Oil and gas contracts are about risk and reward, complex partnerships and agreements.

Drafting contracts enforceable under English law requires considerable skill from energy lawyers.

This course is designed to hone your skills and boost your career in this critical and complex area of law.

  • Cover all the aspects involved in the law relating to risk allocation in oilfield contracts.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the issues at stake when developing these contracts.
  • Learn to draft contracts that work for the industry and can be understood and enforced under the English legal system.

Study flexibly online with a top 6 UK law school, wherever you’re based. Learn from expert lawyers and a university with decades of experience and influence in Europe’s energy capital.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this postgraduate qualification.

What you’ll study

You’ll cover all the areas involved in the law relating to risk allocation in oilfield contracts, including:

  • the role of insurance
  • public policy challenges
  • gross negligence
  • third-party issues and solutions
  • limitations of different solutions
  • different approaches in jurisdictions
  • contractual interpretation.

By doing so, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of all the issues at stake when developing these contracts.

Why study Law online with the University of Aberdeen?

How you’ll study

Risk Allocation in Oilfield Service Contracts 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 our LLM in Oil and Gas Law, this course is taught at Masters level.

Online learning

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:

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

Your tutors

You’ll learn from legal professionals at a university that’s home to one of the most experienced teams of oil and gas experts in any European law school, with the added value of direct industry input.

Your course coordinator

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Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

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

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.


This course will help you grow your expertise, contacts and career prospects within this demanding and highly technical field.

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.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • an 2:1 (upper-second-class) Law degree (or equivalent).

Relevant practical experience in a related field is also beneficial.

How to apply

For this course, you’ll apply through our Applicant Portal. It allows you to upload relevant qualifications and documents. Our admissions team will then review these and get back to you. To get started, read How to apply via our Applicant Portal.

You need to apply by the course start date to ensure you are enrolled in time.

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Start date
24 January 2022
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