LLM

Oil, Gas and Mining Law

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught
  • Study mode(s): Distance learning
  • Location: ONL
  • Starting: January 2018
  • Course duration: 2 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

About the LLM Oil, Gas and Mining Law

The course builds upon our considerable expertise in this area and has been designed in response to the growing significance of legal issues surrounding the oil, gas and mining industry.

It will  provide you with the foundations for a future career or further postgraduate (MPhil/PhD) study in most aspects of the regulatory and commercial world, as they relate to the international energy industry, with a specific focus on the petroleum and mining sectors of this burgeoning area of economic activity.

Why choose this course?

  • Gain a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in this specialist and expanding area of Law.
  • Gain an appreciation of the Oil, Gas and Mining industries in their global economic context.
  • Benefit from our expertise in Oil, Gas and Mining as well as the complementary fields of International Trade and Commercial law.
  • Choose a study route that suits you with full-time, part-time and distance learning options available
  • Attend an International Summer School with the opportunity to explore Law in a European context.
  • Scholarships available.
  • Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) awards. Email us for details.

LLM Oil, Gas and Mining Law Video

In this video David Ong, Professor of International and Environmental Law provides an overview of the LLM Oil, Gas and Mining Law covering the broad range of topics covered, the teaching approach on the LLM and why he enjoys teaching on the LLM.

An inaugural lecture by Professor David Ong - 'Regulating Environmental Responsibility for the Transnational Hydrocarbon Industry: Continuing Challenges for International Law'

This lecture traces the legal relationships between States and the private hydrocarbon industry with a view to assessing the capacity for public international law to address these social and environmental harms.

What you'll study

This course will provide you with a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in the area, with a particular focus on the Environmental Law and Investment Law aspects of the oil, gas and mining industries. It also draws on our strengths in International Trade and Commercial Law, which will help you gain an appreciation of the oil, gas and mining industries in their global economic context.

  • Course modules

    You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.

    • Oil, Gas and Mining Investment Law I
    • Oil, Gas and Mining Investment Law II

    These core modules introduce you to the political and economic background within the petroleum and mining industry, as well as other major energy infrastructure projects. You will explore the international legal framework for transnational foreign investment and the general policy and legal issues related to the international regulation of such investment.

    You will begin by developing your understanding of the economic, political and legal relationship between States, public and private international finance institutions, and multinational energy and mining corporations. The second module moves on to discuss both regulatory and litigation aspects of investment disputes within the petroleum, mining and other energy infrastructure projects using examples drawn from across the world.

    • Oil, Gas, Mining and Environmental Law I
    • Oil, Gas, Mining and Environmental Law II

    These modules focus on international environmental law developments that directly relate to the regulation of both private and state-owned energy, petroleum and mining companies. You will trace the environmental impacts of each formative stage of the energy, petroleum and mining industries: in particular introducing the contextual, underpinning frameworks in which these industries operate.

    You will begin by studying the international law principles surrounding the petroleum and mining industries. The second module moves on to consider the legal aspects of development of industrial installations, in particular as they relate to jurisdictional and environmental impact issues. You will also choose two modules from other subject areas. We strongly advise you to take modules from our International Trade and Commercial Law options, which are highly applicable to the oil, gas and mining industries.

    • International Commercial Transactions

    This module facilitates a wide angled critical appreciation of the essential functional elements of any business to business contractual relationship concluded across international border in the so-called global village. The module promotes critical functional analysis of the core legal components of transnational deals and a comparative evaluation of contrasting approaches to the harmonisation of laws for transnational deals.

    • International Competition Law

    This module aims to support students in acquiring a critical understanding of the role, significance and basic structure of competition law in the context of increasing global trade and international economic integration. Competition law, (also called antitrust law), exists at national and regional levels. Laws in two leading competition law jurisdictions in the world, the United States of America (Federal) and the European Union, are focussed on with the aim of fostering critical analysis of the aims of competition law, the principal concepts underpinning competition law, how competition laws are structured and key practices (such as leniency or amnesty programmes) of agencies tasked with enforcing competition law.

    On completion of the taught modules you will begin work on your dissertation. The dissertation is an extended piece of academic work, independently researched and written. You will be supported in your work by one-to-one supervision from a tutor expert in the chosen field. Subject to academic suitability and the availability of an appropriately expert tutor, you may select your own area of study for the dissertation phase of the course.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How do I study?

Distance learning students who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.

Distance learning modules are structured, directed learning activities, delivered through the University's online learning platform – NOW. Distance learners will also have the opportunity to participate in virtual discussions with other students and academic staff, and will be asked to complete additional tasks – such as preparing essay plans or presentations – over the course of each module.

If you're interested in studying this course full-time or part-time, please visit this course page.

Course length

21 - 24 months distance learning

Assessment

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

The dissertation is 18,000 - 20,000 words on a suitable topic of your choice and includes one-to-one supervision with a tutor who is an expert in that field.

There is scope within this LLM degree scheme to pursue both coursework and dissertation projects on traditional oil and gas law issues such as:

  • the renewable energy industry sectors such as wind and wave
  • the nuclear industry
  • environmental issues arising from all the above sectors
  • associated climate change legislation, for example, the European emissions trading scheme and related vehicle emissions standards.

Research Expertise

We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. We also have a Centre for Business and Insolvency Law. To find out more visit our research page.

Careers and employability

Your future career

The taught modules on the LLM Oil, Gas and Mining Law provide students with the foundations for a future career or further study in most aspects of the regulatory and commercial world as they relate to the international energy industry, with a specific focus on the petroleum and mining sectors of this burgeoning area of economic activity.

Career development is an integral part of the programme and our careers team run a series of workshops where you can identify methods and strategies to enable you to pursue your career goals.

Due to the School's excellent reputation within the legal profession, our graduates are highly sought-after and recognised for the depth and relevance of their knowledge.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Practitioners can study individual modules from the LLM programme for CPD awards.

Nottingham Law School offers a suite of practice-based practitioner programmes specifically designed to meet the personal development needs of legal practitioners. We offer courses that qualify for CPD with the Solicitors Regulation Authority, in-house training and bespoke programmes. These courses are highly flexible and can be delivered throughout the year both nationally and internationally.

While this course does not currently offer placements we do encourage our students to pursue placement opportunities.

Find out about the opportunities available through our pro bono and University volunteering schemes.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. For this course, we usually require one of the following:

  • IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.
  • An equivalent English language qualification.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our international team for advice.

How to apply

Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates’ guide. Here you’ll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Getting in touch

If you need more help or support, you can call our Admissions Team on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Good luck with your application!

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Apply directly to the University online using the NTU online application portal.

Apply for your course as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.

For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page

For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Postgraduate research

If you’re applying for postgraduate research please visit our Research pages for information about our research areas and how to make your application.

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Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service.

Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2494

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.

For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.

The 2016 student living index now lists Nottingham in the top ten of most cost-effective student cities (Natwest Student Living Index 2016).

Still need help?

NLS Enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 4460