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Oil & Gas


Boost your potential and prepare yourself for the challenge of senior management in the oil
and gas industry with Middlesex University Business School and IBC Academy

Master of Business Administration

Part-Time Distance Learning over 24 months

Enrolment Deadline: 14th August 2015 | Start Date: 21st September 2015

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The Oil & Gas MBA is a Middlesex University programme and qualification, jointly developed, delivered
and assessed by Middlesex and IBC Academy, and quality assured by Middlesex University

An MBA is widely seen as the most prestigious

qualification for business and management
throughout the world the Oil & Gas MBA is ideal for
those wanting to get ahead in a leadership role in
this fast growing and dynamic energy sector

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Key information:
Delivery Method:

The Oil & Gas MBA

Online Distance Learning
100% online
24 months
Seven modules delivered online with
associated multimedia resources,
discussion forums, chatrooms, team
collaboration and tutorial support

Key Dates
Enrolment Opens:
17th November 2014
Application Deadline:
14th August 2015
Course Induction Commences: 21st September 2015

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Oil & Gas


The Oil & Gas MBA combines the academic excellence of Middlesex
University Business School with the industry expertise of IBC
Academy. The course is delivered and supported over two years via a
sophisticated online learning management system (LMS) providing an
immersive educational experience across essential management skills
and knowledge, plus specialist content for the oil and gas industry. Being
delivered by distance learning, you can study wherever you have access to
the internet and without taking time out from the workforce.

Note: There is a very strict application deadline of 14th August 2015, when
all applications and supporting documents must have been received.

Why study the Oil & Gas MBA?
Oil and gas focus
Who are you?
Programme overview
Learning outcomes
Programme structure and content
Programme delivery
Supported learning
Middlesex University
IBC Academy
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Welcome to The Middlesex University

Oil & Gas MBA
I would like to extend a warm welcome to you and thank you for your interest in our programme. This Oil and Gas
MBA is a 100% online academic programme that is offered in partnership between Middlesex University Business
School and IBC Academy. This course is a compelling choice as it brings oil and gas professionals from diverse
backgrounds scattered across the globe onto one advanced educational programme.
The distinctive strength of this programme lies in developing and combining your existing industry experience
with established management theory in a practical and accessible development framework via part-time study
as you continue to work - aided by a unique commercial and academic partnership between a leading business
school and an industry focused professional development training provider.

Dr. LakshmiNarasimhan Chari

Oil & Gas MBA
Programme Leader
Middlesex University
Business School

The technological growth in exploration, drilling and production has resulted in discovery of vast quantities of
petroleum reserves. However, this discovery has led to a growing challenge i.e. transform reserves into production. It
is estimated that Oil and Gas industries will spend around $800 billion dollars per year on capital projects1. However
with this growth, the industry is faced with a looming skills shortage. A 2013 survey by Schlumberger Business
Consulting Group2 set the scene by highlighting the growing scarcity of experienced professionals, and stating that
over the next four years, the industry will need to generate 60% more leaders than during the previous four years.
They continue that nurturing the younger talent pool and future leaders is critical to success, especially in emerging
regions that lack the capacity to develop talent locally. This has been borne out with many companies in the
petrochemical industry witnessing such a skills shortage. The industry needs skilled oil and gas industry employees
with the ability to take management of the growth of the industry forward with the necessary strategic planning and
business acumen with the best managers being industry insiders who have made the jump to senior management.
This specialist MBA has been developed to stimulate your thinking, formalise your experience and equip you
with the latest knowledge related to business, management and leadership skills. The knowledge and access
to a global network of accomplished business and oil and gas professionals will act as a catalyst and accelerate
your career growth. Moreover, you will be able to accomplish this without taking a break from your work or
relocate to another place!
We were especially pleased that at our last inspection, the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
(QAA) highlighted the excellence of the care we give to the design and validation of our distance education
programmes at Middlesex University. In addition we have been placed in the top 10 universities in the UK for
adding value to students as well as being listed in the Top 200 global business school MBAs.
As you exercise your critical thinking and decision making skills during your MBA studies, you can apply what
you are learning to your current situation, leading to immediate workplace and career benefits. Personal and
professional development is assured through dynamic online interaction, allowing you to build networks which
will support your growth long after your degree is gained.
In completing the Oil & Gas MBA you will achieve more than a Masters qualification. You will gain a depth of
knowledge and insight that formalises your experience and inspires confidence in those around you. It is your
passport to life-long goal achievement.
I am proud to head the team that helps shape the oil and gas industry leaders of the future, and invite you to
learn more about this unique programme by studying this prospectus.
I hope to welcome you as a student to study the challenging and rewarding Oil & Gas MBA.

Chazan, G. (2014). Terrifying oil skills shortage delays projects and raises risks. Financial Times, 16th July 2014.
Procaccini, C. et al (2014). An E&P Response to Capital Project Challenges: Insights from the 2013 SBC Capital Projects Survey and Forum. Energy Perspectives, 1st Semester 2014, p.15.


Middlesex is a modern global university delivering outstanding higher education. With origins dating back to
1878, today the University is one of the most popular with international students and has developed a global
approach to business education, revelling in the diverse and unique mix of cultures studying on our courses.
Through the partnership with IBC Academy few, if any, can match the combined academic and industry focus
offered by the Oil & Gas MBA. If you are looking to fulfil your potential and prepare for the challenge of senior
management in the Oil and Gas industry, then this is the programme for you.
Anna Kyprianou
Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University Business School

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Achieving academic quality and excellence, innovative

delivery and professional focus whilst meeting the highest
standards is all important for Middlesex University.


At Middlesex University, our passion for education and research

underpins all that we do.
Offering cutting-edge research and a well-established tradition of
promoting professional practice, our wide range of postgraduate
degrees caters to those who wish to deepen their subject knowledge
whilst gaining practical work experience. The excellence of our existing
teaching, our purpose built facilities and the individual support systems
for distance learning students that can be tailored to each student all
combine to make Middlesex University a first choice destination.

Wed be delighted to welcome you to our vibrant postgraduate community.

