Introduction

Advance your career in this high-growth, profitable global sector with our specialised, industry-focused course. Whether you’re already in the energy sector or you have the transferable skills to move into it, this course will give you a competitive advantage.

This programme is studied on campus.

Our industry-led MBA programme is unique in the UK for developing the next generation of skilled, talented and knowledgeable professionals for higher-level positions within the energy industry. This course will provide you with the knowledge base and necessary analytical skills to understand the major challenges, financial models and decision-making processes that will characterise the energy industry in the coming decades.

Located in the energy capital of Europe, the University of Aberdeen plays a major role in the energy industry through research, consultancy, training and development. The MBA Energy Management was designed in consultation with leading energy industry professionals and organisations to ensure it is aligned with the competencies and skills needs of the industry. Our course has been endorsed by recognised industry bodies such as the Oil & Gas Academy of Scotland and The Energy Institute.

Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MBA
Duration
12 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Full Time or Part Time
Start Month
January or September

Study Options

MBA 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January
Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Managing Change and Innovation (BU5559)
Business Model Innovation (BU5576) - 15 Credit Points

This course is about business development and the application of new business models. Increasingly companies have to radically rethink the way they do business if they are to remain competitive. To do this organisations need to be prepared to analyse and challenge their current business models. Through a practical business development project and the analysis of case companies you will be encouraged to explore the tools, techniques and theories used by successful business developers. The course will be especially useful for those interested in strengthening their skills for identifying and evaluating business opportunities.

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Managing Self and Others (BU5581) - 15 Credit Points

HRM underpins all that we seek to achieve when working with other people. It includes employment law, personal skills, and the knowledge to assess what is the right approach to the many challenges that face managers every day. This course is run by tutors who have that knowledge, skill and experience. It includes fine tuning your skills in role play which extend through presentations, interviews, and negotiation to achieve success. At the end of the course you will feel confident to face the challenges of management, and convince a prospective employer of your competence and ability.

View detailed information about this course

The Leadership Challenge (BU5584) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Talking to Teams (BU5948) - 15 Credit Points

This course will help to highlight, in a variety of business and non-business contexts: i) the various real-life ways in which managers’ subtle, highly sophisticated and socially organized communicative actions have a significant impact on the perceptions and performance of the employee groups/teams they supervise and work with; and ii) what communicative methods managers can employ to more effectively relay information to, obtain feedback from, motivate, persuade and, more generally, enhance the performance of their staff teams.

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Energy Finance (BU5962) - 15 Credit Points

Indicative Content

Key accounting concepts,

Financial reporting,

Financial statements

Financial analysis

A framework for analysis

Accounting ratio analysis

Common size analysis

Stock market ratios

Credit ratings

Z scores

Forecasting

A framework for forecasting

Parameter estimation

Financial forecasting models

Issues in analysis

The links between the stock market and accounting

International Energy accounting issues

View detailed information about this course

Future Energies (BU5963) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this Module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the complex nature of the global energy sector and to encourage students to engage in a process of multi-future thinking. You will be involved in a process of scenario development, involving mapping sector-critical challenges. The process of environmental scanning will be supported by a number of industry speakers talking about their various perspectives on the challenges facing the energy industry.

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Internationalisation (BU5970)
Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Business Strategy (BU5048) - 15 Credit Points

Business Strategy covers a broad range of topics that come under the general heading of “Business Strategy” / “Strategic Management”. The course introduces participants to concepts, frameworks and models that are useful in providing explanations of how companies operate with respect to goal setting, understanding their competitive landscape, assessing opportunities, managing own capabilities, coordinating their activities with other companies, and competing to create value for customers. The course is interactive in nature, applying a learning-by-doing method involving students taking on roles as part of a series of simulation exercises.

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Business and Money (BU5049) - 15 Credit Points

The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.

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Values and Markets (BU5050) - 15 Credit Points

The Value and Markets course is designed to allow participants to investigate key theories that underpin views about marketing. On the course delegates will be introduced to different approaches, theories and techniques utilised in marketing planning and marketing management. For example, delegates will be introduced to topics including; the characteristics of buyers and buyer behaviour (decision processes and roles), the marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion), services marketing, implementation and control, relationship marketing and international marketing.

