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The content of this course is reflective of the current climate of the energy industry and is intended to fulfil the management training requirements for technical, business and early career managers within the sector.
Modules provide the theory, policy and practice aspects of the energy industry with linkages to subject areas such as health, safety and risk. You will gain experience of key decision-making in a range of business functions and then apply this knowledge to specialist modules.
This course offers the opportunity to extend your study by a year to complete a 48 week work placement. Evidence suggests that graduates who can demonstrate relevant work experience have a better chance of securing a graduate level job.
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The first stage of the course will provide you with a broad context for understanding energy sector strategic analysis, including energy finance considerations, appreciation of renewable energy management and the economics of the oil and gas industry.
You will develop the skills for specific applications of management principles and tools in addressing environmental, operational and strategic risk management considerations. You will be able to provide sound rationale and clearly communicate to relevant stakeholders solutions to contemporary energy management challenges in a variety of different organisational settings.
The Capstone module is designed to provide you with an opportunity to integrate Master's level knowledge and skills by independently working on an applied academic study or business consultancy project from a degree related discipline. Personal and professional skills such as research, consulting, oral presentation and teamwork will be developed.
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. These comprise of a mix of group study, discussion, simulation and presentations of findings by teams and individuals. You will work as an individual and also as part of a team on case studies, team activities, presentations and discussions.
Access to our virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle, is also provided giving you access from home to the learning materials (including videos, e-books and journals).
You will also have access to Datastream, FAME and Osiris, which offer company insights and fundamentals and a host of market data.
- Lectures - 20 students per group, 8 hours per week
- Seminars - 15 students per group, 2 hours, 2/3 masterclasses per session, typically 2 hours
- Tutorial - 10 students per group, 4 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 1 student per group, 30 hours per semester (Capstone)
- Practical class or workshop - 10 students per group, 2 hours per week
- Independent Study - 1 student per group, 38 hours per week (Semesters 1 & 2)
- Independent Study - 1 student per group, 570 hours in Semester 3 (Capstone)
- External Visits - 20 students per group, 2/3 industry visits per session, typically 2 hours
The course encourages you to work autonomously and to take responsibility for your own learning and professional development. In addition to lectures and tutorials you will spend approximately 38 hours per week outside of class working on your own. This involves undertaking prescribed reading, preparing for tutorial assignments, team meetings and researching and writing course reports.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Academic staff who teach on this course have worked in a range of professional backgrounds, are ‘business-connected’ and use professional networks and their academic research to ensure teaching is professionally relevant and cutting edge.
Our staff have either achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards this. This is a professional recognition of lecturer practice, impact and leadership in teaching and learning. In addition, many have featured in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union.
Other staff members include industry professionals, staff with research experience and guest lecturers who deliver presentations as part of a masterclass series in relevant work-related topics.
Typically students are assessed each year:
- 8 written assignments (coursework) including essays
- 1 dissertation (if dissertation option selected in Capstone)
- 1 project report: (if Business Consultancy option selected in Capstone)
- 1 oral assessment (presentation)
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.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
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.
STUDY SKILLS 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
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.
This course will enable you to develop your career further and venture into a variety of energy sectors including oil and gas, renewables, nuclear, electricity and bio fuels. You will have the opportunity to progress your career in variety of areas including energy management, policy analysis and evaluation, energy assessment, exploration, distribution, environmental management, carbon management, engineering and risk management.
Previous graduates have gone on to work for national regulators, private sector energy companies and start-ups, and in related roles within finance and other sectors.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in any subject discipline.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
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:
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.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
- £8,000 entire MSc
- £15,000 entire MSc
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- £5,500 entire MSc
- £12,470 entire MSc
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
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
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:
This course is accredited by the Energy Institute (EI). You will be entitled to free student membership of EI, giving you access to a number of resource materials, opportunity to attend events and workshops of the Institute and access to a large network of energy professionals.
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
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
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.
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