Engineering and Built Environment  

International Project Management (Oil & Gas)

The professional project manager must deliver projects on schedule, on budget, to scope and with the right quality. This MSc develops the multi-faceted skill set needed to manage international projects in the oil and gas industry successfully.

This MSc provides recent graduates and experienced professionals with an outstanding opportunity to upgrade their skills and enhance their career choices. The demand for project professionals, especially those with project management education and training, is growing rapidly. Demand in many regions is exceeding supply, as more companies adopt a project management culture and project numbers continue to grow globally.

A number of the School’s professors are involved in the delivery of this programme; collectively the teaching team has experience of delivering project management expertise spanning all five continents.

The MSc International Project Management (Oil & Gas) is available to study full-time and part-time from September, full-time from January and as distance learning (no attendance required).

ACCREDITED BY:

  • Energy Institute

UK & EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc/PgD

Course Duration:2 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Distance Learning

Subject Area:Construction and Property

Course Fees

Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

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Students from Scotland and the rest of the EU

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Minimum Entry Requirements

EssentialUK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any discipline associated with the construction and property industry; or corporate membership of a construction of property-related professional body (eg RICS, RIAS, CIOB). Applicants without a formal degree level qualification may be accepted on to the PgD programme subject to relevant industry experience and discussions with the admissions tutor.

Non UK/EU Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc/PgD

Course Duration:2 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Distance Learning

Subject Area:Construction and Property

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Minimum Entry Requirements

EssentialUK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in any discipline associated with the construction and property industry; or corporate membership of a construction of property-related professional body (eg RICS, RIAS, CIOB). Applicants without a formal degree level qualification may be accepted on to the PgD programme subject to relevant industry experience and discussions with the admissions tutor.

Further Education Students

Course Details

Classification:MSc/PgD

Course Duration:2 Years

Course Start Date:15 September 2014

Course Mode:Distance Learning

Subject Area:Construction and Property

Course Fees

Year Fee Description/Notes
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Programme Description

Developed by leading UK academics, this course is aimed at delivering a range of project management skills.


Major oil and gas industry multinational and overseas projects require professionals with multi-faceted skills who can operate in a variety of cultural and socio-economic settings around the world. This one year course provides a wealth of skills development in the areas of project management, development and project economics, construction management, risk and value management, and international project finance.

Why Choose This Programme?

The construction industry has become increasingly global and there has been significant growth in recent years in both international and multinational collaborations around the world. These projects require highly skills professionals who are capable of taking up challenging roles in a range of specialist areas.

The programme provides opportunities for students to increase their expertise and knowledge in the area of project management both nationally and internationally. In addition to gaining speciailised knowledge in Project Management and its associated subjects, students are taught innovative management skills that will enable them to manage a range of projects in a variety of cultural and socioeconomic settings.

Modules - More Information

Construction Economics & Procurement: one of the main themes of the module is ‘construction economics’ which takes a macro overview of the structure of the construction sector including materials supply and relationships with the economy as a whole. Other themes include input output economics – examining the implications of linkages and new institutional economics; provides an overview of the structure of new institutional economics, transaction cost economics and its application to the construction sector. Game theory will be discussed, with an introduction to the applications of game theory in construction and development.


Construction Management: introduces the key concepts in construction and property projects and enterprise management; and helps to consolidate students’ prior knowledge from a variety of professional backgrounds within the construction and property industry. Concepts covered include: current management thinking; the planning and control of construction projects; management of sub-contractors (including labour-only); factors affecting productivity; the management of information; and holonic networks.


Development & Project Economics: involves the valuation of land and property including the preparation of a developer’s budget and an introduction to the principles of lifecycle costing. The factors influencing urban and regional economics including government policies, planning and land use. The impact of these factors on land use will be explored.


International Construction Project Finance: examines the financial management from bid preparation to contract financing, with particular emphasis on capital investment decisions and cash flow management, all within the context of international construction projects.


Masters Dissertation: provides an opportunity to undertake an in-depth investigation, with a strong emphasis on originality and analysis. The dissertation may be based on any part of the syllabus of the programme. However, a demonstration of knowledge of other topics within the subject area of the programme must also be evidenced as appropriate.


Oil & Gas Contracts & Disputes: provides an introduction to contract, tort/delict, evidence and remedies associated with the oil and gas industry; including a detailed understanding of some of the key basic contractual issues, commercial context of contracting, principal licensing and contractual arrangements. Issues relating to the principles of public international law applicable to licensing and contractual, joint operating agreements, the management of risk, up and down-stream contracting, and the financing in the international oil industry will be explored.


Project Management: covers a range of core project management concepts and methodologies, including: the roles and responsibilities of project managers; project plan development and execution; project initiation and scope planning; project time management, estimating activity duration and schedule development and control; project communications management – project reporting and Earned Value Analysis (EVA); managing the impact of project cultures; risk management; project teams and leadership; network analysis; and computer-aided project planning.


Risk & Value Management: provides and an introduction to the management of risk on international construction projects, including the vital elements to the success of a project: methodologies for risk identification, analysis, acceptance and transfer; and the practice of value management and value engineering internationally. The module will analyse the management of physical, financial and contractual issues using hypothetical and live projects to place the topic in context.


The Oil & Gas Industry: provides an introduction to the key players in the international oil and gas industry and examines: the legal ownership of hydrocarbon reserves; valuation of hydrocarbon reserves; investment appraisals for exploration and production; governmental control and global politics of the exploitation of hydrocarbons; terminology of the petroleum industry; and processes involving exploration, drilling and production.

Career Opportunities

The course allows students to widen their opportunities within the employment market, as Masters graduates are more likely to attract the higher end of graduate starting salaries. It is also provides an ideal platform for graduates with an excellent first degree in a non-cognate discipline who are considering a career in project management.

The demand for project management professionals, especially those with project management education and training, is growing rapidly. Demand in many regions is exceeding supply, as more companies adopt a project management culture and project numbers continue to grow globally.

Funding

For information about our scholarships, please visit: www.gcu.ac.uk/scholarships

Programme Structure

Students complete eight taught modules – four in trimester A and four in trimester B; and an MSc dissertation in trimester C.


Exit routes for PgC (completion of four modules) and PgD (completion of eight modules) are also available.


Trimester A modules: The Oil & Gas Industry; Construction Economics & Procurement; Construction Management; and Development & Project Economics.


Trimester B modules: Oil & Gas Contracts & Disputes; International Construction Project Finance; Risk & Value Management; and Project Management.

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