LLM in Oil and Gas Law

Course Overview

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.

Key Features

Students pursuing the LLM in Oil and Gas Law have the opportunity to study an impressive and diverse choice of subjects of relevance to this growing area of law, enabling them to study and understand the complex legal features of the petroleum industry.

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law course is  built upon the wide range of high calibre research produced by the members of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, who are also teaching at the LLM in Oil and Gas Law. Teaching is research-led and practice-driven aiming at producing global graduates educated and equipped for distinguished personal and professional achievement. Teaching methods are geared towards our students’ needs, conducted mainly through seminars and tutorials in small classes.

The LLM in Oil and Gas Law requires commitment to study throughout one calendar year. Students are given the opportunity to develop a number of important skills which are not only essential to those wishing to become lawyers but are valuable, transferable skills in themselves in other employment contexts. The Department of Shipping and Trade Law offers its postgraduate students dedicated resources, including IT facilities and teaching rooms. Students are fully supported by the College's dedicated Law Librarian and the Law Library holds an extensive selection of legal materials and on-line services such as Lexis and Westlaw. Students are encouraged to make full use of the facilities offered by the Postgraduate Faculty and, in particular, to take advantage of training sessions run by the Faculty, such as the legal research methods and Employability sessions, as well as of the Visiting Lectures’ series.


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LA-M02ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)60LLM Research Projects


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 International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law .  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

Intrenational Commercial Arbitration

International Trade Law

Law and Practice in International Banking and Commercial Payments

Law of Intellectual Assets Management & Transactions

Law of the Sea

Marine Insurance Law

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 International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law or  Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and LiabilitiesThe LLM Research Projects will customarily be researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable LLM students to develop their research skills.

For further information on the modules, see the LLM in Oil and Gas Law

Entry Requirements

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).

How To Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for one of our postgraduate programmes is to apply online at www.swansea.ac.uk/applyonline. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process and print off a copy of your decision letter.

However, if you prefer, you can request an application pack by post from:

Postgraduate Admissions Office Swansea University

Singleton Park



Tel: +44 (0)1792 295358

Fax: +44 (0)1792 295110


The College of Law and Criminology at: LLM@swansea.ac.uk

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £6,000 £14,250
LLM Part-time £2,000 £4,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.


The College of Law and Criminology and the International Development Office offer a wide range of scholarships to prospective LLM students.

For Home and EU applicants, please see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/tuitionfeesandscholarships/taughtmastersscholarshipseuapplicants/

For non EU applicants, please see http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/fees-and-funding/pg_scholarships/

Teaching and Assessment

In the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment conducted by the UK Quality Assurance Agency, the teaching in the College of Law and Criminology was awarded the highest rating possible of ‘Commendable’, confirming the excellent standard of teaching. Members of the LLM team are active in research and are at the cutting edge of their discipline, publishing books and articles at the highest level. Consequently, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2014), an evaluation of the quality of research underway across the UK higher education institutions, 95% of research conducted in the College of Law and Criminology has been recognised to have achieved an international standard.

Teaching is conducted in small classes and our students always find an opportunity to participate in discussions and put their views across. Teaching in LLM modules is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online teaching and learning. Through Blackboard, students have access to course materials, handouts, and lecture notes, as well as shared areas for group work, online discussions, and exchanging ideas with fellow students.

All LLM modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and examination, with an equal weighting of 50% normally given to each component in the final total assessment. The four taught modules are drawn from the lists set in the Course Description. Module choices will depend on the precise specialist degree the student wishes to study for.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Throughout their studies, LLM students are provided with the opportunity to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities and enhance their practical understanding of shipping, insurance and commercial practice. Such activities include;

  • employability lectures
  • guest lecture series delivered inter alia by former judges, directors of international organisations and prominent partners from city law firms
  • networking events, including an Annual LLM Career Fair 
  • visits to a number of leading enterprises within the City of London which also give our students another chance to network with professionals working in the commercial and maritime field
  • mooting training throughout the year, including tailored guidance and weekly training classes
  • free English language classes designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing

Careers and Employability

The Department of Shipping and Trade Law 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  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 Shipping and Trade Law 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 Department of Shipping and Trade Law and regularly send representatives for guest lectures and graduate recruitment purposes. Also every year the Department hosts the LLM Careers Fair which is attended by representatives from a wide range of local and international organisations. The Fair enables our LLM students to meet and talk face to face with prospective employers. For further information on the Employability initiatives, please visit http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmemployabilityinitiativesandresults/ and http://www.swansea.ac.uk/law/shipping-trade-law-department/llmstudentsdestinations/

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey

Swansea Excels in PTES

‌‌The Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) provides an invaluable opportunity to taught master students to express their views with regard to their taught master experience on an annual basis. The result of this year's PTES was extremely favourable for LLM programmes on offer at Swansea. Our students overwhelmingly indicated that they were very satisfied with the quality of our teaching provision which received the approval rating of 93 %.     

What particularly made us stand out, and greatly impressed those doing our LLM, were “contact time” – the time we were happy to spend teaching, advising and generally talking to our students; “academic enhancement” – our students' feeling that their course has left them well-qualified to take on the world and compete with the best; and our performance in engaging with those studying here and encouraging them to probe and question what they hear. The overall approval rating after all this was 97%, a figure that we think few if any commercial LLM courses in Britain of the US can match.

Commenting on the results, Dr Theodora Nikaki, Deputy Head of the Department of Shipping and Trade Law, said: "We offer contemporary and practical taught master degrees to our students. We are well linked with legal practice, insurance and oil and gas sectors, and during their studies do our best to equip our students with transferable skills that will give them a competitive edge in the job market. The most recent PTES scores is a clear evidence that we had got it right, big time. Our Department is devoted to enhancing student experience even further and various new initiatives are being put in place during the summer which will hopefully benefit the new LLM cohort arriving in September 2015."    

Contact us

Professor Baris Soyer

(Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 295125

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk

Dr Theodora Nikaki

(Taught Masters Admissions Tutor) Tel: +44 (0)1792 513516

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk

Ms Samantha Duffy 

(Taught Masters Admissions Secretary)

E-mail: LLM@swansea.ac.uk