Energy and Natural Resources LLM

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Course options

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  • LLM Energy and Natural Resources, home applicant, full time

    • Home Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 12000 Per year
  • LLM Energy and Natural Resources, home applicant, part time

    • Home Applicant
    • Part time, 2 years
    • Pound 2000 Per 30 credit module
  • LLM Energy and Natural Resources, international applicant, full time

    • International Applicant
    • Full time, 1 year
    • Pound 15960 Per year

Course modules

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Oil and Gas Law and Policy (Mental Wealth)

Regulation and Governance of Energy (Mental Wealth)

Applied Project

Regulation of Financial Markets

International Law and Business

International Human Rights

Law of International Finance

Financial Crime and Corporate Criminal Liability

International Corporate Governance

The Law of the World Trade Organisation and Globalisation

International Environmental Law

Economic Integration in the Developing World

NOTE: Modules are subject to change. For those studying part time courses the modules may vary.

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Your future career

Your future career

This specialist LLM is a very useful and sought-after qualification if you have studied law before and want to take the next step in becoming a solicitor or barrister. 

If after taking this master's course you decide that a legal career is for you but you did not study law as an undergraduate, you will have to take a law conversion course to embark on your journey. This LLM course is not a qualifying law degree.

As a graduate of LLM Energy and Natural Resources, you will be well-placed for a career in the energy or minerals industry. Your options include oil or mining corporations, law firms, regulatory or standards bodies, finance or research institutions or environmental groups. 

You could help to draw up contracts, advise on mergers and acquisitions, ensure regulatory compliance - or take an associated role in the industry, such as structuring projects or operations management.

As a graduate of this course, you will have strong research skills and the ability to analyse and apply critical thinking to any legal or business problem.

You will have high-level communication skills, and be able to work as part of a team, debate, make a case and deliver a presentation.

To enhance your career prospects, we run a dedicated employability programme for students in the School of Business and Law. Called 'Employ', it includes employability workshops, skills training sessions, guest speaker events, voluntary work, student ambassador roles and work experience opportunities.
Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.

How we support your career ambitions

We offer dedicated careers support, further opportunities to thrive, such as volunteering and industry networking. Our courses are created in collaboration with employers and industry to ensure they accurately reflect the real-life practices of your future career and provide you with the essential skills needed. You can focus on building interpersonal skills through group work and benefit from our investment in the latest cutting edge technologies and facilities.

Career Zone

Our dedicated and award-winning team provide you with careers and employability resources, including:

  • Online jobs board for internships, placements, graduate opportunities, flexible part-time work.
  • Mentoring programmes for insight with industry experts 
  • 1-2-1 career coaching services 
  • Careers workshops and employer events 
  • Learning pathways to gain new skills and industry insight

Mental Wealth programme

Our Professional Fitness and Mental Wealth programme which issues you with a Careers Passport to track the skills you’ve mastered. Some of these are externally validated by corporations like Amazon and Microsoft.

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We are careers first

Our teaching methods and geographical location put us right up top

  • Enterprise and entrepreneurship support 
  • We are ranked 6th for graduate start-ups 
  • Networking and visits to leading organisations 
  • Support in starting a new business, freelancing and self-employment 
  • London on our doorstep

What you'll learn

The global energy business is valuable, essential and sometimes controversial, with a huge role for legal professionals in regulation, commercial transactions, dispute resolution, policy formulation and legal research.

On this course you will study energy law within the broader context of international trade and regulation, the environment, renewables and energy technology, covering areas that are of big interest to firms, governments, consumer groups, lobbyists, and environmentalists.

You will assess how, for example, energy and environmental policy translates into practice, how the energy market operates and the legal implications of carbon emissions, sustainability and climate change.

You will study two core modules, which will give you a solid grounding in oil and gas policy and law and the regulation and governance of energy markets.

You can then choose two further modules from a choice of 12, including International Environmental Law, International Law and Business, International Corporate Governance and Financial Risk Management.

A 15,000-word dissertation is a compulsory element of the course, and you will be able to develop your own ideas by researching a relevant topic of most interest to you.

How you'll learn

As a master's student, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study and research using archives, libraries and databases such as JSTOR. You will need to be motivated and disciplined, but you will be taught and supported by leading academics throughout the course.

You will be based in the home of our law department, University Square Stratford (USS), which provides state-of-the-art study facilities.

Our brand-new Stratford library is open 24/7 in term time and, as one of our postgraduate students, you will have access to the prestigious library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in Russell Square, with its unrivalled collection of law books and documentation.

A lot of your formal learning will take place in workshops, seminars and lectures, where you will discuss and debate issues with your fellow students with the support of our dedicated, research-active staff.

You will also benefit from our guest lecturer programme, with the chance to network with leading legal minds and business management experts through regular seminars and events which we host in our centres, research groups and forums. 

As a research-based course, you will be completing coursework rather than doing exams. This will include essays, reports and presentations, culminating in your dissertation.

Many of our students undertake a placement with a legal practice or a regulatory body while they are here – and we will encourage and help you to find somewhere suitable.

How you will be assessed

All modules are research-based, involving coursework. You will take four modules of 30 credits each for which you will submit coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the term. 

The LLM dissertation, accounting for 60 credits, involves a 15,000-word essay. Full-time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part-time students complete the same in two years.

Campus and facilities

University Square Stratford

Who teaches this course

This course is delivered by the Royal Docks School of Business and Law

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.