LLM International Commercial Law with
Energy Law and Natural Resources

Oil and Gas

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

GlassThe aim of the international commercial law with energy law, policy and natural resources is to provide you with a strong commercial awareness to do deals and understand the impact of regulations and the fast growing area of energy dispute resolution. You will learn about how climate change policy is affecting the business of energy and how environmental policy is driving epic change in renewables and in the global energy architecture. The pathway enables you to develop an understanding of law and commercial dimensions with applications to clean tech and the proliferation of energy disputes taking place. You will be well equipped to understand the brave new world of energy and be in a strong position to secure jobs in this fast growing global area.

This is useful for students interested in renewables, and other core power generation areas, as well as oil and gas. Students will learn about regulatory, deal making, dispute resolution, and other core aspects.

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 Energy Law and Natural Resources

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 Energy Law and Natural Resources, in addition to the modules listed above students must take at least 30 credits from the list of modules below:

Code Title Credits
LWMEPPEnergy Law and Policy in Power and Renewable Fuels10
LWMECCEnvironmental and Climate Law for Commerce (not running in 2018/19)10
LWMELREnergy Law and Regulation20
LWMENVContemporary Issues in Environmental 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.

Entry requirements

Please see general Postgraduate Entry Requirements for the School of Law but note that applications are particularly welcome from students holding undergraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Economics as well as in Law.

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the LLM in January. Students take modules in the spring term. They write the Project over the summer (May-September) and then take further modules 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.

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Career prospects

Graduates from this course will enhance their employability prospects in the energy sector, states, government agencies, international courts and tribunals, multinational corporations, law firms, and academia (subject to further study).

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For me, the LLM programme International Commercial Law at the University of Reading was a valuable experience. Especially as a non-native speaker, the courses which are held in small groups of 5 to 15 people encourage an active participation of each student. With regard to content, the programme gives the opportunity to choose from diversified courses which cover a broad range of commercial law issues. Through a taught element on the one hand (courses) and research elements on the other hand (essays and project), communication skills, writing skills and research skills are optimally trained. Moreover, the staff are very friendly and always keen to help with any kind of problem. Overall, my LLM year at the University of Reading was one of the best years in my academic education.'

Stephanie Hake, LLM International Commercial Law

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