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BSc (Hons) Oil and Gas Management

If you want to work for one of the seven major global energy firms - also known as the 'seven stars' - or any of the ancillary companies offering services to the oil and gas industry, this degree programme is for you.


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Next start date:

June 2015



Annual fees:

£8000 £6000 £4500

Study options:

2 Years
Full Time


Greenwich, Greenford

The global nature of the extractive industries will offer you opportunities toPlymouth Logo work either in the UK or in one of the many countries around the world currently extracting, or looking to extract, oil and gas. Environmental concerns are placing great pressures on the extractive industries to change their practice and philosophies,and this oil and gas management course offers an excellent way of exploring this fast-changing and interesting area. 

This oil and gas management degree programme* is industry-relevant and validated by a high ranking university. We are preparing to work with the extractive industries on course design, empowering you with leading-edge information and skills.

*subject to revalidation


Key facts before you start

UCAS Campus (Institution) Code: G74

BSc (Hons) Oil & Gas Management UCAS course codes

Mode of StudyUCAS Course Code
2 year accelerated H890
2 year accelerated (with foundation year zero) H891
3 years H893
3 years (with foundation year zero) H892

Starting dates

The BSc Programmes have enrolment dates in February, May/June and October each year.

Mode of attendance

The Plymouth University BSc Programmes at GSM London can be studied either full time or part time (over four years from October 2014). The programme is available to study as a traditional three calendar year degree and also as an accelerated degree over two calendar years.

Please note, both the two year and three year programmes result in a full BSc (Hons) degree awarded by Plymouth University, your final award certificate will not state your chosen mode of study.

Three calendar year degree
Students study six subjects per calendar year, three subjects per semester. 
This degree programme takes thirty-two months (3 calendar years) to complete.

The first year/ stage offers fundamental academic grounding, the second and third years/ stages engage more directly with the specialist subject to advance the students’ analytical thinking and understanding of the industry.

Two calendar year accelerated degree
There are three stages to the programme, each stage takes eight months (two semesters) to complete. 
Students study six subjects (modules) at each stage.
This degree programme takes twenty-four months (six semesters) to complete.

Year zero
Candidates who do not meet the degree entry requirements are encouraged to apply for a course with our Year 0 option. This is an additional year before the course, after which you will gain direct entry onto the degree programme.

International Foundation Year
Designed specifically for international students for study at undergraduate degree level.  This programme is suitable for international students who do not meet our academic and English language requirements for undergraduate degrees. It will  develop English language, academic and study skills and provide essential knowledge, successful completion of which gives direct entry on to our degree programmes. There are two options either a two semester (8 months) or three semester (12 months) which is in additional to either a two year or three year degree programme.

Tuition fees

Please visit our Tuition Fees area to browse the options available for this programme.


Successful completion of the BSc(Hons) can lead to entrance to either the MBA or MSc programmes offered at GSM London

Exam fees

Exam registration - £10 per exam


The assessment methods for students on the BSc (Hons) Degree are a mixture of individual module assignments, group project work and written examinations.

Assessment will take place during and at the end of each semester period with a final research project presented at the final stage of the degree programme. This form of continuous assessment carefully prepares students for the world of work and allows students to receive regular feedback from their tutors.

What we'll cover

Programme Modules

Term 1


This module identifies the nature and responsibilities of management and how these have evolved over the past few decades. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between strategic objectives and operational policies, and contrasts the problems of management in large and small companies and in different types of industries.

Introduction to Accounting

This module demonstrates the significance and limitations of data presented in financial statements including profit and loss accounts, balance sheets, cash flow statements and liquidity measurement. The financial statements will be related to the implications for management decisions and forward planning in business organisations.

Study Skills

The Study Skills module is intended to provide the foundations for undertaking undergraduate studies. It will address potential problems by providing the development for good academic practice. It is important to make explicit the criteria and standards applied in assessing students’ work and accordingly this module aims to initiate an understanding of such requirements.

Term 2

Introduction to Computing

This module identifies the potential of computing to facilitate decision making by management. In particular the methods of storing, retrieving and restructuring data and their impact on the quality of management are important features of this module. To this end the enhancement of knowledge of both hardware and software is a significant element of the module.

Business Economics

One of the essential tasks of managers is to take rational decisions about resource allocation, output and the optimum size of operations. This entails knowledge of basic economic theory and its application to operational decisions. Additionally, the influence of the macroeconomic environment is an important element in decision taking and therefore it is necessary to understand the relationship between changes in this environment and the impact on business policies.

Business Law

All operational and strategic business policies have legal implications which impinge upon managerial responsibilities. In particular the nature of contracts, liability, (contract and tort) and employment is subject to legal constraints which affect their actions. Additionally, EU law is influential on the operation of companies. This module examines the ways in which managerial decisions relate to the legal framework as well as commercial and financial factors.

Term 3

Oil and Gas Management

This module identifies and analyses the responsibilities of management in the oil and gas industry and contrasts management issues in different parts of the world. The module encompasses operational, strategic problems and policies and also demonstrates how organisational size and markets are crucial factors in determining management structure and performance.

