The MSc in Energy Trade and Finance was launched in September 2003 and was the culmination of talks between Charles Daly, Chairman and CEO at Channoil Consulting and Cass Business School about the need to provide postgraduate education to top quality recent graduates who are interested in a career in the energy and commodities sector, or young professionals who wanted to consolidate their industry experience with a focused and practical Masters qualification. Channoil Consulting Ltd is a leading Oil and Gas consultancy company which comprises a group of seasoned oil and gas industry professionals with successful career backgrounds in major and large independent companies. The company is led by its executive management team which consists of Charles Daly, Dermot Campbell, Steve Roberts and Peter Hills. Based in London, have representation in the a number of centre in Europe and the Middle East and focus on Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa. It is the management team which organises the content and delivery of the core module in Oil & Energy Trading Economics & Finance, with the aid of a small number of consulting Associates who tackle specialist areas such as LNG, gas and coal. Over the last 11 years, the Channoil team have received glowing comments from Energy students for their expertise, enthusiasm and practical relevance in the delivery of their module, which is one of the cornerstones of the MSc. They also keep in touch with alumni all over the world who have found employment in the oil and gas business sectors.
This course is offered through the Costas Grammenos Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance.
The MSc courses offered by the Centre reflect the Cass philosophy: advanced, technically challenging programmes that incorporate applied, real-world scenarios.
Students make presentations to lecturers, visitors from the City and other members of the class. This provides you with invaluable practice in using, applying and expressing complex subject matter clearly and concisely to a business audience.
Group work, on the preparation of case studies and a business plan, consolidates the acquired knowledge and also builds the 'soft' skills essential to any future career. From a total of over 1,200 graduates to date, all have taken their place in the international business community.
The MSc is also available on a part-time basis in exceptional cases and where it is possible for the applicant to have day release from their company 2-3 times a week. All lectures are held between 9am-6pm, there are no evening lectures.
The course starts with two compulsory induction weeks, focused mainly on:
• An introduction to the Cass Careers offering with a focus on key skills and attributes that employers are looking for. The annual MSc Careers Fair at this time also provides the opportunity to meet over 60 companies who are recruiting across many sectors including finance, energy, insurance, real estate, shipping, strategic management and internal auditing.
• a refresher course of basic financial mathematics, statistics, computing and electronic databases.
To satisfy the requirements of the degree course students must complete:
• eight core courses (5 - 25 credits each) and • five electives (10 credits each) or • three electives (10 credits each) and an Applied Research Project (20 credits) or • one elective (10 credits) and a Business Research Project (40 credits)
Assessment of modules on the MSc in Shipping, Trade & Finance, in most cases, is by means of coursework and unseen examination. Coursework may consist of standard essays, individual and group presentations, group reports, classwork, unseen tests and problem sets. Please note that any group work may include an element of peer assessment.
Graduates from the MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance hold key positions and have eminent careers in over 70 countries in fields such as commercial banking, commodity trading, government, investment banking, law, logistics management, management consultancy, manufacturing, shipping, finance, shipping operations, stockbroking, and university research and teaching, among others.
Some examples of where graduates from the MSc in Energy, Trade & Finance class of 2014 are working are:
• Total - Risk Analyst • Koch Supply and Trading - Commercial Trainee • Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (KWAP) - Associate