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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Business & Management

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020

    UK/EU Students:
    £5,500 entire course

    International Students:
    £12,470 entire course

  • Last Updated

    31 July 2019

This course will help you develop and be capable of using advanced critical knowledge and understanding of the accounting for upstream activities and the financial arrangements/implications of a broad spectrum of oil and gas ventures. It confers desirable skills for careers in the oil and gas, energy and financial sectors.

You will develop your practical problem-solving, analytical financial modelling and essential transferable skills in the financial risks and rewards of oil and gas investments within relevant accounting, regulatory and policy guidelines.

It offers a mastery of the accounting for and financial management of the unique arrangements and transactions encountered in the oil and gas industry.

What You Will Study

Stage 1

The first stage of the course will provide you with a broad context for understanding corporate accounting and finance considerations, including quantitative techniques and foundational elements of finance and an appreciation of the economics of the oil and gas industry.

Stage 2

You will develop the skills for specific applications of accounting and finance principles and tools to the oil and gas industry’s needs. You will be able to provide sound rationale and clearly communicate to relevant stakeholders the basis for accounting reporting and disclosure, operational considerations and theoretical formulations and applications of finance concepts. You will develop models and financial risk management strategies in the oil and gas industry.

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

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, case studies, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. 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 - 15 students per group, 8 hours per week
  • Seminars - 15 students per group, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically of 2 hours
  • Tutorial - 15 students, 4 hours per week
  • Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
  • Practical class or workshop - 15 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)

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

You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our teaching staff of which several are members of the UK Accounting Institutes and nationally recognised for their participation at senior level in several bodies and act as External Examiners to or chair programme/course validation or review panels for other institutions.

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.

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.

Assessment

Year 1

  • 5 written exams, typically for 2 hours
  • 5 written assignments (coursework), including essays
  • 1 dissertation (if Dissertation option selected in Capstone)
  • 1 set exercise (Class test)
  • 1 project report (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
  • 1 presentation

Placements and Jobs

Job Prospects

A postgraduate qualification in Oil and Gas Accounting and Finance provides you with the opportunity to pursue a variety of roles and careers requiring knowledge, understanding and practical skills of accounting, finance, management and economics within the context of the oil and gas industry and the energy and financial sectors.

Example careers include working in energy companies, government departments or regulatory bodies and parastatals, consulting and research companies, and energy and financial markets and institutions (including oil and gas trading, financial analysis and reporting, equity research, benchmarking and intelligence). Your remit could include applying oil and gas accounting, finance and economics in policy analysis and regulation and governance of the oil and gas industry and the extractive industry.

For those who are new to accounting, this course will allow you to develop the practical skills, knowledge and understanding required to enter into and develop your career within the accounting profession.

The qualification can also be a stepping stone for advanced research degrees (e.g. PhD) in accounting and finance.

CAREERS

How to apply

Please visit the website to find out how to apply.


Visit the Oil and Gas Accounting and Finance (MSc) page on the Robert Gordon University website for more details!

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