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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

    UK/EU Students: £5,500 entire MSc

    International Students: £12,470 entire MSc

  • Last Updated

    31 July 2019

Accredited by the Energy Institute, this course provides you with comprehensive knowledge and transferable management skills for the oil and gas, sustainable and renewable energy industries. It offers conceptual and problem-solving skills for addressing the management challenges of sustainable energy sourcing, evaluation, exploitation and application.

The content of this course is reflective of the current climate of the energy industry and is intended to fulfil the management training requirements for technical, business and early career managers within the sector.

Modules provide the theory, policy and practice aspects of the energy industry with linkages to subject areas such as health, safety and risk. You will gain experience of key decision-making in a range of business functions and then apply this knowledge to specialist modules.

What You Will Study

Stage 1

The first stage of the course will provide you with a broad context for understanding energy sector strategic analysis, including energy finance considerations, appreciation of renewable energy management and the economics of the oil and gas industry.

Stage 2

You will develop the skills for specific applications of management principles and tools in addressing environmental, operational and strategic risk management considerations. You will be able to provide sound rationale and clearly communicate to relevant stakeholders solutions to contemporary energy management challenges in a variety of different organisational settings.

Stage 3

The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Master's level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, consulting, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.


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 & Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.

Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to the learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).

You will also have access to Datastream, FAME and Osiris, which offer company insights and fundamentals and a host of market data.

Activity Summary

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Seminars - 15 students per group, 2 hours, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically 2 hours
  • Tutorial - 10 students per group, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
  • Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 2 hours per week
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 38 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
  • Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours in Semester 3 (Capstone)
  • External Visits - 20 students per group, 2/3 industry visits per session, typically 2 hours

Independent Study

The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 38 hours per week outside of class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.

Staff Delivering on this Course

Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.

Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.

Other staff members include industry professionals, staff with research experience and guest lecturers who deliver presentations as part of a masterclass series in relevant work-related topics.


Typically students are assessed each year:

  • 8 written assignments (coursework) including essays
  • 1 dissertation (if dissertation option selected in Capstone)
  • 1 project report: (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
  • 1 oral assessment (presentation)

Placements & Jobs

Job Prospectus

This course will enable you to develop your career further and venture into a variety of energy sectors including oil and gas, renewables, nuclear, electricity and bio fuels. You will have the opportunity to progress your career in variety of areas including energy management, policy analysis and evaluation, energy assessment, exploration, distribution, environmental management, carbon management, engineering and risk management.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for national regulators, private sector energy companies and start-ups, and in related roles within finance and other sectors.


How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.

Visit the Energy Management (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!




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