Oil and Gas Management (MBA)

    • Full or part time
      Full time , Part time & Online distance learning available
    • Course fees
    • Course Disciplines
      Management Studies Gas Engineering Business
    • Course Start
      September, January
    • Course Duration
      12-16 months full-time; 24-28 months part-time
    • MBA Program Type

    Course Description

    The MBA Oil and Gas Management specialist degree will hone your management skills to the specific needs of the oil and gas sector, giving practical experience while you learn and provide priceless insights and learning that can significantly impact your effectiveness and career.

    With unparalleled Oil and Gas industry partnerships, this masters in Oil and Gas Management has gained international recognition through academic collaborations within the energy sector across the world. The course has flexible study modes such as the option for distance learning, while developing your understanding of the theory, practice and execution of business decisions across a range of functions within an energy context. You will attend our on-campus 9-day Leadership Week and conduct a Consultancy Project for an oil and gas client organisation.

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    What You Will Study:


    With the MBA Oil and Gas Management degree you will learn the fundamentals and key decision-making that take place in business functions within an energy context and then apply this at a strategic level. You will attend our 9-day Leadership Week event and utilise your knowledge and skills in an applied oil and gas Consultancy Project.


    Year 1

    You will develop an in-depth understanding and gain experience of decision making in relation to a range of business functions within an energy context including Strategy, Project Management, People Management, Finance, Accounting and Oil and Gas Operations management.

    Year 2

    You will continue to develop your understanding of various business functions including Business Development, Marketing and Sales, and oil and gas economics. You will choose an oil and gas elective module and participate in our 9-day Leadership Week event which includes a Business Simulation Exercise, academic and practical workshops, outdoor leadership development day, and guest speakers from academia and the oil and gas industry.

    You will utilise your knowledge and skills in an applied business context, for a client organisation in the oil and gas industry (typically for your employer), through the Consultancy Project. The project is supported by a tutor from RGU and is designed so that the project recommendations bring real value to the client organisation.


    Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information. 


    Teaching and Assessment:


    You will learn via our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle which provides you with lectures and course materials and allows you to study from any location. Open to UK national as well as international students, you will participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.


    You will participate in our 9-day Leadership Week event, held on campus, which includes a Business Simulation Exercise, academic and practical workshops, outdoor leadership development day, and guest speakers from academia and the oil and gas industry. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow MBA students across all modes of study and industry experts from local and national businesses.


    How long is the Oil and Gas Management degree?

    The total learning effort on the course is the equivalent of 1800 hours spread across

    • 1 year for full time 
    • 2 years for part time

    This is to include independent study and coursework preparation, workshops, lectures and other activities.


    The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



    All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.


    Placements and Jobs:


    Within the Consultancy Project you will act as a consultant for a business within the oil and gas industry on an agreed issue relating to its operations. It allows you to apply your knowledge, leadership and strategic thinking skills within a practical context, face challenges of working within new settings, apply learning to new problems and earn valuable experience of working in a multi-national environment.

    All projects are strategic in nature and focus on real opportunities facing an organisation or government department/agency. Previous projects have ranged from developing an international gas utilisation and monetisation strategy in West Africa to developing a global strategy and franchising for a major oil company. You can also use the Consultancy Project as an opportunity to produce a business plan for your own entrepreneurial ventures within the oil and gas industry.


    Once you have completed the MBA Oil and Gas Management postgraduate, the doors of management within oil and gas are certifiably open. On completion, you will be able to take that next step in your career to a senior leadership position either within your existing organisation, a new organisation or on setting up your own business.

    Is studying for the MBA a good career choice?

    This degree is globally recognised and can be taken to employers across any continent, it can be linked with other career fields and degree programs such as the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA).

    Our MBA Careers and Employability programme comprises of a suite of workshops designed to stimulate your thinking, put you in control of your career planning and prepare you to compete effectively in the employment market.

    Previous graduates have filled roles such as:

    • Marketing Manager
    • Launched their own business 
    • Business Consultant
    • Moved into Academia
    • Senior Vice President 
    • UK Country Manager

    Visit the Oil and Gas Management (MBA) page on the Robert Gordon University web site for more details!

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    Entry Requirements

    Applicants must normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline and have at least 3 years of full-time professional work experience.
    Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
    Completion of ACCA Applied Skills Modules to BSc level combined with 3 years relevant professional work experience OR completion of ACCA Strategic Professional Modules* to MSc Level combined with 3 years relevant professional work experience.

    See website for more entry requirements.

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