This course aims to cover the financial, technical, political, social and environmental aspects of modern energy management. There is the chance to go on an international field trip in the final year.
It is designed to teach you about the processes, threats and opportunities that underpin the successful management of the international energy sector in the 21st century. This course emphasises the need to develop sustainable energy solutions in our growing global world, and aims to teach you about alternative energy sources alongside fossil fuels, providing the opportunity to choose where to focus your interest. Economics and health, safety and environmental (HSE) risks are two main strands that run through the course, along with an analytical approach to understanding energy production, and the environmental, social and political impacts of energy production.
Whether you are Interested in the oil and gas industry – changing at a rate not seen for the past thirty years or so which is more global than ever – or are motivated by the transition to sustainable energy systems, built upon both local community renewables schemes and global environmental treaties, this course aims to educate and prepare you for careers related to all aspects of energy production.
The programme seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of the energy sector, focussing equally on the oil and gas industry, nuclear power, and the strongly emergent renewable energy sector.
It covers the processes, threats and opportunities of the international energy sector in the 21st century. This course emphasises the need to develop sustainable energy solutions in our growing global world, and aims to teach you about alternative energy sources alongside fossil fuels, providing the opportunity to choose where to focus your interest.
Why choose this course?
This course is designed to teach you about the processes, threats and opportunities that underpin the successful management of the international energy sector in the 21st century. You should develop the skills required to support a range of exciting careers with multinational energy companies, consultancies, government ministries and international agencies.
According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) over 50% of the world’s energy still comes from oil or gas and the proportion is over 60% for developed (OECD) countries. However, the energy industry is continuously developing; the underground reservoirs from which oil and gas can be extracted have become more complex and the production and processing conditions have become more challenging in the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil, China, Australia and Africa, as well as the UK’s North Sea. Yet, despite rising extraction costs, according to PWC, oil prices dedined over 50% in 2015 and natural gas prices followed suit.
Expected to remain as a major contributor to the economy of many developed and developing regions, the oil and gas industry continues to be driven not only by new oil and gas discoveries, but also by a constant demand to find newer, safer, more efficient and cost-effective methods of extracting and processing natural resources, and leading the transition to more sustainable energy producing technologies.
This course aims to equip you with a comprehensive understanding of the financial, technical, political, social and environmental aspects of modern energy management. We will cover the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required to solve and manage oil and gas problems and complexities, to optimise existing processes and deliver increased efficiencies.
We belong to an impressive industry network, including the National Engineering Laboratory (NELL), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), Institution of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), European Association of Geosclentists and Engineers (EAGE) and the Energy Institute (El). We are always exploring new industry partnerships and opportunities to improve your employability and introduce you to up-to-date practices.
You can also apply for a three-month work experience placement and nine months of professional training in a range of relevant organisations, which have previously resulted in one student working for a recruitment consultancy, while another spent time with Siemens.
International experience opportunities
The University is committed to providing a global educational experience and we encourage you to undertake a placement year or study year abroad after your second year of study. Previously students have studied at Arizona State University in the United States.
Focusing as it does on a rapidly developing global industry, this course offers ample opportunity to enhance your international experience. You will have the opportunity to discuss key energy issues with students from around the world as part of our student-led online international learning (OIL) network. One such project, developed since 2014 with New York State University, involves groups of students from Coventry and New York collaborating on a variety of academic projects using online social media.
We also recently hosted a summer school for Saudi Aramco graduate trainees, who shared experiences with our current students, and all subjects draw extensively on international material, much of which is linked directly to the research activities of your tutors. For example, carbon, capture and storage reservoir modelling, wastewater treatment, offshore health and safety, and oil spill clean-up.
This course is designed to prepare you for a rewarding career by giving you the knowledge and skills to understand and be able to respond to the diverse issues and challenges facing the energy industry.