Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM714: Oil and Gas

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will include the following topics:

-Introduction to the  basic concepts of oil and gas;

-Legal ownership and valuation of reserves and opportunities for exploration and production

-Introduction to the  basic contractual issues; operation; assignment  

-Discussion of methods to balance the interests of the parties involved

-Upstream activities

-Pre-authorisation phase

-Confidentiality agreements

-Authorisation phase; discussion of Exploration and Production Licences and Sharing Agreements

-Financing/funding of oil and gas projects


-Impact of new technologies and the international protection of new technologies

-Oil and gas operations and legal liability issues

-Pollution & environmental protection challenges

-Aspects of downstream activities

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities3311 x 3 hour seminars involving lectures with discussion activities, individual and group presentations
Guided independent study110Individual research, reading and seminar preparation
Guided independent study63Assessment preparation (presentation)
Guided independent study94Assessment preparation (essay)

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).