Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Oil and Gas Law with Dissertation (LLM)

Programme Details

Programme Length - LLM

  • 12 months (full-time)
  • 24 or 36 months (part-time)

Start Date: September or January


The oil and gas industry is one of the largest and most important industries in the world and the City of Aberdeen is the European capital of that industry. A key element in any successful oil and gas development is the appropriate legal environment, both regulatory and contractual. The Aberdeen Masters in Oil and Gas Law aims to provide its graduates with the skills and knowledge necessary to work in and on the legal aspects of this vital and exciting global industry.  The oil and gas sector is a thriving, exciting and well remunerated area for a lawyer to practice in.

The programme covers both private law aspects of the sector, such as joint ventures and contractual arrangements, and also public law and regulatory aspects, such as environmental protection, health and safety regulation and taxation.  The focus is upon setting practical and real problems in a wider conceptual context with the aim that graduates should not just know but understand the relevant areas of oil and gas law. Although there is an emphasis on UK Oil and Gas law this is very much set in the context of the global legal regime for oil and gas.

The University of Aberdeen Law School is fortunate in having one of the largest and most able teams of oil and gas faculty in any European law school. This enables the Law School to provide both strength and depth to the courses provided.

Contact Information

Graduate Programmes Coordinator
School of Law


All candidates must take the following courses:


  • LS501T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for September starts)


  • LS551T      Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (for January starts)


  • LS5904     LLM Dissertation (60 credit points)

In addition to the above, candidates must take at least three of the courses listed below. A fourth course may be chosen from a different LLM programme.

  • LS501E  State Control of Hydrocarbons (1)
  • LS501F  Energy, Innovation and Law (1)
  • LS501D  Oil and Minerals for Good (1)
  • LS551K  Contracting in Hydrocarbon Operations (2)
  • LS551L  Corporate Environmental Liability (2)
  • LS5594  Downstream Energy Law (2)
  • LS5585  International Investment Arbitration in the Energy Sector (2)

Students should note, however, that course options are dependent on staff availability, sabbatical arrangements and sufficient enrolment. The number in brackets indicates the semester in which the course is taught.

For outlines of the above modules, see the Postgraduate Catalogue of Courses.


Assessment is based on a combination of written examination at the end of the relevant semester and one or more course essays. In addition, students must complete a course in research methods and a dissertation on a topic within the specialism.

The dissertation is planned and written between March and August each year. Guidance on the writing of a dissertation is given.


Teaching is organised on a modular basis. There are two 12-week semesters, the first beginning in the second week of September, the second at the end of January. Students can join either in September or January.

Examinations are held at the end of each semester, in January and May.

The dissertation is submitted at the end of August each year, regardless of start date. Courses are offered subject to the availability of staff, sufficient enrolment and sabbatical arrangements.


Graduates of this programme have gone on to wide variety of careers in industry, in international law firms and in Government Ministries.

Graduates have also gone on to undertake PhD and to work in academia.


Normally a 2(i) Honours degree in Law, or another related discipline, or equivalent.

The English Language Requirement for all College of Arts and Social Sciences Masters programmes is an IELTS of 6.5 with 6.0 in the writing and reading (or equivalent TOEFL iBT or PTE).

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Full details of tuition fees is available here


A limited amount of funding is available through the University and the College of Arts and Social Sciences. See the Law School's webpages on funding for further information.

Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

SFC Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

Thanks to additional funding from the Scottish government this programme has funded places for Scottish and EU Students. More Information.


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