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Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 2015 Entry Distance Learning The Oil & Gas MBA 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 Apply online at: Email: | Phone: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Enrolment administered by: 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 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About 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 2 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: How to Apply Apply Online Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online Key information: Title: Delivery Method: Mode: Attendance: Duration: Structure: The Oil & Gas MBA Online Distance Learning Part-time 100% online 24 months Six modules plus either an Applied Project of 60 credits or two further modules plus a Business Transformation Project of 30 credits. Modules are 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 Apply online at: The Oil & Gas MBA 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. Contents Welcome 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 Faculty Middlesex University IBC Academy Join us – admissions requirements FAQs The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 4 7 8 8 9 9 12 17 19 20 21 22 23 24 3 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 Master’s 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. 1 2 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 4 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online Achieving academic quality and excellence, innovative delivery and professional focus whilst meeting the highest standards is all important for Middlesex University. Welcome 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. We’d be delighted to welcome you to our vibrant postgraduate community. MDX 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. The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 5 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 plus either an Applied Project of 60 credits or two further modules plus a Business Transformation Project of 30 credits, 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 choice of either a longer Applied Project or a shorter Business Transformation Project with additional study modules, allows 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 6 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 membership 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 The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 7 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 EY’s 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 priorities. 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 8 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 you’d 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 organisations • Industry professionals and managers from upstream to downstream • 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) Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 sector ENHANCE your personal and professional skills for management and executive leadership 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 The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 9 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply 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 40% 31% Asia and Oceania Americas 14% 15% UK and Europe 46 Countries represented Students studying the Oil & Gas MBA include representatives of: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • A.Hak International ABB AGR Aladdin Middle East ARAMCO ARPEL ATNY LLC Australian National Petro-Consultants Bahar Energy OPCO Baker Hughes Inc BG Group BHP Billiton BP BPZ Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Ltd (BOST) Bureau Veritas Congo CAMIN CARGO CONTROL INC. CGG Veritas Chevron Nigeria Limited Civicon • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • EMGS Eni E&P SpA Ensco ExxonMobil Development Company Ghana National Gas Company Globestar Engineering Co. Nigeria Halliburton Helix IHS J Ray McDermott Canada KCA Deutag KCB Bank Uganda Kinross Gold Corporation KW Subsea / Petrofac Engineering Lloyd’s Register Energy Drilling Lukoil Overseas Baltic Ltd Maersk Oil Angola MEEZA LLC 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) • Niksam • 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 • PETROFAC • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • RasGas RITZOIL Royal Oilfield Logistics Saipem Sakhalin Energy Investment Company SC Petrosantander Romania SRL Schneider Electric SeaRiver Maritime Shaleem Petroleum Company SAOC Shell Exploration & Production International Statoil Thome Shipmanagement (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. TIDEWATER Inc. Total Trafigura Beheer Tuin Engineering and Consulting V.Ships 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 10 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Apply Online Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online Why study for the Oil & Gas MBA? Higher qualification Self-improvement Enhanced career prospects Problem solving Networking Promotion Career change Manage more effectively Add management skills to technical knowledge Increased salary Improve skills Credibility Business perspective Better job Big picture New skills Fulfilling my potential The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 11 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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. The Middlesex MBA Programme Structure 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 20 credits 20 credits 20 credits 20 credits 20 credits 20 credits PLUS EITHER OR Research Methods Applied Project 20 credits 10 credits 60 credits OR PLUS Information Management* AND Management Perspectives* Business Transformation Project 20 credits 30 credits *subject to student demand 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 12 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online The Global Oil and Gas Industry Aims: • 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 contracts • 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 Aims: • 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 Aims: • 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 • PESTEL and future thinking • Industry lifecycle, competitiveness and profitability • SBU Strategy: from a market / customer perspective • Internal audit: resources and capabilities • Generic strategies and value chain analysis • Organisational culture • Making strategy happen • Measuring performance • International strategy • Putting it all together • Influence on strategy formulation and implementation • Managing strategic change Executive Leadership Aims: • 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 The Oil & Gas MBA • 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 Apply online at • Leadership and change • The change process • Obstacles to change • Politics and influence • Managing structural change • Leading change • Relevance to and implications for the oil and gas industry 13 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? 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Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online Advanced International Marketing Aims: • 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 environment • Marketing management, strategies and plans • Research, analysis and interpretation • Target markets, segments and customers • Brands, branding and marketing communication and campaigns • Innovation: new product, service and market development • Delivering customer value • Managing and measuring marketing performance Managing Projects and Optimising Operations Aims: • 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 • Scheduling • 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 management • Asset management • ISO Standards for the oil and gas industry • Optimisation through innovation • R&D as a tool for performance improvement • Applying R&D in oil and gas operations management • Testing and modifying R&D • Leading organisational innovation • Risk management Applied Project Aims: This module provides students with the means of further developing and integrating the skills and knowledge acquired on the MBA through application to a specific organisational issue or problem. It enables students to demonstrate proficiency in relation to scoping the issue(s)/problems, consideration of appropriate literature, collection and analysis of data, assessing the financial implications, including any cost/benefit analysis for justifying specific recommendations and consideration of implementation issues. The MBA project provides the student with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills gained on the MBA at an advanced level. To prepare the student to undertake the project, the following research method topics are addressed: Topics include: • Project profiling • Business writing and presentations • Reviewing the literature • Developing interviewing and observation skills • Using quantitative data collection and analysis techniques • Entrepreneurship • Developing business plans • Doing consulting projects 14 The Oil & Gas MBA The project can take several forms such as: • Project for a host/client organisation • The solution to a practical managerial or organisational problem, where practical recommendations arise out of a mix of theory and data collection • A work-based issue within the student’s own place of employment • An empirical investigation of a management or organisational practice, strongly supported by the relevant theory and concepts Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Research Methods Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online