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Course Overview

Much of this course is devoted to petroleum policies.  Concepts of economic rents from petroleum exploitation and the various mechanisms by which the rents can be collected by the state are discussed, including production sharing and service contracts.  Licensing policies, including relinquishment terms, pricing, procurement, domestic market obligations, the role of state oil companies, and depletion policy are examined.  The Oil Fund concept and the issue of oil and gas security of supply are discussed.  State and private ownership and control of gas acquisition, transmission and distribution to customers are examined.  The economics of CO2 capture and storage is discussed.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Alex Kemp

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of MRes Applied Economics (Studied) or MSc Applied Economics (Studied) or MSc (Econ) in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will develop student skills by examining in detail selected issues central to understanding energy and petroleum economics such as: petroleum policies; collective of economic rents (bonus bids/royalties/taxation); licensing and other policy issues - relinquishment terms; depletion policy; procurement; pricing policy; oil funds. Modelling prospects for an oil province. Economics of decommissioning. Economics of auctions. Economics of liability. Renewable energy and bio-fuels. Modelling energy demand. Markets for tradable emissions of analysis. Seminars will be of equal significance and will focus on applications. Coursework will involve students undertaking their own independent research.

Further Information & Notes


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1x 2hr written examination (80%) and one essay/assignment (20%).

Resit: 100% on 2 x hour written examination.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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