MBA (Oil and Gas Management)

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth

Next start date

Autumn 2018*


February, June and October

Study options

1 year
full-time, weekdays



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.

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, a top UK university aged under 50 according to the Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2017. 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
  • Management and Business Research
  • 21st Century Globalisation

Stage 2

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

Stage 3

  • Dissertation or Consultancy Project
  • Plus one elective (subject to demand):
    • Oil and Gas Economics
    • Energy Geopolitics
    • Emerging Business and Technologies
    • Environmental, Social, and Governance Issues

See full MBA (Oil and Gas Management) programme specs

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

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 English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the course, you will need an IELTS minimum score of 6.5, 5.5 in all four components. Please refer to this guide (opens in a new tab) for all accepted English language qualifications.

Work experience is considered as part of the application process, but is not essential. Candidates with non-standard qualifications will be invited to attend for interview.

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.


UK/EU student fees


International student fee


Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

*We have applied for designation for this programme from the Department for Education and are waiting for a decision. Until the decision is received we are unable to confirm the availability of student support. Visit the HEFCE website for more information.

How to apply

To speak to a dedicated course advisor about the MBA (Oil and Gas Management), please email or phone +44 (0)20 8516 7800.