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Course content

This postgraduate course has been specifically developed to enable students to professionally enhance their commercial skills. The course has been developed in close collaboration with industry and includes a contemporary industry perspective from sector experts from all parts of the supply chain.

The course will allow you to gain a professionally accredited qualification and develop the demonstrable core commercial competencies much in demand by the oil, gas, renewables and decommissioning industries.

Visit the website: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/architecture-construction-and-surveying/study-options/part-time-learning/commercial-practice-for-the-energy-sector

Course detail

Building on our expertise in providing surveying, commercial and project management education, the course has been designed to meet the particular requirements of the energy sectors, in alignment with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) competency framework, namely:

•Commercial management
•Design economics
•Risk and supply chain management
•Contract practice
•Procurement and tendering practices
•Project financial control
•Project Management

Every module includes input and learning from industry experts so you will gain knowledge and skills which are directly applicable to the workplace. Individual modules can be studied on a stand-alone basis for CPD or personal development. Modules may also be delivered on a commercial bespoke basis for organisation learning and development.

Stage 1:

•Commercial Business Dynamics
•Core Business Skills
•Commercial Project Management
•Contractual Approaches to Procurement

Exit award: PgCert Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors

Stage 2:

•Commercial Value Creation
•Contract Performance Management
•Risk Management & Supply Chain Vulnerability

Pick one elective module from:
•Corporate Governance and Value Assurance
•Advanced Supply Chain & Category Management

Exit award: PgDip Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors

Stage 3:


Award: MSc Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors


Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

•Virtual tutorials
•Live chat
•Discussion forums - student and tutor led
•Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
•User friendly material
•Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process. If you would like to find out more about our online learning environment get in touch to access our pre-enrolment Campus Moodle area where you will be able to see how the system works and take a look at sample teaching materials.


All our Modules on this MSc course are assessed entirely by coursework. The main assessment is normally by means of one significant piece of integrative coursework (which may include a combination of individual and group work) which would be submitted electronically via the Moodle Dropbox facility. This coursework will be graded in accordance with our procedures.

In addition to this significant piece of coursework, you will be asked to undertake a minimum of 2 activities or tests within the teaching programme which will be short concise submissions as determined by the Module tutors; these will be graded pass/fail but you must pass these short activities in order to be awarded the Module credits.

Placements and Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The course is also fully accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This will allow you, upon successful completion of the course, to enrol for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), the final step to becoming a Chartered Surveyor.


Aberdeen is Europe's Energy Capital and our School has an excellent reputation for graduate employment.

Over the last two decades a large number of our surveying and project management graduates have found employment in the oil and gas industries in positions such as: Commercial Manager, Contracts Engineer, Surveyor, Cost Engineer, Project Manager, Contracts Manager, Estimator, Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager.

How to apply

To find out how to apply, use the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline


For information on funding, including loans, scholarships and Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) please click the following link: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/future-students/finance-and-scholarships/financial-support/uk-students/postgraduate-students/postgraduate-students/

Visit the MSc Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!






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