The business of hydrocarbon energy supply remains one of the most fundamental aspects of global commerce and natural resources law in the modern era. It is not limited to exploitation of petroleum but encompasses many different aspects of law and business, from protecting the intellectual property rights of new oil and gas technology, to complex joint venture contracts, and to compensation regimes for pollution liability.
The entry requirements for the LLM in Oil and Gas Law is a good initial degree in law or cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.
We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above.
If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 and 6.0 in each component) and TOEFL (with a score of at least 88 and at least Listening: 21, Reading: 22, Speaking: 23, Writing: 21).
The LLM in Oil and Gas Law is modular, with students required to accumulate 180 credits to graduate. In appropriate circumstances, a student may graduate with a merit or distinction. Each programme is divided into two parts: Part I consists of 4 taught modules each weighted at 30 credits.
Students are required to take four modules from the following list. It is compulsory for students on the LLM in Oil and Gas to study Public and Commercial Legal Aspects of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production. Students will also be required to take 3 modules from the rest of the modules listed below:
Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities
Charterparties: Law and Practice
International Trade Law
International Litigation and Arbitration
Law and Practice in International Banking and Commercial Payments
Following the successful completion of the taught modules, students proceed to Part II, which is composed of two projects (LLM Research Projects). At least one of the LLM Research Projects must be written in the area of Public and Commercial Legal Aspects of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production or Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities. The LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and is designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.
The Postgraduate Department employs two dedicated LLM employability officers who run a series of talks to develop the skills of LLM students and inform their career plans.
The Postgraduate Department also enjoys close links with many City law firms. For example, Holman Fenwick Willan (HFW), one of the foremost shipping and commercial law firms in the world, has very generously agreed with Swansea Postgraduate Legal Studies Department to sponsor the best student in Oil and Gas Law. The Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law (IISTL) provides training programmes for London City solicitors, P & I (protection and indemnity) Clubs and shipping organisations. The Swansea LLM is well known internationally. Many of our graduates secure employment shortly after completing their degrees. Several international firms keep a close relationship with the Postgraduate Department and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes.
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