Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills, LLM

Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills, LLM


If you want to study oil and gas law at the heart of the energy industry and its regulation our programme offers you insight and research since inception of the industry in Aberdeen from our excellent School of Law. Our highly-regarded Master's forms a strong base for development and acceleration of careers in oil and gas Law throughout the world and we have access to regulators in the city to help you learn.

Study Information

Study Options

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months, 24 months or 36 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
September or January
Location of Study

Our LLM in Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills will help you build your practical expertise and gain valuable contacts that will help advance your legal career. Upon completing our Master’s programme, you will have the intellectual, critical and practical skills required to practice as a trained professional in this field.

You will be immersed in the grounding concepts of current oil and gas law and will gain the practical education required for the legal management of oil & gas exploration and production activity.

Our teaching promotes the kind of contextual thinking that enables you to gain a deeper, more forward-thinking understanding about the industry and how the law works around it. You will have the opportunity to study topics such as Oil and Gas Law Skills: Exploration and Production, Contracting in Hydrocarbon Operations and Downstream Energy Law.

The flagship feature of our LLM is the professional skills modules. These curricular innovations help meet the demands for more hands-on skills and will prepare you for the reality of legal practice. You will undertake additional classes based on simulated practical exercises and submit a portfolio of works, bringing general principles into direct and immediate application.

We will encourage you to think beyond the immediate interest by seeking intelligent solutions that will lead to sustainable energy supplies. You will explore the many different needs of the energy industry and various different viewpoints, including the states discovering the oil or gas and the industry experts drilling for it.

The LLM Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills provides an intellectual and practical programme that focuses on testing your skills. We also offer an LLM Oil and Gas Law with Dissertation that offers a more theoretical and academic programme.

Available Programmes of Study

Duration: 12 months full-time. 24 months part time.


Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills

Qualification Duration Learning Mode Study Mode Start Month Location  
LLM 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time September More
LLM 12 months or 36 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January Aberdeen More

Programme Fees

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £27,000
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year
UK £13,200
Tuition Fees for 2024/25 Academic Year

We will endeavour to make all course options available. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

Fee Information

Additional Fee Information

  • Fees for individual programmes can be viewed in the Programmes section above.
  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our Tuition Fees page.

Funding Opportunities

The SFC Postgraduate tuition fee scholarship may be available for those classified as Home/EU fee status students for this programme. Visit the scholarship page for more information.

The James Carnegie maintenance scholarship for postgraduate students is available with this degree.


Self-funded international students enrolling on postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes will receive one of our Aberdeen Global Scholarships, ranging from £3,000 to £8,000, depending on your domicile country. Learn more about the Aberdeen Global Scholarships here.

To see our full range of scholarships, visit our Funding Database.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Research
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials

Assessment Methods

  • Assessment is based on a combination of continuous assessment and written examination at the end of the relevant semester.
  • The variety of assessment in the programme - through essays, presentations, group and project work ensures that students apply theory to practise and become expert communicators and team players.

Why Study Oil and Gas Law with Professional Skills?

  • The oil and gas industry is one of the biggest, most important industries in the world and remains an essential energy industry. City of Aberdeen is the European capital of that industry.
  • An education in energy from Aberdeen is recognised as among the best in Europe - and the world due to our connections to it. As well as being a rare and ancient seat of learning, we are also a modern, progressive university.
  • Our Law School is ranked Top 100 in the World by the Times Higher Education World University Subject Ranking 2022.
  • We are ranked Top 10 for Energy Law by LLM Guide 2021.
  • There are over 40 nationalities within the School of Law community, therefore you will benefit from a programme with a truly international outlook.
  • Ranked 5th in the UK for Overall Student Satisfaction in Law (NSS 2022), we pride ourselves on delivering high quality, engaging and academically challenging programmes.
  • At Aberdeen, you will develop a well-rounded skillset, gaining the tools you will need to succeed in your career as well as the communication and professional skills that employers expect.
  • There is a growing demand for Energy Lawyers globally.
  • You learn how to think more critically, communicate more effectively and understand energy industry relations more thoroughly, instilling the cross-cultural skills that can help you succeed in the legal practice
  • You learn strategies and techniques that will assist you in commercial decision-making
  • Benefit from learning from one of the largest and most able teams of oil and gas experts and faculty in any European Law School
  • Benefit from a range of interactive methods and approaches to learning that will enhance your critical thinking, presentation and interpersonal skills
  • At Aberdeen you are taught by real lawyers as opposed to only traditional lecturers. Our academic team includes barristers and solicitors with extensive real-world experience, adding relevance, along with exceptional standards.

What Our Students Say

Caroline Gesami

Caroline Gesami

Caroline Gesami

I could think of no better place to study Oil and Gas Law LLM than in the Oil Capital and in one of the most prestigious Universities in the UK which has a tradition of excellence.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Normally, a 2.1 honours degree (or equivalent) in Law will be required to be accepted onto this programme. Relevant practical experience in a related field will also be beneficial.

Please enter your country to view country-specific entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability. If you have been out of education for a long time you may wish to use your current or most recent employer, or another professional person

Aberdeen Global Scholarship

Eligible self-funded post graduate taught (PGT) students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Explore our Global Scholarships, including eligibility details, on our dedicated page.

Aberdeen Global Scholarships


Over the years, graduates of the LLM Oil and Gas Law have successfully gone on to enjoy careers in this dynamic and fascinating area of law.

These range from positions with the oil and gas companies, with international law firms servicing the industry and also with government ministries.

Equally, some of our students choose to use the programme as a step towards their PhD, and beyond that, to work in the academic world.

Career Opportunities

  • Energy Barrister
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Lawyer

Professional Links

This course includes a negotiation module that is run by industry experts.

Our Advisory Board includes people from industry, government, international organisations and leading research centres in Europe. With direct input from these key players and guest lecturers from international institutions, our LLM stays relevant in a rapidly changing world. Many courses are taught by practitioners and leading industry experts so you will benefit from practical real life industry insights.


This degree holds accreditation from

Taught by leading industry experts

Our academics are published authors of significant works used within the industry, and are active members of boards such as Oil and Gas UK and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. 

Oil & Gas capital of Europe

Specialise in Oil & Gas Law in the heart of the industry.

5th in the UK for Law

Our Law School is ranked 5th in the UK of 105 providers for Overall Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey 2022).

Top 10 UK Law School

We are ranked Top 10 in the UK for Law by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

What our Alumni Say

Carlo Mcleod

Carlo Mcleod

Carlo Mcleod

Job Details
Graduated 2018

As I am already employed by the Namibian Government, the skills I have learned will place me in a position where I can meaningfully articulate the Government's position during negotiations with oil companies.

Our Experts

This programme is delivered by experts from our Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL)

Other Experts
Professor Greg Gordon
Professor John Paterson

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. However, these may be subject to change - see our Student Terms and Conditions page.

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