International Energy Policies

This module identifies the main elements of international energy policy including assessments of world energy needs and the available capacity to supply these needs. It also illustrates the determinants of energy systems including the process of economic and population growth and the availability of alternative energy. This module also analyses the supply and demand and relationship in different parts of the world.

Legal Aspects of the Oil and Gas Industry

The module explores the rules and policy decisions that govern the contractual relationship between international oil companies and petroleum producing/exporting countries and the other player in the value chain i.e. the transportation, refining, storage and marketing of the produced oil and gas. This module involves a detailed exploration of matters relevant to all oil and gas transactions including choice of law, the jurisdiction of the English courts over international contracts and the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

Term 4

Environmental Management for Sustainable Development

This module is designed to identify the social and environmental cost associated with the development of oil and gas industries and also with the rising levels of consumption of these products. It will critically examine the means of containing these costs to ensure that the future development of these industries is sustainable

Logistics and Operations Management

The study of logistics and operations management is of particular importance in the context of manufacturing industry, although it may be adapted for almost any context.The theories and principles explored in this module assist managers to make the best use of time and resources and to affect change in processes in order to create greater efficiency.

E-Commerce and Marketing

This module identifies the nature of consumer behaviour across a range of industries and evaluates methods of meeting consumer needs and the interrelationship between these methods. It also demonstrates the impact of marketing policies on other functional management policies in business organisations and identifies techniques of marketing planning. Furthermore, this module analyses the importance of the internet and in particular, e-commerce to modern enterprises both business-to-business and business-to-consumer.

Term 5

Innovation and Risk Management

This module is designed to explore the key factors relating to investment decisions in the energy sector. The salient models of innovation are critically examined and applied to various case studies related to the energy industry. This module also encompasses the relationship between innovation and risk and in particular the importance of risk governance process for ICT threats to critical infrastructures.

Development in Oil and Gas Retail Industries

This module analyses the structure of the petroleum retail industry using UK as a case study for petroleum retailing and gas marketing to domestic consumers and its relationship to the supplying industry and to consumers. It will identify the reasons for expansion and profitability and the prospects for the future.

Project Management

This describes the basic elements of project management and will help students to define projects distinctly from operational management tasks. It will prepare students who enter the oil & gas industries that projects are no longer associated exclusively with major infrastructure and form part of everyday middle management job tasks.

Term 6

Strategic Management

This module examines the nature of corporate strategy and the reasons for setting long term corporate objectives. It also demonstrates the interlinking between strategy, resources recruitment, the markets and the technology employed and finances available. The external factors affecting strategy and the impact on the size and structure of organisations are also considered.

Oil and Gas Management Project

The management of organisation in the oil and gas industry entails drawing upon knowledge and skills across a range of management functions. Thus, it is important for managers to recognise the synergy between functions as well as the specialist skills required at departmental level. This module provides the opportunity to examine in depth one or more related problems in organisations in the oil and gas industry.

If you choose our 2 or 3 year degree with year 0 you will study the following courses on your first year:

Principles of Management

Computer Literacy

Advanced Critical Writing Skills


Academic Writing

Personal Development


Career opportunities

What do you want to be?

Junior rolesSenior role

Drilling Engineer

Operations Manager
Environmental Consultant Team Leader
Waste Management Assistant  
Research Administrator  

Entry requirements

An applicant must be at least 18 years of age and as a minimum have obtained one of the following:

  • Minimum 2 ‘A’ Level passes, grades A* - E. 
  • A NQF Level 3 qualification (or an equivalent International qualification)
  • BTEC National Diploma or Certificate
  • Bachelor Extended Pathway (Foundation Year)

Mature candidates (aged 21 or above) who do not meet the standard entry requirements, should show evidence of good work experience on their CVs (minimum of one year) in order to be considered for entry onto year 0

Other qualifications as may be considered equivalent including recognised Access Courses (subject to approval by Plymouth Business School), and the International Baccalaureate. Applications from candidates who lack the normal course entry requirements are positively encouraged. In such cases, the Admissions Tutors must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the course successfully. Candidates with non standard qualifications will be invited to attend an interview.

Accreditation of prior learning - partial exemptions can be obtained from the programme subject to Plymouth University Academic Regulations and dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit.

To find out if you qualify to study for a Bachelors degree at GSM London contact one of our dedicated Course Advisors on 0208 516 7850 or email enquiry@gsm.org.uk

In addition students who hold GCSE's, Level 2 or equivalent level qualifications may qualify for direct entry onto the Bachelors degree through our year 0 option. This programme combines the Bachelors degree with a Foundation year zero programme and allows students direct access to the degree without having to complete Access programme or A Level or equivalent studies.

