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Oil and Gas Management MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

BEST080

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018
January 2019
May 2019

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:


+44 (0) 24 7765 2152


Overview

With the emerging superpowers, China and India, beginning to compete for a larger share of the world’s energy resources, more countries have responded by seeking to develop their own natural resources, intensifying competition and increasing the demand for highly skilled professionals and managers in this rapidly expanding sector of the global economy.

Professionally accredited by the Energy Institute, the leading chartered professional body for the international energy industry, this course has been developed in collaboration with the industry, with input from the likes of SPE International, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd, Petromall Ltd and Subsea Engineering News, who sit on our Industry Advisory Board. Our extensive industry links mean that you could benefit from technical site visits, which have previously included the National Engineering Laboratory, as well as a range of expert guest lectures, such as the former Vice President of British Petroleum.

The longest running of the University’s degrees in the field of oil and gas, it was designed specifically with the aim of building management capacity within the petroleum industry. We’ll show you the complexities of management within the extractive industry and help you to gain a strong understanding of the interconnections between the different value chains within the oil and gas industry, to help to prepare you for a wide range of potential employers, including national and multinational energy companies, consultancies, energy ministries and international agencies.  

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Energy Institute

The course is fully accredited by the Energy Institute, which means that, on successful completion, you will have met the entry requirement for working towards MEI chartered professional status for the Energy Institute. Course content associated with the health and safety module has also been structured to mirror the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) syllabus on Managing Safely. On successful completion, in addition to your degree, this will offer you an opportunity to receive a professional certification: Managing Safely in the Oil, Gas and Energy Industry Certificate.

Course information

This course aims to provide you with an understanding of the processes, drivers, threats and opportunities related to the management of the energy and hydrocarbon industry in the 21st century. You should develop the competence to safely and effectively manage projects in the oil and gas industries within the context of increasingly stringent environmental and safety legislations.

We adopt a multidisciplinary approach and, within the four established routes, there are mandatory modules incorporating various specialist areas, including petroleum contracts and economics, renewable energy, risk management and environmental management. Core modules also focus on providing some of the essential skills needed in any profession, such as project management and quality control, marketing techniques, health and safety.

Depending on the route you choose, you will have an opportunity to explore that subject area in more depth – for example, gaining an insight into the law of improbable incidents to help mitigate the risk of oil spills and oil trajectory analysis to help facilitate clean-up operations within both the Technology Management and Quality, Health, Safety and Environment routes. Alternatively, the Finance and Investment and Law and Policy routes enable you to develop a practical understanding of the basic energy derivative structures that are used in trading, marketing and risk management today, as well as the mechanisms and tools for both physical and financial petroleum trading and the workings of crude oil markets.

For all routes, you will be expected to undertake an independent project.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Mandatory subjects

    • Introduction to Oil and Gas Industry
    • The Future of Oil and Gas
    • HSE Management in the Oil and Gas Industry
    • Petroleum Contracts and Economics
    • Project and Quality Management in the Energy Industry
    • Impacts of Petroleum Exploration, Extraction and Transportation
    • Personal project under the guidance of an experienced supervisor 
  • Optional modules (2 from the following and from the same route):

    • Water and Wastewater (Treatment Technology Management Route)
    • Oil Spill Science, Response and Remediation (Technology Management Route/Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Route)
    • Risk Safety and Governance (Quality, Health, Safety and Environment Route)
    • Investment Analysis and Decision Making in the Petroleum Industry (Finance and Investment Route)
    • International Oil and Gas Trading (Finance and Investment Route/Law and Policy Route)
    • International Environmental Law (Law and Policy Route)

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to obtain the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) Managing Safely Certificate in addition to your degree.
  • Study in our state-of-the-art £50m Engineering and Computing building, which features sustainable technologies including rainwater harvesting, solar thermal energy and biomass boilers.
  • Successful completion of this course can set you on the path to gaining chartered professional status, meeting the entry requirements towards becoming a Member of the Energy Institute (MEI).
  • Visiting lecture programme, which in the past has featured high profile guests, including a former Vice President, from international oil companies, such as Schlumberger, Statoil and British Petroleum.
  • Join vibrant Student Chapter of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) which organises activities such as SPE Students’ Week, Students’ Paper Contests, industrial/field trips and other social/networking events.
  • Access to sector-leading software used by over 500 international oil and gas companies across the world, such as standard PETREL and ECLIPSE reservoir simulation software worth US$ 12.5 million (donated by Schlumberger), Petex Integrated Product Modelling (IPM) software worth over £1million (donated by Petex), Weatherford’s PanSystem and WellFlo, Honeywell’s UniSims Design Suite and IHS Kingdom GeoSyn.