Wo r l d C l a ss
Middlesex University has offered cutting edge business
courses since the 1950s and was the first institution in
the UK to offer a business studies qualification in 1965,
launching an MBA programme in the 1980s
Dedicated to unlocking your potential
The MBA by distance learning is an internationally recognised qualification of the
highest standard and is recognised by Governments around the world,
as well as many industry and professional bodies.
Middlesex University is an acknowledged leader in developing and delivering
courses of the highest standard. The quality of the MBA is monitored and assured
by the academic course validation and review process at Middlesex University
plus the UK Government Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
The key strength of this MBA is that it combines high quality business education
with 100% distance delivery. Middlesex University is proud of its excellent
reputation and the recognition it receives for this innovative approach. By
unlocking access to a quality Master of Business Administration for executives
around the world, this programme is at the forefront of the latest educational
approaches to postgraduate study.
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Middlesex is an innovative university, recognised globally for

education, research and industry collaboration

Programme overview
The programme curriculum will equip both established and future industry leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to manage
themselves as well as their operation successfully. The programme consists of six modules and a Business Transformation Project,
delivered over two years.

Topics covered include:

Oil and gas value chains upstream, midstream and downstream

Formulating business strategy

Licensing and contractual agreements

Human resource management

Key players in the oil and gas industry

Executive leadership

Oil and gas in the wider energy market

International marketing

Exploration and production sharing agreements / licences

Brand establishment

Petroleum Economics

Project planning

Valuing petroleum assets, portfolios and companies

Financial investment and analysis

Risk management

Operations management

Online delivery means you can study without having to travel or compromise your employment status. The online student learning
portal provides access to online written materials, complemented by audio visual content, group interaction, networking opportunities
and a variety of e-learning tools.
The Business Transformation Project will allow you to integrate all the topics covered in the course and to analyse a current issue
affecting your company or the industry, using real world data and presenting realistic action points. This project is not only integral to
the achievement of the programme outcomes but will prove invaluable to your company or industry sector.

The global strategic

management qualification with
a special oil and gas focus

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Valuable learning
A life-changing investment in your future

Oil & Gas MBAs ... can offer industry the possibility of fasttracking development of high-potential staff. ... The target
group for executive education is midcareer E&P professionals
with at least five years of professional experience in the
petroleum industry and with strong management potential.
... However, this target group is highly valued within their
companies, especially with the current and imminent
staff shortages. Completely freeing up promising young
professionals for a long duration masters program is often
almost impossible.
Talent and Technology,
Society of Petroleum Engineers

What is an MBA all about?

Balancing professional, study, family and other commitments can be a

struggle, particularly in times of high pressure. Our MBA is delivered solely
by distance learning and online, offering you the opportunity to learn from
wherever you are in the world.

Why study for the Oil & Gas MBA?

The course engages students with current business theory, strategic
leadership skills plus practical industry knowledge. The Business
Transformation Project allows in-depth analysis of an issue affecting
your organisation or sector of the industry, applying skills gained
throughout the programme to deliver valuable results.

The Oil & Gas MBA can significantly advance

your career by giving you:

Maximising management potential

Preparation for an international career as a business leader
Professional and personal development
Formalising existing experience and stepping up to a more
senior role
For talented people with career aspirations

Why study by distance learning?

Integrated curriculum of
theory, knowledge, practice
and soft skills

The confidence to operate across all areas of the industry

Enhanced capabilities to lead, think and act more strategically
Awareness of personal strengths and opportunities for improvement
The ability to apply knowledge as you learn it in real time and the
real world
An understanding of the challenges in other areas of the industry
A demonstrable ability to meet the challenges of a senior
management role
The academic skills and intellectual habits to continue personal
development after completing the MBA
Networking and support opportunities through lifelong alumni

The Oil & Gas MBA can benefit your employer by:
Significantly enhancing your capabilities across a range of areas
such as business management, people management, project
management, strategic thinking, innovation and change
Improving your ability to operate at a more strategic level and
contribute beyond your own functional specialism
Providing an opportunity for a cost-effective management
development programme
Allowing the flexibility to study and participate without absence
from the workplace
Presenting the opportunity to gain value for your organisation
through your Business Transformation Project, providing significant
research into a relevant business issue

A motivated and diversified

student body to share and enrich
your educational journey

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Targeted Learning
A dynamic and crucial sector of global energy supply which
is facing profound change and companies are seeking the
strongest management competencies

Oil and gas focus

Who are you?

The oil and gas industry is facing some of the most profound changes
in its history. From political and economic uncertainty and the end
of easy oil to unconventional sources, plus health, safety and
environmental concerns. Unprecedented challenges mean companies
must concentrate on fostering strong management competencies.
Dynamic changes in the global oil and gas workforce, with the need
to replace experienced retiring personnel, and increasing emphasis
on more indigenous recruitment rather than expatriation provides
opportunities. In EYs report on Strategic Business Risks for Oil and Gas,
workforce issues were identified as the number one risk:

Changes in the workforce include an aging global population

with many experienced employees having recently retired
or planning to in the near-term, a geographic shift in where
employees are needed, and fewer new engineers seeking
jobs in the industry.
In describing the scope of the workforce shortage in their
industry, most of the oil and gas company HR executives
surveyed acknowledged difficulties in recruiting executives,
management personnel and, especially, engineers.
The executives in our survey named leadership development
and technical training as their top two training and development
Internet-based training may help improve consistency and
availability of training in remote areas.
Dina Pyron, Partner, EY

Industry leaders must develop

themselves to adapt to the demands
of the future

The Oil & Gas MBA

Perhaps you want to become more effective in your current

management role, or engage at a higher level.
Maybe you wish to broaden your managerial skill set or explore
new areas of specialisation.
There might be challenging projects and complex new ventures
on the horizon for which youd like to prepare.
Possibly you are one of the many professionals looking to
formalise years of industry experience and management
knowledge gained on the job.
An MBA is a post experience course and the Oil & Gas MBA is no
different. This programme is for industry professionals wishing to
deepen their understanding of both the industry and of management
disciplines, and to contextualise their experience using the knowledge,
frameworks and theories presented for discussion. This is why all our
MBA students must have relevant full-time professional experience
before joining the course.
Whatever your motivation, the rigorous academic approach,
experienced faculty, internationally engaged peers and proven online
learning environment of the Oil & Gas MBA will help you realise your
leadership potential and fast-track your career.

Your fellow Oil & Gas MBA students will include

professionals from a diverse range of countries and roles,
creating a rich network of knowledge to enhance your
learning. Imagine the benefits of learning alongside peers
such as:
Executives from governmental and non-governmental
Industry professionals and managers from upstream to
Professionals from international organisations (such as OPEC,
OECD etc.)
Technical specialists from oil and gas companies moving to
management positions
Employees of service companies such as drilling, operations,
logistics, and seismic acquisition
Professionals from international financial institutions
(researchers, analysts) or government organisations
(petroleum directorates, ministries of energy, geological
surveys, trade bodies)

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Programme overview
The overarching aim of the programme is to prepare you for senior management in the oil and gas industry and related organisations.
The programme provides a recognised qualification through a challenging and engaging academic process encouraging the analysis and application
of key management theories in the practical arena of the oil and gas industry.

