LLM Oil and Gas by Distance Learning

Oil and Gas

About LLM Oil and Gas by Distance Learning Course

Course duration: 1 year full-time Course starts: September

Oil and gas activities involve a combination of legal, economic and environmental issues, all of which need to be thoroughly understood by individuals involved in the sector. The sector requires the effective integration of legal expertise with economic knowledge and environmental/geography science. In order to understand the sector's needs and to counsel their clients effectively, Law graduates working in these industries need a wider knowledge than merely the specific regulations applicable. A familiarity with economic and environmental perspectives is indispensable. This programme is, therefore, suitable for legalprofessionals who seek to upgrade their skills whilst at the same time providing formal academic recognition.

Similarly, economics and business students involved in the oil and gas industry will benefit from an accurate understanding of the institutional legal framework of oil and gas economies as well as of the environmental issues fundamental to such economies. Finally, students focusing on environmental issues related to the oil and gas industry need to be familiar with legal and economic issues relevant to the oil and gas industry.

The LLM Oil and Gas Law programme is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to address the cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry and respond to the demand for highly qualified professionals. The programme will also be relevant for professionals in the renewable energy sector (especially taking into account the ongoing developments such as the World Future Energy Summit), as, amongst other things, the sector itself draws significant R&D capability from the oil and gas industry.The programme aims to contribute to the augmentation of the knowledge and skills base of the industry and ultimately lead to the optimal use of oil and gas resources

On completion of the LLM Oil and Gas, students will be expected to have:

  1. developed their knowledge of the key issues in the emerging oil and gas industry;
  2. increased their analytical and research skills in terms of their ability to collect and analyse information relating to legal, economic and environmental problems related to the oil and gas industry;
  3. benefited from exposure to a multidisciplinary learning environment.
  4. developed an array of both analytical and critical skills, through independent study and working with others.
  5. acquired the knowledge and skills for professional life and further academic study.

Programme content

The distance learning programme consists of 180 credits. The programme is comprised of a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits). The project (LWMTPR) must be written on a topic that has a meaningful relationship to issues of Oil and Gas law and is written off-campus between May and September.

The Distance Learning LLM Oil and Gas Law programme will be completed in full Distance Learning (DL) mode. Students will spend the Autumn and Spring terms studying 3 compulsory taught modules totalling 50 credits, Oil and Gas Contract Law (LWMTGCD, Autumn), Legal Issues in Oil and Gas (LWMTOGD, Autumn) and Project Skills (LWMTPSD, Spring), they will also choose a further 90 credits from the optional modules list below. Students will write their Project (LWMTPR, 40 credits) off-campus between May-September.

Distance Learning LLM Oil and Gas Law Compulsory Modules - all modules from this group must be taken

 Code  Title Credits Level Term 
LWMTPR Project  40  7 Summer
LWMTPSD Project Skills (distance learning)  10  7 Spring
LWMTGCD Oil and Gas Contract Law (distance learning)  20  7 Autumn 
LWMTOGD Legal Issues in Oil and Gas (distance learning)   20  7  Autumn 

Oil and Gas Optional Modules

A number of optional modules are available in distance learning mode. Click the link above to see which modules are available. (All modules are subject to faculty approval and availability in any given year)

Online delivery of these modules will involve a mix of recorded lectures, online tutorials and asynchronous guided study online. In the context of these modules, DL students will access relevant sources using online databases and/or may be required to purchase textbooks, and/or will be able to access scanned individual book chapters on BB. They will submit their coursework electronically.

All modules other than the Project will be assessed by a written essay and may include other forms of assessment such as participation in online tutorial or an oral presentation.

Entry requirements

Entrants to this programme can be required to have obtained a degree in law or a degree with a substantial legal component with a first or upper second class honours. Alternatively entrants to this programme can be required to have obtained a degree in economics or a degree with a substantial economic component with a first or upper second class honours. Candidates with a background other than law and economics (e.g. environmental science, geography) or with suitable work experience are encouraged to apply. All applicants are considered on their individual merits and the School may vary these requirements if it sees fit. Successful completion of the PG Certificate or PG Diploma may also satisfy the requirements for entry to the LLM.

For unconditional offers the required IELTS score is 7.0 overall (all parts above 6.5).
For unconditional offers (with an obligatory 8 week English presessional course and a English recommended insessional course) the required IELTS score is 6.5 overall (all parts above 6.0 with score required for the Writing part being 6.5).

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the course in January. Students take  a mixture of compulsory and optional modules in the spring term, then take the dissertation in the summer term and further compulsory and optional modules in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.


Applicants who have applied and hold an offer of a place on a postgraduate programme in the School of Law can apply for a scholarship which pays £1,000. For further information please see Postgraduate Fees and Funding at the School of Law .

Career prospects

Law graduates of the LLM Oil and Gas programme will enhance their knowledge on the oil and gas industry and improve their employability not only for law firms active in these industries but also in in-house legal teams. While very many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practise law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers. This is particularly the case with those who have chosen to pursue a postgraduate qualification in law, as the skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate law degree are in great demand from both legal and non-legal employers.

For non-law graduates the LLM Oil and Gas programme will enhance the employability of professionals who seek to upgrade their skills while at the same time gaining formal academic recognition for such upgrading.

For all students, useful, transferrable skills will be included as integral elements of the programme. These include:

Working independently and reflecting on feedback to improve their performance.

The acquisition of an ability to think analytically, to develop frameworks for considering and resolving complex problems, and to discriminate between persuasive and unpersuasive arguments.

Students will be given every opportunity to research a variety of sources in libraries and on the internet, and, in particular, to research and assess academic literature.

Particular elements of the programme expose students to the use of information technology and encourage the development of general professional capabilities, including recognition of deadlines and effective time management.

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