Coventry University is ranked in the UK’s top 20 universities for ‘Business, Management and Marketing’ by the Guardian University Guide 2019.

Your main study themes are:

  • Introduction to the oil and gas industry: We will explore the history and importance of the oil and gas industry to the global economic system, taking into consideration the current structure of the industry and the technical process of exploration, production, refining, transportation and distribution.

  • The future of oil and gas: We will examine the current and emerging challenges in the oil and gas industry, as well as the technological challenges and advancements in oil and gas production. In the coming decades, the oil and gas industry will need to contend with a decline in resource availability and increasing complexities of sustainable extraction. Furthermore, it will need to adapt to the problems posed by climate change as well as geopolitical and socio-environmental pressures. To survive and develop, the industry needs to respond to the technical and economic challenges of extraction and production.

  • Petroleum contracts and economics: All global upstream operations are governed by contracts entered into by national petroleum resource holders (host governments) and oil and gas companies involved in exploration, development and production (investors). Such contracts define and regulate the division of value generated through oil and gas production between governments and investors. We will review and analyse contract structures and the impacts on project viability posed by rising capital and operating costs, volatile oil and gas prices and government ‘take’ through taxes, royalties and levies. The fundamentals of petroleum economics are presented and used in the analysis of various case study petroleum projects using key economic input parameters and assessed against key performance indicators.

  • Project and quality management in the energy industry: You will be taught crucial aspects of project management practice, gaining insights into how energy companies manage technical, financial and operational aspects, while executing projects.

  • Impacts of petroleum exploration, extraction and transportation: The petroleum industry is one of the biggest earners for both governments and exploration companies, but intertwined with this phenomenon are environmental impacts resulting from the extraction, refining and transportation of oil, petroleum and gas. We will explore environmental impacts of the oil and gas industry and examines ways in which these can be reduced or mitigated. We will look at the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of oil and gas projects, together with the International Standard Organisation (ISO)’s requirements, examining the economics and politics of oil production and use of revenues generated.

  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management: Aims to equip you with the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to efficiently and effectively identify, assess, evaluate and manage the risks and hazards associated within the oil and gas production and processing industry in a safe and legally acceptable way. Course content is structured in line with the Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (IOSH) syllabus on Managing Safely.

This course can be studied full-time over one year or part-time basis over three years, studying alongside full-time students. You can start in September, January and May, although the May start is not available if you choose the Law and Policy Route.

Modules will be taught using the typical teaching methods, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, ICT laboratory and simulations. Content includes a blend of technical, theoretical and practical topics designed to develop real-life skills and knowledge for new and existing practitioners. Consequently, we place considerable emphasis on the use of actual policy documents, case study material, site visits and the use of guest speakers to provide real-life material. Interesting case studies have, for example, included real life portfolio rationalisation of international oil and gas assets and petroleum contract negotiation using African and American case studies.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to work on current industry-based problems, providing you with the opportunity to gain additional skills and experience. The course will also keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry thinking through role plays, group projects and contract negotiation exercises. 

The learning outcomes in the all of taught modules are assessed by a combination of coursework assignments, in-class tests, presentations, essays, or as stipulated in the University’s assessment procedures. Assessment varies for each module and may be 100% based on coursework, such as a phase test or written report, or 100% based on your dissertation/project.

The full range of assessments for the course allows students to demonstrate critical and analytical thinking, application of theory, understanding of knowledge and original work. The extensive use of tutorials and group working enable formative assessments to be made. Whilst most modules include group working, the majority of summative assessment is individual and therefore more discriminatory. The individual project accounts for a third of the credits, and is an individual summative piece of work.

The pass mark for all modules is 40%. This overall module mark may comprise more than one component (eg. coursework and examination). The individual module descriptors give the precise pass criteria and the weighting of the component marks that contribute to the overall module mark.

