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Oil & Gas Trade Management - MSc

Course Description

Designed and developed in consultation with senior executives and directors of major organisations of the oil and gas industry, this programme focuses on the ‘downstream’ side of the industry - the management of trade in oil and gas products.

Three key themes of risk management, strategy and added value are woven throughout the programme.

You will explore the process of trade in oil and gas from seller, buyer and intermediary perspectives, and develop the practical problem-solving skills needed for success in a growth industry.

Trading and finance modules, partially delivered by a city-based major graduate trading and training company, will give you the experience of a practical trading project in real trading conditions.

You will also examine corporate social responsibility, and the environmental, sustainability and social issues involved.

Why should I choose this programme?

Today’s energy sector demands talented, highly trained individuals who can demonstrate leadership, strategic thinking and the ability to manage risk in complex business situations.

This programme's three key themes, along with its industry links and practical approach, will create graduates able to meet these demands.

The programme is taught by highly qualified academics and experienced industry professionals, and learning is enhanced by high-profile guest speakers. You will also have access to and the support of dedicated internal and external career advisors and coaches specialising in the oil and gas sectors

This degree is recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), providing you with access to CMI resources during your studies, and enabling you to gain CMI membership upon degree completion.

Key skills, aims and objectives

‌•Identify and evaluate the economic and political factors influencing the global oil and gas industry
‌•Analyse the structure of the commodities markets and understand price formation and the pricing of risk management
‌•Understand the legal and regulatory framework of physical trade and shipping
‌•Develop a critical awareness of the uncertainties and current issues in oil and gas markets
‌•Respond to the social and ethical issues prevalent in the industry
‌•Be aware of the latest research and practice, and use a range of numerical, IT and communication skills to interpret data and present solutions

Future opportunities

You will develop the numerical, analytical, communication and research skills required for management positions in any organisation where energy is a key variable.

Your negotiation and leadership skills will enable you to respond effectively to complex business situations and develop as an entrepreneur in identifying and responding to new opportunities.

CMI membership provides access to a wealth of resources that foster employability, including Continued Professional Development (CPD) and access to dedicated job postings.


‌•Accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), leading to Chartered Manager status for graduates
‌•Affiliated to Oil & Gas UK, the trade body working with companies, governments and other stakeholders on significant issues
‌•Accredited by and a learning affiliate of the Energy Institute, the professional body for the energy industry delivering good practice and professionalism across the depth and breadth of the sector

Visit the Oil & Gas Trade Management - MSc page on the Regent’s University London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Juan Villarraga

My decision to study at Regent’s was based on finding a unique programme with excellent credentials in the oil and gas sector. The MSc Oil & Gas Trade Management is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and recognised by the Energy Institute. In addition, it offers opportunities to participate in industry-related consultancy projects, and to put into practice risk management strategies by participating in a real trading environment with appropriate software tools, such as CQG, Bloomberg, Reuters and soon Platts.

"The chance to develop key skills"

After working for four years in the oil and gas industry for one of the top commodity trading companies, you understand what is required to succeed in trading. The MSc Oil & Gas Trade Management offered me the chance to develop those key skills: risk management through financial instruments and derivatives markets; the understanding of fundamental as well as technical analysis; logistics; and our responsibility regarding social and environmental impacts.

We are aware of the complexity of the energy market and the challenges that lay ahead. Most importantly, we now have the tools to face those challenges. Trading strategies will allow us to hedge, protecting our positions from volatility. Fundamental and technical analysis will lead us to identify trends and potential movements in the market.

The Trading & Risk Management module includes a trading experience. We will trade WTI and Brent oils, currencies and crack spreads, among other derivatives. What is fascinating is that we will be doing so in real time, with an actual trading platform, and led by an actual trading firm.

"Valuable perspectives"

One of the main characteristics of Regent’s is its cultural diversity, and this enriches our knowledge. Being able to share professional experiences from all around the world makes a real contribution to our understanding of business and geopolitics. By being diverse, we are able to share different approaches and valuable perspectives. Each student brings a key ingredient, a key experience from across the world.

The University’s Careers & Business Relations service have helped me with my CV and cover letters. In addition, they put me in contact with an experienced oil and gas career coach, who has helped me boost my profile and improve my job-search opportunities.


