Oil and Gas Operations Management MSc

Oil and Gas Operations Management MSc

School of Management


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

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    One year

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    Campus, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and specifically designed for those who plan a professional or managerial career in the field of operations management in one of the best paid industries. Students can specialise in e.g. supply chain management, project management, purchasing and business process management and explore these areas in the oil and gas context.

Entry Requirements

A recognised university undergraduate honours degree, with at least a Lower Second Class classification, or a professional qualification deemed to be equivalent.

Programme at a Glance

In summary, you will learn about:

Management Skills (40 Credits)

  • Business research methods
  • Managing organisations and people (including communication, teamwork, leadership)
  • Business process modelling
  • Introduction to decision modelling

Operations Management Content (50 Credits)

  • Operations strategy and operations management
  • Project management (with MS Project and SAP)
  • Procurement (with SAP)
  • Management of resources (with SAP, including accounting, asset management and MRP)

Oil & Gas Specific Content (90 Credits)

  • Oil and gas logistics and supply chain management
  • Oil and gas business environment
  • Operations management in action
  • Dissertation

Postgraduate Advice Event

The next UCLan Postgraduate Advice Event will be on Monday 27th June 2016.
For details and registration for this event please visit our Eventbrite page.
Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

The programme offers a good mixture of theoretical and practical content, with a focus on Operations Management, taught by members of the University’s Research Institute of Logistics and Operations Management. It does not require previous business experience or knowledge as everything students need to know is being taught on the course. An excellent feature of the course is the opportunity for students to gain the ability to use the world-leading SAP software. 

The MSc in Oil and Gas Operations Management is specifically designed for those with little, if any, work experience since graduation, and who are seeking to engage in postgraduate study of direct relevance to a professional or managerial career in the oil and gas industry. The programme addresses all of the main areas of oil and gas operations management and aims to provide a rigorous postgraduate business and management education leading to the award of a Masters degree, and we hope to a successful career.

This intensive 12 month programme offers you a range of key benefits, each of which will contribute to your development into an effective professional or manager who is working in operations management in the oil and gas industry.

More specifically the course will enable you to:

  • Possess a thorough understanding of operations, logistics and supply chain management in the oil and gas industry
  • Apply the latest thinking on operations, logistics and supply chain management to the analysis of the key problems being experienced by the world's oil and gas companies
  • Develop the ability to use world leading SAP software to enhance business operational performance
  • Use software to manage projects to successful completion
  • Undertake your own postgraduate research work into a topic within the field of operations, logistics and supply chain management that has interest and relevance to your future career

The MSc aims to provide you with:

  • a high quality postgraduate education in Oil and Gas Operations Management that will enable you to achieve learning outcomes at a level appropriate for the award of a Masters degree of the University
  • the opportunity to develop your critical understanding of Oil and Gas Operations Management and its constituent processes from both a theoretical and practical perspective
  • a learning experience which will enable you to enhance your career potential, personal and professional effectiveness, and performance in employment in the field of Operations Management in a wide range of organisations in the energy industry

The MSc aims to give you a broad critical understanding of general Business issues.

Knowledge and understanding

  • to communicate knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation of the body of knowledge and research relating to Oil and Gas Operations Management, including Operations Strategy, supply chain planning and control, project management, quality, business process management and enterprise resource planning
  • to communicate a knowledge, understanding and critical evaluation of Business and Operations Management research methodologies and methods

Subject-specific skills

  • to apply tools, techniques and models to analyse and address issues and problems faced within the field of Oil and Gas Operations Management
  • to collect and analyse information in order to synthesise it into a form that enables complex Business and Operations Management situations to be evaluated and addressed
  • to exercise judgment as to the appropriateness and potential value of concepts, models and paradigms to the understanding and management of business organisations in an Operations Management context, particularly in relation to the Oil and Gas industries

Thinking skills

  • to engage in postgraduate level research and applied investigations within the field of Oil and Gas Operations Management and its related processes
  • to engage in postgraduate level academic study and learning within the field of Business and Operations Management, particularly in the Oil and Gas industries

Other skills relevant to personal development and employability

  • to apply key personal, social, technical and other transferable skills relevant to employment within an Operations Management context, including communication, ICT, SAP, team-working, project management and personal and professional development
  • to be able to learn through reflection on your experiences on the programme in order to facilitate your personal and professional development

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £6,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: N/A

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Industry Links

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT). This enables you to become a student member and after successful graduation a full member of CILT. You get access to CILT events; this is useful for networking with practitioners and visiting companies.

Learning Environment and Assessment

This programme does not contain any examinations! Students are expected to write essays, individual and group reports, analyse case studies, develop project plans, work in groups, give oral presentations, write a critical review of research publications and finally write a dissertation proposal and a dissertation.

The University is located on a compact campus near the centre of the busy city of Preston in the north west of England. Preston is a major administrative and commercial centre which benefits from good road and rail links to the rest of the country.

The Business School's state-of-the-art Greenbank and Brook buildings offer a comprehensive range of study, learning and social facilities including a postgraduate study room, cybercafé and easy access PC workstation rooms.

The Library and Information Services (LIS) provide a library of books, journals, and other media as well as study facilities, including bookable rooms for group use. The LIS also provides access to electronic journals and electronic information services, via the University's PC network, while document delivery services make it possible to get hold of published texts which are not in our collections.

Within each module the assessment methods are designed to contribute to your continuing development - giving feedback on a regular basis, identifying opportunities for improvement, and providing periodic evaluations of progress.

Graduate Careers

On the UK’s official graduate careers website you find many case studies what Graduates do after having studied Operations Management or Logistics & Supply Chain Management.

Typical jobs of our Graduates are:

  • Operations Manager
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Transport Planner
  • Quality Manager
  • Project Manager
  • SAP specialist

Your specialisation in the Oil & Gas sector will give you the opportunity to apply for Graduate schemes in this area. Our programme is a business programme with significant IT exposure (to SAP if you choose this route and invest in some additional SAP training). Graduate IT / Business Analyst roles are sought after by employers and well paid.

Work Experience

Structured work experiences are provided by us through assessments. In case studies you will be expected to solve real-world problems. Your exposure to SAP will give you a realistic impression how business processes in Operations Management and Logistics work. You can choose a dissertation topic that gives you work experience by allowing case study or action research. We expect our students to initiate contact with an organisation.

Academic Expertise

We are proud that our programme is taught by highly experienced members of staff. Most modules are delivered by members of the Research Institute of Logistics and Operations Management (ILOM) at Lancashire Business School.

The course team consists of experienced members of staff, some research active, others specialised on high quality teaching: