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Oil, Gas and Energy Law LLM 2018/19 entry

Course code:

FBLT007

Study options:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

For existing professionals or those seeking to enter this fast-paced and dynamic sector, our course aims to provide an understanding of the many challenges faced by the oil, gas and energy industry.

We focus on the interpretation, evaluation and communication of legal issues which may arise in a wide range of circumstances, including risk management, international business, the environmental impacts of the energy industry and corporate social responsibility.

In an ever-evolving society with increasing environmental awareness, the energy industry is under increased scrutiny and growing pressure to adapt, developing new solutions and cleaner fuels.

You may get opportunities to network with professionals from companies which have previously included, British Petroleum, British Gas and the National Grid, undertake an internship and participate in research-based assignments responding to live industry briefs.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

Taking into account the dynamic nature of the energy industry, this LLM aims to cover the practical knowledge and skills required for the legal management of oil and gas exploration and production activity.

Taught within an internationally diverse learning environment with students and staff from a number of different countries, this course aims to adopts a global perspective, which recognises the increasing internationalisation of business. 

Course content aims to provide an understanding of both the structure of international business and the legal frameworks in which it operates. Our broad curriculum covers the control, through regulations and treaties, of oil and gas exploration and exploitation and matters of finance, including risk, investment, insurance and taxation. Highlighting theory in practice, we draw from real-life petroleum projects like Deepwater Horizon, Petrobras and the legal issues surrounding the Goliat field in the Barents Sea.

We’ll also examine the nature of international environmental law; what is being done by the sector in a more environmentally conscious age and how, for example, we can effectively protect the environment and meet the ambitions of the oil and gas industry in Arctic operations.  

In the final semester, you will be given the opportunity to complete a dissertation in an approved related topic, or to apply to undertake an internship with a host organisation within the energy industry. For their dissertation, past students have covered exciting and varied subject matter, such as the operations of the oil and gas industry in the Arctic, corporate social responsibility (CSR) in relation to local content issues and examining foreign direct investment and socioeconomic development.

Modules

Overview

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • International Business Law 
    • Legal Risk Management 
    • Research Skills 
    • Contemporary Legal Issues in Oil, Gas and Energy
  • Semester 2

    • International Environmental Law 
    • Corporate Social Responsibility in the Oil and Gas Industry 
    • Petroleum Contracts and Economics 
    • Research Design  
    • Global Professional Development 
  • Semester 3

    • Dissertation or internship within the energy industry.

In more detail...

  • Access to a range of legal resources, including access to Westlaw, LexisNexis and HeinOnline.
  • Annual Law Student Conference, which in the past has examined international law and its relationship with government institutions.
  • High levels of student satisfaction of 93% overall, above the sector average of 84%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Guidance on research, study and writing skills together with research design and methods, in preparation for writing assessments and dissertation.
  • Links within the oil, gas and energy industry, including two top law firms in London and a number of companies which provide goods and services to the energy sector.
  • Taught by staff with industry experience having worked as legal counsel for OPEC, consultants for foreign investors into the oil and gas industry and environmental consultants.
  • Opportunity to attend guest lectures from employers who specialise in different areas of the law, building your professional network. Recent speakers have included senior barristers and partners from several law firms, including The 36 Group, Ince & Co and Curtis Mallet Prevost.

Opportunity to contribute to the Coventry Law Journal, published twice a year.

Our main study themes are:

  • International business law: Since a substantial amount of all business transactions are done across national borders, legal advisors need to be aware of the main international business legislation. We focus on issues related to the international sales contracts, the carriage of goods by sea and the different payment mechanisms in international trade, including letters of credit and open accounts. We study the three major forms of international business: international trade through import and export; licensing agreements for the transfer of intellectual property rights such as copyright, patents and trademarks including franchising; and finally, foreign direct investment through mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures. We also consider the main legal issues regarding trade between nations, looking at some of the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the importance of bilateral investment Treaties (BITs) as a tool to protect foreign investment.

  • Legal risk management: We examine how companies, governments and non-governmental organisations assess and quantify legal risk then develop strategies and interventions to mitigate such risk. The approach of this course is to use real-life examples, like the Petrobras scandal, to define the essential characteristics of legal risk and consider various techniques to categorise it to either prevent such incidents from arising or remediating them once they occur.  

  • Contemporary legal issues on oil, gas and energy: Provides an introduction to the energy industry and particularly the oil and gas industry. We will have the opportunity to critically analyse the regulatory frameworks in the oil and gas industry and the main contracts, concession agreements, Joint Operating Agreements (JOA), Production Sharing Agreements (PSA) and service contracts. We will also look at the main issues in oil and gas projects, such as protection of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), anti-corruption legislation and taxation of petroleum activities. 

  • International environmental law: Examines the legal and policy issues surrounding protection of the global environment. We will look at the institutions involved in environmental protection, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCG), together with the roles of national governments and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in shaping socioeconomic policies. We will focus on international treaties in areas relating to atmosphere, inland water, oceans and seas, issues with international waste and the more contemporary issues of species conservation and climate change.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility: Provides an understanding of the concept of ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR), or ‘responsibility in business’, as well as its implications for business strategy. We will cover the theories, models and approaches to analyse contemporary business ethics and CSR issue in relation to the oil, gas and energy sector. 

