Oil and Gas Management MSc 2021/22 entry
Professionally accredited by the Energy Institute*, the leading chartered professional body for the international energy industry, MSc Oil and Gas Management has been developed in collaboration with industry; with input from organisations and companies such as SPE International, Cuadrilla Resources Ltd, Petromall Ltd and Subsea Engineering News, who currently sit on our Industry Advisory Board.
Our extensive industry links mean that you could benefit from technical site visits (subject to availability, travel costs may be borne by the student), which have previously included the National Engineering Laboratory, Equinor (formerly Statoil), GE and Baker Hughes, as well as a range of free to attend expert guest lectures, which has previously included the former Vice President of British Petroleum.
The longest running of Coventry University’s degrees in the field of oil and gas, this MSc in Oil and Gas Management was designed specifically with the aim of building management capacity within the petroleum industry. We will show you the complexities of management within the extractive industry and provide you with the opportunity 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 careers with a wide range of potential employers, which could include national and multinational energy companies, consultancies, energy ministries and international agencies.
Work placement option
This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. The 'work placement', which if secured, is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000. Find out more about the work placement pathway.
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Accreditation and Professional Recognition
This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:
*This course is fully accredited by the Energy Institute for the 2021 intakes. This 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 (free of charge) a professional certification: Managing Safely in the Oil, Gas and Energy Industry Certificate.
This course is accredited by the Energy Institute for the 2021/22 intake. If the accreditation of [this course AND/OR the modules on this course] change, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
Chartered Management Institute
As part of this course you will undertake a professional development module which is currently accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) for the 2021-22 intake. Upon successful completion of the module, you will gain the CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice at no additional cost. Further details can be found under the ‘course detail’ tab and on the Professional Development module homepage.
Coventry University’s accreditation with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules and is regularly reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. Whilst Coventry University anticipates that these reviews will continue to be successful, if they were to be unsuccessful, the relevant module in this course would no longer be accredited and we would notify applicants and students of this change as soon as possible.
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 all the mandatory modules incorporate various specialist areas, including petroleum contracts and economics, renewable energy, risk management and environmental management. The modules are focused on providing some of the essential skills needed in any profession, such as project management and quality control, marketing techniques, health and safety and professional development - consultancy.
You will have an opportunity to explore a subject area in more depth – for example, gaining an insight into the law of improbable incidents to help mitigate the risk of oil spills; oil trajectory analysis to help facilitate clean-up operations and 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.
You will be expected to undertake an independent research project.
- Global Professional Development - Consultancy
- Global Petroleum Industry – Perspective and Prospects
- Oil Spills Science, Response and Remediation
- Petroleum Contracts, Economics and Geopolitics
- Health and Safety in the Oil and Gas Industryy
- Project and Quality Management in the Energy Industry
- International Oil and Gas Trading
- Investment Analysis and Decision Making in the Petroleum Industry
- Sustainability in Petroleum Exploration, Production and Transportation
- Post Graduate Transition Skills for Oil and Gas Students
- Field/Lab Based Learning
- Master/Consultancy Project
We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.
In more detail...
There can be no doubt that the oil and gas industry is big business; in 2017, capital investment in the UK offshore oil and gas industry alone was £5.6 billion and the industry spent £7 billion operating its assets.
Expected to remain as a major contributor to the economy of many developed and developing regions, the oil and gas industry needs effective managers who not only appreciate the financial drivers and pressures, but can also understand and interpret the effects of heightened safety regulations, policy changes, trade laws and global economics.
Our course aims to equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to do just that; providing a comprehensive advanced level introduction to the international operation of the upstream and downstream industry, exploring the key challenges and emerging technologies that are influencing exploration and production. So, if you are interested in a professional career in the energy and hydrocarbon industry or are already working in the industry and looking to update your skills, this professionally accredited course* should benefit you regardless of whether you come from a technical, non-technical or commercial background.
Course highlights include the use of industry standard simulation facilities and software, which support real-time scenarios linked to the management of industry-related emergencies. Furthermore, you can choose to specialise in one of four routes: Quality, Health, Safety and Environment; Finance and Investment; Law and Policy; and Technology Management.
*This course is accredited by the Energy Institute for the 2021/22 intake. If the accreditation of [this course AND/OR the modules on this course] change, we would seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.
- 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) (may be subject to additional costs).
- 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 (subject to availability).
- 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 (may be subject to additional costs and availability).
- Free 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, NSI Technologies’ StimPlan and IHS Kingdom GeoSyn.
Your main study themes are:
- Global Petroleum Industry – Perspective and Prospects: 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. Also, 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, giving you the chance to gain insight into how energy companies manage technical, financial and operational aspects, while executing projects.
- Impacts of Petroleum Exploration, Extraction and Transportation: The petroleum industry is considered 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.
The course can be studied on a one-year full-time basis or over a minimum of two years part-time. The modules are taught across the relevant semester. Part-time participants study modules on a day release basis and typically study 30 credits per semester.
This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Please request information about studying this course part-time.
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 (subject to availability, additional costs borne by the student) and the use of guest speakers to provide real-life material. Interesting case studies have, for example, previously 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 chance to gain additional skills and experience. The course also aims to keep you up-to-date with current events and the latest, leading-edge industry thinking through role plays, group projects and contract negotiation exercises.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include a combination of coursework assignments, in-class tests, presentations and essays.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.
On successful completion, you will 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.
Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your contact hours will be divided amongs tutorials and small group teaching; medium group teaching (e.g. seminars, tutorial sessions and lab sessions); and large group teaching (lectures).
The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials. As an innovative and enterprising institution, the University may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the University may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.
Our current strong relationship with industrial collaborators provides you the opportunity to 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 try and build your technical capacity, establish networks and meet potential collaborators and employers. Please note that attendance at workshops and conferences may be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.
In the past, 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.
Please note that we are unable to guarantee any event, workshop, trip, placement or study abroad opportunities and that any such opportunities referred to on this webpage may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.
Minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. 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.
Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant subject’ please request information.
Minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject. 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.
Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to a ‘relevant subject’ please ask a question.
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
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.
We offer a variety of scholarships to students at Coventry University to help fund the cost of your study. Eligibility may depend on your circumstances and academic achievement.
There are a number of scholarships available to international students at Coventry University.
You can study this course on a part-time basis. The cost is based on the credits studied per year. For further information please contact our Admissions team.
This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.
EU student fees
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.
For tuition fee loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
For maintenance loans
EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.
Graduate Immigration Route visa
Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.
This course was developed to meet the demand for management professionals in the oil and gas industry, capable of demonstrating leadership, strategic thinking, managing risk and adding value to a business. As such, upon successful completion of the course, 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.
Successful completion of this course provides a possible route into many careers within 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 aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
Where our graduates work
Many of our past 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.
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The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.
For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.