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Start Dates: Feb,Apr,Jun,Aug,Oct,Nov
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Block delivery
Course Level:Postgraduate
Duration: 1 Year
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course is specifically designed for graduates and professionals involved internationally in the oil and gas industry.

This includes lawyers, as well as geologists seeking out new oil and gas sites, engineers planning the drills, and those responsible for drawing up contracts, who all need to know the legal technicalities affecting their industry.

The course offers a unique opportunity to rapidly increase your understanding of the legal technicalities affecting your industry and to improve your techniques and skills in drafting a variety of international contracts.


  • Study the practical aspect of international oil and gas law and examine contractual framework relevant to upstream and downstream activities, international commercial arbitration and litigation.
  • Develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to significantly enhance your effectiveness as an adviser or decision-maker in the oil and gas industry through developing expert knowledge of the legal principles and processes at the cutting edge of oil and gas law practice.
  • Gain an advantage in the job market by developing the confidence to operate in an international context and enhance your capability to analyse, negotiate and solve problems strategically.
  • Benefit from the University’s close proximity to London, home to headquarters of many oil and gas companies, and the chance to gain real work experience in your final project.
  • Explore the complex legal relationships that define the sector as you apply your legal knowledge into practical activities drawn from real-world problems.

  • One of 21 Business Schools awarded the Bronze Award for start-up and business growth advice (Small Business Charter)
  • Gain legal experience through Law Clinic and Refugee Legal Assistance Project
  • Qualifying law degree accredited by SRA and BSB
  • CIM accrediation and exemptions

Units

  • International Commercial Arbitration (LAW026-6) Compulsory
  • International Commercial Litigation (LAW011-6) Compulsory
  • International Oil And Gas Contracts (Downstream) (LAW047-6) Compulsory
  • International Oil And Gas Contracts (Upstream) (LAW048-6) Compulsory
  • Law Dissertation (LAW043-6) Compulsory
  • Law Live Project (LAW044-6) Compulsory

The assessment strategy for this course is designed in a way that will contribute to your development and will help you achieve your goals and enhance your employability prospects. An essential element of this process is that feedback will be provided within 10 working days of the submission deadline which should contribute to maximising your learning experience. Initially, the focus in the strategy will be on knowledge transfer and concepts acquired during the four taught units, then gradually this will be combined and integrated with a number of highly important transferable skills such as critical analysis, problem-solving, and negotiation. The range of summative assessments on this course includes traditional methods such as individual written reports or research essays which are aimed to enhance the ability to perform literature-informed research, to review and evaluate the relevant sources and to use an appropriate methodology in order to analyse, and evaluate the relevant concepts being assessed. At the same time, your academic integrity is developed. The course also employs `non-traditional' methods of assessment. These include such as case study reports to enable you to apply your legal knowledge in the context of specific factual scenarios, thereby developing their analytical and legal reasoning skills; oral presentations which aim to develop transferable skills, including the ability to present complex ideas and findings in a professional, clear and concise manner; mooting which develops your legal research, writing and advocacy skills by requiring you to devise legally-sound and effective legal arguments in support of your (fictional) client's position and articulate and defend those arguments during a simulated trial/arbitration; and practical skills assessment which will be in the form of negotiating a contract in teams with one of the major oil and gas companies or/and Host State. Finally, at the Masters stage of the course, you will make a choice between three available units which will enable you to experience more integration to the concepts and transferable skills above as it will be combined and evaluated during the Masters capstone Unit. Irrespective of which Masters capstone unit you opt for, whether a traditional research dissertation or an experiential learning option (Law Live Project), an appropriate `research methods element will introduce you to the idea of postgraduate and/or action-based research This final unit will enhance your ability to produce an independent piece of work providing you with an opportunity to show the creativity and independence required in the workplace by holders of postgraduate degrees. The rationale behind using the above-mentioned methods of assessment is enable the student to achieve the key learning outcomes for the LLM International Oil and Gas Law. This is designed to develop a range of transferable skills which, along with the knowledge and understanding of the relevant contractual framework for the oil and gas industry and its legal norms, will provide you with the abilities required for a successful career in industry, governmental agencies and/or the legal profession. The different methods used to assess student performance are designed to evaluate the following: (a) research skills; (b) ability to analyse, synthesise and conceptualise complex factual situations; (c) ability to contextualise and evaluate; (d) ability to apply and critically assess legal rules; (e) written and oral communication skills and professionalism. The use of a wide range of sources, both academic and non-academic, is an essential requirement for a postgraduate degree. All coursework assignments will require a thorough evaluation of the sources you have used and appropriate references. References should follow the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.

To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country

To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

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Entry Requirements


Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree at Honours level, or equivalent.


To apply for a place on a postgraduate course (MA/MSc/MBA) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good first degree and the required English language qualification

Find out more about specific entry requirements for your country


To apply for a postgraduate degree (MA/MSc/MBA/LLM) at the University of Bedfordshire you should have a good honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate subject from a recognised university or HE institution.

We will also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications or appropriate work experience.

You also need to have the required English language qualification

Contact your country’s International Admissions Team for more information.

 

Applicants from non-relevant subject areas will be considered on an individual basis according to their professional experience or qualifications. The LLM course team works closely with the University Admissions office and considers non-standard applications by way of an interview.


Fees and funding

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Fees and funding


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £7,840 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees and living costs. Visit www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard fee for a taught Master's degree for the Academic Year 2020/21 is available at www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

If you have any questions around fees and funding, please email international@beds.ac.uk

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Scholarship Available

The Scholarship scheme for international students enrolling in the academic year 20/21 at one of our UK campuses is as follows:

  • An automatic £1,000 Vice Chancellor's Scholarship for new international applicants (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A £500 Prompt Payment Discount for applicants who pay their first year fees in full, before or at registration (undergraduate and postgraduate).
  • A further £500 for applicants who are also University of Bedfordshire alumni

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


UK students applying for most postgraduate degrees at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student


International students applying for a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country. You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student