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.
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.
21 - 24 months distance learning
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.
We have a number of internationally recognised experts in a wide range of legal areas. 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.