The Oil & Gas MBA develops the individual to manage successfully and professionally in a global, diverse
and dynamic business environment. On completing the programme you will:
GAIN a thorough and
integrated understanding of
the disciplines that contribute
to management

APPLY these management

disciplines to scenarios
within the oil and gas

ENHANCE your personal

and professional skills for
management and executive

Middlesex University has over 30 years of experience in delivering MBA programmes, and a key emphasis of the Oil & Gas MBA is on practice. Our
aim is to provide you with as broad a range of learning experiences as possible to maximise your learning and development on the course and, in
particular, your ability to apply theory to practice.

Learning outcomes
The Oil & Gas MBA does not merely hand you a toolbox of skills: it arms you with a high level of critical thinking that will assist in every endeavour
for the rest of your life. You will learn both advanced general management and strategy skills in conjunction with a unique theoretical and practical
knowledge of the oil and gas sector.

On successfully completing the degree you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

Enhance and extend previous experience in business and management

Apply existing and newly acquired knowledge and experience to complex business issues
Prepare for leadership and transformational roles in business
Improve strategic thinking and innovation skills
Encourage lifelong learning and personal development
Develop advanced knowledge of your organisation, its management and the environment in which it operates and apply this to the global oil
and gas industry and related fields
Demonstrate a broad perspective on organisational management and its wider impact on society and the environment
Operate and manage in a global and multicultural environment
Acquire improved communication, writing and time management techniques
Develop interpersonal, networking, virtual teamwork and group management skills
Gain higher levels of self-confidence and awareness of unique strengths and abilities

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Middlesex University and IBC Academy successfully deliver a unique

collaboration combining academic excellence with industry training expertise

Our MBA students experience cultural diversity and gain global industry
awareness through the international mix of students attracted to this course

Middle East and Africa



Asia and Oceania




UK and Europe
46 Countries represented

Students studying the Oil & Gas MBA include representatives of:

A.Hak International
Aladdin Middle East
Australian National Petro-Consultants
Bahar Energy OPCO
Baker Hughes Inc
BG Group
BHP Billiton
Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation
Company Ltd (BOST)
Bureau Veritas Congo
CGG Veritas
Chevron Nigeria Limited

Eni E&P SpA
ExxonMobil Development Company
Ghana National Gas Company
Globestar Engineering Co. Nigeria
J Ray McDermott Canada
KCA Deutag
KCB Bank Uganda
Kinross Gold Corporation
KW Subsea / Petrofac Engineering
Lloyds Register Energy Drilling
Lukoil Overseas Baltic Ltd
Maersk Oil Angola
Mermaid Marine Asia
MODEC Management Services
Motor Oil Corinth Refineries

Mott MacDonald Ltd

Nabors Drilling International
Namibia Financial Institutions
Supervisory Authority
National Oilwell Varco
Niger Delta Development Commission
Nigerian LNG Ltd
Nigerian National Petroleum
Corporation (NNPC)
Noble Drilling Canada Ltd
Occidental Oil & Gas
Oceaneering International Pte Ltd
Oil City Ltd
Oil Search (PNG)
Oil States Industries UK Ltd
Orion Engineering
Oryx GTL
OSG Ship Management
Panalpina World Transports

Royal Oilfield Logistics
Sakhalin Energy Investment Company
SC Petrosantander Romania SRL
Schneider Electric
SeaRiver Maritime
Shaleem Petroleum Company SAOC
Shell Exploration & Production
Thome Shipmanagement (Singapore)
Pte. Ltd.
Trafigura Beheer
Tuin Engineering and Consulting
Whitman Consulting Organization
Zakum Development Company

Learn without borders and achieve an integrated, globally

recognised University qualification from a leading global university

Join more than

360 students studying
specialist MBAs by
distance education with
Middlesex University


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Why study for

the Oil & Gas MBA?

Higher qualification
Enhanced career prospects
Problem solving

Career change
Manage more
Add management skills to
technical knowledge

Increased salary
Improve skills
Business perspective

Better job
Big picture
New skills
Fulfilling my
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Relevant learning
Programme structure
The programme balances management theories with their practical industry and business specific applications. The course is the result of on-going
extensive research and development in consultation with industry leaders, oil and gas executives, respected academics and the next generation of
managers and leaders.
The course will develop your subject knowledge, communication, negotiation and report writing skills, strategic principles and decision making skills,
as well as helping you learn about yourself and how to develop into the kind of business leader you want to be. The Oil & Gas MBA comprises a
two-week distance learning induction, followed by six study modules and culminates with the submission of the Business

Transformation Project,
delivered over two years. The structure combines core general business management with specialist oil and gas focused modules and draws in wide
geographical, commercial and personal best practice to ensure maximum learning and development.


Programme Induction
The Global Oil and Gas Industry


Oil and Gas Finance and Risk Analysis


Business Strategy


Executive Leadership


Advanced International Marketing


Managing Projects and Optimising Operations


Business Transformation Project


Module content
Programme Induction
The MBA begins with an induction module so that you rapidly familiarise yourself with the learning management system and the learning resources available. The
module includes essential exercises to assist in introducing you to the subject, the faculty and your fellow MBA students. This also serves as a re-introduction to the
world of academic study and prepares those that have been away from university courses for some time by setting out the standards expected for study at MBA level.
Introductions to faculty and resources
Instructions for use of online learning management system
Networking with fellow MBA students


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The Global Oil and Gas Industry

Provide the context in which the global oil and gas industry operates, highlighting its global significance in the past and present
Identify the key players in the international oil and gas industry
Explore the main challenges facing the industry, its responses to these challenges and future directions within the wider energy context
Analyse international energy policy frameworks and strategies
Explore the principal licensing and contractual arrangements used in the global oil and gas industry

Topics include:
Oil and gas value chains
Upstream: exploration and production
Midstream: transport and storage
Downstream: oil refining, gas treatment, marketing and distribution
The oil and gas industry: history and global significance
The key players in the oil and gas industry
Oil companies: national and international
Governments and global institutions
Service companies
Regulators and external organisations
Key challenges facing the oil and gas industry
Geopolitical issues

Resource depletion
Environmental issues
Social issues
Oil and gas in the wider energy market
National and international energy policy
frameworks and strategies
Legislation and regulation
International treaties and geopolitical relationships
Investment incentives and taxation
Licensing and contractual arrangements
Key principles of international law affecting oil and
gas contractual relationships