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of: The theories, concepts and complexities of managing the processes, threats and challenges of the oil and gas industry in the 21st century; the methods and global best practices in managing health, safety and environment in exploration and production of oil and gas; politics of oil and gas and threats to continued supply and renewable energy options; the development of effective leadership and management skills in the oil and gas sector and  appropriate business policies and strategies within a changing operational and legislative context to meet stakeholders’ interest; the use and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques, both qualitative and quantitative for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain and changing organisational environment.  
  • Research in detail oil and gas management issues, critically reflect on practice and experience, engaging in creative problem solving and decision making.
  • Reflect, investigate and apply knowledge, which supports global best practices in the management of oil and gas activities in both upstream and downstream operations.
  • Communicate and work effectively within teams. 
  • Develop strategies and policies in response to the challenges of the oil and gas industry in the 21st century.
  • Exercise initiative and personal responsibility in planning and executing project work.

Teaching at postgraduate level tends to be more flexible and responds to individual students’ needs. In a semester, there may be three to five days of intensive seminar/workshop sessions, either on campus or at an external laboratory.

In a typical teaching week, you will have a minimum of 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 2 hours.
  • Medium group teaching: 3 hours of seminars or workshops.
  • Large group teaching: 7 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, eg. working on course assignments.

Our strong relationship with industrial collaborators provides students with access to a wide range of national and international workshops and conferences run by the many professional bodies. We encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to build your technical capacity, establish networks and meet potential collaborators and employers.

Recently, our students have attended the International Petroleum Conference and Exhibition in the United Arab Emirates, the Artificial Lift Conference and Exhibition in North America, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Intelligent Energy Conference here in the UK and the SPE International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Social Responsibility in Norway (additional costs for fieldtrips may apply). 

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

A good UK honours degree or an international equivalent, preferably at upper second class level or above. Candidates holding the equivalent of a good second class lower degree may also apply. HND holders with at least five years working experience in the oil and gas industry may also be considered.

A good UK honours degree or an international equivalent, preferably at upper second class level or above. Candidates holding the equivalent of a good second class lower degree may also apply. HND holders with at least five years working experience in the oil and gas industry may also be considered.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

A good UK honours degree or an international equivalent, preferably at upper second class level or above. Candidates holding the equivalent of a good second class lower degree may also apply. HND holders with at least five years working experience in the oil and gas industry may also be considered.

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.5. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£10,650 (per year)


January 2019

£10,650 (per year)


May 2019

£10,650 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£10,650 (per year)


January 2019

£10,650 (per year)


May 2019

£10,650 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£15,050 (per year)


January 2019

£15,050 (per year)


May 2019

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

This course was developed to meet the demand for management professionals in the oil and gas industry, capable of demonstrating leadership, strategic thinking, manage risk and add value to their businesses. As such, you should have access to a wide range of potential careers in the ‘downstream’ side of the sector, as planning managers, project managers, risk analysts and senior inspection managers.

Our course is accredited by the Energy Institute, which is the leading chartered professional membership body for the energy industry, supporting over 20,000 individuals working or studying within the energy sector worldwide. All students benefit from free membership of the Institute for the duration of their studies, providing access to extensive learning and networking opportunities to support professional, management, technical and scientific career development within the industry.

As a postgraduate student, you also receive support from our award-winning Faculty careers service, EC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016.

Our Master’s provides a route into many careers with the global oil and gas industry, where demand for qualified staff is high. Roles include: engineers and drill crew, experienced geoscientists and exploration engineers, exploration and appraisal specialists, senior planners and contract managers, HSE advisors, subsea engineers, subsea filters and flow assurance engineers, operators, technicians, reservoir engineers and senior drilling engineers, as well as senior commercial roles, such as head of business development managers, country managers and sales managers.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates have gone on to work for well-known companies like Shell, Chevron, Saudi Aramco, GNPC, SINOPEC, NNPC, TPDC, HIS and CNOOC, for universities both here in the UK and abroad, various international consultancies and the Petroleum Ministries of Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, Oman, UAE, Nigeria and Angola, to name just a few.

What our students say...

The Oil and Gas MSc programme was well structured and particularly tailored towards current issues in the industry. Mandatory modules served the purpose of equipping all participants with past, fundamental, current and even future outlook in the petroleum industry. Health and safety is a major mandatory module and Coventry University excelled in its design.

Joshua Ohiolei, MSc Oil and Gas Management, graduated in 2012, now Senior Instrument Technician at NLNG, Bonny Island, Nigeria
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