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    For talented people with management career aspirations in the oil and gas industry, Middlesex University, in partnership with IBC Academy, offers the Oil & Gas MBA for part time study by distance learning.

    How is the Oil and Gas MBA studied?

    Commencing in October, the Oil & Gas MBA is delivered 100% by online distance learning over 24 months and is available globally.  The course is carefully designed and delivered so that you can accelerate your professional development without having to pause your career, take long periods out from your work or travel to a distant classroom.  There are no lectures or seminars to physically attend – as long as you can access the internet, the Middlesex University online learning portal provides access to written, audio and video content. It also manages group interactions, peer networking and tutorial support using a variety of e-learning tools.

    Who is the Oil & Gas MBA for?

    Perhaps you want to become more effective in your current management role, or engage at a higher level.  Maybe you wish to broaden your managerial skill set or explore new areas of specialisation.  Possibly you are one of the many professionals, such as geologists, engineers, analysts etc, looking to formalise years of technical industry knowledge and experience, and develop your management knowledge and competence.

    Whatever your motivation, the rigorous academic approach, experienced faculty, internationally engaged student peers and proven online learning environment of the Oil & Gas MBA will help you realise your leadership potential and fast-track your career.

    Who will you be studying with?  Fellow students on the Oil & Gas MBA will include professionals from a diverse range of countries and roles, creating a rich network of knowledge to enhance your learning. Imagine the benefits of learning alongside peers such as: 

    • Executives from governmental and non-governmental energy companies
    • Industry professionals and managers from upstream to downstream
    • Professionals from international organisations
    • Technical specialists moving to a general management position
    • Professionals from international financial institutions (researchers, analysts) or government organisations (petroleum directorates, ministries of energy, geological surveys, trade bodies) 

    How do I get further information? You can view full course details for the Oil & Gas MBA online or request more information from [email protected].  

    IBC Academy is our partner in delivering this course, combining the academic expertise and reputation of the Middlesex University Business School with the industry conference and training expertise of IBC Academy, part of Informa Plc.  IBC Academy manages course enrolment on behalf of the University. 

    Find out more about the Middlesex University Business School, the Business and Management Department and IBC Academy.

    The Oil & Gas MBA programme offers proven management training with a special focus on the oil and gas industry and allows students to gain an internationally recognised Masters of Business Administration qualification from a leading UK university.

    The part-time distance learning course comprises six modules followed by a Business Transformation Project, studied over two years. 

    Module 1: The Global Oil and Gas Industry (20 credits)


    • Provide the context in which the global oil and gas industry operates, highlighting its global significance in the past and present
    • Identify the key players in the international oil and gas industry
    • Explore the main challenges facing the industry, its responses to these challenges and future directions within the wider energy context
    • Analyse international energy policy frameworks and strategies
    • Explore the principal licensing and contractual arrangements used in the global oil and gas industry

    Module 2: Business Strategy (30 credits)


    • Inform students of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy
    • Explore models and theories of strategy and their application by practising managers
    • Critically appraise where and when such models are useful
    • Provide examples and exercises that illustrate these concepts with the intent of building capability in strategic thinking and practice

    Module 3: Executive Leadership (30 credits)


    • Illustrate how the processes of contemporary human resource management support organisational performance
    • Explore the key elements of the ‘HR cycle’ (resourcing, managing performance, developing and rewarding)
    • Identify areas of overlap between management and leadership and to investigate the competencies and behaviours associated with management and leadership
    • Develop leadership behaviours that will enable students to manage performance as well as lead change to improve organisational performance

    Module 4: Advanced International Marketing (20 credits)


    • Explore marketing and communication strategies in the context of oil and gas organisations
    • Enable analysis of current marketing strategies to apply appropriate techniques
    • Develop students’ abilities to:

    -          Identify actions that enhance profitability

    -          Create a communications strategy and plan

    -          Create a marketing strategy and plan

    -          Outline the business case for such plans

    Module 5: Oil and Gas Finance and Risk Analysis (20 credits)


    • Provide a comprehensive grounding in petroleum economics including cash flow principles throughout the value chain
    • Give an understanding of how investment decisions are made through a thorough analysis of variables and uncertainties
    • Explore the management and mitigation of risk and uncertainty in the financial context
    • Allow students to practise the valuation of oil and gas assets, portfolios and companies

     Module 6: Managing Projects and Optimising Operations (30 credits)


    • Examine the principal project management tools, methodologies and implementation strategies
    • Promote understanding of the link between strategy and operations, across key domains of operations management in the oil and gas industry
    • Analyse the role of research and development in shaping innovative approaches to operations management and in the wider organisational context

    Business Transformation Project (30 credits)

    The project module is a significant part of the course and provides the opportunity to integrate the skills and knowledge gained on the MBA by applying these to a substantial and real business issue.  The Business Transformation Project develops your research skills by ensuring you can critically appraise and apply theory relevant to a specific real-world business problem for yourself, employer, client or chosen sector.