Exploration and production sharing

agreements / licences
Joint operating agreements
Drilling agreements
Construction and engineering
Asset sale and purchase agreements
Sales, transportation, operations and
maintenance agreements
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Principal standard form contracts
used in the industry

Oil and Gas Finance and Risk Analysis

Provide a comprehensive grounding in petroleum economics including cash flow principles throughout the value chain
Give an understanding of how investment decisions are made through a thorough analysis of variables and uncertainties
Explore the management and mitigation of risk and uncertainty in the financial context
Allow students to practise the valuation of oil and gas assets, portfolios and companies

Topics include:
Petroleum economics
Cash flow components and economic indicators
Upstream petroleum economics
Midstream and downstream petroleum economics
Managing and mitigating uncertainty and risk
Risk versus reward and risk capacity
Quantifying uncertainty with probabilities

Holistic risk analysis including non-financial risks

Expected value concepts
Hedging strategies
Valuing derivatives (futures, swaps and options)
Financial and investment analysis
Sensitivities, simulations and decision analysis
Project finance and investment decision-making

Valuing petroleum assets, portfolios and companies

Asset valuation process

The portfolio approach
Merger, acquisition and divestment valuations
Valuing companies and businesses
Valuing debt, price hedges and tax synergies
Competitive bidding

Business Strategy
Investigate core theory and application of business strategy
Inform students of the key developments in, and thinking derived from, the study of strategy
Explore models and theories of strategy and their application by practising managers
Critically appraise where and when such models are useful
Provide examples and exercises that illustrate these concepts with the intent of building capability in strategic thinking and practice

Topics include:
What is strategy?
An appreciation of strategy
Making a start: purpose and goals
External analysis

SBU Strategy: from a market / customer perspective

Internal audit: resources and capabilities
Generic strategies and value chain analysis
Organisational culture

PESTEL and future thinking

Industry lifecycle, competitiveness and profitability

Making strategy happen

Measuring performance
International strategy
Putting it all together

Influence on strategy formulation and implementation

Managing strategic change

Executive Leadership
Provide an understanding of core leadership issues
Illustrate how the processes of contemporary human resource management support organisational performance
Explore the key elements of the HR cycle (resourcing, managing performance, developing and rewarding)
Identify areas of overlap between management and leadership and to investigate the competencies and behaviours associated with management and leadership
Develop leadership behaviours that will enable students to manage performance as well as lead change to improve organisational performance

Topics include:
Strategic HR management

HR and organisational strategy

Changing role of HR
Organisational and international culture and diversity
The oil and gas industry context
The HR cycle and HR planning
Recruitment and selection
Motivation and performance management
KPIs and the balanced scorecard
Learning and development
Reward and the psychological contract

Management and leadership

Evolution of perspectives on management and leadership

Management / leadership styles
Key areas of difference
Managing teams
Relevance to, and implications for, the oil and gas industry
Remote and e-leadership
Leadership and change
The change process
Obstacles to change
Politics and influence

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Managing structural change

Leading change
Relevance to and implications for the
oil and gas industry
Leadership development
The war for talent
The learning process
Emotional intelligence
Reflection and the development
Coaching and mentoring

Advanced International Marketing

Introduce the theory of marketing
Explore marketing and communication strategies generally plus in the context of the oil and gas industry
Equip students to analyse marketing environments and strategies to apply appropriate techniques
Develop students abilities to identify actions that help organisations achieve superior results through marketing related activities including branding,
communication and innovation

Topics include:
The local and international marketing
Marketing management, strategies and plans
Research, analysis and interpretation

Target markets, segments and customers

Brands, branding and marketing communication and
Innovation: new product, service and market development

Delivering customer value

Managing and measuring
marketing performance

Managing Projects and Optimising Operations

Critically analyse the principal models used to describe the project structure, lifecycle and scheduling activities for the oil and gas industry
Discuss the fundamental project objectives of cost, quality and time, and the interactions between these
Explain the main types of contract used in project management and the legal framework in which they are applied
Review key strategic tools necessary for successful project and operations management
Identify and evaluate key methodologies used in managing operations along the value chain, including logistics and asset management
Assess the importance of Research and Development (R&D) in shaping innovative approaches to operations management and in the wider organisational context

Topics include:
Project planning and control
The project lifecycle
Project structures within the oil and gas industry
Project team leadership
Strategic issues of project management
Acquiring and maintaining competitive advantage
within the oil and gas industry
Strategic tools and techniques
Change management
Data and knowledge management
Environmental, health and safety, quality analyses

Stakeholder analysis
Project portfolio and programme management
Crisis and contingency planning
Contractual issues of project management
The structure and scope of a contract
Memorandum of agreement
Variation orders
Multi-tiered Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) clauses
Contractual negotiations
Operations management
Strategic drivers for operations
Operational planning and scheduling

Oil and gas logistics and supply chain

Asset management
ISO Standards for the oil and gas industry
Optimisation through innovation
R&D as a tool for performance
Applying R&D in oil and gas operations
Testing and modifying R&D
Leading organisational innovation
Risk management

Business Transformation Project

A challenging high level strategic dissertation undertaken with your sponsor company or with a focus of your choice if you are self-funding. This is one of the most exciting
parts of the course for many students as you apply your learning to your particular interests. The Project is all about the transition from theory to real-life execution.
Under the guidance of senior members of the Middlesex University Business School, participants will analyse key contemporary oil and gas related business challenges
and be expected to develop innovative and effective solutions.
The project will incorporate many of the management lessons learnt during the course with key real life challenges and lay a thorough foundation for your future
career progression. Although final submission of the Project is at the end of the course, throughout your study of each module you will undertake preparatory work to
ensure that the Project is integrated into your learning and forms a seamless part of your studies.
Whilst there is no set syllabus, the applied Business Transformation Project is your opportunity to study and research a specific organisation area or topic in-depth. The
main focus of this is as a piece of action research where the organisation or industry could directly benefit from your planned intervention using appropriate methods
of research and change management.
Tuition is tailored to your specific needs as agreed with the academic supervisor on the basis of your proposal. You will be expected to be familiar with the theory and
empirical research in your chosen area of study, and to demonstrate your ability to review and apply the concepts and techniques critically.
You will also be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the selection and application of the appropriate methods to investigate and progress the business transformation.
Investigation may involve case study analysis, comparative study relative to sector norms, and / or questionnaire or interview-based study.

