LLM Oil and Gas\MSc Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas

About LLM Oil and Gas and MSc Oil and Gas

Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time Course starts: October/January

For further information about the Distance Learning course, please contact Ioannis Kokkoris, the programme director: i.kokkoris@reading.ac.uk

Oil and gas activities involve a combination of legal, economic and environmental issues, all of which are necessary for individuals involved in these sectors to have a thorough understanding of. In these sectors there is a gap in the combination of legal and economic expertise as well as a gap in the contribution of environmental/geography science. In order to understand their 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 the economic and environmental perspectives is indispensable and this programme is, therefore, suitable for these professionals who seek to upgrade their skills whilst at the same time providing formal academic recognition for doing so.

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. Through lectures, case study group work and other exercises the programme will aim to provide students with the theoretical and practical building blocks and conceptual tools necessary for some of the more advanced intellectual tasks they will be called upon throughout the course.

The LLM Oil and Gas Law / MSc Oil and Gas programme is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to address the cross-border elements of the oil and gas industry but also 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 e.g. World Future Energy Summit), as, amongst other, the sector itself draws significant R&D capability from the oil and gas sector. The LLM Oil and Gas Law / MSc Oil and Gas programme is designed to respond to the demand for professionals in the emerging oil and gas industry. It is hoped that the programme will contribute to the augmentation of 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 and MSc Oil and Gas, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. develop their knowledge of the key issues in the emerging oil and gas industry;
  2. increase the analytical and research skills of students 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. be exposed to a multidisciplinary learning environment.
  4. develop an array of both analytical and critical skills, through independent study and working with others.
  5. provide students with the knowledge and skills for professional life and further academic study.

Programme content

The programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits). Students on the MSc programme may choose either to take taught modules totalling 180 credits or, like the LLM students, they can allocate 40 credits to a Project, in which case they must also follow the Project Skills module (10 credits).

In both the LLM and MSc programme, the project must be written on a topic that has a meaningful relationship to issues of Oil and Gas law.

To be awarded the LLM Oil and Gas Law degree, students need to take Oil and Gas Contract Law (LWMTGC, 20 credits), Legal Issues in Oil and Gas (LWMTOG, 20 credits), Project Skills (LWMTPS, 10 credits) and they must write a Project (LWMTPR, 40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (90) from the lists of optional modules below. Permission to take unlisted modules will only be granted in exceptional circumstances; for example, where a student has work experience in a field then permission may be granted to take a module relevant to that field. Note that, as with all modules, any pre-requisites or co-requisites will also need to be satisfied. Of the 140 taught credits, students must normally be enrolled in a minimum of 40 credits in each of the Autumn and Spring terms. (For this purpose, when a module is taught across two terms, half of its credits will be allocated to the first term and half to the second.)

To be awarded the MSc Oil and Gas degree, students must:

- either take Project Skills (LWMTPS, 10 credits), write a Project in Oil and Gas law (LWMTPR, 40 credits) and choose optional modules totalling 130 credits;

- or take optional modules totalling 180 credits.

In either case, the optional modules must be chosen from the lists of optional modules. This is subject to the requirement that students choose at least 20 credits from each of the lists of optional modules of the School of Law, of the School of Economics, and of the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development (subject to the availability of these modules in any given year). Note that, as with all modules, any pre-requisites or co-requisites will also need to be satisfied. Students must normally be enrolled in a minimum of 50 credits in each of the Autumn and Spring terms. (For this purpose, when a module is taught across two terms, half of its credits will be allocated to the first term and half to the second.)

All module selections are subject to availability in any given year and to timetabling requirements.

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

 Code  Title  Credits  Level
 LWMTPR  Project  40  7
 LWMTPS  Project Skills (Spring)  10  7
 LWMTGC  Oil and Gas Contract Law (Autumn)  20  7
 LWMTOG  Legal Issues in Oil and Gas (Autumn)  20  7

MSc in Oil and Gas Project-related Modules MSc students who choose to write a Project must take all modules from this group

 Code  Title  Credits  Level
 LWMTPR  Project  40  7
 LWMTPS  Project Skills (Spring)  10  7

Oil and Gas Optional Modules

Part-time/modular arrangements

The LLM Oil and Gas Law programme can be taken part-time over two years. In the first year of study, a student will normally be required to complete the core modules LWMTGC Oil and Gas Contract Law, and LWMTOG Law of Oil and Gas and further optional modules totalling not less than 20 credits and not more than 50 credits. In the second year of study a student will normally be required to complete the core module LWMTPS Project Skills, any remaining optional modules, and the LWMTPR Project module. The programme may not be completed over more than two years.

The MSc Oil and Gas programme can be taken part-time over two years. In the first year of study, a student will normally be required to complete one module from each of the School of Law module list, School of Economics module list, School of Agriculture, Policy and Development module list (above, subject to the availability of these modules in any given year) and further optional modules totalling not less than 20 credits and not more than 50 credits. In the second year of study a student will normally be required to complete any remaining modules. For MSc Oil and Gas students who choose to write a Project, this includes the Project-related modules LWMTPS Project Skills, and LWMTPR Project. The programme may not be completed over more than two years.

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 and MSc students can also commence the LLM and MSc in January. Students take courses in the spring term. Take the dissertation in the summer term and then two further courses in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.

To apply please see the following application form.

Scholarships

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 and MSc 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/MSc 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.

Staff teaching on this LLM/MSc course

Students take modules from the following schools:

School of Law: http://www.reading.ac.uk/law/

School of Economics, Politics and International Relations: http://www.reading.ac.uk/economics/about/econ-about.aspx

Henley Business School: http://www.henley.reading.ac.uk/

School of Agriculture, Policy and Development: http://www.reading.ac.uk/apd/

School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science: http://www.reading.ac.uk/geographyandenvironmentalscience/

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