Postgraduate study
Engineering

MSc Oil and Gas Management (with Advanced Practice)

This course broadens your technical skills in essential areas directly relevant to the oil and gas sector. It has several optional themes to direct you into specialist areas of knowledge such as project management, economics and finance and environmental management. The 60-credit dissertation module allows you to conduct a supervised research project developing original knowledge in a specific area of oil and gas management.

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Full-time

  • 2 years

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January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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Teesside is a major European centre for the chemical and petroleum processing sector, making it an ideal location to study this field. The oil and gas industry is well represented with a range of internationally recognised companies operating in the region.There are three routes you can select from to gain a postgraduate Master’s award:

  • MSc Oil and Gas Management – one year full time
  • MSc Oil and Gas Management – two years part time
  • MSc Oil and Gas Management (with Advanced Practice) – two years full time

The one-year programme is a great option if you want to gain a traditional MSc qualification – you can find out more here. This two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding to the one-year master’s programme an internship, research or study abroad experience.

The MSc Oil and Gas Management (with Advanced Practice) is ideal if you are intending to pursue a management career in the oil and gas industry, or if you are already working in the sector and would like to develop management skills and knowledge at master’s level. A two-year master’s degree with advanced practice offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by spending one semester completing an internship, research or study abroad experience. Graduates from a range of technical, non-technical and commercial backgrounds are eligible to apply.

For the MSc with advanced practice, you complete 120 credits of taught modules, a 60-credit master’s research project and 60 credits of advanced practice.

Course structure

Core modules

Global Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and Gas Economics and Contracts

Practical Health and Safety Skills

This module ensures you are able to work in a safe manner during practical sessions. You learn about the need to adhere to health and safety regulations. You are also taught good practice and learn how to maximise your safety and the safety of others.

Project Management and Enterprise

This module is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to successfully project manage new product developments focusing on project management skills and processes, quality assurance issues, new product development processes and statistical analysis techniques. It provides you with an opportunity to develop a project plan for a programme of research based on scientific literature, with particular reference to key concepts such as innovation, enterprise and originality.

This fundamental project management basis is interlinked with developing an understanding of entrepreneurial best practices to enable you to transfer your ideas into the commercial arena. This element of the module focuses on intellectual property rights, legal, regulatory and ethical issues, business start-up processes and includes an element of foresight thinking.

Quality Health Safety and Environment

This module gives you an understanding of the aims, responsibilities and means to achieve effective quality, health, safety, and environment management systems in the oil and gas sector. Critical components of safety management (including a HSE plan, process safety, hazard identification, safety auditing and managing risk) form a comprehensive part of the study. You use case studies to enhance your learning. You also discuss the impact of legal and administrative compliance, occupational health and safety and sustainability.

Research and Study Skills

This module offers foundation knowledge in a range of research methods. It illustrates the significant role that theoretical principles play in the research process and the importance of presenting clear and credible arguments and evidence to support the design and findings of research.

Research Project (Advanced Practice)

 

Project management options

Quality and Supply Chain Management

This module demonstrates how to benchmark an organisation and introduces you to the concepts of key performance indicators, total quality management (TQM), six sigma, total productive maintenance (TPM) and supply chain management. You will learn the manufacturing assessment methodology based on data provided in a benchmarking case study. Topics covered in TQM, TPM, and supply chain management will enable you to plan activities, which will improve quality programme maintenance planning and supply chain integration for an organisation and move that organisation towards sustainable competitive advantage.

Risk Management in Projects

We provide you with an advanced level of study in risk management in projects. You explore a range of tools and techniques used in risk identification, qualitative and quantitative risk analysis, risk-planning responses, PERT and risk monitoring. You learn about financial risk, project-appraisal methods and the application of a decision tree within a project.

You gain awareness of probability theory that represents the corner stone of risk management. Invited speakers from the industry give an overview of risk management in different projects; for example IT, finance, construction, and oil and gas. You work in groups on project case studies which apply risk management theory. In addition, you gain hands-on experience in applying the @RISK© tool to a variety of scenarios of risk factors. You develop a deep understanding of the systematic process of risk management and application of @RISK© software.

 

Economics and finance options

Global Environment and Strategy

One of the main leadership challenges facing the organisation is how to develop strategies which reflect changes in the international business environment.

In this module you begin by exploring the changing international environment and its wide-ranging political, economic, ethical, cultural and technological implications.

You then go on to explore the key concepts, theories, contexts, competencies and techniques involved in the process of strategic decision making and strategic management of the organisation in an international context.

The module deals with selected issues of strategic analysis, strategy formulation, strategic choice and decision making, leadership and strategy, and strategy implementation.

Managing Operations and Finance

This module examines the principles and practice of managing finances and operations within organisations. You look at how to manage resources efficiently and effectively within a dynamic environment using operational and financial information. You also examine the pressures and impact this has on organisational control.

 

Energy and environment options

Economics of Climate Change

Gain an understanding of the basis of the economic argument within energy and environmental management and how this relates to the energy and environmental challenges of the 21st century with emphasis on climate change. You address the political and economic attempts made to deal with the problem of climate change and consider some of the possible future outcomes from both social and technological standpoints. These include industrial ecology and industrial symbiosis. The module also provides the linking theme that connects all the other modules that comprise this MSc course.

Global Energy Policy

 

Advanced Practice options

Research Internship

Develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting – ideal if you are interested in a career in research or academia.

Study Abroad

Take part in an academic exchange with one of our partner universities and experience study, student life and culture in a different environment. This option offers a valuable life experience and enhances your ability to adapt to working and living internationally. This option does incur additional costs such as travel and accommodation. You must also take responsibility for ensuring you have the appropriate visa to study outside the UK, where relevant.

Vocational Internship

Spend one semester working full-time in industry. We have close links with a variety of local companies who can offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we can’t guarantee you an internship, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lectures provide the theoretical underpinning while practical sessions give you the opportunity to put theory into practice, applying your knowledge to specific problems.

Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth. In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project.

In addition to the taught sessions, you undertake a substantive MSc research project and the Advanced Practice module. This module enables you to experience and develop employability or research attributes and experiential learning opportunities in either an external workplace, internal research environment or by studying abroad. You also critically engage with either external stakeholders or internal academic staff, and reflect on your own personal development through your Advanced Practice experience.

How you are assessed

Assessment varies from module to module. It may include in-course assignments, design exercises, technical reports, presentations or formal examinations. For your MSc project you prepare a dissertation.

Your Advanced Practice module is assessed by an individual written reflective report (3,000 words) together with a study or workplace log, where appropriate, and through a poster presentation.

Career opportunities

The course equips you with the relevant technical skills to pursue a career as technical manager in the oil and gas sector in a consultancy, contracting company or government organisation.

Entry requirements

You are normally expected to have at least a 2.2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) qualification in an engineering, science, business or management subject.

Non-UK students must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 2 years

More full-time details

January 2018 entry

September 2018 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information