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.
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.
Why choose this course?
There can be no doubt that the oil and gas industry is big business; in 2015, capital investment in the UK offshore oil and gas industry alone was £11.6 billion and the industry spent £8.2 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 will 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.
International experience opportunities
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).
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.