The course focusses on the practical aspects of oil and gas law and is set in the broader context of contemporary energy regulation, law and policy. It seeks to develop a deep understanding of how to resolve the challenges posed to international energy corporations, national and regional authorities, and those working in the renewable sector: how to ensure to society an adequate supply of energy which is both secure and sustainable.
Those working in the oil and gas sectors increasingly want and need to have an understanding of the legal principles that underpin many of their activities, from the drafting of basic contracts to the intricacies, controversies and complexities of the international regimes covering such matters as oil pollution from ships and the delimitation of continental shelf reserves between adjacent and opposite states.
This course seeks to introduce students to the fundamental precepts of English commercial law; to the institutional legal framework of the oil and gas economies; to contracts; regulations and treaties relating to oil and gas exploration and exploitation (including those relating to environmental issues); and to matters of finance, including investment, insurance and taxation.
The postgraduate diploma course is taught over 12 months. It comprises an introductory module and six core modules. Each module gives a thorough grounding in a key area of law as it relates to the oil, gas and energy industry. The core modules refer to aspects of law covered in other modules, bringing together in a coherent way the subject areas that comprise “international oil, gas and energy law”.
The course is taught by self-study of comprehensive module manuals. Students are encouraged to read beyond the manuals to take in specified cases and articles in legal journals. Students have the opportunity to discuss theoretical issues as well as develop practical problem-solving skills.
The course requires regular use of online legal resources and students are supported in undertaking legal research using our electronic databases. The course team will respond promptly to queries and will strive to ensure that students feel well supported and engaged throughout their studies.
The course materials are accessed through an online learning platform that contains a detailed manual for each module, useful web links, a discussion forum, study skills materials. Each module is assessed by a coursework assignment which is submitted online.
This module will introduce you to key concepts that are necessary for the study of law in the modules that follow.
The six core modules comprise the compulsory element of the course. You will:
Being part of the international community at London Metropolitan University has been a really positive experience
This stimulating and rewarding course is designed for individuals who currently work in the international oil, gas and energy industries or who wish to embark on careers in that industry, to include:
Private practice lawyers in oil, gas and energy law (or those lawyers hoping to specialise in these areas)
In-house lawyers from the upstream and downstream oil, gas and energy sectors
Non-legal professionals working in the oil, gas and energy sectors, in particular:
• business development
• environmental positions
• project managers
• contract managers
• company secretaries
Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in International Oil, Gas and Energy Law will have the option to carry their credits forward and top up to a London Metropolitan University Master of Laws (LLM) by distance learning. This LLM top up will consist of one research based module followed by a dissertation of between 12,000-15,000 words.
The faculty and staff have made my learning experience a very positive one, with fantastic support throughout my studies. I have gained a great deal of experience and knowledge and am proud to say I am a graduate of London Metropolitan University