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PMIOGETP - LLM International Oil, Gas and Energy Law (Top-up)

Course Specification

Validation status Validated
Highest award Master of Laws Level Masters
Possible interim awards
Total credits for course 60
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Subject Area Law
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Part-time Distance Learning 1 YEARS 2 YEARS
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About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

This is a course designed for people who have already attained the Postgraduate Diploma in Oil, Gas and Energy Law (120 level 7 credits) to enable them to apply their acquired legal expertise in this area by writing an original, research-based, critical analysis of a relevant area of law of their own choosing, presented as a dissertation of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

The distance learning nature of the course is designed so that it can be accessed conveniently and realistically by busy professionals, providing full support to enable them to pursue the course to completion.

Students are supported in undertaking online research using electronic law databases and encouraged to use online legal resources on a regular basis. There is a virtual learning environment (VLE) containing handbooks, weblinks, discussion groups, study skills materials and assessment criteria. Online learning pervades the delivery of the course and is actively encouraged as students
engage with digital materials, use online discussion forums and achieve a competent standard of digital literacy during their studies.

As the course is delivered online, students can study outside the university. Therefore, this course appeals to those who are working full-time and/or who work overseas and who would find it difficult to attend a given location at a set time.

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, and for whom an in-depth knowledge of an aspect of the related law would provide both personal and professional development.

The learning is supported by experienced supervisors who the students can email. There is also a blog which is supported by the course, and the tutors are expected to engage is online discussions with the students.

Course aims

The purpose of the course is to develop an in-depth and practical understanding of international oil, gas and energy law. Students will be able both to learn the substantive legal principles and also to obtain practical guidance and understanding of industry related issues.

The course aims to develop legal skills of research, analysis and presentation and to enable students to gain knowledge in an area of considerable commercial interest which will in turn enhance graduating students’ employability potential in both the energy and environmental sectors

The course requires students to undertake self-directed research on a self-designated topic and to present their findings in a substantial dissertation.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Comprehend and manage a substantial body of knowledge relating to international oil, gas and energy law;

2. Possess a contextual awareness of the importance of international oil, gas and energy law;

3. Evaluate the commercial and government policy implications of international oil, gas and energy law and appreciate its economic, environmental and social balance;

4. Possess a critical understanding of the importance of international oil, gas and energy law;

5. Research and manage legal information from paper and IT resources and present competent legal arguments in writing;

6. Synthesise relevant case law and statute, understand and present conflicting arguments and apply the law to problem scenarios relevant to different aspects of international oil, gas and energy law;

7. Deal with complex issues surrounding international oil, gas and energy law and systematically and creatively and communicate their conclusions clearly;

8. Develop knowledge and skills for professional life and further academic study;

9. Adopt an appropriate research strategy and techniques to support a sustained academic and professional argument on critical issues within the area of international oil, gas and energy law;

10. Become able to develop a methodologically sound critical discussion which is presented as a critically discursive analysis of the dissertation topic achieved by supervised dissertation writing;

11. Appropriately construct an academic and professional argument, including supported contextual and critical material suitable for inclusion and completion of a piece of sustained academic research of between 12,000 to 15,000 words on a subject related to the area of international oil, gas and energy law.

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Law 2015

Assessment strategy

The assessment methods to be employed on this course reflect the range of skills required by the discipline of law and the standards expected. They include formative work, including researching and drafting a literature review and a research proposal, as well as feedback on drafts of the dissertation through one-to-one supervision.

The summative assessment is entirely based on the final dissertation, giving the students the maximum opportunity to achieve credits which reflect their full potential.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad


Course specific regulations

Learning outcomes 1-9 Research Proposal

Learning outcomes 1-11 International Oil, Gas and Energy Law Dissertation

Modules required for interim awards

To gain the LL.M., students must pass the International Oil, Gas and Energy Law Dissertation module.

Arrangements for promoting reflective learning and personal development

The course has embedded within it reflective learning components and personal development planning relevant to the year of study. It will be encouraged in supervision sessions, and independent learning.

Students will be directed to reflect on knowledge specific learning, personal and employability skills development.

Students will be encouraged to engage positively with all feedback opportunities and to reflect and learn, resulting in the developing of further learning strategies.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

This course provides highly specialised knowledge and research skills relevant both to legal practitioners and to those operating more generally within the legal environment of the oil, gas and energy sectors. It would also assist anyone working in professions concerned with economics or the environment such as politics, government, local authorities, journalism and media.

Employability and workplace skills are developed in a number of ways throughout the course. Using the subject benchmarks as guidance, technical, generic and cognitive skills are taught, developed, practised and assessed throughout the courses.

Development of skills for the workplace is integral to the course. These include numeracy, time management, self-assessment/reflection. The importance of ethical behaviour and conduct is emphasised together with interpersonal skills such as working with others, cross cultural and diversity awareness and having a positive attitude, commercial awareness, including corporate social responsibility and governance. Written communication skills are developed and assessed through essays.

Career management is encouraged through reference to the relevant professional bodies, work experience and careers advice.

Guidance and feedback from an individual personal development profile is provided to encourage participants to develop and reflect upon key workplace skills, to prepare them for a professional career.

The course places emphasis on the need for professional development in the modern workplace.

Although many Law students embark upon the course with a firm personal career plan in place, extensive careers advice is available to them throughout their time at London Metropolitan University.

Career Development Service

The University offers a service to enhance career management skills and employability and to help students with a range of issues related to planning their future. They can come in for a careers guidance interview, a drop-in service, or can book a longer appointment with a careers adviser. A service is also offered to students after graduation.

A comprehensive careers information library is available and a range of workshops is offered, covering topics such as self-assessment, writing effective CVs, attending interviews and doing creative job search. As part of the programme there is an opportunity to sit psychometric tests and receive feedback.

Prospects Planner, a computer aided Careers Guidance programme, enables students to find careers matching their preference on different work aspects and to look at individual careers in detail. These are helpful if students are looking for ideas or trying to evaluate a particular option. Prospects Planner is networked across the University.

Employment Service

The Employment Service helps students to find work while they are studying as well as when they have graduated. An online vacancy system called Prospects Net provides information on opportunities for part-time, full-time, vacation and voluntary work.

The system also advertises opportunities for students wishing to work within the university. The university also arranges a Careers Fair and a part-time Jobs Fair each year.

Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • passed the International Oil, Gas and Energy Law Postgraduate Diploma.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2019/20 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 18 Mar 2020 Last validation date 18 Mar 2020  
JACS codes
Route code IOGETP

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 07 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL7P05 International Oil, Gas and Energy Law Dissertation Core 60        

Stage 1 Level 07 January start Not currently offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
LL7P05 International Oil, Gas and Energy Law Dissertation Core 60