LLM International Commercial Law with
Oil and Gas Law

Oil and Gas

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

GlassThis pathway 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. A unique combination of knowledge and understanding of the core issues related to the legal aspects of the Oil and Gas Industry, built on a foundation of the concepts in International Commercial Law.

In addition to all of the benefits of our International Commercial Law programme, undertaking this pathway will also provide you with the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in Oil and Gas Law. You will have access to a wide choice of modules offered by the School of Law, School of Agriculture, Policy and development, School of Geography and the renowned Henley Business School.

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.

On completion of the LLM International Commercial Law with Oil and Gas Law, students will be expected to be able to:

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

Programme content

The LLM programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits).

Within the taught element there are three core modules: LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law (20 credits), LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits), and LWMTPR Project (40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (110) from the lists of pathway and optional modules.

Projects (LWMTPR) must be written on a topic related to the chosen pathway.

Students wishing to pursue an LLM in International Commercial Law without a specific pathway must also take: LWMTCF International Corporate Finance and the Law (20 credits). The remaining 90 credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law, and ICMA/Henley Business School.

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.

A note for full-time January entrants: Please note that the Project submission date falls at the end of the Summer, whereas you will study some of your taught modules in the (subsequent) Autumn term. You may wish to bear that in mind when choosing a Project topic.

LLM International Commercial Law with Oil and Gas

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPSProject Skills10
LWMTAIAdvanced Issues in International Commercial Law20

To qualify for LLM International Commercial Law with Oil and Gas Law, in addition to the modules listed above students must take at least 30 credits from the list of modules below:

Code Title Credits
LWMTOGLegal Issues in Oil and Gas20
LWMTGCOil and Gas Contract Law20
LWMTCGComparative Oil and Gas Law10

The remaining credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law, School Of Agriculture, Policy and Development, School of Geography and Environmental Sciences, School of Economics and ICMA/Henley Business School.

Part-time/modular arrangements

The 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 module LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law and any designated pathway modules, 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 optional modules and the core module LWMTPS Project Skills and the LWMTPR Project module. 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

Students can also commence the LLM 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.


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.

Staff teaching on this LLM course

Career prospects

Graduates will have developed the skills and knowledge to progress into a career in the dynamic oil and gas industry; states, government agencies, international courts and tribunals, multinational corporations, law firms who are looking for lawyers specialized knowledge of oil and gas law; academia (subject to further study).

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