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. 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.
You learn a wide range of key oil and gas management techniques and theories. The programme structure is composed of 20-credit taught modules delivered over two semesters for full time studies and completion duration varies for advanced practice and part time options. Following successful completion of these modules, you proceed to a 60-credit research project.
For an MSc award you must successfully complete 120 credits of taught modules and a 60-credit master's research project.
You investigate an area of engineering and work independently to a level recognised to be at the forefront of the discipline. The topic can be in the form of a research project or a design project. Key skills in research and in knowledge application and creation will be developed through keynote lectures and self-managed independent study. You are required to demonstrate the capacity for a comprehensive and objective analysis, and for developing innovative and constructive proposals for the solution to the project topic.
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.
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.
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.
This module presents a number of core and specialist areas appropriate for effective management of QHSE in a successful oil and gas related organisation. 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 the students’ learning and to demonstrate the mechanisms used, and impact of, legal and administrative compliance. Further, 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 be emphasised to students. Environmental drives and current issues, including an Environmental Impact Assessment will complete this part of the programme content.
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.
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.
This module covers environmental assessments such as life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment and environmental management system on environmental impacts from industrial and human activities. You also gain an understanding of sustainable engineering strategies such as clean technology and renewable energy to address current environmental issues.
Modules offered may vary.
How you learn
The course is delivered through a series of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory sessions.
Lectures convey substantial elements of the subject content, provide explanations of complex concepts, and set the scene for your independent learning.
Tutorials and seminars provide a context for interactive learning and allow you to explore relevant topics in depth.
Some of the modules require specialised technical software and practical computer-based sessions are timetabled. You are supported in technical modules by excellent laboratory and computing facilities.
Coursework may include technical reports, analysis and design calculations, essays, project and design exercises and verbal presentations. Some of the modules are assessed by formal examinations.
Applicants are normally expected to have at least a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in a subject related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, management, computing and IT.
Students with a degree awarded outside the UK must also meet the University's minimum English language requirements.
International applicants who need a student visa to study in the UK should check our web pages on UKVI-compliant English language requirements. The University also provides pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet the minimum English language requirement.
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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. Managers are employed worldwide in all industries and every organisation needs managers
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