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Course Overview

With only limited exceptions hydrocarbons lie in the ownership or control of states, but are frequently explored for and produced by commercial actors. This course considers the means by which the state controls exploitation of its oil and gas reserves. Following a number of introductory lectures, students will participate in interactive seminars considering topics such as: energy security; licensing; upstream taxation; health, safety ,and environmental regulation;. This course is available to students registering for the LLM Oil and Gas Law programmes (Dissertation or Professional Skills).

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Tina Hunter

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

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

The precise syllabus may change from year to year to reflect issues of current importance, but typical topics are likely to include: 1. Energy Security 2. licensing and concession systems, 3. Production sharing agreements; 4. State access and national oil companies; 5. Health and safety; 6. Environment; 7. Taxation.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st attempt: One 2,000-word essay (25%) and one 3-hour closed-book written examination (75%).

Resit: One 3-hour closed-book written examination (the mark for the essay will be carried over).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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