LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy 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 world. This topic is not limited to the exploitation of petroleum and 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 compensation regimes for pollution liability.

Study the LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law and you will gain an in-depth knowledge of the growing area of oil and gas law, including the complex legal features of the petroleum industry. The course will also explore the legal issues concerning new sources of energy especially renewable energy.

Key Features

Study your LLM at Swansea and you’ll benefit from:

  • A thriving academic environment committed to excellence in teaching and research – 96% of students are very satisfied with Swansea’s LLM teaching quality and 97% stated that the academic support they received whilst completing their LLM was exceptional (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • An exceptional student experience – LLMs at Swansea University have an overall satisfaction rating of 98%- a figure which is much higher than UK average (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2018)
  • A professional but friendly environment with excellent pastoral support
  • Free English classes, which attracts students from all over the world, ensuring a dynamic and diverse community
  • Innovative lectures delivered by academics at the forefront of scholarship in their field
  • Extra-curricular activities including mooting competitions and summer schools abroad
  • An excellent employability agenda – Swansea LLM programmes have close links with partners across the world, ensuring graduates are particularly well placed in the job market
  • Exemption from the level 2 requirements of CIArb membership, enabling you to apply for the level of Member of the Institute (MCIArb), on successful completion the International Commercial Arbitration module



Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

LLM 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
LA-M02ASemester 3 (Summer Taught)60LLM Research Projects

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 3 (Summer Taught)60LLM Research Projects


This Master of Laws programme is modular, with students needed to accumulate 180 credits to graduate.

The programme is divide in to two parts:

  • Part 1 consists of four modules, each weighted at 30 credits

Following successful completion of the taught modules, students may proceed to part 2:

  • The second part of this LLM consists of two research projects
  • At least one of these projects must be written on the subject of International and Transnational Aspects of Oil and Gas Law or  Oil & Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities
  • The projects are customarily researched and written up over the summer period and are designed to enable students to develop their research skills

We offer a wide range of fll modules (taught from September till May/June). It is compulsory for students on the LLM in Oil and Gas to study Oil and Gas Law: Contracts and Liabilities and International Energy Law. Students will also be required to take 2 modules from the rest of the modules listed below:

Charterparties: Law and Practice, Marine Insurance Law, International Trade Law, Law and Practice relating to International Banking and Commercial Payments, International Commercial Arbitration, Law of Intellectual Assets Management and Transactions, and Law of the Sea.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this LLM in Oil, Gas and Renewable Energy Law is a 2:2 honours degree, ideally in a cognate discipline. Candidates with relevant experience are also encouraged to apply.We welcome applications from students from around the world and require evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification. 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).

Free English language classes are available which are designed to assist you in improving your critical legal thinking and writing.

How To Apply

Apply online where you will be able to track your application at each stage of the process and print off your decision letter.

For further information on how to apply by email or post, please see our How to Apply page

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
LLM Full-time £7,300 £15,450
LLM Part-time £3,650 £7,750
LLM Part-time £2,450 £5,150

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: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

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

Additional Costs

Students may incur additional costs during the course of the programme, which are not covered by tuition fees. These can include, but are not limited to: stationery, books, printing, thesis binding and photocopying costs.

Fees and Funding

Loans, bursaries and alternative sources of funding may be available. See our Fees and Funding page for more information.

Teaching and Assessment

Students are taught in small classes to encourage active discussion. Teaching is supported by the use of our Blackboard virtual learning environment, which facilitates online learning. This also gives students access to course materials and shared areas for group work and discussion.

All LLM modules are assessed using a combination of coursework and examination, with each carrying an equal weighting of 50%.

Careers and Employability

Enhancing our students’ employability is a key priority. In order to do this, we organise a number of initiatives for LLM students:

  • Personal employability advice from dedicated Employability Officers
  • A series of guest lectures to give a students an insight into practice in the field
  • Mooting competitions
  • The annual LLM careers fair, which gives students the opportunity to meet representatives from local and international law firms
  • Networking events and visits to leading practices within the City of London

For further information, please visit our LLM Employability webpage or our student destinations webpage.

Contact us

Professor B. Soyer  (Taught Masters Admissions Tutor)

Tel: +44 (0)1792 295125

Email: LLM@swansea.ac.uk


Meet our Student, Ole

Ole Ollmann (Germany)

Ole Ollmann

Whilst working on his dissertation, Ole was offered an internship at Hapag-Lloyd AG, one of the oldest and most respected shipping companies in Germany and a leading globally operating container line.

During his three-month internship, Ole was involved in the day-to-day bunker procurement and bunker trade practice. Ole gained valuable insights into oil markets, trading and hedging practice as well as procurement strategies of a large container line. He procured bunker fuels for ships, prepared the necessary documentation and dealt with bunker claims.

In addition, he dealt with general matters of the relevant law, such as general terms and conditions of sale and charter party terms pertaining to bunker fuel. Ole found his internship to be a great experience, which gave him an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge gained during the LLM programme. After completion of his internship, Ole moved to a permanent position in the chartering/operations department of a specialised tanker owner and operator.