Information Management * Aims: Aims: This module provides students with a means of further developing their skills in research. It presents the key elements and issues of research design, of processes of collecting evidence and analysing this, and of drawing conclusions. The module also introduces some of the key controversies of management research, so that the participant not only comes to understand the processes and problems of producing research outcomes, but also becomes a more sophisticated consumer of these in their various forms of dissemination. Knowledge and understanding of information technologies and systems used in organisations to manage information and decision making, are critical to work place success. This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the information technology and systems minefield. Success in producing the key output of this module, the project proposal, is a requirement for commencing the final project. Topics include: • Types of organisational research – exploratory, investigative, case based etc. • Kinds of knowledge – issues relating to the qualitative-quantitative distinction • Implications for research of positivism, realism, critical management and other perspectives on management • Participatory and action research • The logic and organisational pragmatics of selecting an organisational research topic • Research designs • Sources and methods of collecting information: surveys, databases, observational data • Analysing information, including statistical methods, discourse analysis, cognitive mapping • Summarising research and drawing conclusions Topics include: • ERP, CRM, e-Procurement, business intelligence and e-Business systems; their functionalities and roles in organisational decision making • Information as an asset • Challenges faced by organisations and CIOs due to ‘big data’ – data centres, mobile technologies, cloud computing, social media technologies • Information requirements of managers and the sources within the organisation • Information storage and protecting digital information • Information quality • Competing with analytics and business intelligence • An enterprise vision for information 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. Management Perspectives * Aims: One of the central features of modern management is that theories and practices continue to evolve and this creates new understandings of the management task. This module deals primarily with values and the contextual subjectivity of management practices. Issues such as ethics, social responsibility, managing with diversity, and managing across cultures are therefore the prime areas of the module. This module is designed to provide students with the critical tools and mindset to analyse and identify responses to such challenges, regardless of their nature or of the imperatives and fashions that drive them. 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. Topics include: You will also be expected to demonstrate proficiency in the selection and application of the appropriate methods to investigate and progress the business transformation. • Management contexts and fundamentals: management knowledge; defining organisations; understanding work and leadership; managing diversity; managing in for-profit and not-for-profit organisations; managing co-operative workers; public service cultures; managing voluntary organisations; managing within organisational networks; knowledge workers and the management of professionals • Ethics, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and governance: defining business ethics, stakeholder management and CSR; ethical theories and their application to ethical issues in business; managing individual and organisational values; comparative governance • Cross cultural perspectives: working and managing across cultures, international strategies and knowledge transfer; cultural differences in key management behaviours such as decision making, negotiation and leading; how to manage using a culturally intelligent approach 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. 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 individual’s 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. The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 15 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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. Sheppard Library, Middlesex University. Your resource network includes web-accessible library services, online study materials and specialist support for distance education students. 16 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 today’s 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 that’s 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 18–20 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. 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 The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 17 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 unit’s 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. Assessment 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. 18 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 university’s 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 university’s 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 today’s 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 it’s 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 The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 19 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online ­­Faculty 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: 20 Dr Lakshmi Narasimhan Chari Programme Leader, Oil & Gas MBA 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 journals. 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 Shell’s 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 Strategy 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 Frynas 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 Operations 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 BP’s 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 Programmes 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 School 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 Finance 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 School. The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online Recognised learning 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. International Quality 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 University’s 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. Heritage The Business School’s 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 UK’s first personnel management courses in the 1950s. The College’s 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, visit: Excellence 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 environment. 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 The Oil & Gas MBA Apply online at 21 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online 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 Lloyd’s 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 distance learning courses and in-company training. We also work closely with universities and colleges to assist them in marketing their courses, widening student participation, bringing industry focus, hosting distance learning and developing new courses that will appeal to industry. IBC Academy is a proud part of Informa plc, the leading international provider of specialist information and services for the academic and scientific, professional and commercial business communities. For other distance learning courses offered by IBC Academy, visit • • • • • Bringing knowledge to life • • • • • • • • • • • Exploration & Production Logistics FPSOs Gas & LNG Contracts & Pricing LNG Marine Drilling Marine Warranty Surveying Offshore Field Development Oil & Gas Agreements Oil & Gas Introduction Oil & Gas Production Engineering Petroleum Economics Petroleum Engineering Pipeline Engineering, Construction and Operations Project Management Subsea Engineering Subsea Integrity Management Join us online for exclusive offers and updates Search “IBC Academy” 22 The Oil & Gas MBA Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online Join us 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. The Oil & Gas MBA 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 Interview 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. Fees 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. Apply online at 23 Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online FAQs 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 To ensure the high standards and quality of the Oil & Gas MBA, it is subject to the University’s 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 sponsorship? 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 don’t 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. 24 How can I be assured that the MBA at Middlesex University is a high quality course? The Oil & Gas MBA 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 graduate? 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. Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 / +1 (646) 957 8929 Email: Course Introduction Why Study the MBA? Who Are You? Programme Syllabus Study Method Supported learning About Middlesex University How to Apply Apply Online The Oil & Gas MBA Website: Email: Tel: +44 (0)20 3377 3209 +1 (646) 957 8929 Fax: +44 (0)20 7017 7861 IBC Academy 4th Floor, Maple House 149 Tottenham Court Road London W1T 7AD United Kingdom Apply online at: VIP CODE: HA101 IBCA/SWD/KR/JH/HL/TR Disclaimer Every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained within this brochure is correct. 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