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MSc Managing in the Energy Industries

Course Description

The energy industries, which include power, oil and gas, mining and alternative energy, are among the few that are growing worldwide. Demand for managers with specific knowledge of these industries is high, so this course is aimed at developing those who seek to establish or further their careers in these industries achieve their ambitions.

Why study Managing in the Energy Industries at Dundee?

The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP) is one of the few centres in UK universities with the background and specialist skills to offer such a course. Over the past few years it has been high successful in developing its teaching, research and industry contacts in management. Courses are designed in conjunction with industry specialists and industry related learning is a core element of all courses in the Centre.

What's great about Managing in the Energy Industries?

The course aims are to develop the required knowledge, skills and other attributes (KSAs) that employers in the energy industries consider essential for managers to pursue their career ambitions. Participants will learn about the fundamentals of different energy industries, generic and sector specific management KSAs through classroom and work-based learning, which is facilitated by specialist academics and industry specialists.

Who should study this course?

This course suits graduates in any discipline who wish to widen their subject knowledge and career aspirations in the energy industries world-wide. The course is open to full time, part time and flexible learners.

How you will be taught

Modules start at the beginning of the academic session in September. The course is taught predominantly in a student centred manner through seminars, workshops and work-based individual and group learning. This includes web-supported learning for full-time and part-time students.

What you will study

The course comprises core taught modules, optional modules plus a dissertation:

Compulsory modules:
Natural Resources Sectors: A multidisciplinary Introduction
Management in Natural Resources and Energy Industries
Energy Economics: The Issues
Business Strategy in Energy and Extractive Industries
Compulsory core choice - choose one from
Critical Business Analysis & Report
Internship Report

Compulsory core choice - choose at least two from the following Business & Management modules:
Foundation Accounting
Foundation Finance
Human Resource Management
Leadership and Decision Making
Stakeholder Management and Business Ethics
Financial and Project Analysis of Natural Resources and Energy Ventures
Risk and Crisis Management

Compulsory core choice - choose at least two from the following Specialist modules:
Energy Economics: The Tools
International Law of Natural Resources and Energy
Downstream Energy Law and Policy
Renewable Energy: Technology, Economics and Policy
Environmental Law and Policy for Natural Resources and Energy
Energy and Climate Change Law and Policy
International Developments in Energy Policy
Mineral and Petroleum Taxation
Petroleum Policy and Economics
Politics of the Environment and Climate Change

How you will be assessed

Each module is assessed through coursework, typically a research paper or project, and a final examination. It is also assessed by a individual business project


Graduates should be able to enter the energy industries as management trainees. Existing managers completing this course will have enhanced knowledge and skills in management.

Visit the MSc Managing in the Energy Industries page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Funded Places - 15 Awards

Due to an initiative from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) designed to support key sectors in the Scottish economy to develop a high-level skills base, the University of Dundee is pleased to announce that we can offer 15 fully-funded places to eligible students starting in September 2013. The funded places cover all tuition fees associated with the MSc programme and applicants classified as Scottish or EU for fee purposes are eligible to apply. Funded places will be awarded competitively to applicants with the strongest applications in the judgement of the course leader. This will principally be based on a student's prior academic performance, but equivalent work experience may also be taken into account.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must be classed as having Scottish/EU fee status by the University of Dundee to be considered for a funded place.

Application Procedure

Applicants should indicate their wish to be considered when they complete their UKPASS application.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for graduates with a good Honours degree or equivalent, who aspire to work in the energy industries. Applications will also be welcomed from people with substantial managerial experience in the energy industries or cognate industries who do not hold an honours degree or equivalent. In these cases, applicants would have to be prepared to undergo accreditation of prior experience and learning, typically through an interview.English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component less than 6.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

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