Start with a short course

Our online short courses provide an alternative entry route to this online LLM if:

  • you want to start your postgraduate studies without committing to a full LLM
  • you’ve missed the deadline to apply for the full LLM, or
  • you do not meet the formal LLM entry requirements.

Our entry-route short courses are self-evaluating

This means you do not have to provide formal qualifications in order to join them. Instead, you decide if you’re academically capable enough.

The entry guidance on each short course page explains the level of teaching involved. This will help you decide if a short course is right for you.

How it works

By earning 30 credits successfully, you’ll have proved you’re capable of learning at this level. You’ll then be eligible to apply to transfer to the online LLM. Transfers are not automatic, and the LLM coordinator has the final say on transfers.

Degree transfers take place once a year, in August only.

One

Buy

Purchase and complete at least 30 credits’ worth of short courses that are part of this online LLM.

Two

Apply

We’ll contact you during your studies to help you apply to transfer to the online LLM in August.

Three

Transfer

Provided the LLM coordinator is happy with your performance, and you meet our English language requirements, we can transfer you in August.

Get started on the short course route

To start on the entry path to this online LLM, complete at least 30 credits’ worth of these recommended courses.

Co-operative Contracts in the Oil and Gas Industry and Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects are compulsory courses for LLM Oil and Gas Law.

The others are elective courses you can use to tailor your qualification to your interests.

All these courses are delivered at LLM level. At this level, you would normally have:

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

Courses starting on 23 September 2024

Co-operative Contracts in the Oil and Gas Industry (15 credits)

Become a qualified expert in collaborative contracting. Learn to form the legal agreements that make collaboration between oil and gas partners possible.

Buy Co-operative Contracts in the Oil and Gas Industry

Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects (15 credits)

Gain the specialist expertise to tackle the legal issues involved in decommissioning oil and gas installations.

Buy Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Regulatory Aspects

Courses starting on 27 January 2025

Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Issues (15 credits)

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

Buy Decommissioning of Offshore Installations: Commercial Issues

Governance and Petroleum Developments (15 credits)

Learn how we can develop effective governance in new petroleum provinces across the world.

Buy Governance and Petroleum Developments

Negotiation Skills (30 credits)

Learn to negotiate contracts and disputes and explore a range of negotiation strategies, tactics and perspectives.

Buy Negotiation Skills

Purchasing your courses

To join a course, apply via the course page and follow the application and checkout process.

Courses are available to purchase until one week after their start date, but we encourage you to purchase your courses as early as possible to ensure a smooth start to your studies.

Study at your own pace

  • Each 30-credit course is around 15 – 20 study hours per week, plus extra at assessment time.
  • Each 15-credit course is around 10 – 15 study hours per week.

If you’re planning to study part-time, especially if you’re studying around full-time work, we recommend taking a maximum of 30 credits per term.

You’re welcome to go at a slower pace and begin with one 15-credit course. But you cannot transfer to the degree until you have 30 credits from courses that are part of this online Masters.

Online LLM route not for you?

You do not have to transfer to the LLM. Our online short courses give you the flexibility to:

  • study any short course standalone, earning credits with each one
  • in some cases, build your credits up to a Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma instead
  • continue course by course, at your own pace, with the option to transfer to the online LLM when you’re ready.

Frequently asked questions

Here are answers to the most common questions we receive about our short course routes.

If your question is not answered here, we’re here to help. Get in touch.

We recommend these courses for this entry route for two reasons.

  • These are the courses that students taking the online Masters degree will be starting with too. This means you’ll be studying alongside a cohort of online degree students. When you then transfer into the online degree, you’ll continue on with these same students, whom you’ve already met and worked with. So, it gives you a smoother transition into the degree programme.
  • It’s the recommended route set out by the programme coordinator.

While we recommend this route, you are free to choose other courses, as long as they are part of this online Masters.

You’ll be eligible to apply to transfer to the online Masters when you:

  • pass 30 credits’ worth of short courses from this Masters degree successfully
  • receive your official passing grades for these courses, and
  • meet this degree’s English language requirements if English is not your first language.

If you fulfil these requirements, you can apply to transfer. The programme coordinator makes the final decision on degree transfers.

You can transfer once a year, in August. We carry out transfers in August because:

  • August is the start of the new academic year, and
  • it gives you time to choose your courses ahead of teaching starting in September.

The transfer process takes place once a year, in August only.

The School will contact you during your studies to find out what your intentions are for the next term. It’s at this point you can apply to transfer in August. The School will support you through the transfer process.

If you’re taking the short course route, you do not need to apply for the Masters degree separately via our Applicant Portal. Instead, the School will fast-track you into the online Masters, providing you meet the eligibility criteria.

If you fail your first attempt at a short course, you’ll be offered one chance to resit the course assessment.

If you fail this resit, you cannot take the course again.

We would then be able to advise you as to your options – you may still be able to qualify with a postgraduate qualification in a different specialism.

No. Once you’ve completed your entry-route short courses, you will not need to study them again when you transfer to the Masters degree.

The credits you have completed will count towards the Masters degree.

Once you’ve transferred to the Masters, you will not need to pay for the courses that you have already studied. Your Masters fee will be adjusted to deduct the cost of the courses you have already paid for.

A pay-as-you-go degree

We never charge the full fee for a Masters degree upfront. Instead, we charge for our degrees one term at a time, so you can spread the cost.

How pay-as-you-go works

Each term, you decide how many courses you’d like to take. Then you pay for these courses just before term starts. This gives you control over your degree fees and your workload, term by term.

  • Each 30-credit course is around 15 – 20 hours of study time per week, plus extra at assessment times.
  • Each 15-credit course is around 10 – 15 hours of study time per week.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

You’ll find more detailed and course-specific study hours on each online course page.

Studying around work?

If you’re planning to study part-time, especially if you’re studying around full-time work, we recommend taking a maximum of 30 credits per term.

If you’ve already submitted an application for this degree, please: