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Oil and Gas Accounting and Management

This course is designed for graduate level students with a wide range of backgrounds who aspire to develop careers in the Oil & Gas and related sectors.

Next Start Date: January, September

Degree type: MSc/PGDip/PGCert

UCAS Code: Apply directly

Duration: One year (full-time); Two years (part-time)


Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.  Visit the SAAS website for more information.

Why choose this course?

Our MSc Oil and Gas Accounting and Management is a flexible programme specifically designed to prepare you for a management career within the oil and gas sector.

Aimed at well-qualified students from a wide range of backgrounds, you’ll develop relevant high-level knowledge, understanding, and skills under three headings. First, meeting organisational goals in the oil and gas (and related) sectors through the use of financial and accounting tools and techniques, allied to capabilities in human and physical resource management.  Second, rising to strategic challenges in the sector through a better understanding of the international competitive environment, viewed through the lens of advanced studies in economics, corporate finance, and enterprise.  Third, engaging in critical analysis of current practice within the sector, using relevant business and organisational research methods.

As well as developing capabilities in the above three areas, the programme fosters self-confidence in developing and presenting efficient, logical solutions to complex problems in the oil and gas sector. This is done by discussion, debate and analysis of business issues and problems in an international environment. This format allows consideration of social, political, cultural and technological dimensions of the sector, that go beyond formal techniques alone, thus embedding business decision-making in a wider socio-political context. 

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When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative like-minded scholars and will automatically be provided with access to our dedicated study and social spaces – a forum in which you can meet, work and learn with other researchers and postgraduates from across the University. You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

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Making the Most of Masters

The Making the Most of Masters project provides opportunities for Masters students to undertake work based projects, allowing you to enhance your employability at the same time as studying for your Masters degree.

Working with external organisations and employers, the projects are an integral part of your academic programme, and address real needs within an organisation meaning you’ll have the opportunity to add valuable experience to your CV.

Find out more about Making the Most of Masters.

Making the Most of Masters Case Study - Oil and Gas


What you study

The key modules included in this programme for 2016/17 are:

Semester Module title Core or option
1 Accounting for Sustainable Development core
1 Research Methods core
1 Corporate Finance option
1 International Human Resource Management option
2 International Oil & Gas Accounting core
2 Strategic Change & Global Leadership option
2 Economics option
2 International Marketing option
2 International Supply Chain Management core
3 Dissertation core


Entry routes

A good honours degree in a related subject.  Non-EU students should have academic credentials equivalent to at least GPA=3.6.

Two references indictating aptitude for studies in oil and gas accounting and management.

Overseas Applicants
A minimum proficiency level of IELTS 6.0 (with no band less than 5.5) or equivalent (CEFR: C1) is required. Other certificates and evidence of English proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 can be accepted, details of acceptable qualifications can be found here.  If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our Intensive English for Academic Purposes programme.

Fees and scholarships

Fee Category Tuition Fees
Scholarships & Bursaries
Scottish and other EU students

Current Fees

Other forms of support
English, Welsh and Northern Irish

Current Fees

Bursaries & Scholarships
Overseas (non EU) students

Current Fees

Overseas Scholarships

Fee quoted is the total cost providing that the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started.  Fees may be subject to increase.

Further info

The flexible nature of this programme means that you can study full-time or part-time, commencing in January or September.  The course can also be used as continuing professional development by studying for intermediate awards of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to suit your personal circumstances.

Graduates achieving the award of MSc Oil & Gas Accounting and Management will be qualified to seek employment in large international energy companies (IOCs), national oil companies (NOCs), consultancy and energy industry related support organisations, SMEs operating in the energy and related sectors, as well as public sector organisations with a remit that covers the energy sector and/or energy issues. The qualification will also provide a good platform to seek employment in a wide range of more general organisations both public and private, where there is growing recognition of the importance of energy related issues.

Graduates are likely to find positions in fields including management, economic, business/market and strategic analysis, finance and energy risk management.

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Student Recruitment Office
T:  +44 (0) 1382 308080
F:  +44 (0) 1382 308081

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