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Operations and Project Management (BU5064) - 15 Credit Points

The focus of this course is not people but processes, not outside the organisation but within. Operations transform materials, information and customers to create goods and services using staff and facilities. We study process types and focus particularly on projects. We see how capacity and inventory reconcile demand and output and explore location, supply chains, quality, risk and resilience. About 40% of the course is on projects and project-management techniques. Prepare for both critical discussion of theory and application (operationalisation), including calculation.

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MBA 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January or September
Semester 1

Semester 1

Students take two semesters of core modules and one semester of elective modules.

Compulsory Courses

Business Strategy (BU5048) - 15 Credit Points

Business Strategy covers a broad range of topics that come under the general heading of “Business Strategy” / “Strategic Management”. The course introduces participants to concepts, frameworks and models that are useful in providing explanations of how companies operate with respect to goal setting, understanding their competitive landscape, assessing opportunities, managing own capabilities, coordinating their activities with other companies, and competing to create value for customers. The course is interactive in nature, applying a learning-by-doing method involving students taking on roles as part of a series of simulation exercises.

View detailed information about this course

Business and Money (BU5049) - 15 Credit Points

The fact that money (and understanding money) really matters in business and all managers need to understand issues like cashflow and profit might depress you, but it is true. Financial viability of customers? Deciding on the likely financial viability of a project? Reporting to shareholders about performance? Does the word “sustainable” appear in a finance dictionary? All questions we will try and address.

View detailed information about this course

Values and Markets (BU5050) - 15 Credit Points

The Value and Markets course is designed to allow participants to investigate key theories that underpin views about marketing. On the course delegates will be introduced to different approaches, theories and techniques utilised in marketing planning and marketing management. For example, delegates will be introduced to topics including; the characteristics of buyers and buyer behaviour (decision processes and roles), the marketing mix (product, price, place, promotion), services marketing, implementation and control, relationship marketing and international marketing.

View detailed information about this course

Operations and Project Management (BU5064) - 15 Credit Points

The focus of this course is not people but processes, not outside the organisation but within. Operations transform materials, information and customers to create goods and services using staff and facilities. We study process types and focus particularly on projects. We see how capacity and inventory reconcile demand and output and explore location, supply chains, quality, risk and resilience. About 40% of the course is on projects and project-management techniques. Prepare for both critical discussion of theory and application (operationalisation), including calculation.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Managing Change and Innovation (BU5559)
Business Model Innovation (BU5576) - 15 Credit Points

This course is about business development and the application of new business models. Increasingly companies have to radically rethink the way they do business if they are to remain competitive. To do this organisations need to be prepared to analyse and challenge their current business models. Through a practical business development project and the analysis of case companies you will be encouraged to explore the tools, techniques and theories used by successful business developers. The course will be especially useful for those interested in strengthening their skills for identifying and evaluating business opportunities.

View detailed information about this course

Managing Self and Others (BU5581) - 15 Credit Points

HRM underpins all that we seek to achieve when working with other people. It includes employment law, personal skills, and the knowledge to assess what is the right approach to the many challenges that face managers every day. This course is run by tutors who have that knowledge, skill and experience. It includes fine tuning your skills in role play which extend through presentations, interviews, and negotiation to achieve success. At the end of the course you will feel confident to face the challenges of management, and convince a prospective employer of your competence and ability.

View detailed information about this course

The Leadership Challenge (BU5584) - 15 Credit Points

This course provides an opportunity to explore and develop an understanding of your own leadership behaviour. Through seminars, group activities and discussions we investigate how personality, past experience, current situations and culture shape the way each of us behave in a leadership role. Using this information as a starting point we then explore how different leadership theories and approaches can be used as frameworks for developing a deeper understanding of leadership behaviour. You will also have an opportunity to try out a range of practical tools and techniques to assist you in the development of your own approach to leadership.

View detailed information about this course

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

Talking to Teams (BU5948) - 15 Credit Points

This course will help to highlight, in a variety of business and non-business contexts: i) the various real-life ways in which managers’ subtle, highly sophisticated and socially organized communicative actions have a significant impact on the perceptions and performance of the employee groups/teams they supervise and work with; and ii) what communicative methods managers can employ to more effectively relay information to, obtain feedback from, motivate, persuade and, more generally, enhance the performance of their staff teams.

View detailed information about this course

Energy Finance (BU5962) - 15 Credit Points

Indicative Content

Key accounting concepts,

Financial reporting,

Financial statements

Financial analysis

A framework for analysis

Accounting ratio analysis

Common size analysis

Stock market ratios

Credit ratings

Z scores

Forecasting

A framework for forecasting

Parameter estimation

Financial forecasting models

Issues in analysis

The links between the stock market and accounting

International Energy accounting issues

View detailed information about this course

Future Energies (BU5963) - 15 Credit Points

The aim of this Module is to provide you with a critical understanding of the complex nature of the global energy sector and to encourage students to engage in a process of multi-future thinking. You will be involved in a process of scenario development, involving mapping sector-critical challenges. The process of environmental scanning will be supported by a number of industry speakers talking about their various perspectives on the challenges facing the energy industry.

View detailed information about this course

Supply Chain Management (BU5965)

The Supply Chain Management course aims to provide delegates with a broad understanding of supply chain management and how it relates to the energy industry. Completing the course participants will: Understand how supply chains can be effectively designed and controlled in a range of circumstances; be able to evaluate approaches to the management and development of the supply chain; and discuss the characteristics of contemporary supply chains and assess their contribution to organisational effectiveness.

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Course Availability

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

You’ll study in a contemporary university environment and experience innovative teaching methods that give you the chance to interact with industry. The taught element of the programme is delivered through an inspiring mix of lectures, workshops, role-plays and simulation exercises. There are no exams – the programme focuses on real-world learning to help you gain relevant knowledge, quickly and effectively – with all assessment done by portfolio or work-based assignment.

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

  • Just like industry, we don’t run our programmes around exams – in fact there are no exams. Just intensive real-world learning that helps you gain relevant knowledge, quickly and effectively.
  • All assessments are completed by a portfolio of work-based assignments e.g. students are required to produce reports, briefing notes, presentations and reflective journals.

Why Study MBA Energy Management?

This programme enables you to focus your studies across a wide number of areas including Business Strategy, Project Management, Finance, Supply Chain Management, and The Leadership Challenge. You will develop your business acumen, problem-solving skills and strategic thinking with a global perspective designed to help accelerate your career in the energy industry. The course will help to:

• Deepen your understanding of key energy industry structures
• Connect you with the key functional areas of energy businesses
• Develop your critical-thinking and strategic decision-making skills
• Sharpen your implementation skills as a leader and team member
• Enhance your global perspective via interaction with your peers

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Open to graduates from any discipline. Does not require business or management study to be completed at undergraduate level.

This programme is for you if you have a minimum of THREE years post-degree work experience; a track record of professional achievement and at least the equivalent of a British 2:2 (Hons) degree. OR a minimum of 5 years work experience; associated training and an excellent track record of professional achievement.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 6.0; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 21; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 54; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 169; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fees and Funding

Undertaking an MBA is a substantial investment of your time and your finances. We aim to ensure that the return on your investment is considerable.

MBA 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £21,700
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
All Students £25,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year
MBA 12 months or 24 months On Campus Learning Full Time or Part Time January or September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £21,700
Tuition Fees for 2019/20 Academic Year
All Students £25,000
Tuition Fees for 2020/21 Academic Year

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

The energy market is crucial to the global economy. Many of our MBA graduates have secured high-level employment with some of the biggest companies in the world including BP, Citibank, Ernst and Young, Google, KPMG, Npower and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Accreditation

Energy Institute accreditation is hugely beneficial for our students on these two accredited programmes as it provides a clear route to professional membership or chartered student status. We are delighted that the Business School’s long-standing relationship with the Energy Industry and contribution to educating Energy professionals has been recognised in this way.

For more information about the Energy Institute please click here https://www.energyinst.org/home

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What our Alumni Say

Babak Alnasser

Babak Alnasser

Babak Alnasser

Job Details
Technical Safety and Risk Manager
Graduated 2016

It was well tailored, giving me a good understanding of what it takes to be a successful manager in the energy industry.

Our Experts

Programme Leader
Dr Allan Sim

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Facilities

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Sir Duncan Rice Library

Sir Duncan Rice Library

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