The research may take one of several forms, for example:

An investigation of a management or organisational practice, strongly supported by reference to the relevant theory and concepts
The research and design of a solution of a practical managerial or organisational problem, where practical recommendations arise out of the mix of theory and
data collection
A project for a host / client organisation
A work-based issue within the individuals own place of employment
By becoming an expert in your chosen dissertation topic, you will have also enhanced your future career path. With a carefully chosen and thoroughly researched
project, the specialist insight gained becomes the catalyst for your next step after completing the MBA and a solid basis for your career advancement.

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Middlesex University is committed to meeting the needs and

ambitions of a culturally and internationally diverse range of
students by providing challenging academic programmes.
We believe that the experience we offer
our students is unique and distinctive.
We know it is successful
from the results our students
achieve, the success of our
graduates and the external
recognition we receive.

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Your resource network includes web-accessible library
services, online study materials and specialist support for
distance education students.

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Flexible learning
How do you study the Oil & Gas MBA?
When you study the Oil & Gas MBA, you will work in the same way as a senior manager - at times working individually whilst at others
collaborating with a team of your fellow MBA participants. Each learning group is monitored by a member of the course faculty to ensure
syndicates perform at a high level whilst focused on typical realistic issues facing todays manager. Participation in group activities is compulsory
and a valuable element of the learning process.

Programme delivery
The programme is delivered using the Middlesex University learning management system. This is a sophisticated 24-hour online portal which
gives you the flexibility to work on a high quality MBA while still meeting your work and other commitments. Blending a variety of resources and
interaction methods, the programme can be successfully completed from home, work or even whilst travelling.
The Oil & Gas MBA does not require you to leave work for a week, a month, or every second Friday - it allows you to study from any time zone,
in any part of the world and at any time of day or night. You control your study hours, working at the time and place thats right for you as you
participate in asynchronous discussions, work on group projects, and complete individual assignments. You should expect to be challenged, and to
spend up to 1820 hours per week on reading, discussions and assessments.

A range of resources
Each module uses a variety of learning tools combined into a varied, interactive and educational programme with both core and additional

Resources include:
Traditional textbooks
Detailed study guides
Online audio and video content
Discussion groups
Multi-media resources
Industry case studies
Individual access to tutors
Interactive tutor-led discussion groups
Small group-directed idea generation and assessment
Webinars, available real-time or as an archive
Online lectures, available real-time or as an archive


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Facilitating the learning process

The course modules are made available to you following a schedule that allows you to work at your own pace but to keep in sequence with the
learning and assessment requirements. Each module is broken into a series of units, which generally will take about a week each to complete. The
format of each unit is based on a conceptual structure, known by the acronym SCATE (Scope, Content, Activities, Thinking, Extra):

Scope The overall range of the material covered in the unit. This sets out the learning outcomes for the unit, and therefore assists in planning
how you tackle the material. It is always useful to refer back to the learning outcomes at the end of each units work to evaluate progression.
This also helps link together material from different units and modules.
Content The detailed content of the material to be learnt in the unit. In many cases the study guide helps you navigate through material
provided in a set text.
Activities Exercises and application activities that consolidate comprehension of the content, and help you to evaluate and synthesise
connections with the realities of professional managerial experience. Some of these will be collaborative.
Thinking Helps develop the depth that is required for Masters level learning. There are online discussions and related collaborative and
reflective work to encourage you to think about your own development, and how you can absorb what you have learnt so that it allows you be
more effective as a manager. This is a personal aspect of learning and therefore will vary from individual to individual.
Extra Additional exercises and learning materials, some based on additional packages provided with set text, will be available for you to
continue to reinforce and extend your understanding and application of the content you encounter in each unit.

Putting your learning into a personal perspective

An MBA is more than an educational programme it is also a management development programme. As the course progresses you will find that
your perspective on your role, on your managerial challenges, and on your career will be ever more contextualised. This will inevitably change the
way you work as a professional manager.

To successfully complete the programme you must pass each module and the Business Transformation Project. Individual module assessment will
incorporate written coursework, online assessment and individual and group projects. Participation through the virtual learning environment with
tutors and fellow students is compulsory and assessed in order to encourage regular contributions by all students.
There will not be any examinations requiring physical attendance at a venue. We will, however, have certain online tests in some modules. Assessments
are carefully designed to reflect business management and industry issues and assist in applying your learning to your company or individual focus.

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Supported learning
Comprehensive support
We take your academic support and pastoral care seriously. You will be helped throughout your studies by an array of individuals and services.
Your personal support team includes an online tutor for each module who will be available for direct real-time help or on a non-simultaneous
communication basis. This tutor will facilitate discussions, answer queries on any of the content, and give advice on assessments. Additional
motivation will be provided by the seven module leaders, who oversee your educational engagement as you progress through the programme.
Contact with your module tutor and the e-learning team adviser is facilitated via email and the online learning portal. You can also communicate
with academic staff and your programme colleagues in the virtual common room.
General educational guidance, clarification of university regulations and help with planning your programme is available from the universitys
MBA distance learning administrators. Your dedicated IBC Academy MBA programme manager is also on hand to answer questions about fees,
admission, or registration. You will also have access to the universitys e-learning team who will be able to help you with any technical difficulties
should these arise.
Middlesex University also offers a range of services to further enhance your learning experience, including careers advice, counselling and
international student support.

Connected collaboration
Your fellow MBA students will come from many different organisational backgrounds, from diverse locations around the world. Our online learning
system encourages discussion and collaboration across industry sectors and time zones, capitalising on the diversity of our students and faculty to
challenge traditional assumptions, stimulate new ideas and introduce innovative business practices.
The experience you will gain working in such virtual teams reflects the reality of todays oil and gas industry and will prepare you for
management in an increasingly international workforce.
Close collaboration generates ideas, questions and challenges as you explore your own and others organisational issues. Academic tutors facilitate
group dynamics, link theory to practice, support critical thinking and add value to your learning through their knowledge and experience. A high
level of interaction among academics and students allows you to benefit from broad perspectives and insights.
In this environment, you will gain invaluable experience in the international arena and form excellent working relationships within a network of
global connections.

The MBA provides more than prestige its a vital step on the path to a senior
strategic management position

In addition to gaining an internationally recognised Master of Business

Administration qualification, you will benefit from:


Access to business and management experts and academics

Access to oil and gas industry experts and academics
Entry into an exclusive network of current and future industry leaders
Guidance from the expert faculty of Middlesex University Business School and cutting-edge management research
Learning material provided through a dependable and engaging online platform, with the ability to create hard copy study notes
Eligibility for memberships of certain professional institutes, such as the Chartered Institute of Management
Upon successful completion you will be eligible and encouraged to study for a qualification towards either a DProf or a PhD
Lifetime membership of the Middlesex University Alumni Association

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The internationally renowned faculty of Middlesex University Business School has combined with the oil and gas business experience of IBC
Academy to combine leading energy academics and industry experts, providing an innovative, flexible and inspiring educational experience. Our
modules have been written by a selection of permanent and visiting expert faculty, and draw upon business scenarios to ensure theory is given the
necessary context.
Our expert authors and faculty include:
Dr Lakshmi Narasimhan
Programme Leader, Oil &

Chari is a Chemical Engineering graduate with a PhD on the benefits of Enterprise Systems on Mid-Sized Manufacturing Businesses. He teaches
Project Management, Sourcing and Procurement, and Services Operations Management. Prior to joining Middlesex University, he worked at the
University of Bolton and was actively involved in the research, enterprise and teaching activities. He has delivered various regional development
projects aimed at supporting small and medium sized businesses in improving business performance. In addition to being the Programme Leader for
this course, he is a course leader for the Supply Chain Management programme. He has lectured globally on supply chains, procurement, operations
management and enterprise systems to supply chain professionals from diverse industry segments including oil and gas.

Dr Geoff Stevens
Module Tutor, The Global
Oil and Gas Industry

Geoff specialises in risk management and has extensive experience in the oil and chemicals industries including over 40 years
involvement in a wide range of studies on areas such as reliability modelling, business risk and process safety in association with a
number of international licensors. He was employed by BP for 17 years in catalysis research, process licensing, refinery investment
analysis and as manager of the engineering group responsible for contingency assessment on major projects and project control systems.

Dr Moustafa Battor
Senior Lecturer in Marketing

Moustafa received his PhD from Bradford University Business School and is an internationally experienced consultant and academic with
a background in strategic marketing and strategic management. His research interests concern relationship marketing, firm performance,
organisation culture, business model innovation, organisational learning and innovation. He has published academic papers in leading

Bill Sooby BA MBA CEng

Module Tutor, Advanced
International Marketing

Bill has a degree in Physics (Oxford University), an MBA (Henley) and worked for Shell for 17 years in their LPG, aviation, and gas and
power divisions after a career in the UK power generation industry. From 1997 to 2007 he was the LNG supply manager for Shells
European gas and power businesses. He has experience of structuring and completing large complex commercial deals in the gas and
LNG business involving foreign governments and joint venture partners, and established a portfolio of LNG supply contracts for Southern
Europe in completing the gas supply chain to downstream wholesalers.

Dr Stephane Bignoux
Senior Lecturer in Business
and Management

Stephane is a senior lecturer in business and management at Middlesex University. He has a PhD in Business from Macquarie University,
Sydney and an MA in knowledge Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. He has been published in a number of journals
on the topic of supplier strategies and he regularly presents his work at academic conferences around the world.

Peter Cameron
Module Tutor, Business

Peter has over 25 years industry experience in the commercial and regulatory aspects of downstream energy projects covering contracts,
energy and petroleum law, tariffs, market and feasibility studies. He was formerly Chairman of the International Services Board of the Society
of British Gas Industries and was a Member of the Inter-Governmental China-Britain Natural Gas Working Group. Before entering consultancy,
he was Corporate Planner for British Gas where he was responsible for preparing the corporate annual business plan and group strategy.

Professor Jedrzej George

Professor of CSR and
Strategic Management

George is Professor of CSR and Strategic Management at Middlesex University Business School. He has worked and published extensively
on the oil and gas sector for over 15 years. His books include Oil in Nigeria (2000) and Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility: Oil
Multinationals and Social Challenges (2009).

Dr John Preedy
Module Tutor, Managing
Projects and Optimising

Dr John Preedy worked for BP for 28 years as a Research Associate and Team Leader, working on Feasibility Studies and acting as a trouble
shooter covering all aspects of BPs businesses. These covered field Development Project in the North Sea and several novel resource
recovery techniques which were taken from Concept to Field Pilot trials in Canada. His specific work in the offshore area covered Subsea
Robotics / Automation, Seabed Production Concepts, FPSO Turret Technologies, Seabed Excavation Methods, Underwater Repair Techniques,
Flexible Riser Studies and Maintenance Cost Reductions. After leaving BP, he has continued working in the offshore oil industry including
activities in the assessment of Emerging and Novel Technologies, Technical and Economic Audits, Deepwater Studies, Production Sharing
Agreement Evaluations, Safety and Environmental Issues, Floating Production Systems and Offshore Installation Vessels. He is a regular
University lecturer in the UK (Cranfield) and Europe (Brest and Delft) and is a Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Malaysia. He is a
courses advisor to Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore) and a lecturer at the Newcastle University Singapore Campus site.

Dr Paul Griseri
Director for MBA

Paul has a BA and PhD in Philosophy, as well as postgraduate diplomas in Management Studies and HRM. Paul researches into business
ethics and the philosophy of management and has published six books, including Studying Business at MBA and Masters Level (with
James Wisdom). He has taught on a wide range of courses, has extensive professional consultancy experience and is also engaged in
further development of electronic and distance learning.

Anna Kyprianou BA MSc

Dean and Pro ViceChancellor of the Business

Anna is currently Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor of Middlesex University Business School. She has worked with the strategic development
of organisations and their management teams for more than 25 years. Her areas of specialism are organisational behaviour, managing
people, and learning and development with a particular emphasis on managing and developing people in the virtual organisation. She
has extensive research experience in survey design and data analysis at organisational, national and international levels.

Dr Evangelos Moustakas
Senior Lecturer, Marketing
and Enterprise

Dr Moustakas holds a Doctorate in e-marketing from Middlesex University (School of Science and Technology), a Master of Science in
e-Commerce and two Undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. He has authored a large number of research
publications and presented his work at international conferences as well as being an invited columnist to several practitioner IT and digital
technology magazines.

Carlos Ribeiro
Lecturer in Accounting and

With a first degree in Business and Administration from the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa and an MBA from the London Business
School, Carlos Ribeiro has a broad work experience, having worked in commercial banking, investment banking, auditing and consultancy.
He is currently lecturing at a number of academic institutions including Middlesex University, London Business School and Cass Business

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About Middlesex University
Middlesex University is a large London based university with a history in higher education dating from 1878. In 1992 we were granted the
Royal Charter allowing us to use the title university. We offer a broad range of courses through our four academic schools of Arts and Education;
Business; Engineering and Information Sciences; Health and Social Sciences and our Institute for Work Based Learning.
We have over 40,000 students studying on Middlesex courses worldwide, both at our own campuses and also with partner institutions, making us
one of the largest providers of British university education to international students.



