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This is a degree programme offering a very distinctive, detailed insight into the oil and gas industry. It is detailed, intense and covers all the crucial aspects of the industry from geology to engineering, business, law, and everything in between.

Key Facts

Study Mode
Full-time (12 months)
Entry Dates
January
September
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning
Qualification
MSc

Programme Details

This programme is one of the most dynamic and relevant petroleum management degrees available in the UK. It provides broad training in oil industry matters by focussing on all aspects of the oil and gas lifecycle, including essential aspects of commercialisation, economics and law, as well as an understanding of how science and technology can be applied at the cutting edge to improve hydrocarbon exploration success and recovery.

The programme aims to develop the conceptual and empirical knowledge, analytical skills and understanding of the business development process in the oil and gas industry. It includes entrepreneurship, negotiating and presentation skills, petroleum economics, accountancy, safety engineering and environmental sciences. The emphasis is on practical application of studies, lateral thinking and management techniques.

This is the only one, truly cross-College programme run in the University. Combining skills, knowledge and input from every area.

Why Study this Programme?

  • Unlike other Institutions, we have the right experts in each of the areas that the programme covers - geology, business, economics, science, engineering and law.
  • This programme is open to you if you are from a geoscience, engineering, law, economics, commerce or various backgrounds.
  • The industry works to projects. Project teams are made up of all key disciplines. You will experience a similar feel to the way we teach this programme and the fact you will be studying alongside individuals from a variety of backgrounds, nationalities and levels of experience will enhance your experience further.
  • The combination of academic expertise across a number of disciplines and course input from industry professionals ensures that you get the very best learning experience.
  • You will undertake what many students identify as the highlight of the programme, a one-week field trip to view exploration and production facilities in an area of the UK.
  • You will develop the experience and confidence required to talk to specialists across the science, engineering and commercial value chain in the upstream oil industry and be given the chance to develop your transferable skills in report-writing, team work, creative thinking, and problem solving.

About the Department

 

  • Research in the department focuses on subsurface earth science and its deeper time record. To the department’s traditional strengths in petroleum geology, sedimentology, stratigraphy, geochemistry we have recently added significant expertise in geophysics, tectonics, structural geology to form a major research team with the goal to elucidate geological processes in sedimentary basins and their underpinning tectonics.
  • Learn more about our academic-experts working in the department - Our Geology teaching really does benefit from the best of both worlds - research active academics + industry professionals.
  • Organisations that we work with across a number of areas include – Apache, Statoil, Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, Dana Petroleum,Halliburton, BP, Shell, Pemex and SaudiAramco, to name a few. These links,and more help us deliver world-class teaching and research.
  • We deliver our programmes from world-class facilities with a number of our MSc programmes having dedicated study and teaching space available
  • Opportunities exist to join our Geology Student Chapter.
  • Our department works closely with the Aberdeen Geological Society and this provides you with networking opportunities with fellow geologists - www.aberdeengeolsoc.org.uk. 
  • Our Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology truly is a global family network - www.abdn.ac.uk/aga

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Aims

The MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management provides a broad training in oil industry matters; especially those pertaining to how relatively small oil companies can work with National Oil Companies (NOCs) and energy ministries to better exploit their hydrocarbon resources. In this respect training in commercialisation, economics and law will be important, as will an understanding of how science and technology can be applied at the cutting edge to improve hydrocarbon exploration success and recovery.

The course aims to develop the conceptual and empirical knowledge, analytical skills and understanding of the business development process in the oil and gas industry. The MSc encompasses modules in the latest technology in geology, geophysical disciplines and Engineering disciplines. It also includes entrepreneurship, negotiating and presentation skills, petroleum economics, accountancy, safety engineering and environmental sciences. The emphasis is on practical application of studies, lateral thinking and management techniques. The first term covers science and technology issues of hydrocarbon commercialisation, and the second term focuses on business, law, politics and economics.

Our Experts

Dr David Muirhead - Programme Director 

Contact Information

For further information about the programme or to discuss your application, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Unit.

Syllabus

Please note - the below is the structure of the September start programme. The January programme follows a slightly different order but still covers the same courses. 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Individual Project

Excursions

The Oil Industry has very strong links with the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology with 30 years of alumni from our MSc in Integrated Petroleum Geoscience (formerly Petroleum Geology) already in the industry globally. As part of the MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management, we take advantage of our position as the European Oil Capital by organising a series of excursions to examine aspects of the Oil Industry and the geology of the North Sea.

Learning Methods

Field Trip, Group Projects, Individual Projects, Lectures, Research

Assessment

Assessment comprises of many practical exercises and research papers and essays, where students can access information from a wide array of sources, including Oil Industry journals, periodicals and other papers which are available to them. Many of the courses include ‘games’ spread over several days, which require team and negotiating skills, as well as a knowledge of technology and economics, which draw the various courses together. Team-building, geological fieldwork, a visit to see oil platforms and offshore safety are all part of the programme.

Careers

Our graduate employment record is one of the best in the country with Aberdeen trained geologists working in every part of the world, many in prominent positions within industry and academia.

Konstantin Nazaruk "I was lucky enough to secure a summer placement with Oil & Gas operator CNR International which has a number of assets in North Sea and West Africa. I was offered a chance to write my dissertation on behalf of a company and in the same time I have proven my ability to work hard and the university background helped me to understand the background to different issues the company was dealing with." [More]
   
Kevin Docherty "Being from Aberdeen, the oil and gas industry was always attractive to me. Every aspect of modern life relies on hydrocarbons in one way or another, they are geopolitically interesting, and the technology which allows their extraction is world leading.The connections [Aberdeen has] to industry are second to none and its location allows for convenient access to some of the most important companies in the oil and gas industry, both operators and contractors." [More]

Academic Requirements

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours degree (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth) in Geology, Geophysics, Engineering, Law, Economics, Commerce, Business or Finance.  Joint Business and Computing degrees may also be considered.

It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry. 

Document requirements

For this application we need at least:

  • a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) so far (original & official English translation)
  • detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
  • current CV/resume

It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible. 

Intakes

We have two intakes of students each year - September & January. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application. Prospective students who require a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early in the year as possible to secure a place. Applications received after 30th June (September intake) or 16th November (January intake) from students who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will not be processed for entry but will be considered for entry into the following intake as appropriate.

English Requirements

Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/english-requirements.php. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Higher' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations. 

Fees

2016/17 Fees

UK/EU Students - £7,100

International - £17,200

Information on tuition fees, can be found on the University Registry website.

 

Funding

India - GREAT Scholarships 2016 - 1 x £5000 for MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management programme. 

 

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated (or about to graduate) with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information

Funding opportunities can be found in our searchable Funding Database. You are advised to search the database as a broad range of funding exists much of which you may be eligible for.

Contact

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