US Financial Aid - loan - No. of awards TBC

Direct subsidised and unsubsidised loans for US citizens, as well as Direct PLUS loans for eligible US citizens and Green Card holders administered by the US Department of Education (USED) for all eligible degree programmes offered at Regent’s University London.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to the cost of attendance set up by the University


Nationality: US citizens and Green Card holders

Application Procedure

Application processFor an outline of the application process please use this flowchart http://www.regents.ac.uk/study/scholarships-funding-and-bursaries/us-financial-aid.aspx#flow

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Fulbright Commission All-Disciplines (Open) Postgraduate Award - No. of awards TBC

Awards to US citizens for the first year of Master's or PhD study in any subject, or to conduct a period of independent research, covers the first year's tuition and a living stipend.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Contribution toward the first academic year of tuition fees + general maintenance costs in UK


Nationality: US citizens

Application Procedure

Please refer to the information on the Fulbright Commission website http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/postgraduates/all-disciplines-open-postgraduate-awards for application and other details.* *Information is subject to change according to Fulbright’s policies. Regent’s University London cannot guarantee programmes that fall under this award. Prospective applicants should check eligibility with Fulbright directly.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Regent's Postgraduate Progressions Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to entrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you.Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. The higher your degree classification, the higher the scholarship amount you will be awarded.1st class degree = 15% tuition fee reduction
2:1 class degree = 10% tuition fee reduction
2:2 class degree = 5% tuition fee reduction

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to 15% off tuition fees


Regent's University London graduate

Application Procedure

For further details please email the alumni team. [email protected]

Further Information



Future Finance loans - No. of awards TBC

The University has partnered with Future Finance (as an alternative source of funding for our students*).The features of a Future Finance loan include:‌•Loans are offered to all higher education students (both undergraduate and postgraduate) with a UK domiciled address, (students must meet appropriate credit checks and be aged 18 or over)
‌•Loans are offered from £2,500 - £40,000 and can include living costs as well as tuition fees
‌•Loans are repayable up to 10 years after graduation
‌•Students can take up to four three month payment breaks during the loan period
‌•Representative 11.8% APR (variable)
*Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance webpage https://regents.futurefinance.com/Please note that other sources of funding may be available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,500 - £40,000


Nationality: UK and EU

Application Procedure

To find out more and to apply, please visit the Future Finance webpage https://regents.financemyfuture.co.uk/

Further Information



Goa Education Trust Scholarships - India 2016 - No. of awards TBC

The UK Government’s global scholarships, available to students from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU). Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential, either full or part funding for full-time postgraduate level study in any subject.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to the value of £12,500


Nationality: Indian

Application Procedure

Download the application online by clicking here https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/goa-education-trust-scholarships and sending your completed application to [email protected] email: [email protected] if you have any questions.

Further Information



Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2016-17 - 20+ Awards

The PGL will be available to UK Nationals (and individuals with settled status in the UK) who have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for three years on the first day of the first academic year of their programme.They must have been most recently resident in England, and must not have moved there from elsewhere in the UK and Islands solely for the purpose of attending the programme. Temporary absences from the home address, such as for education or travelling, will not prevent an applicant being eligible for PGL.Individuals may be eligible if they are an EU national or if they have the residency status of refugee, humanitarian protection, EEA or Swiss migrant worker, a family member of any of the previous categories, or a child of a Swiss national or child of a Turkish worker.You are permitted to transfer between Master’s programmes and retain your Postgraduate Loan (PGL).Repeat years of study will not be funded, unless you can prove compelling personal reasons (as defined in the SFE regulations) for repeating an academic year.Further funding is not available where you do not complete your studies in the specified programme length. However, you can suspend and resume your programme. No loan disbursements will be made during suspension periods.Withdrawals from programmes will be reported to the SLC immediately, and no payments will be made when you are no longer in study.Students with outstanding student loan arrears or students who have been previously declared ‘unfit’ for student support (e.g. due to attempted fraud) are also not eligible. Students currently in receipt of welfare benefits/ pensionThe Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Department of Work & Pensions are currently in discussion regarding students eligible for both benefits and the PGL, to determine how the loan will impact on their financial status. Further detail will follow once we know them.Please note that application for the 2016-17 academic year is not yet open. We were informed that applications will open at the end of June 2016. Please check back then for further information.Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £10,000


Nationality: Primarily UK, EU (see details)

Application Procedure

For further information, please see SFE websitehttp://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/6788/pgl-policy-summary.pdfImportant information for your applicationOnline applications will open from summer 2016 via the PGL website https://www.gov.uk/apply-online-for-student-finance

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a lower-second class (2:2) UK honours undergraduate degree in any discipline demonstrating sufficient analytical and numerical skills, or its international equivalent from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications as recommended by the National Academic Recognition Information Centre will be considered. Applicants with a non-business background will be required to demonstrate relevant experience or sound understanding of the subject area by submitting a personal statement. For English language requirements, please visit website

Course Fees

Full programme fee: £16,150 Registration fee: £250 Non-EU advance deposit: £2,000

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