University of East London

Course Introduction

The exploration, extraction, sale and distribution of natural resources, including fossil fuels and minerals, is a massive undertaking. It is a highly regulated industry with legal implications at every stage of the process. This new course gives a comparative, socio'legal approach.

This distinctive master’s course examines upstream and downstream regulatory trends in oil, gas and minerals in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, placing this in the context of the broader economic, technological and environmental and sustainability issues that have an impact on the industry.

You will learn how the law interacts with business, politics and finance in a sector that is under constant scrutiny.

If you are a law graduate, legal professional, or graduate in another subject who works in – or is hoping to work in – the mining, energy or natural resource sector or a related field, this master’s degree will be a wise choice.

If you want to keep on working and earn while you learn, you can do so, as all of our classes take place in the evening and lectures are also made available as podcasts and posted online.

Course Modules

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.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
LLM £9,900 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
LLM £12,480 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £1,650 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
LLM £2,080 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Minimum 2.2 Honours degree in law, social sciences or humanities or relevant subject (or recognised international equivalent). We would normally expect you to have grade C in GCSE English and maths. English language requirements: Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, speaking, reading and listening (or recognised equivalent).