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Oil & Gas Enterprise Management


Course Description

This programme provides a broad training in oil industry matters; especially those pertaining to how relatively small oil companies can work with National Oil Companies (NOCs) and energy ministries to better exploit their hydrocarbon resources. In this respect training in commercialisation, economics and law is included, as is an understanding of how science and technology can be applied at the cutting edge to improve hydrocarbon exploration success and recovery.

The programme aims to develop the conceptual and empirical knowledge, analytical skills and understanding of the business development process in the oil and gas industry. It encompasses modules in the latest technology in Geology, Geophysical and Engineering disciplines. The emphasis is on practical application of studies, lateral thinking and management techniques. The first term covers science and technology issues of hydrocarbon commercialisation, and the second term focuses on business, law, politics and economics.

The course concludes with project work conducted over the second 6 month period.


Syllabus
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The MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management covers a broad range subjects and courses in order to encompass all the aspects related with the oil industry environment. Students will be presented with all of the business drivers in these areas of technology, from exploration, appraisal through production and decommissioning. World experts in all of these areas of expertise are on our doorstep in Aberdeen. Environmental, human and cultural impact of the oil industry is presented, and safety engineering and issues, using a series of case studies, is included. Students will be expected to research beyond each of these areas and produce papers reviewing aspects of technology and how it impacts on the business.

The programme also includes entrepreneurship, negotiating and presentation skills, petroleum law and contracts, petroleum economics and accountancy. Highly trained individuals with an international experience unparalleled in any other research centre teach these areas. The emphasis will be on practical application of studies, lateral thinking and management techniques. The programme includes broader issues of security and conflict, by addressing and assessing risk in operating in the Middle East - Caspian Sea ellipse.

Assessment will comprise many practical exercises and research papers and essays, where students can access information from a wide array of sources, including Oil Industry journals, periodicals and other papers which are available to them.
Many of the courses include 'games' spread over several days which require team and negotiating skills, as well as a knowledge of technology and economics, which draw the various courses together. Team-building, geological fieldwork, and offshore safety course are all part of the course.


Excursions
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The Oil Industry has very strong links with the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology. We take advantage of our position as the European Oil Capital by organising a series of excursions to examine aspects of the Oil Industry and the geology of the North Sea.


Facilities
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Lectures and classes are held in locations across the campus.

Students have a dedicated classroom in Meston building and classes are held in this room and across the campus. In the dedicated classroom, students have access to PCs, colour and monochrome laser printers and scanner. The PCs have a wide variety of specialist and standard software installed.

The Department is also home to The Halliburton Suite, a 3D visualisation facility which allows seismic data, gathered from surveys of the earth’s crust, to be viewed in 3D enabling geoscientists to examine and map the internal structure of the earth’s crust, to improve the understanding of its evolution, and to study methods involved in oil and gas exploration.

Students also have access to the other departmental facilities as required.


Assessment
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Assessment comprises of many practical exercises and research papers and essays, where students can access information from a wide array of sources, including Oil Industry journals, periodicals and other papers which are available to them. Many of the courses include ‘games’ spread over several days, which require team and negotiating skills, as well as a knowledge of technology and economics, which draw the various courses together. Team-building, geological fieldwork, a visit to see oil platforms and offshore safety are all part of the programme.


Funding
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Funding exists for this programme (dependent on eligibility). Please visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding


More Information
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More information about this programme can be found on our Postgraduate Prospectus: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/prospectus/pgrad/study/taught.php?code=hydrocarbon

Visit the Oil & Gas Enterprise Management page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Samuel Pérez

1160.jpg For me, MScHE and living in Aberdeen were transformational experiences that completely changed my life for the better. It first allows me to work in Scotland at the only independent investment bank specialising in the entire spectrum of the energy industry. Then, I have acted as business consultant creating more than US$ 10 million of new opportunities. This has been done for American and British service companies expanding to Latin America - Colombia, Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela.

Before entering MScHE, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur with international relationships. In fact, I founded a small company that had delivered financial advice whilst investing the funds in real estate. Then, I wanted to be in the Oil & Gas industry but to get in this business was so difficult without an academic credential or experience. Furthermore, I was able to work just with Latin American companies. I had heard the MScHE international reputation enabled one to work anywhere they want to.

Apart from my company, I was working at Invertec, a Chilean management consultancy that offered me the possibility to attend projects not only in Venezuela, but also in Chile. After being selected to enjoy a scholarship, I felt that it was the time to make the transition to the O&G industry. I thought that by attending Aberdeen, I would gain a broader perspective on the opportunities available, and the skills I needed to seize them. And nowadays I can confirm I was right.

This masters course appealed to me because its focus was on upstream general management, and not a more narrow area such as marketing or finance. While I knew that I would learn about the technical side of exploration and production, I was astonished at the profound impact the course had on me: it permanently changed the way I viewed the petroleum world, and gave me the ability to judge situations and people more accurately and objectively.

MScHE is more than attending class one year. If one has ambitions to make a mark in the O&G business world this post-graduate course will be a deeply fulfilling option.

Because the University of Aberdeen has such an international and diverse student body, one learns to work in a variety of different contexts and environments. I am certain that I would not have been able to succeed in linking Anglo and Latin American companies without this experience.


(Scholarship)

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme - 20+ Awards

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% discount on postgraduate tuition

Eligibility

Open to all University of Aberdeen graduates.

Application Procedure

Complete the application form at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/alumni_discount/

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/funding.php


(Scholarship)

Science and Engineering Distinction and Merit Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Distinction Scholarships (£5,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of a 1st class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience). Merit Scholarships (£2,000 each) - for applicants that have achieved the equivalent of an upper second class UK Honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates a passion for the subject and a relevant background (for example work experience).Eligible Programmes:MSc Geographical Information Systems
MSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
MSc Information Systems and Data Management
MSc Information Technology
MSc Oil and Gas Computing
MSc Geophysics
MSc Oil and Gas Enterprise Management
MSc Renewable Energy Engineering
- Only self-funded applicants are eligible
- If you are eligible to apply, please download the scholarship application form and submit it alongside your programme application
- For Sept 2015 entry, the first closing date for the scholarship will be 1st March 2015. If funding remains, the next closing date will be 1 May and then 1st July 2015
- All relevant transcripts and other information requested as part of any offer have to be received by the University prior to any decision being made
- If unsuccessful for a distinction scholarship, candidates will be automatically considered for a merit scholarship. There will be no need to complete a second one page application form--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000 - 5000

Eligibility

Distinction and Merit scholarships available for a selection of MSc programmes to students from a specificed list of International Countries. Visit your relevant country pages here to find out if you are eligible - http://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/inmycountry/index.php Distinction Scholarships - for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of a 1st class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject. Merit Scholarships – for applicants that have achieved a UK equivalent of an upper second class honours degree and have written a personal statement which demonstrates good experience and a passion for the subject.

Application Procedure

Download application form from our funding database or on your relevant In My Country pages.

Further Information

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=274



Entry Requirements

Honours degree, at a level of Upper Second-Class (2.1) or above, or its international equivalent, preferably in Geology, Geophysics, Engineering, Law, Economics, or other relevant degree. Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at View Website. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Higher' level of English proficiency.

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