If you are unsure if you qualify or would like advice concerning your eligibility for your chosen programme please contact a Course Advisor at the School on +44 (0) 208 516 7850 or by email enquiry@gsm.org.uk  

The GSM London Course Advisors are available for informal personal consultations to help you ensure you choose the right programme compatible with your career and educational goals. If you would like to arrange an appointment please contact our Course Advisors on +44 (0) 208 516 7850.

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will be required to demonstrate English Language proficiency at the levels below:

Cambridge English (Advanced) : Grade C or above (No less than "weak" in any skill)

Cambridge IELTS (Academic Test) : 6.0 or above (No less than 5.5 in any skill & No less than 6.0 in the Reading and Writing skills for all Law related programmes)

Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) : 55 or above (No less than 51 in any skill & No less than 56 in the Reading and Writing skills for all Law related programmes)

For those that do not currently have an English Language qualification we offer the  IELTS  English course at our Greenford campus  View English language programme details 

Please feel free to call our Admissions Advisors on +44 (0) 208 516 7850 or email enquiry@gsm.org.uk for information about English Language requirements.

How to apply


Your completed GSM London Application Form


Copies of your qualifications as listed on your application form.


Your CV/Resume


A Reference from a place of study or an employer.


A photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport.


The £85 registration fee

Send the above to our Admissions Department at GSM London either by post or email:
By Email: admissions@gsm.org.uk
By post to your chosen GSM London Campus:
GSM London (Greenwich, south-east London Campus)
Royal Hill
SE10 8RD

GSM London (Greenford, west London Campus)
GSM London
Horsenden House
891 Greenford Road

To email your application, scan and attach your documentation and arrange the application fee payment as above. If you wish you can submit an application in person. Our Admissions Team & Course Advisors are available to receive your application in person between Mon – Fri 9.a.m. – 6.p.m.
Entry criteria
For information on programme entry requirements please click on the 'entry requirements' tab above.
Making your application through UCAS
If you would like to apply through UCAS you will not need to complete the application form detailed above (undergraduate applicants only).
Please contact our Course Advisors on 0208 516 7850 with your UCAS ID number (the 10 digit number beginning with '10') and details of the course you would like to study and we may be able to process your application over the phone. Alternatively, Click Here to apply for your chosen course through UCAS
If you would like to register with UCAS please visit their website: www.ucas.com for more information.
UCAS Code Information
GSM London (GSM London)
Institution code name: GSM London (GSM London)
Institution code: G74


On receipt of your application form and enclosures the School will quickly assess your application and:
Accept you for your chosen course if you are qualified for the programme. (If you are not qualified the School may suggest an alternative programme that suits your needs and qualifications).
Forward to you an acceptance letter and statement of fees. These letters will inform you of the date that you should enrol and the duration and cost of the programme.
You should arrive at your chosen GSM London campus on the date and campus specified on your acceptance letter.
International students will be expected to pay a percentage of their tuition fees on or before enrolment.

What our students say

JacquelineJacqueline Stephen - Bsc (Hons) Oil and Gas Management

"The BSc (Hons) Oil and Gas is the only course of its kind in England. The syllabus is diverse and covers both technical and commercial topics. My background is scientific, so studying the management side has been really interesting. Students also have the opportunity to join the Energy Institute – not many places offer that.

Class sizes are small at GSM London and that’s made a big difference to me. If I want to discuss an assignment or talk through my work, the tutors are always available. The one-to-one contact is really beneficial."

BrunoBruno Quiala - Bsc (Hons) Oil and Gas Management

"Before I came to GSM London, I was learning English at college. As a French speaker I was concerned about studying in another language, however the lectures are clear and easy to follow and my written English has improved considerably. The small, friendly environment has been beneficial. The tutors are helpful and there is a lot of teamwork among the students. When we have assessments and exams, we study and revise together.

Developing a deeper understanding of petroleum and the policies that are used in different countries has been the most enjoyable part so far. There is a lot of money involved in the industry, but the environmental impact also needs to be considered – that’s why the policies are so important."

IqbalIqbal Hafiz - Bsc (Hons) Oil and Gas Management

"GSM London offers a different student experience to other universities. The classes are smaller and there’s a lot more one-to-one contact with the tutors. It’s certainly made a difference to my studies. For example: my biggest achievement so far has been gaining a first for my second year work on international energy policy. My tutor for this, Dr. Martinez-King was very inspiring, her teaching was fantastic – she helped me to develop academically, to look at things differently and introduced me to a new way of writing. My interest in the environmental side of oil and gas is down to her. Also, the campus is also in a great location. There’s always a lot going on in Greenwich and the transport links are good.

After my course, I plan to work internationally – preferably undertaking contract work and consultancy for oil and gas companies.”

Cheryl and GermaineCheryl Hall - Bsc (Hons) Oil and Gas Management

"Studying at GSM London is exhilarating; meeting students from a wide cross section of the community, creating lasting friendships. An added bonus is studying alongside my son Germaine (pictured right), we are studying BSc Oil and Gas management together. The curriculum is broad and extensive and I am sure upon completion of this degree I will be on par with graduates across the country.”


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