The University of Wolverhampton

LLMInternational Commercial and Financial Law (Oil and Gas)

Why choose this course?

  • You will develop knowledge and critical understanding of a range of essential legal topics to enhance commercial awareness and the inter relationship between commercial, legal, financial and environmental aspects of enterprise and innovation; highlight and minimise risk associated with exploitation of ideas with commercial potential in a global setting.
  • You will gain a conceptual understanding of a global, organisational, institutional and legal perspective relevant to the oil and gas industry.
  • You will be taught how to analyse legal structures utilised in the oil, natural gas and mineral extraction industries in particular, the nature of project finance vehicles and the overall structures into which they fit.
  • We will prepare you for research into legal issues at postgraduate level and facilitate your ability to understand and use complex legal formulations; to enhance your ability to analyse, report, compare and persuade through carefully constructed argument allowing you to engage in appropriate research methodology

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What happens on the course?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on August 2016).

Postgraduate Level 7 Full-Time (September start)

Semester 1

Semester 2

C

7LW007 Dissertation

0

C

7LW007 Dissertation

60

C

7LW002 International Commercial Awareness

20

C

7LW031 International Project Finance Law: Oil and Gas

20

C

7LW003 Law Relating to Capital Markets and International Banking Law

20

O

7LW033 Oil and Gas Contract Law

20

C

7LW064 Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes

20

O

7LW025 Intellectual Property Law

20

O

7EA006 Environmental Management Systems

20

Postgraduate Level 7 Full-Time (January start)

Semester 1 (University semester 2 Jan.)

Semester 2 (University semester 1 Sept.)

C

7LW007 Dissertation

0

C

7LW007 Dissertation

60

C

7LW031 International Project Finance Law: Oil and Gas

20

C

7LW002 International Commercial Awareness

20

Two option modules to be selected from:-

C

7LW003 Law Relating to Capital Markets and International Banking Law

20

O

7LW033 Oil and Gas Contract Law

20

C

7LW064 Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes

20

O

7LW025 Intellectual Property Law

20

O

7EA006 Environmental Management Systems

20

Postgraduate Level 7 Part-Time (September start)

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

In addition to the core module students must take 1 option module from the list of available options.

C

7LW002 International Commercial Awareness

20

C

7LW031 International Project Finance Law: Oil and Gas

20

C

7LW003 Law Relating to Capital Markets and International Banking Law

O

7LW033 Oil and Gas Contract Law

20

O

7LW025 Intellectual Property Law

20

O

7EA006 Environmental Management Systems

20

Year 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

In addition to the core dissertation module continued in semester 2, students must take 1 option module from the list of available option modules not taken in year 1.

C

7LW007 Dissertation

0

C

7LW007 Dissertation

60

C

7LW064 Alternative Dispute Resolution for Commercial Legal Disputes

20

O

7LW025 Intellectual Property Law

20

O

7EA006 Environmental Management Systems

20

O

7LW033 Oil and Gas Contract Law

20

Career path

This programme of study is designed to enhance the employment and promotion prospects of persons in the international commercial and finance sectors with particular relevance to the gas and oil industry. It is relevant to a variety of individuals holding corporate positions within this discrete area. Additionally, holders of this award may also find positions in the field of education and research, or undertake further postgraduate research studies leading to a PhD.

Graduates of the course will have critical awareness of contemporary themes and challenges in international commercial and financial law as it relates to the Oil and Gas industry.

What skills will you gain?

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of legal, regulatory and practical issues arising in relation to the oil and gas industry. In addition students will have a comprehensive understanding of regulations and rules relating to international management of commercial and financial issues with specific reference to the oils and gas industry.
  • Apply knowledge and regulation in context together with a practical understanding of rules and regulations and how established techniques of research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge. Develop an appreciation of the directions of changes in the law as a result of the emergence of new needs of international society and economy.
  • Identify issues involving complex situations and demonstrate critical analysis to produce clear and reasoned arguments for communication to a variety of audiences (both specialist and non-specialist). Conceptual understanding that enables the student to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the subject area and be able to evaluate methodologies and develop critics of them and where appropriate propose new hypotheses.
  • Devise solutions to a variety of issues and multifaceted problems with reference to rules and regulations in the international field relating to the oil and gas industry. Qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility. Decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations. The independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

Entry requirements

  • Normally a 2:2 honours degree in law, finance or related subject.
  • Mature applicants without the above qualifications but have significant experience in appropriate subject areas maybe accepted on the programme if it is believed they may be able to succeed on the award. In these circumstances students would be required to undertake preparatory studies to prepare them for study at Level 7.
  • IELTS 6.0, or equivalent for non-UK students.

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £6,020 £12,445

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £5,900 £12,200

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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