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 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. Graduates from a range of technical, non-technical and commercial backgrounds are eligible to apply. The course offers 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.

Course information

Full-time

  • September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

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2019 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.

The two-year master’s degree with advanced practice enhances your qualification by adding a vocational or research based internship to the one-year master’s programme.

A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

A research internship provides you with the opportunity to develop your analytical, team-working, research and academic skills by working alongside a research team in an academic setting.

We guarantee a research internship, but cannot guarantee a vocational internship. We will, however, provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own vocational internship position should you prefer this type of internship.

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

Engineering Research Project

On successful completion of the taught modules, you proceed to this 60-credit research project. It allows you to bring together everything you have learnt on the course to address a relevant problem.

Global Oil and Gas Industry

This module equips you with the tools needed to solve the challenging and complex economic climate faced by the oil and gas industry globally. You investigate the applications of key management principles to oil and gas industry’s daily operations and productions. You also develop thorough knowledge of management skills needed to ensure that up and downstream operations management achieve best performance indicators. The module also explores alternative energy resources to plan for diversification. The overview of the industry and key players is intended to enable you to effectively manage foreseeable changes, opportunities and threats that dynamic government policies could provide.

Oil and Gas Economics and Contracts

You gain a detailed understanding of oil and gas economics as well as concepts related to asset and project assessment and valuation. The module explains the concept of international petroleum contracts of exploration and production companies such as concessions and production sharing contracts. It will also present comprehensive discussion on the corporate strategy, legal and taxation frameworks, fiscal terms, and production and cost profiles.

You explore the methods used in identifying the risks of a petroleum project and the application of risk management in mitigating the identified risks, through a field development plan for an oil and gas field using the evaluation of an investment opportunity for the given field.

Quality, Health, Safety and Environment

The module provides an understanding of the aims, responsibilities and means to achieve effective Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) management systems in oil and gas related organisations.

Critical components of safety management (including a QHSE plan, process safety, hazard identification, safety auditing and managing risk) form a comprehensive part of the core study underpinning the total Safety Management System (SMS). Where appropriate, actual industry examples are used as case studies to enhance your learning and to demonstrate the mechanisms used, and impact of, legal and administrative compliance. The relevance of occupational health and safety and also sustainability in safety are discussed in terms of best industry practice.

The importance of implementing a Total Quality Management (TQM) system and the impact on the industry/organisation will also be emphasised. Environmental drives and current issues, including an environmental impact assessment will complete this part of the programme content.

Research and Enterprise

This module explores issues such as information skills, qualitative and quantitative research, and ethical research, creating appropriate research material, referencing and avoiding academic misconduct. In addition, you will be given the opportunity to further tour career skills.

You will develop specific skills that can assist in the encouragement of an enterprising, entrepreneurial mind-set that is better equipped to perceive opportunities to develop viable, practical projects from research emanating from conceptual thinking.


 

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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.

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 learn the manufacturing assessment methodology based on data provided in a benchmarking case study. Topics covered in TQM, TPM, and supply chain management enable you to plan activities, which improve quality programme maintenance planning and supply chain integration for an organisation and move that organisation towards sustainable competitive advantage.

 

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Managing in a Challenging Environment

You develop a systematic understanding of the nature of organisations and how they function and a critical awareness of the current challenges facing contemporary organisations. You are encouraged to critically reflect on the leadership skills and values required to better support organisations through the difficult challenges they may encounter.

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.

 

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.

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

  • September enrolment: 20 months, including a summer break; January enrolment: 2 years, including two summer breaks

More full-time details

2019 entry

Part-time

  • Not available part-time

Contact details

Further information