Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors MSc

MSc Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors

1. Overview

This postgraduate course has been specifically developed to enable students to professionally enhance their commercial skills. The course has been developed in close collaboration with industry and includes a contemporary industry perspective from sector experts from all parts of the supply chain.

The course will allow you to gain a professionally accredited qualification and develop the demonstrable core commercial competencies much in demand by the oil, gas, renewables and decommissioning industries.

Building on our expertise in providing surveying, commercial and project management education, the course has been designed to meet the particular requirements of the energy sectors, in alignment with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) competency framework, namely:

  • Commercial management
  • Design economics
  • Risk and supply chain management
  • Contract practice
  • Procurement and tendering practices
  • Project financial control
  • Project Management

Every module includes input and learning from industry experts so you will gain knowledge and skills which are directly applicable to the workplace. Individual modules can be studied on a stand-alone basis for CPD or personal development.  Modules may also be delivered on a commercial bespoke basis for organisation learning and development.

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2. What you will study

Stage 1

Exit award: PgCert Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors

Stage 2

Pick one elective module from:

Exit award: PgDip Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors

Stage 3

Award: MSc Commercial Practice for the Energy Sectors

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

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. If you would like to find out more about our online learning environment get in touch to access our pre-enrolment Campus Moodle area where you will be able to see how the system works and take a look at sample teaching materials.

All our Modules on this MSc course are assessed entirely by coursework.  The main assessment is normally by means of one significant piece of integrative coursework (which may include a combination of individual and group work) which would be submitted electronically via the Moodle Dropbox facility. This coursework will be graded in accordance with our procedures.

In addition to this significant piece of coursework, you will be asked to undertake a minimum of 2 activities or tests within the teaching programme which will be short concise submissions as determined by the Module tutors; these will be graded pass/fail but you must pass these short activities in order to be awarded the Module credits.

4. Entry requirements

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds who are industry aware or have a good academic qualification. We will accredit good quality prior experiential learning.

Applicants who comply with any of the following criteria should apply:

  • A good Honours degree in any discipline from a recognised university.
  • A recognised professionally accredited diploma or corporate body membership.
  • Applicants who do not hold an Honours degree but who have relevant industry experience over a reasonable time period will be considered.

For international students 6.5 IELTS or its equivalent in TOEFL is required.

English Language Requirements

5. Placements and accreditations

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). The course is also fully accredited by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This will allow you, upon successful completion of the course, to enrol for the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC), the final step to becoming a Chartered Surveyor.

6. Student Funding

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Architecture, Construction & Surveying Postgraduate Scholarships page.

Payment Plan – Distance Learning

7. How to apply

Applications for admission to postgraduate courses should be made online directly to the University's Admissions Office online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline.

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

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

Course enquiries are welcome to Christine Black, Course Administrator:

or to David Moore, Postgraduate Programme Leader

 

8. Prospects

Aberdeen is Europe's Energy Capital and our School has an excellent reputation for graduate employment.

Over the last two decades a large number of our surveying and project management graduates have found employment in the oil and gas industries in positions such as: Commercial Manager, Contracts Engineer, Surveyor, Cost Engineer, Project Manager, Contracts Manager, Estimator, Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager.

9. Course costs

Online Distance Learning courses are charged on a module by module basis. This gives you the flexibility required when studying online, allowing you to pay as you progress.

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Distance Learning All Students 2016/17 

  • £1,100 per module
  • £2,930 per individual research dissertation

This is equivalent to:

  • £4,440 for year 1
  • £4,440 for year 2
  • £2,930 for year 3

Fees listed are subject to annual review.

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MSc

Start date

January / September

Course length

2 years (plus dissertation) Online Distance Learning

Mode of Attendance

Online Distance Learning

Academic school
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment
More information:
Dr David Moore Reader and Postgraduate Programme Leader
+44 (0)1224 263531
Accredited By
RICS Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Association of Building Engineers
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