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MSc Oil and Gas Management

If you are looking to become a more informed, respected and proactive extractive industries manager, this programme is for you. 


Call: 020 8516 7850

Next start date:

June 2015



Annual fees:


Study options:

1 Year



The extractive industries are affected by a growing range of factors including international trade laws, shifting global economics, an evolving global energy mix and environmental issues. Our master's in oil and gas management offers students the opportunity to develop their understanding of these factors. 

There is an increasing demand for those working in the extractive industries to develop an intelligent awareness of this complex business environment and to grasp the ways in which changes in policy will affect organisations, which makes those who study MSc Oil and Gas Management at GSM London well-placed to develop a career in this important global industry. 

Key facts before you start

Starting Dates

Our MSc and MBA Programmes have enrolment dates in February, May/June and October each year.

Mode of attendance
Plymouth University MSc and MBA programmes at GSM London can be studied by attendance in the following modes:

   Daytime - 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time
   Evening - 24 months part-time
Full-time programmes are conducted between Monday and Friday, during the day. Part-time programmes are conducted at two daytime or evening sessions per week. 

Tuition fees

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

What we'll cover

Internal & External Environments of the Oil and Gas Industries

The international extractive industries, as with many other sectors, rely heavily on external factors, which fall outside the remit of most operations. These factors range from international trade laws to various policies enacted by nation states. The module will evaluate the numerous variables that the extractive industries are forced to deal with, from law, finance, economics and extraction techniques. Macro and micro economic theory; strategic economic modelling; economic ramifications of income on the economy; exchange rates, porters five forces theory. Regulatory law and policy in the extractive industry; international law; company law; international business law; financial implications in the extractive industry.

Energy Economics

To meet demand for products from extractive industries, it is imperative that decision-makers are fully equipped with a sound knowledge of economic theory and its application to operational decisions. The module will outline economic concepts, which will enable course members to evaluate strategic operations in the light of changing economic policies, and the volatile global business environment. Fundamental theories of business organisation – the changing business environment; business objectives; role of business economics in managerial decision making- key components of the decision making process; evaluation and implementation of managerial decision making; resource allocation in the pursuit of business efficiency; determinant factors in economic forecasting tariffs and trading blocs; market structures

Project Management for the Energy Industry

Behind every project lies a collective group of processes, which enables and leads to its successful completion. The factors involved in the delivery of a managed project include; budgetary, cost control, as well as management processes. The module will emphasise the significance of planning policies and the methods of enhancing motivation and leadership when planning for successful projects. Introduction to project management – purpose; concepts and conventions; planning: recurring tasks; milestones; lags and loads; splitting tasks and adding constraints: theoretical basis for project management and its limitations. Quality control; the dynamics of project management; leadership and control.

Marketing Planning & Promotion

As an essential element of the management of organisations, marketing is significant as a theoretical and practical base for all managers. Whatever their specialist roles, all managers should be aware of the nature of the markets served and the relationships with their customers, since these factors have an impact on the ways in which all operations are planned and managed. The strategic nature of marketing; market segment characteristics; bases of consumer behaviour; elements of marketing plans; assessing marketing opportunities by using market information; marketing mix; use of controls in marketing; integration of marketing communications; promotion and communications; integration of marketing policies with other management functions; applying marketing and customer communications to particular company situations and public sector organisations; setting a promotion plan; identifying the promotion mix; measuring the cost effectiveness of promotion; relating sales and promotion policy to market size and structure.

Business Environment & Strategic Management

Since the management of organisations is influenced by many external as well as internal factors, it is necessary to identify and understand the ways in which they influence management policies. It is also essential to understand how they influence strategic aims and how interrelationships affect long term planning and decision-taking. The nature of strategic planning and its relationship to operational policies; organizational objectives and their impact upon resource acquisition and deployment; internal and external factors governing organizational objectives; compatibility of objectives; strategic choices, the direction and pace of change; evaluating strategic risks and methods of minimisation; methods of controlling strategic change; process of planning and managing organizational strategy; time horizons for long term planning, the effect of technological innovation and the emergence of new competition.

Human Resource Management

This module introduces the nature of corporate culture and change in organisations and the roles played by managers, individuals, groups and teams. It is also designed to develop an understanding of both the strategy and operational aspects of the management of human resources in organisations, and also the ways in which the quality of HRM affects all the functions of management. The nature of HRM and the principal problem areas; significant functional areas of HRM; human resource planning; organizational change and human resource deployment; causes of conflict and methods of resolution; nature of organisational culture and the factors contributing to it; individual perceptions and motivations; HRM and impact on other management functions; HRM and teams; career development and promotion of personal skills; strategy of HRM.

Research Skills & Dissertation Planning

This module provides a grounding in project planning, literature review and the principles of research methodology as a preparation for undertaking the major project as a culmination of the programme. The module covers the selection of an appropriate topic for the dissertation; methods of identifying and recording primary and secondary sources of information; strengths and weaknesses of different types of research methodology; methods of referencing information gathered from published work; compiling a bibliography; effective presentation techniques including a logical connection between objectives, methods, evidence and conclusions.


It is essential that leaders and managers have a sound knowledge and understanding of the nature and conduct of management research. Thus, the programme includes the production of a research dissertation, permitting course members to draw upon their prior academic and practical experience in order to research a management or organisational problem with methodological rigour. Consequently, course members will be expected to design a research project that focuses upon a real management or organisational problem. They will be expected to select and justify an appropriate methodology and develop valid, ethical and reliable research methods appropriate to the context of their application. From this they will be expected to evaluate the findings of their research in order to generate robust conclusions and workable recommendations.

Entry requirements

An applicant must normally have obtained one of the following:

  • A recognised Bachelor honours degree at 2.2 or higher classification or an equivalent qualification;
  • An NQF Level 6 qualification (or CIPS Graduate Diploma, Level 6 for the MSc in Procurement Management);

Exceptionally, applicants may be considered on their individual merits as special cases

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 Advice Team. 

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

To make an application you must send us the following information:

  1. Your completed GSM London Application Form - Application forms are available in your prospectus pack or download it here.
  2. If you need any help or advice before completing the application form please write to or telephone the School and speak to a counsellor who will advise you.
  3. The GSM London International Student Declaration Form - If you require a Student Visa to study in the UK you will be required to complete this form, or download a copy and send it to us.
  4. Copies of your qualifications as listed on your application form.
  5. Your CV / Resume detailing your educational and professional achievements.
  6. A Reference from a place of study or an employer. - References must be on letterhead paper, signed and dated by your referee.
  7. A photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport. - For example front cover, personal details page and any pages indicating relevant visas or migration stamps.

Send the above to the Admissions Department at GSM London either by post or email:

Email: admissions@gsm.org.uk

GSM London
Royal Hill
SE10 8RD

To email your application, scan and attach your documentation as above. If you wish you can submit an application in person.


On receipt of your application form and enclosures the School will assess your application and:

  1. Accept your application 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).
  2. 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.


  1. You should arrive at GSM London on the date specified on your acceptance letter.
  2. You will be expected to pay your tuition fees on or before enrolment.

Call: 020 8516 7850