The MBA Oil and Gas Management specialist course will hone your management skills to the specific needs of the oil and gas sector, giving practical experience while you learn and provide priceless insights and learning that can significantly impact your effectiveness and career.

With unparalleled Oil and Gas industry partnerships, this course has gained international recognition through academic collaborations within the energy sector across the world. The course has flexible study modes, and will develop your understanding of the theory, practice and execution of business decisions across a range of functions within an energy context. You will attend our on-campus 9-day Leadership Week and conduct a Consultancy Project for an oil and gas client organisation.

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Ranked in the Top 10 Business Schools for MBA’s specialising in Energy and Natural Resources - FindMBA 2018

This course has multiple study options
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Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Full Time
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Course Length
1 year

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
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Course Length
33 months

Mode of Attendance
  • On Campus
Mode of Study
  • Part Time
Start Month
Course Length
33 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
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  • Part Time
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Course Length
33 months

Mode of Attendance
  • Online Learning
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  • Part Time
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33 months
Full Time

You will learn the fundamentals and key decision-making that take place in business functions within an energy context and then apply this at a strategic level. You will attend our 9-day Leadership Week event and utilise your knowledge and skills in an applied oil and gas Consultancy Project.

Part Time & Online Distance Learning

Stage 1

You will develop an in-depth understanding and gain experience of decision making in relation to a range of business functions within an energy context including Strategy, People Management, Finance, Accounting and Oil and Gas Operations management.

Stage 2

You will continue to develop your understanding of various business functions including Business Development, Marketing and Sales, and oil and gas economics. You will choose an oil and gas elective module and participate in our 9-day Leadership Week event which includes a Business Simulation Exercise, academic and practical workshops, outdoor leadership development day, and guest speakers from academia and the oil and gas industry.

Stage 3

You will utilise your knowledge and skills in an applied business context, for a client organisation in the oil and gas industry (typically for your employer), through the Consultancy Project. The project is supported by a tutor from RGU and is designed so that the project recommendations bring real value to the client organisation.


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 and module disclaimer for more information. 

Detailed module information

You will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshop sessions which compromise of a mix of group study, simulation, case studies and presentations.

Part-time (weekend delivery)

You will attend weekend workshops at our Garthdee Campus, of which you are required to attend approximately 16-20 days per year for the first two years. You will have access to your learning materials from home/remotely through our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle.

Online Distance Learning (ODL)

You will learn via our online virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle which provides you with lectures and course materials and allows you to study from any location. You will participate in active, group-related learning within a supportive online community setting.

Activity Summary

Full Time

  • Lectures - 20 students per group, 3 hours per week
  • Seminars - 20 students per group, 6 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1:1 supervision, 24 hours final semester only
  • Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 100 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 450 hours per semester

Part-Time / ODL

  • Lectures - 40 students per group, 2.5 hours per week
  • Seminars - 40 students per group, 2.5 hours per semester
  • Webinar - 40 students per group, 2.5 hours per semester
  • Project Supervision - 1:1 supervision, 12 hours final semester only
  • Practical class or workshop - 40 students per group, 32-48 hours per semester
  • Independent Study - 250 hours per semester
Leadership Week

You will participate in our 9-day Leadership Week event, held on campus, which includes a Business Simulation Exercise, academic and practical workshops, outdoor leadership development day, and guest speakers from academia and the oil and gas industry. You will have the opportunity to meet and network with fellow MBA students across all modes of study and industry experts from local and national businesses.

Independent Study

The total learning effort on the course is the equivalent of 1800 hours over 12 months (full time) or 33 months (part time or online distance). This is to include independent study and coursework preparation, workshops, lectures and other activities.

Staff Delivering on This Course

The MBA programme is taught by industry experts and leading academics who have had successful careers within the corporate world and energy industries. One of our staff members on the programme is a Fellow of the Energy Institute, and two members of staff are Members of the Energy Institute, which ensures the teaching on the course is of the highest standard and relevance to industry.

We have strong industry partnerships with the biggest energy companies across the world including Total, BP, Wood, and Sonatrach and work closely with CEO’s, directors and key managers to design and continuously develop our MBA offering and ensure the curriculum is appropriate to the needs of oil and gas senior managers of the future.


Typically students are assessed each year:

Full Time

  • 1 written exam, 24 hour time window; online exam
  • 7 written assignments, including essays
  • 3 reports
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 project output
  • 2 oral assessments
  • 3 group critiques

Part-Time / ODL

Year 1

  • 1 written exam, 24 hour time window; online exam
  • 4 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report

Year 2

  • 2 written assignments, including essays
  • 1 report
  • 1 portfolio
  • 2 project outputs
  • 1 oral assessment
  • 3 group critiques

Year 3

  • 1 written assignment, including essay
  • 1 report

We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.


The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.



All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.



The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Library Support

The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.

University Library


Within the Consultancy Project you will act as a consultant for a business within the oil and gas industry on an agreed issue relating to its operations. It allows you to apply your knowledge, leadership and strategic thinking skills within a practical context, face challenges of working within new settings, apply learning to new problems and earn valuable experience of working in a multi-national environment.

All projects are strategic in nature and focus on real opportunities facing an organisation or government department/agency. Previous projects have ranged from developing an international gas utilisation and monetisation strategy in West Africa to developing a global strategy and franchising for a major oil company. You can also use the Consultancy Project as an opportunity to produce a business plan for your own entrepreneurial ventures within the oil and gas industry.


Job Prospects

Once you have completed the MBA Oil and Gas Management course, the doors of management within oil and gas are certifiably open. On completion, you will be able to take that next step in your career to a senior leadership position either within your existing organisation, a new organisation or on setting up your own business.

This degree is globally recognised and can be taken to employers across any continent, it can be linked with other career fields and degree programs such as the Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA).

Our MBA Careers and Employability programme comprises of a suite of workshops designed to stimulate your thinking, put you in control of your career planning and prepare you to compete effectively in the employment market.

The programme provides you with priceless managerial skills and competences, as well as academic theory and knowledge, to enable you to maximise your potential within the oil and gas industry.

Previous graduates have gone on to launch their own business, move into academia, and occupy senior management roles such as CEO, Senior Vice President, UK Country Manager.


  • Applicants must normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline and have at least 3 years of full-time professional work experience.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and/or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.


Pre-Sessional English Programme at RGU

Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact for further information.


Full-time All Students

  • £17,000 entire course

Part-time/Online Distance Learning All Students

  • £5,390 Year 1
  • £6,370 Year 2
  • £5,240 Year 3
Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

  • The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
  • Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
  • Accommodation and living costs
  • Printing
  • £40 graduation fee
  • Associated travel and accommodation costs for attending 9-day Leadership Week at our Garthdee Campus, Aberdeen

Other Fees and Charges

Alumni Discount

Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.


Scholarships and Financial Awards

You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:



For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:



Have a question about the course? Get in touch with our Student Admissions Team and we'll do our best to help.

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This course is accredited by the Association of MBA’s (AMBA) and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Energy Institute (EI) across all three modes of delivery.

It is also recognised by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). 


Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

University Wide Facilities


We’ve got a few options for applying to our postgraduate courses for UK, EU and international applicants.

All applicants to postgraduate courses can apply direct to the university using our online application form.

Applicants from non-EU countries can apply direct to the University with our PDF form.