gas sector, both in the UK and leading areas. On successful completion of the course you will be in a position to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues. You will also gain key employability, enterprise and transferable skills.

It can also be studied by the flexible distance learning allowing busy professionals to study at their own pace.

2. What you will study

The module structure on the course is designed to allow the basic legal concepts to be covered in depth before building on this knowledge by moving onto specific oil and gas law content.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Award: MSc/LLM Oil and Gas Law

Dissertation

In Stage 3, you will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the Masters level dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.

3. How you will learn

One of the unique online study features of this course is its flexibility, so that you can learn at your own pace and at times to suit you. Study options are:

  • Online distance learning, full-time fast track mode.
    This is suitable for those not engaged in full-time employment OR for professionals who are willing to reduce their working commitment to part-time while studying for the degree.
  • Part-time distance learning mode for those wishing to study and continue working full-time
  • Full-time on campus.

The course is taught at Aberdeen Business school full-time on campus and online by distance learning or can be studied part-time (for online distance learning ONLY).

Online students will study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. Campus Moodle has a number of functions, ranging from a repository for lecture support material to video clips of guest speakers, and discussion forums. The discussion forum groups will be a key part of the course, actively engaging you with the course materials, the course personnel and your fellow students.

Full-time Study
In full time mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions. 

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

Distance Learning
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Details on the distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide.

4. Entry requirements

For entry to the course you should be one of the following:

  • law graduate in any jurisdiction
  • lawyer admitted to practice in any jurisdiction
  • non-law graduate with substantial law-related work experience such as engineering contracts
  • legal administrator within a business.

An undergraduate degree in law or a related discipline (usually at honours level) is preferred however relevant experience in the oil and gas sector may be an acceptable alternative where relevant qualifications are lacking.

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must gain either IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Please note, UKVI are currently not accepting TOEFL as proof of English Language for Full Time International Student Visas.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

The course has professional accreditation from the Energy Institute. This accreditation is recognition of the high level of quality training and academic expertise provided by on this course.

6. Student Funding

Merit Scholarship

Aberdeen Business School offers a number of merit scholarships to outstanding students. The scholarship is available to:

  • international students who will study the course by full time and distance learning and pay for the fees at the international rate; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by full time and the fees are set in excess of 6,000 GBP; or
  • UK or EU students who will study the course by distance learning.

To find out more information on the Merit Scholarship.

Opito Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students undertaking MSc studies relevant to the Oil and Gas industry. Find out more about the Opito Scholarship

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 15% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,400 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,530 Stage 1
  • £3,530 Stage 2
  • £2,340 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,500 entire course (on campus)

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,500 entire course (on campus)

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £9,090 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,410 Stage 1
  • £3,410 Stage 2
  • £2,270 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £4,500 entire course (on campus)

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,000 entire course (on campus)

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Full-time

  • £8,760 entire course

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £3,284 Stage 1
  • £3,284 Stage 2
  • £2,192 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage

UK/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 entire course (on campus)

International Students

Full-time

  • £8,760 entire course (on campus)

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • Part-time Distance Learning - £3,204 Stage 1
  • Part-time Distance Learning - £3,204 Stage 2
  • Part-time Distance Learning - £2,136 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage
  • Full-time Distance Learning - £8,544 entire course

UK/EU Students

  • Full-time - £3,400 entire course (on campus)

International Students

  • Full-time - £8,544 entire course (on campus)

All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Further details are also available from Course Leader:

William Craig
Aberdeen Business School
Robert Gordon University
Garthdee Road
Aberdeen AB10 7QE

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263417
Email: w.craig@rgu.ac.uk

9. Prospects

There is an increasing need for knowledge of the legal technicalities that affect the oil industry today. This LLM/Masters Oil and Gas Law course will enhance your ability, professional standing and employability within the oil and gas industry. Masters level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector and is key to career advancement, the oil and gas industry is no exception. In addition, there are good prospects for further academic research in the oil and gas law field.

Graduates from law courses at Aberdeen Business School have a record of excellent employment prospects. Many are employed worldwide in all sectors – industrial, governmental, technical, administrative, operational or self-employed in companies such as Agip Oil, Halliburton, Amec, Marathon, Schlumberger, Shell, Stolt Offshore, Total and Weatherford.

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Start date
Full-time Distance Learning - January and September / Part-time Distance Learning - January and September / Full-time on Campus - January and September
Course length
Full-time (Distance or On Campus) - 12-18 months
Part-time Distance - 3 years
Mode of Attendance
Full-time OR Part-time Distance Learning / Full-time on Campus
Academic school
The Law School Aberdeen Business School
More information:
William Craig Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263417
Accredited by
Energy Institute

Robert Gordon University, Garthdee House, Garthdee Road, Aberdeen, AB10 7QB, Scotland, UK: a Scottish charity, registration No. SC013781