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Power up your career in the energy sector with a decommissioning course you can fit around full-time work.

Gain a comprehensive overview of the complex contractual and commercial aspects of decommissioning.

As UK and other offshore basins mature and industry activity evolves, decommissioning existing infrastructure is creating new career opportunities in a market estimated at £30-50bn.

  • Enhance your skills in this rapidly developing area and advance your career as an ambitious industry or legal professional.
  • Study flexibly online with a university proud of an unrivalled reputation in energy and law.

Part of our unique Masters in Decommissioning, this course allows you to access our expert teaching and strong links with industry and regulators, wherever you’re based.

What will I study?

This course will give you a comprehensive overview of the contractual and commercial issues that arise when decommissioning offshore installations.

You’ll use the UK as an example to consider the commercial context for decommissioning, in light of the MER UK strategy – Maximising the Economic Recovery of hydrocarbons. You’ll consider the supply chain and the perspectives of the operator and contractors.

Focusing on contracts, you’ll cover key contractual clauses and how risk is allocated. You’ll examine innovative and alternative contracting models, including turnkey and campaign contracting strategies.

You’ll also look at decommissioning costs, including:

  • the tax implications of decommissioning
  • tax stability
  • portability of tax history
  • decommissioning cost deeds
  • the interaction between decommissioning and the law of insolvency.

Why study Decommissioning online with the University of Aberdeen?

How will I study?

Our Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Aspects course is delivered part-time, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

Part of the world’s first Masters in Decommissioning, this course is taught at Masters level.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • online lectures
  • videos
  • reading materials
  • case studies
  • projects
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from lawyers highly experienced within the energy sector here in Aberdeen and globally, with strong links to industry and regulators.

Assessment

This course is assessed entirely online.

You’ll be assessed throughout your course via four online assessments, which may include:

  • multiple-choice tests
  • essays
  • group work.

These will become more challenging as your course progresses, to test your understanding of the issues and your critical analysis.

Your course coordinator

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Where will this take me?

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards further study, including our online:

MSc Decommissioning

  • The world’s first Masters in Decommissioning.
  • Available to study online or on campus.

LLM in Oil and Gas Law

  • Available to study online or on campus.

View all our postgraduate Law degrees.

Build your learning

We offer a wide range of specialist online Law and Energy short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many are part of existing Masters degrees and can be used to build up credits towards postgraduate qualifications.

Careers

Decommissioning is now a major industry and creating new career paths all over the globe.

This course has been developed to enhance your career prospects in this sector. It will deliver career benefits for:

  • graduate lawyers working in, or keen to move into, the oil and gas sector
  • any professional working in decommissioning who needs to understand the legal framework.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Am I ready?

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second-class) Law degree
  • or relevant work experience that supports this level of study.