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Energy Politics and Law MSc

University of Aberdeen · School of Social Science

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Course content


The degree in Energy Politics and Law will give an in-depth understanding of energy politics and law issues and an introduction to energy economics. Topics will include

  • Politics of energy and of electricity market reform
  • Politics and law of renewable energy, international energy security issues for example the causes and consequences of oil crises
  • Law and politics of climate change
  • How economics and legal issues affect political and commercial decisions in energy
  • How the law affects the oil and gas industry as well commercial domestic and international political regulation of energy markets

On an ad hoc basis opportunities exist for working on dissertation projects in collaboration with companies and agencies in the energy industry.

Industry Links and Careers

You gain the best of two disciplines when studying Energy Politics and Law. You learn the regulatory side of managing the oil and gas and energy industry in detail but you also understand about how different political states can affect projects in different parts of the world, and how politics can also affect the different regulatory environments and operations. Career opportunities include Energy Lawyer, Energy and Business Consultant, Energy and Sustainability Advisor and Political Advisor. This is a highly responsible area of energy management where no two days are the same.


Why Study at Aberdeen?

  • We have been training people in the oil and gas industry since the 1970s. We work in collaboration with the industry and we often seek Advisory Boards in newer subjects to ensure we give you the right mix of skills and knowledge across the supply chain.
  • The programme is delivered in the 'World City of Oil and Gas' in Aberdeen giving you the best of the School of Law ranked in the top 10 in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2018) and the School of Social Science.

Quick Facts

  • Start Date – September
  • Delivery – Campus
  • Study Options – Full Time, Part Time
  • View English language requirements from the programme page
  • View entry requirements from the programme page
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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


part time
12 months
full time
6 months

Course contact details

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