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Why study International Oil & Gas Management at Dundee?

The MSc International Oil & Gas Management consists of a deliberate blend of business and management studies which has been created to run alongside a range of practical, skills-based activities and an assortment of student-centred extracurricular opportunities.

The programme uniquely contextualises the study within the petroleum industry from beginning to end, ensuring that our graduates can "hit the ground running" in management roles in the industry when they leave. Guest speaker programmes and input from practitioners also enhance the student experience.

The programme draws on the globally recognised expertise of the staff within the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP).

CEPMLP achieved a high research rating in the 2008 UK Research Assessment Exercise as part of the submission from the University's Law Unit of Assessment. The Unit finished among the top four in Scotland (out of 11), and among the top 19 out of 67 in the UK. All of its research was classified as being of an international standard.

What's great about International Oil & Gas Management at Dundee?

The aim of the MSc programme is to prepare participants for managerial, advisory and academic positions in the energy sector - private sector and government. The programme aims to provide an intellectually challenging academic programme of study, which will demand of the student the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in energy with an emphasis on the economic dimensions of the subject. This will prepare participants for success in the rapidly evolving and highly competitive global business climate that characterises the energy sector.

Students will be expected to apply learning in a simulated workplace environment, utilising case study method as a vehicle for knowledge acquisition, reflection and application. This will prepare students for success in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive global business climate, where continuous innovation is crucial to productivity and growth in all aspects of the natural resources, energy and international business industries.

The study context is positioned at the strategic level to reflect both the current and future work environment of the intended participants.
The programme is also designed to develop self-confidence and the ability to present efficient, logical answers to complex problems; to give students methodological and problem solving skills designed to assist decision making in business situations. Furthermore, the programme will facilitate discussions, debate and analysis of business issues and problems within an international environment and develop transferable skills particularly in working with groups as well as in presentation and communication skills.

How you will be taught

The MSc is made up of compulsory and elective modules with this taught component being followed by either:
A dissertation of up to 15,000 words on a topic approved by an academic supervisor

An Internship report - students who choose this option are required to source an organisation willing to offer a 3-month work placement, approved by an academic supervisor

An extended PhD Proposal - students who propose to follow up the MSc with a PhD may, with the approval of an academic supervisor, submit a 10,000 word PhD proposal

Methods of Teaching and Assessment

The programme will be delivered on campus using a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, guest speakers and computer-based simulations. Learning is also facilitated and supported using an electronic virtual learning environment (VLE). The VLE has a number of learning tools to help you successfully advance through the programme of studies and communicate with other students.

Assessment of your modules will commonly comprise both the successful completion of an examination and the preparation of a research paper or management report. The examinations take place at set periods in the academic year at the end of each of our three semesters, usually in December, April and June.

The research paper element of assessment is included in most modules and involves the development of an outline for your chosen topic of research to be negotiated between you and your module director.

What you will study

Compulsory Modules:
• Natural Resources Sectors: A Multidisciplinary Introduction
• Project Report or Internship
Core Modules:
Core Business and Management
• Foundation Financial Accounting
• Introduction to Finance
• Management in Energy and Natural Resources Industries
• Strategic Management and Organisational Analysis
Core Specialist Modules:
• Petroleum Policy and Economics
• International Petroleum Law and Policy
• National and Comparative Oil and Gas Law
• International Relations and Energy for Natural Resources
• Energy Economics: The Issues
• Financial and Project Analysis of Natural Resources and Energy Ventures
• Human Resource Management
• Business Strategy in the Extractive Industries
• Leadership and Decision Making
• Project Management Processes in the Natural Resources Sector
• Leadership and Decision Making
• Risk and Crisis Management
• Stakeholder Management and Business Ethics
Core Business and Management Modules
• Financial and Project Analysis of Natural Resources and Energy Ventures
• Human Resource Management


The programme is designed to equip students with a knowledge and skill set for entry and re-entry into the growing and evolving energy industries, particularly the mineral resources sectors.

Visit the MSc International Oil and Gas Management page on the University of Dundee website for more details!





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