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Boost your skills in the highly topical area of decommissioning.

As UK and other offshore basins mature, decommissioning offshore infrastructure is creating new challenges for government and industry – and new career opportunities.

We’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills to address the regulatory aspects of decommissioning, covering international, domestic and comparative law.

Not just a course for lawyers, understanding the legal aspects of decommissioning is important for anyone involved in the process, including engineers and those involved in environmental impact assessments.

Attain sought-after expertise to advance your career in this rapidly developing sector, with a university proud of an unrivalled reputation in energy and law – and study flexibly, online, wherever you’re based.

What will I study?

This online decommissioning course focuses on the strategic decisions facing government and industry when offshore installations reach the end of their productive life.

The offshore decommissioning process in the North Sea area is governed by the Oslo Paris Convention (OSPAR), with each country contributing its own internal legislation regarding the decommissioning process and the taxation applied to it.

You’ll closely examine OSPAR and how this instrument of international law flows into UK law, the policy and practice of oil companies, and how we implement it.

Of course, it's not just the UK that’s facing issues of decommissioning, other states are too – and many of them are dealing with this issue in a radically different way. So, you’ll be engaging in comparative study and questioning what this area of law should look like.

OSPAR is noticeably different from most other international law devices. Is it better, is it worse? Is the UK system over-inclusive or the perfect model that should be implemented elsewhere? That's fundamentally what this course is all about.

Why study Decommissioning online with Aberdeen?

How will I study?

Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects is a 12-week course that’s delivered entirely online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your own study hours to suit you.

Part of the world’s first Masters in Decommissioning, this course is taught at Masters level. You’ll learn from highly experienced lawyers and benefit from their depth of experience working within the energy sector here in Aberdeen and globally.

Your course is delivered through MyAberdeen, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Also available as an app, you can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and mobile device 24/7.

Your course features a range of resources, including:

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

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Where will this take me?

Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects is part of a suite of online Law short courses that we offer. These can be used to build up credits towards higher qualifications.

Find out more about credits.

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.

Further learning

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

See our full range of postgraduate Law degrees and postgraduate Energy degrees.

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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.

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Cost
£1,030