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.
About the Department
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.
Dr David Muirhead - Programme Director
For further information about the programme or to discuss your application, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Unit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|"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]|
|"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]|
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.
For this application we need at least:
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.
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.
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.
UK/EU Students - £7,100
International - £17,200
Information on tuition fees, can be found on the University Registry website.
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
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