MBA (Oil and Gas Management)

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth


February and October

Study options

1 year
full-time, weekdays



*This programme is not available for our February 2019 intake. All courses and modes are subject to minimum numbers to run.

Specialised MBA programmes are increasingly sought after by employers within the energy sector — and as a pioneer in providing oil and gas related programmes, GSM London offers unrivalled credibility in this field. Our innovative MBA programme explores your leadership potential and provides you with the specialist knowledge you need to succeed in the oil and gas industry.

Why study our MBA (Oil and Gas Management) Degree?

The specialised MBA (Oil and Gas Management) programme aims to create effective leaders, both in the oil and gas industry and the wider energy sector. It looks at business management and leadership within the context of oil and gas, examining key issues facing the industry — particularly the shift towards sustainable energy. Competition is forcing all organisations to concentrate on developing strong management compe-tencies and this qualification will ensure you are ready to meet these challenges.

This qualification opens up opportunities to secure roles, or progress into leadership, within organisations such as national oil companies, government agencies, international oil companies, global consultancies, and renewable energy businesses. Specific roles may include consultancy and advisory in environmental issues, policy, human resources, or health and safety. Or you could pursue a career in logistics and supply chain including personnel logistics coordinator, quality control, buyer, and supply chain management.

Real-world expertise
Developed with input from industry professionals, experienced academics and alumni, this MBA focuses on real-world application, helping you develop the leadership skills necessary to flourish within this fast-changing business environment, to start your own business or lead a business to its next growth phase. You’ll be taught by academics and professionals with a wealth of industry experience.

Also, we have access to the full range of market data and tools from including the Portfolio tool which allows you to track listed securities.

Energy institute access
We work closely with the Energy Institute, the global professional body for the energy sector, so that you can have access to its extensive resources and professional development opportunities.

Awarded by University of Plymouth
Your MBA is awarded by University of Plymouth, ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2018 (THE's list of the UK's best universities aged under 50). An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your MBA.

Study in London, the financial capital of the world
Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stake-holders and business leaders across many global markets and industries.

How is the course structured?

The MBA programme can be broken down into the following stages:

Stage 1

  • Markets and Marketing
  • Research Skills and Consultancy Planning
  • 21st Century Globalisation

Stage 2

  • Human Factor
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Oil and Gas Industry Dynamics


Stage 3

Electives Group 1, subject to demand (choose one):

  • Oil and Gas Economics
  • Energy Geopolitics
  • Emerging Business and Technologies
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues

Electives Group 2 (choose one):

  • Dissertation
  • Consultancy Project


See full MBA (Oil and Gas Management) programme specs

Note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

For more details on the coure module please review the course Module Specifications.

See full MBA (Oil and Gas Management) Module Specification

Entry requirements

To start on Level 7, applicants require a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted)

If you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your postgraduate degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.5, 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing) or equivalent qualification.

Applicants to postgraduate programmes who hold a first degree (bachelor's degree) studied and awarded in the UK, or in a country that UKVI recognise as a majority English speaking country will be accepted in lieu of IELTS etc. but only if the degree was awarded 2 years ago or less.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

To commence this programme, the applicant will need to have a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum classification 2:2, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted).

In addition to the above all applicants must have a minimum of three years’ work experience. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence in the form of a satisfactory work reference which covers the period in question.

Non-standard entry:
Applicants who lack the normal programme entry requirements are positively encouraged to apply. In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Applicants will be interviewed to identify their aptitude for study at postgraduate level through relevant life or career experience, and other factors relating to professional qualifications. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of such achievements.

Accreditation of prior learning:
Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be subject to approval by University of Plymouth.

Further information can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learnings Regulations within the Consolidated Policies and Regulations Document.

We will not normally consider APCL’s older than 5 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning that is directly related to the APCL/APEL.


Tuition fees





Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

How to apply

Applications to GSM London for a postgraduate programme can be made direct to us using the application form here or made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here.  All available programmes from GSM London are listed on the UCAS website.  There is no cost to you for applying directly to GSM London or through UCAS for a postgraduate programme.

Please note the application deadlines if applying through UCAS which can be found here along with further guidance.

If at any point you require any information, advice or guidance please do get in contact with our Course Advisory team by clicking here.

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