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Master of Business Administration in Oil and Gas MBA

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MBA Master of Business Administration in Oil and Gas (Distance Learning)

October 2021
2 years part-time (distance learning)
Part-time online
£TBC (UK) *
Course leader
Lakshmi Narasimhan Vedanthachari

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.

Why study the MBA Oil and Gas at Middlesex University?

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.

You will be studying with fellow students who 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)

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What will you study on the MBA Oil and Gas?

Commencing in September, this course 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.

The 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 either six modules followed by an Applied Project or eight modules followed by a shorter Business Transformation Project, studied over two years.

  • Modules

    • The Global Oil and Gas Industry (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide the context in which the global oil and gas industry operates, highlighting its global significance in the past and present. You will identify the key players in the international oil and gas industry and explore the main challenges facing the industry, its responses to these challenges and future directions within the wider energy context. You will analyse international energy policy frameworks and strategies and begin to understand the principal licensing and contractual arrangements used in the global oil and gas industry.

    • Business Strategy (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce you to the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy. You will explore models and theories of strategy and their application by practising managers as well as critically appraise where and when such models are useful. You will also be able to provide examples that illustrate these concepts with the intent of building capability in strategic thinking and practice.

    • Executive Leadership (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will illustrate how the processes of contemporary human resource management support organisational performance. You will explore the key elements of the 'HR cycle' (resourcing, managing performance, developing and rewarding) and be able to identify areas of overlap between management and leadership. You will also investigate the competencies and behaviours associated with management and leadership and develop leadership behaviours that will enable you to manage performance as well as lead change to improve organisational performance.

    • Advanced International Marketing (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore marketing and communication strategies in the context of oil and gas organisations. You will enable the analysis of current marketing strategies to apply appropriate techniques as well as:

      • Identify actions that enhance profitability
      • Create a communications strategy and plan
      • Create a marketing strategy and plan
      • Outline the business case for such plans
    • Oil and Gas Finance and Risk Management (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will provide a comprehensive grounding in petroleum economics including cash flow principles throughout the value chain. You will gain an understanding into how investment decisions are made through a thorough analysis of variables and uncertainties and you will explore the management and mitigation of risk and uncertainty in the financial context. This module will allow you to practise the valuation of oil and gas assets, portfolios and companies.

    • Managing Projects and Optimising Operations (20 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will examine the principal project management tools, methodologies and implementation strategies and promote your understanding of the link between strategy and operations, across key domains of operations management in the oil and gas industry. You will analyse the role of research and development in shaping innovative approaches to operations management and in the wider organisational context.

    • Research Methods (10 Credits) - Optional

      This module will provide you with a means of further developing your skills in research and introduces some of the key controversies of management research. You will be presented with the key elements and issues of research design, of processes of collecting evidence and analysing this, and of drawing conclusions. You will begin to understand the processes and problems of producing research outcomes. The key output of this module will be producing the project proposal, as a requirement for commencing the final project.

    • Information Management (20 credits) - Optional*

      Through this module you will gain a thorough understanding of the information technology and systems used in organisations to manage information and decision making. It will allow you to explore the challenges posed by the emerging issues of big data and provide an overview of the increasing demands on information storage and protection.

    • Management Perspectives (20 credits) - Optional*

      Through this module you will gain an understanding in the value and contextual subjectivity of management practise in an energy context and explore the role of ethics and social responsibility in current management guidance. This module will offer you an insight into management across cultures and leading a diverse workplace. You will also gain an appreciation of the critical tools needed to analyse and identify responses to the challenges of current management.

    • Business Transformation Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Applied Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides students with the means of further developing and integrating the skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA through application to a specific organisational issue or problem.

      It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue(s)/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data, assessing the financial implications, including any cost/benefit analysis for justifying specific recommendations and consideration of implementation issues.

      The MBA project provides the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills gained on the MBA at an advanced level. Students prepare to undertake the project by looking at different research methods.

      • The project can take several forms such as:
        Project for a host/client organisation
      • The solution to a practical managerial or organisational problem, where practical recommendations arise out of a mix of theory and data collection
      • A work-based issue within the student's own place of employment
      • An empirical investigation of a management or organisational practice, strongly supported by the relevant theory and concepts

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are not offered on every course. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

Modules marked with * are offered subject to student demand

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can the MBA Oil and Gas support your career?

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.

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

We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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