Oil and Gas Law
MSc | LLM
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The course is designed to allow basic legal concepts to be covered in depth before building on this knowledge by moving onto specific energy, oil and gas law content.
You will develop key transferable legal skills to drive your career further and on successful completion you will be able to understand and deal with some of the main energy legal issues in the industry.
The course is suitable for those with legal qualifications or with considerable experience in Oil and Gas or Energy.
All modes of delivery will study the same breakdown of modules, but over different durations depending on if studying full-time (on-campus/online) or part-time online.
STAGES 1 AND 2
You will develop a complete understanding of the main legal principles affecting Oil and Gas industry including maritime law, oil and gas law, environmental law, health and safety and renewable energy. You will gain in depth knowledge around contractual and commercial arrangements including contracts, mergers and acquisitions and dispute resolution.
Stage 3You will present a written research proposal for submission. This will normally form the basis for the master's level dissertation. You will work independently but under tutorial supervision, to undertake the research and prepare the dissertation.
In full time on campus mode, you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorial sessions. These comprise a mix of tutorial presentations, group study, discussion of findings by teams and/or individuals. Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to learning materials (including e-books, journals and audio visual resources).
Online students (full-time and part-time) will study through the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) CampusMoodle. You will be taught by a dedicated oil and gas law team of law lecturers and supported by RGU's VLEs designed for on-campus students and those studying at a distance. You 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.
On campus option
- Lectures - 25 -30 students per group, 2 - 3 hours per week
- Tutorial - 15 students per group, 2 hours per week
- Independent Study - 16 hours per week
Distance learning option
- Independent Study - 16 hours per week
- Forum postings - 5 hours per week/semester
You are required to engage in your own research as part of your weekly independent study time. Tutorial preparation and private study typically calls for an average of 16 hours of individual private study time per week.
STAFF DELIVERING ON THIS COURSE
All our academic staff are encouraged to work towards a Higher Education Academy Fellowship. This is a professional recognition of an individuals practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.
The majority of teaching staff on this course have professional Legal or Oil and Gas industry professional experience meaning that the course is taught with a highly practical edge.
Staff on this course could also include guest lecturers and industry experts.
This illustrates the assessment methods for Full-time On Campus and Full-time Online Distance Learning study modes. Part-time students will be assessed on a case by case basis reflected by their particular circumstances and job commitments.
- 2 written assignments, including essays (both on campus and distance learning)
- 1 oral assessment (on campus)
- 1 assessed forum posting contribution and weekly forum participation (both on campus and distance learning)
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
This LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course will enhance your legal skills for a stronger employability profile within the oil and gas and energy industry. There is an increasing need for knowledge of the legal technicalities that affect the industry today. Master's level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector and are keys to career advancement, the oil and gas industry is no exception.
Graduates from the LLM/MSc Oil and Gas Law course are employed worldwide in companies such as Centrica, Shell, BP, AMEC, NNPC and multiple UK or international law firms.
Applicants will normally hold a a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
- Applicants with relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week Pre-Masters to students who may not meet the entry requirements into any of the LLM pathways.
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
Distance Learning Full-time
- £9,390 entire course
Distance Learning Part-time
- £3,520 Stage 1
- £3,520 Stage 2
- £2,350 LLM or MSc Dissertation Stage
- £5,500 entire course (on campus)
- £12,470 entire course (on campus)
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
- £40 Graduation Fee
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
The course has professional accreditation from the Energy Institute. This accreditation is recognition of the high level of quality training and academic expertise provided on this course. Students can apply for membership and enjoy the professional networking opportunities.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
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We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.
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