    You can use this project strategically according to your goals. You might work with your employer to address a relevant business issue, or, if you are looking for a change of direction, as an independent project which will support your future career development.

    Whatever your perspective – consultative, research or entrepreneurial - you will be expected to exhibit a high level of proficiency in the design and application of research, data collection and analysis. The presentation of results and implementation of the final action points are critical.

    You will be encouraged to work in peer groups or “Action Learning Sets” to support each other during the period of your project work. These are self-managed work groups that address common problems and issues at work in a participative and structured way.

    How do I get further information? You can view full course details for the Oil & Gas MBA online or request more information from [email protected].

    IBC Academy is our partner in delivering this course, combining the academic expertise and reputation of the Middlesex University Business School with the industry conference and training expertise of IBC Academy, part of Informa Plc. IBC Academy manages course enrolment on behalf of the University.

    Core teaching staff

    You can find out more about teaching and assessment in the programme specification

    Entry requirements

    We consider applications to study the Oil & Gas MBA on their individual merits and circumstances. However as a guide the elements we consider when assessing the suitability of an applicant are:

    • A Bachelors Degree or an equivalent qualification normally at second class honours or above - or equivalent international academic qualification.
    • A minimum of two years’ relevant managerial or professional work experience since undergraduate graduation. Managerial experience means having responsibility for people and / or functions and / or relevant technical expertise.
    • At least two years' experience working in the oil and gas industry or related sector.
    • Candidates without an undergraduate honours degree must demonstrate at least five years' senior managerial experience and may be required to submit a GMAT test result of 550 or higher. A full description of your experience is essential to show clearly your successful career path and the contribution you.

    English language requirements

    Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement for entry to the programme. This can be by English being your mother tongue or you have previously successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a recognised institution where the medium of tuition and assessment was entirely in English (proof must be provided). Where this is not the case, an unconditional offer cannot be given until you provide satisfactory evidence of your English language ability by:

    • A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components). You can take this test in any of the centres in British Council offices overseas. Applications should be made direct to the local office. If no office is available, enquire at the British Consular Offices.
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 575 (no less than 4.5 in test of written English) or TOEFL iBT of 90 (with no less than 19 in each component).
    • Or equivalent qualification.

    How to Apply

    IBC Academy, our partner for this course, manages course enrolment on behalf of the University.  Please visit the IBC Academy website for application details and to enrol online when applications are being accepted.

    You can also email IBC Academy directly for enrolment information.


    The MBA not only benefits you as an individual, thus enhancing career prospects; it also proves invaluable to employers and their development.

    The MBA can significantly advance your career by giving you:

    • The confidence to operate across all areas of your industry
    • Enhanced capabilities to lead, think and act more strategically
    • Awareness of personal strengths and opportunities for improvement
    • The ability to apply knowledge as you learn it in real time and the real world
    • An understanding of the challenges in other sectors, industries and locations
    • A demonstrable ability to meet the challenges of a senior management role
    • The academic skills and intellectual habits to continue personal development after completing the MBA
    • Networking and support opportunities through lifelong alumni membership.

    Employability Service

    Our Employability Service can help you to develop your employability skills and get some valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

    The MBA can benefit your employer by:

    • Significantly enhancing your capabilities across a range of areas such as business management, people management, project management, strategic thinking, innovation and change
    • Improving your ability to operate at a more strategic level and contribute beyond your own functional specialism
    • Providing an opportunity for a cost-effective management development programme
    • Allowing the flexibility to study and participate without absence from the workplace
    • Presenting the opportunity to gain value for your organisation through your Business Transformation Project, providing significant research into a relevant business issue


    Fees for UK/EU and other international students - £14,800 / US$23,680


    IBC Academy, our partner for this course, manages course enrolment and student payment on behalf of the University.  Please visit the IBC Academy website for application and fee details, and to enrol online when applications are being accepted. 

    You can also email the IBC Academy directly for enrolment information.

    Why would an employer sponsor an MBA? 

    Our MBA courses prepare capable managers and executives for leadership roles within their organisations.  Our MBA equips individuals with a broad range of management skills, and in doing so, companies will gain an innovative leader able to inform and support organisational strategy.

    If you are thinking about approaching your company to enquire about sponsorship, or if you are thinking about sponsoring an individual on the programme, it may be helpful to consider the following advantages of studying the Oil & Gas MBA by distance learning: 

    • Applicability: the programme has been designed for the oil and gas industry. Employers and participants benefit immediately from the additional skills and knowledge gained.
    • Integration: employers do not lose valuable members of staff to full-time study for one or two years and the employees avoid the problem that can arise with re-integration into the organisation.
    • Flexibility: participants can organise their study time according to personal circumstances, without loss of income or disruption to their careers. 

    Sponsoring an employee will add high value to the organisation's human resource management strategy and assist employee relations. Skilled executives offer strategic value to companies looking for growth opportunities