MBA Oil and Gas Management MBA

Online MBA in Oil and Gas Management

1. Overview

This AMBA accredited course offers a strategic management MBA qualification with a specialist emphasis on oil and gas.

The energy sector is facing profound changes due to factors such as climate change and environmental issues, changing patterns of viability in exploration and development, in fragmentation of the value chain and the diversification of activities within organisations.

Competition is forcing all organisations to concentrate on developing strong management competencies and this distance learning MBA in Oil and Gas Management will ensure you are ready to meet these challenges. This course offers flexible study and is delivered online through the university virtual campus, Campus Moodle.

Studying on this AMBA accredited course also provides you with the opportunity to meet, network and interact with a diverse group of students from around the world.

2. What you will study

You will study online through the university virtual learning environment, Campus Moodle. There will be the opportunity for you to interact with tutors and fellow students from around the world.

Semester 1

  • BSM154 People Management & Organisational Development (15 Credits)
  • BSM146 Strategic Management Environment (10 Credits)

Semester 2

  • BSM013 Financial and Management Accounting (10 Credits)
  • BSM659 Strategic Operations Management: Oil & Gas (15 Credits)

Semester 3

  • BSM653 Corporate Financial Management (10 Credits)

Semester 4

  • BSM179 Oil And Gas Economics (15 Credits)

Choose 1 option module from the following group:

  • BSM084 Project Fundamentals (15 Credits)
  • BSM117 Energy Policy and the Environment (15 Credits)
  • BSM141 Oil and Gas Markets (15 Credits)
  • BSM142 Natural Resource Economics (15 Credits)
  • BSM2519 Oil & Gas Management (15 Credits)
  • BSM578 Oil And Gas Contract Law (15 Credits)

Semester 5

  • BSM147 Strategic Management
  • BSM181 Oil and Gas Business Development and Commercial Contracting (10 Credits)

Semester 6

  • BSM116 Leadership, Communication And Change (15 Credits)
  • BSM147 Strategic Management

Semester 7

  • BSM2051 Consultancy Project (30 Credits)

Choose 1 option module from the following group:

  • BSM084 Project Fundamentals (15 Credits)
  • BSM117 Energy Policy and the Environment (15 Credits)
  • BSM141 Oil and Gas Markets (15 Credits)
  • BSM142 Natural Resource Economics (15 Credits)
  • BSM2519 Oil & Gas Management (15 Credits)
  • BSM578 Oil And Gas Contract Law (15 Credits)
  • BSM626 Hazard Identification and Risk Management (15 Credits)
  • BSM178 Commercialisation Project 

Semester 8

  • BSM2051 Consultancy Project (30 Credits)

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 disclaimer for more information. 

3. How you will learn

Distance Learning
Our supported distance learning mode of delivery allows you to study online from any location and is designed to fit in around your work commitments. You will be taught and supported by experienced industry professionals who will recreate the same challenging interactive format of the on-campus courses for those studying at a distance.

Our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle offers students flexibility of where and when they can study, offering full and open access to tutors and other class members. Students have the benefit of being part of a group of learners with the invaluable opportunity to participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting. The online campus provides students with lectures and course materials and it also includes:

  • Virtual tutorials
  • Live chat
  • Discussion forums - student and tutor led
  • Up-to-date web technology for delivery methods
  • User friendly material
  • Access to our online library

As online learners, students are part of a 'virtual cohort' and the communication and interaction amongst members of the cohort is a significant aspect of the learning process.

Details on distance learning are also available from our Distance Learning Guide .

During the course of your degree you are required to attend a 10 day leadership week which takes place in the last week of May in your second year.

You will need to factor in the cost for travel, accommodation and subsistence for these 10 days.

This event brings together a number of speakers from academia and industry. During the event there will be a mix of academic and practical workshops. Each session will explore a different aspect of leadership and aims to enhance students’ skills and provide an opportunity to network.

The event will be hosted in the modern facilities at Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee.

4. Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a first degree, at honours level at a top class banding (either a first class or second class upper or equivalent). You will also have at least three years professional experience in the Energy industry or a related sector. This should include some management responsibility of people, resources, projects or finance.

If you do not have a first degree but have 5 years or more senior management experience you may be considered. Please contact the MBA course leader, Alan Scott, by phoning +44 (0)1224 263428 or email

All international students, for whom English is not their first language, must provide evidence of linguistic ability, by gaining either IELTS 6.5 or its equivalent in TOEFL prior to receiving an unconditional offer of a place on the course.

English language requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

This course is recognised by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the Energy Institute (EI).

AMBA is regarded as the international authority on the development of business leaders and the guardian of MBA quality standards. It plays a unique role in supporting business schools to develop business leaders and provides a network for MBAs, business schools and employer.

Energy Institute accreditation indicates the Institute's support of this energy-related course and '...involves a thorough assessment of the course content, its assessment procedures, its teaching staff and its facilities by a panel of EI experts' (EI website).

6. Student Funding

MBA Scholarship
Aberdeen Business School is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to assist exceptionally able students who wish to undertake their MBA programmes. Further details available via MBA Scholarship.

Postgraduate Funding
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Full-time students can apply for a PTFL up to £3400. Part-time students can apply for up to £1700. The tuition fee loan is only available to part-time students who are undertaking at least 50% of a full-time course, and therefore, complete their qualification in 2 years. Information on funding for postgraduate students can found via Postgraduate Student Finance.

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU, further information available via the Alumni page.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2016/2017

All Students

  • £7,790 Year 1
  • £7,790 Year 2
  • £2,120 Year 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

  • £7,510 Year 1
  • £7,510 Year 2
  • £1,971 Year 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

All Students

  • £7,265 Year 1
  • £7,265 Year 2
  • £1,971 Year 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

All Students

  • £7,044 Year 1
  • £7,044 Year 2
  • £1,912 Year 3
  • £1,971 Year 3

For Academic Year 2012/2013

All Students

Distance Learning Part-time

  • £7,045 Year 1
  • £7,045 Year 2
  • £1,910 Year 3

For Academic Year 2011/2012

All Students

  • £7,068 Year 1
  • £7,068 Year 2
  • £1,864 Year 3 (Dissertation stage)


All course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change. Published fees apply to the course's mode of delivery. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages


8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online.

If you are a UK/EU student and have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:


Our online MBA courses are ranked amongst the top 10 in the QS Online MBA rankings.

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Start date

September or January

Course length

3 years

Mode of Attendance


Academic school
Aberdeen Business School
More information:
Bukola Faturoti Senior Lecturer
+44 (0)1224 263558
Accredited By
Association of MBAs
Accredited By
Energy Institute Accredited Course

Postgraduate Guide

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