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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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.

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 week7
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 8, 14
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 9, 11 - 12, 15 - 17

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

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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