  • Petroleum contracts and economics: All global upstream operations are governed by contracts entered into by national petroleum resource holders, typically host governments, and oil and gas companies involved in exploration, development and production (investors). We analyse contract structures and the impacts on project viability posed by rising capital and operating costs, volatile oil and gas prices and government ‘take’ through taxes, royalties and levies. We also cover the fundamentals of petroleum economics using key economic input parameters and assessment against key performance indicators.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January, May or September.

All of the first and second semester modules are mandatory, with teaching methods including lectures, workshops, internships, field trips and talks with guest speakers (subject to availability and potential additional costs).

We will draw heavily on real-life case studies and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate within tutorials. For example, in the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ module, you will identify what organisations have done in order to respond to ethical dilemmas and the tensions between conflicting business and social responsibilities, considering such issues as whether revenues should be invested back into the local community.

We will also organise workshops around a particular issue, which you will be expected to prepare for in advance to develop your understanding of a particular subject, such as how can corruption be avoided or how the most adverse effects of economic reliance on natural resources may be mitigated.

One of the most popular aspects of this course is the diverse range of international expert guest lectures, which provide opportunities to learn about real-life legal issues and experiences. In 2016, we successfully launched the first ‘Oil, Gas, Energy and Sustainability Law Converzacione’ in conjunction with the CGE/GLP, British Petroleum and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Keynote speakers included: the Head of Safety and Operational Risk, Competency and Capability Development from The BP Group and the Economic Adviser in Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, together with the organisation’s Legal Counsel for Maritime Law. Entitled ‘Contemporary Policy Issues for New and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers’, the inaugural lecture was streamed live to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Law Faculty.

The course will be assessed through a combination of formative and summative assignments. Summative assignments will comprise of a 4,000-word written piece of coursework, in the shape of a report or research assignment, depending on the nature of the module. The formative pieces will be used to prepare you for the final piece; these can take the forms of presentations, small written pieces or a combination. While these will be essentially practice pieces they will be just as vital.

 


 

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of: the role and rules of law in the oil, gas and energy industries; the emerging legal principles and concepts as they apply to the oil, gas and energy industries; the international context within which the law operates; research techniques and sources of law used to investigate and analyse the law relating to oil, gas and energy.
  • Critically evaluate legal and other materials in the presentation of oral and written arguments, including the acquisition of advanced citation and referencing skills.
  • Design, execute and critically evaluate research and identify and employ appropriate sources and methods for its completion.
  • Critically assess the economic environment and the legal regime in the Energy industry.
  • Identify and apply relevant legal principles in oil, gas and energy.
  • Evaluate the impact of the law and principles at both national and international level.
  • Develop research techniques to retrieve and analyse relevant legal information.
  • Design and conduct research in the law relating to oil, gas and energy, using appropriate methods. 

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 16 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 10 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 50 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to your future career. As well as having an international theme throughout your studies, there is also an opportunity to apply for an internship, which can be undertaken overseas, or attend field trips overseas (additional costs may apply). In the past, students have visited Norway and Iceland as part of their research to examine operations and the regulatory frameworks that are in place in developed nations could be applied to developing nations. An international perspective is also provided from the many staff exchange visits we host from other universities in Europe, such as University of Reykjavik.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirement for this course is a good honours first degree – at least a minimum of second class honours or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline area. These could be business or management studies, law, oil and gas or international relations. Other discipline areas or relevant work experience may also be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis and an interview may be required.

Some students with a good UK honours degree may be eligible for AP(E)L if they can demonstrate close match with their prior learning but the number of credits is restricted in line with Regulation 7.3.

The standard entry requirement for this course is a good honours first degree – at least a minimum of second class honours or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline area. These could be business or management studies, law, oil and gas or international relations. Other discipline areas or relevant work experience may also be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis and an interview may be required.

Some students with a good UK honours degree may be eligible for AP(E)L if they can demonstrate close match with their prior learning but the number of credits is restricted in line with Regulation 7.3.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

The standard entry requirement for this course is a good honours first degree – at least a minimum of second class honours or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline area. These could be business or management studies, law, oil and gas or international relations. Other discipline areas or relevant work experience may also be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis and an interview may be required.

Some students with a good UK honours degree may be eligible for AP(E)L if they can demonstrate close match with their prior learning but the number of credits is restricted in line with Regulation 7.3.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£10,650 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£10,650 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

Our degree aims to provide you with an understanding of some of the contemporary challenges facing the oil, gas and energy industry –climate change, the emergence of affordable and renewable sources of energy, the need for sustainable foreign direct investment and corporate social responsibility among others.

Developing this broader knowledge of the future of the industry in terms of the changes faced by energy companies in general, including International Oil Companies (IOCs), National Oil Companies (NOCs) and companies which provide services and goods the oil and gas industry, is a first step towards a position where you will be expected to understand and deal with these legal issues on behalf of your existing or future employer.

On successful graduation, you will have had opportunities to develop transferrable skills in research, analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation, application of knowledge, problem-solving, communication and reflective learning.

While many law graduates take professional exams in law and go on to practice law either in the UK or abroad, many others pursue alternative careers. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates have gone on to work as legal counsel within the energy sector, as economic analysts and in programme management. 

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.