Middlesex University Business School is a major international business

school based in London with overseas campuses in Dubai, Malta and
Mauritius and a global portfolio of partnerships delivering high quality
accredited programmes in business and management.

The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) visited Middlesex in the Spring

of 2009 and noted in its report that its auditors had confidence in the
Universitys current and likely future management of its academic
standards and of the learning opportunities available to students. In
2011 the QAA commended the design and care given to the distance
learning programmes.

Staff and students come from a wide spectrum of cultures and

backgrounds with a common interest in executive education that is
world class, modern and applicable. Middlesex University Business
School is proud of its dedicated lecturers and its rich range of learning
resources including distance learning and virtual learning environments.
Our alumni are represented at the highest levels of organisations in
business, the arts, healthcare and education.

The Business Schools heritage is based on strong partnerships with
industry and the professions. The roots of the Business School lie in Hendon
Technical College, one of the founding component colleges of Middlesex
University, that opened in 1939. Middlesex introduced one of the UKs first
personnel management courses in the 1950s. The Colleges Department of
Management Studies introduced the BA Business Studies degree in 1965.
This was the first course in the UK launched under a government blueprint
for business programmes. Within two years, the Middlesex course had
become the largest Business Studies degree in the UK. Our research output
in business and management is thriving the Business School had the
second highest number of staff among the modern universities, to submit
to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

For other courses at Middlesex University,

including the full-time MBA,

MBA students studying at Middlesex will know that they will be taught
in areas where internationally renowned research is being undertaken.
With a reputation for teaching and research excellence and superb
student support, the Business School provides an extremely stimulating

Alumni - A network to support your

future development
As a graduate of the Oil & Gas MBA you will gain lifelong membership
of the Middlesex University Alumni Association, a fast growing
organisation of former students from all over the world. The Alumni
Association allows you to easily maintain close contact with the
University and each other. Membership is also your gateway to a range
of benefits we have negotiated for you.
The University is proud of, and grateful to, all its alumni, who are living
proof of an outstanding, modern university.

Arts and Education

Business School
Engineering and Information Services
Health and Social Studies
Work Based Learning

The university is a major provider of business and

management education, with an impressive track record
of working in partnership with the public and the private
sector, as well as international organisations

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Many students now study for their MBA through

distance learning one of the fastest growing sectors of
business education for busy professionals

About IBC Academy

IBC Academy delivers public and client specific education and training solutions assisting individuals and organisations to achieve goals by developing
skills, knowledge and performance. Through distance learning courses, workshops and in-house corporate training that serves a whole host of oil and
gas companies around the world, our programmes enable career enhancement and progression regardless of work commitments or location.
IBC Academy is founded on a long tradition of training in the energy, logistics, ports, environment, security and safety sectors. Since formation
in 1964, and the subsequent merger with Lloyds of London Press to create Informa in 1998, IBC has been providing industry with renowned
international events, seminars and training. Courses are developed and delivered drawing on the knowledge of carefully selected industry and
academic leaders, and the expertise of our sister divisions within the IBC and Informa stable.
Our educational excellence is combined with the knowledge of expert partners to design, develop and run a growing range of industry-relevant
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What are the admissions requirements?
We consider applications on their individual merits and circumstances. However as a
guide the elements we consider when assessing the suitability of an applicant are:
A Bachelors Degree or an equivalent qualification normally at second class honours
or above - or equivalent international academic qualification.
A minimum of two years relevant managerial or professional work experience
since undergraduate graduation. Managerial experience means having
responsibility for people and / or functions and / or relevant technical expertise.
At least two years experience working in the oil and gas industry or related sector.
Candidates without an undergraduate honours degree must demonstrate at least
five years senior managerial experience and may be required to submit a GMAT
test result of 550 or higher. A full description of your experience is essential to
show clearly your successful career path and the contribution you can make to the
MBA programme.
Fluency in spoken and written English is a requirement for entry to the programme.
This can be by English being your mother tongue or you have previously
successfully completed an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a
recognised institution where the medium of tuition and assessment was entirely in
English (proof must be provided). Where this is not the case, an unconditional offer
cannot be given until you provide satisfactory evidence of your English language
ability by:
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).
You can take this test in any of the centres in British Council offices overseas.
Applications should be made direct to the local office. If no office is available,
enquire at the British Consular Offices.
A minimum TOEFL score of 575 (no less than 4.5 in test of written English) or
TOEFL iBT of 90 (with no less than 19 in each component).
Or equivalent qualification.
Our admissions staff are happy to help you with any questions you may have. Just
email at any time or call one of the following numbers:
+44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929.

What other supporting documents do I

need to submit with my application?
Two references, usually from your current employer and someone who can
comment on your academic ability. A form for your referees to complete can be
download from
Copies of any of your qualifications stated on your application form (scanned copies
are accepted)
A copy of your passport page showing the photo (a scanned copy is accepted)
A passport photo (this can be a digital photo or a scan of a hard copy)

When to apply?
It is possible to apply for the course now and we recommend that you plan your
enrolment and apply early. It may take time to get all your documentation together
so the sooner you start completing your application the better.
The deadline for applications to be received is Friday 14th August 2015.
Applications must be received by this date to secure enrolment (subject to
acceptance) in time for the start of the programme.
Note that the programme starts on Monday 21st September 2015 with a
compulsory two week induction module. This provides you with the opportunity to
access and familiarise yourself with the online learning management system and the
resources available to you throughout the programme. There will be short exercises
during this period to introduce you to the programme, the faculty and your colleagues
on the MBA.

How to apply?
When you apply, you will need to complete an application form and submit it along
with required references, proof of your prior qualifications and the application fee.
Visit and click on How to Apply for detailed
application information and to download the necessary forms. Your application form
and accompanying documents are submitted online, along with payment of your
application fee by credit card, cheque or bank transfer.
If your company is sponsoring you for the course fees, confirmation from the
employer to this effect is required with your application. If you are self-financing your
study, evidence of your ability to pay the fees will be required.
You must submit all the necessary documents and, provided all your documentation
is in order and the application fee paid, you will normally receive confirmation of
receipt within 3 working days of applying. Your application is then sent to the MBA
admissions team for review.


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Admissions evaluation

The MBA admissions team will take a holistic review of your response to application
form questions, academic record, work experience, references and GMAT test score
(if available), etc. The admissions team may feel a telephone or online interview is
required to confirm details.

