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MSc Oil and Gas Management

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Course summary

Our MSc Oil and Gas Management is ideal for people with no prior experience of energy management, as well those already working in the industry.

You don't need any prior education experience of the subject either, as our course provides a comprehensive overview of the entire ‘value chain’. We teach you about energy production, infrastructure and use, so you’ll be equipped to work in senior roles in any area of hydrocarbon energy management.

The course has been designed in partnership with the Energy Institute, the globally recognised professional body for the sector, and will be accredited at the level of Chartered Energy Manager.

It’s also taught by well-connected experts, with global links to leading industry professionals and major energy companies. This, coupled with the fact that you’ll be studying in the heart of London’s most thriving business district, means you’ll graduate with a huge head start in a multi-trillion dollar industry.

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A professional qualification

There's no experience in the industry necessary, thanks to the comprehensive content delivered in the course. Designed in partnership with the Energy Institute, this degree will be accredited to the level of Chartered Energy Manager, giving you a professional qualification and membership of the institute.

Excellent industry connections

We have a superb location, close to London's Canary Wharf, and professional connections with renowned experts in crucial regions including Norway, Scotland, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Australia and the United States


This research-led programme gives you access to specialist resources, including oil and gas research databases and networking opportunities on and off campus through affiliation with our partner, the Energy Institute

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Dr Grigorij Serscikov

Director, IHS Markit Upstream Consulting

This course has been expertly designed to give its students a detailed understanding of issues in the energy industry and valuable expertise in management at all stages of the supply chain. The partnership with the Energy Institute, the rigorousness of the programme, and the academics' wide-ranging industry links will make employers like me very interested in its successful graduates.

How you'll learn

You'll be taught through a mixture of lectures and seminars delivered by both academics and industry experts. You will have plenty of contact with our academic staff and, as in the real world of business, teamwork is a vital component of this course so you will be expected to work closely with your fellow students.

Inspiring guest lectures delivered by sector representatives will also be an integral part of the programme, creating a more dynamic, blended learning environment that will also provide you with excellent networking opportunities.

As well as studying a number of taught modules, you'll have the chance to conduct independent research on a topic of your choice through the dissertation module. The dissertation is a valuable way of, not only developing important research skills, but also of honing your expertise in a particular area. You'll be working directly on real, cutting-edge issues in the oil and gas industry so you could be contributing to ongoing research with potential opportunities to deliver papers and publish work.

As a master’s student you will be expected to conduct plenty of independent work and research, supported by our experienced academic team. We will provide you with the tools to help, including an online portal, access to oil and gas research databases and other sources.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 Honours

We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths. 


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Applicants can still be considered if they have non-traditional qualifications/other qualifications such as relevant research or relevant industry work experience, but they must supply two academic referees and attend an interview with academic staff.

Overall IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing, Speaking, Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).
You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

This course combines specialist insight into the oil and gas industry with broader training in business management.

You'll be taught how to harness your entrepreneurial spirit by developing new products and businesses; how to manage risk and finance in the context of international markets; and how to overcome common problems that business owners and managers face.

At the same time, you'll be introduced to current themes and trends in the oil and gas industry, gaining valuable insight into the management of energy from upstream to downstream.

The course consists of three core taught modules that lay the foundations for understanding the oil and gas sector (Oil and Gas Management; Governing International Oil and Gas; Transition, Innovation and Sustainability in the Oil and Gas Sector) as well as an additional core module that provides training in international business management from a strategic and entrepreneurial perspective (Managing Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable International Supply Chains).

Everything you learn will be rooted in the contemporary business landscape, drawing on real, practical examples and case studies so you'll be able to enter the industry upon graduation with a solid understanding of issues, challenges and opportunities that the sector faces.

What you'll study

  • Oil and Gas Management (core)
  • Governing International Oil and Gas (core)
  • Transition, Innovation and Sustainability in the Oil and Gas Sector (core)
  • Managing Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainable International Supply Chains (core)
  • Postgraduate Dissertation (core)

How you'll be assessed

You'll be assessed through a mixture of different methods, allowing you to develop multiple study skills and demonstrate your abilities in a variety of ways. 

Core knowledge will be assessed through a mixture of coursework and essays, and you'll work on real industry case studies that will also be assessed through coursework.

To ensure you develop practical skills that can be applied in the workplace, you will also be assessed on industry and consultancy reports that you will be tasked with writing, and some assessment will be carried out via group and project work to develop team-working skills.

Course specification

Your future career

This programme has been specifically designed to give you the skills, knowledge and connections to work in senior positions throughout the oil and gas industry, as well as in other energy-related positions, nationally and internationally.

As well as working directly in management positions in the industry, you'll also be equipped to work in related areas like strategic consulting, analytics, research, teaching and more.

The course is highly vocational, designed in partnership with recognised professional bodies (the Energy Institute), taught by leading experts in the field, and rooted in one of the most well-connected business districts in Europe – all this gives you a fantastic opportunity to advance your career, build your business, and realise your ambitions.

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