What is the applications committee looking for?

They want to see:
A proven academic ability
Existing sector experience
Motivation to undertake and complete the course
Language ability
Career potential
That you will benefit from the MBA


If there is any uncertainty over your application and the details supplied, you may be
requested to undertake a telephone or online interview. Please ensure your preferred
telephone number or Skype details are provided on the application form for this purpose.

Financing your study

There are many funding options ranging from educational loans and career
development loans to scholarships and corporate sponsorship that may be open to
you. Many part-time MBA students are sponsored by their companies, whilst others
decide to self-finance the course as they prefer to keep their future options open. By
far the most popular MBA financing method is an education or career loan available
from grant awarding organisations or commercial banks.
It is strongly advised that potential applicants research all available financing options
well in advance of submitting their application as many funding sources have strict
deadlines for seeking funding. Countries often have their own grant or scholarship
awarding bodies which may either be government, commercial or charitable in nature.

Application fee

With your application for enrolment you will need to pay an application fee of 400
/ US$640. If your application is successful, this fee will be deducted from the full
tuition fee. Should your application for admission to the course be unsuccessful, your
application fee will be refunded.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee for the two year programme is 15,300 / US$25,260. This fee
includes online learning materials and electronic versions of compulsory texts required
over the duration of the programme.
The fees can be paid in instalments over the first 18 months of the programme. Full
details of the instalment options are available from the How to Apply section of the
programme website or by contacting us at
Students may need to purchase additional text e-books to support their study during
the course. If you are being financially supported by an employer, you may suggest
to them that an allowance of up to 400 / US$640 is made to cover such texts.

Full details of the application process, the

application form and payment details are on the
website at

After the interview

If an interview is required, we will take a few days to consider your application. The
decision will be communicated to you soon afterwards.

Confirming your place

You will be contacted with the result of your application within a maximum of 30
days (and usually much quicker). If unsuccessful you will be given a full explanation
and a refund of the application fee. Successful applicants will be advised of their
approval and an invoice for the course fees sent. Once payment is received against
the invoice you will be sent full enrolment details by the University in due course.

Supporting you through the application process

If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to email or call one of the following numbers:
+44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929.

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What are the benefits of studying for an
MBA with Middlesex?
A Middlesex MBA:
Is built on over 30 years experience of running MBA programmes
Is project based and practical
Offers networking opportunities during and after the course
Provides exceptional teaching staff
Gives experience of working in virtual teams
Delivers applied learning experiences
Combines academic rigour with individual support

How can I be assured that the MBA at

Middlesex University is a high quality
To ensure the high standards and quality of the Oil & Gas MBA, it is subject to the
Universitys academic quality assurance procedures (which include those procedures
related to programme approval, monitoring and review). A key feature of these
processes is the input from external subject experts who ensure that awards of
Middlesex are comparable to those of other UK universities, and that the programme
curriculum, teaching, assessment and resources are appropriate.

Employers tend to look favourably upon those employees who are interested in
developing themselves and investing in their career. Many of our students have
received employer sponsorship on the basis of making clear to their employers the
advantages that they will be able to offer them both during and after their MBA.

Middlesex University, and its programmes, are subject to periodic audit or review by
external quality agencies such as the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
(QAA). These audits and reviews place confidence in the quality and standards of
provision as operated at Middlesex University. The most recent QAA audit of quality
and standards of Middlesex University awards was of those programmes delivered with
collaborative partners. The University was awarded the highest level judgement that
can be awarded. QAA review and audit reports can be viewed on the QAA website at:

How is the course accredited?

Can I pay by instalments?

What should I say to my employer to get


This programme is validated and awarded by Middlesex University. After successfully

completing your studies you will receive a degree from Middlesex University which is duly
accredited by the British Government by means of a Royal Charter. Middlesex University
degrees are recognised worldwide.

How much time will I need to study?

The Oil & Gas MBA as a postgraduate qualification requires a significant time
commitment. The approximate time required for you to successfully study the learning
materials, complete further reading and submit assessments is up to 75 hours per
month, with gaps over holiday periods and between modules. Whilst initially this may
sound a lot, experience shows that students who are established, mature professionals
reduce this time by utilising skills and knowledge already gleaned through their working
lives. It is likely that you will be familiar with some subject areas allowing you to pass
quickly through the materials; others will take longer.
The nature of distance education requires you to adopt a disciplined and independent
approach to your studies and you will need good time management skills to effectively
manage your time commitments.

What are my computing requirements?

You will need to have a PC or Mac that has a good internet reception and a capacity to
access and download substantial content, with an up-to-date internet browser, standard
desktop office packages such as Open Office or MS Office, video facility (webcam),
microphone and earphones for audio recording and playback. Operating platform should
be Windows 97 or higher for PCs, or OS 10.4 or higher for Macs.

How frequently does the MBA start?

The MBA has one new intake each year.

I dont have an academic qualification.

Will I be able to apply?
Yes. As long as you can demonstrate significantly successful industry and / or managerial
experience, your application will be considered. You may be required to complete a
GMAT test obtaining a minimum score of 550 to support your application.

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Yes, there is an interest-free instalment plan. Full details of the instalment options are
available in the Application Guide which can be downloaded from the How to Apply
section of the programme website.

What level of English will I need?

Where English is a second language, you will be required to demonstrate a minimum IELTS
score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components). Alternatively a minimum TOEFL score
of 575 (no less than 4.5 in test of written English) or TOEFL iBT of 90 (with no less than 19 in
each component) is also accepted. Please see the entry requirements on the previous page for
full details.

Will I have to be online at specific times?

Communication with your support team and fellow students can be conducted
asynchronously, meaning there is no component which requires you to be online at a
specific time. Of course, you may choose to interact with tutors, syndicate members and
module leaders at any time using the online communication systems, and you will be
encouraged to do so regularly.

Will there be any on-campus seminars or

residential workshops?
No. The Oil & Gas MBA is unique in that it requires absolutely no travel or attendance at on-site
seminars or residential workshops. All the course content, syndicate discussions, networking
and assessment is managed online.

Will I be guaranteed a job when I

Guarantees are unrealistic. However you will certainly be in a more advantageous
position as an MBA graduate is often viewed far more favourably by employers.
Middlesex MBA graduates are very successful in progressing to higher achieving careers.
Additionally, as this MBA is delivered by part-time distance learning, you will not have
had to take time out from your current job in order to undertake your study, thus
allowing you to gain valuable experience as you learn. Promotion after graduation is
fairly common.

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