Oil & Gas Trade Management


Programme details

  • Study: Full-time
  • Duration: 12 - 16 months
  • Fee: September 2019: £18,500

Oil & gas traders need split-second timing and coolness. They need to understand the markets, as well as the political and environmental issues that influence them.

This programme is designed in conjunction with senior industry leaders to help you master the skills that the world's leading oil & gas employers require and seek.

Our one-year, full-time degree doesn't just build your analytical and trading knowledge. It also puts your skills to the test in live, high-pressure situations.

Elias Boukrami

You'll learn insights and practical skills, including:

  • Developing and applying relevant strategies
  • Economics, shipping and geopolitics
  • Live trading with real data and professional platforms
  • Measuring and managing risk
  • Team work and value added
  • Understanding and drafting contracts
  • Understanding market structure information

Our London location also puts you at the heart of a prime energy market, and you'll receive discounted associate membership to networks such as the Westminster Energy Forum, Energy Institute and Chartered Management Institute.

As you develop your skills, you'll have plenty of opportunities to put them into action. You will have access to a live trading room where you will make tough decisions using live databases such as Thomson-Reuters, CQG Trade and Shipping Intelligence Network.

Your final project can either be an academic dissertation or a consultancy report for a real company consultancy project delivered.

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Students may start the programme in either January or September. If you begin in September, the programme is 12 months, while a programme starting in January will last for 16 months.

Term 1

Module Title Overview
Oil and Gas Markets This module provides a framework and a basic grounding for understanding the issues and problems not only in the industry itself but also in the geopolitics and geo-economics of energy. You will look at the major actors, the historical and future development of the industry, and the nature of supply and demand. You will also cover technological developments and the hunt for new reserves, issues in transportation and distribution and geopolitics and the use of gas and oil as political tools.
Refining and Shipping in the Oil and Gas Industry You will examine the challenges faced in finding oil and gas deposits, extracting the crude hydrocarbons, and the subsequent refining and processing to produce end-use products. In addition, you will learn to understand and appraise the processes and procedures involved in the transport and distribution of oil and gas products.
Research Methods Managers in organisations often need to rely on research-based information to make decisions. In order to make proper use of such material and to ensure that any decisions made on the basis of research findings are soundly based, it is necessary to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the methods and techniques used to collect and analyse such information. There is a wide range of possible approaches to conducting research or consultancy studies which vary in terms of the kinds of questions they seek to answer. The methods used to provide answers are explored in this module.

Term 2

Module Title Overview
Corporate Finance and Financial Markets This module will enable you to understand, analyse and critically examine the purpose, principles and fundamental concepts of financial markets and instruments including securities markets, foreign exchange markets, bond markets and derivatives products. You will focus on investment strategies, emphasising the importance of value, risk and return, and on long term strategic financing decisions and investment appraisal techniques. Examples adopted throughout will be from the perspective of energy related corporations with specific focus on financial risks.
Oil and Gas Contracts and Regulation Transactions and contracts form the basis for virtually all activities in the oil and gas industries. This module explores the fundamentals of oil and gas contracts and introduces specific downstream agreements and contractual pitfalls. You will explore how to minimise potential risk, and learn contractual negotiation and evaluation skills. You will also learn about contractual, legislative and regulatory compliance in both common law and other jurisdictions.
Oil and Gas Trading and Risk Management This module will help you develop the skills you need to successfully participate in global oil and gas markets, for hedging and trading as well as management purposes. You will gain an understanding of the relation between oil and gas risk management and operational risk, and its management, as well the accounting implications of oil and gas derivatives. A unique feature of this module is that, for one month, you will manage an oil and gas trading desk using professional tools and live data.
Sustainability in the Oil and Gas Sector This module will provide you with a sound operational understanding of the most relevant concepts and tools to ensure the sustainability of the Oil and Gas industry both upstream and downstream, including considering relevant alternatives. It addresses the three key programme themes; Risk Management, Strategy and Adding Value. You will learn to develop environmental accountability reports and sustainability impact and risk management audits in order to help existing traditional Oil and Gas trading organizations into becoming major drivers and leading actors for change in the energy sector.

Term 3

You will choose one of the options below.

Module Title Overview
Live Company Project Acting in effect as a trainee management consultant in the energy sector, you will research an issue related to the trade management of oil and gas products and develop recommendations intended to benefit your client organisation and perhaps the sector as a whole. You will prepare a report that you will present to both your client and academic staff. This module builds upon your previous learning and offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in a real working environment.
Dissertation You will undertake research to produce an academic dissertation on a topic related to oil and gas trade management. This final module builds upon your learning from previous modules and offers the opportunity to apply your knowledge through research into an oil and gas trading management topic of interest, perhaps related to your future career aspirations. With the help and guidance of a supervisor you will formulate research questions, gather information, and analyse and evaluate material. Your final dissertation will communicate your findings in an appropriate academic style and offer creative solutions to complex problems.

How to apply

Applying to study at Regent's University London is quick and easy. We have put together some helpful information to guide you through the process. We accept direct applications and there is no application fee.

Not received your results yet?

That's fine, you can still apply even without your exam results. We can issue a conditional offer without your results. You just need be clear in your application which qualifications you are currently studying for.

Step 1 Apply

You can apply in the following ways:

If you have not uploaded the relevant supporting documents during the online application process, you should ensure that we have the below supporting documents as soon as you have completed your application.These can be sent to the Regent’s Admissions Department via email to [email protected].

  • Copies of academic transcripts and certificates from all university studies (i.e. undergraduate degree)
  • One letter of academic recommendation
  • A copy of your CV/resumé showing your work experience, if applicable.
  • A 1,000 word personal statement outlining the reasons for applying to your chosen programme. This should demonstrate an understanding of a current issue relevant to the subject, how you feel you will benefit from the programme of study, what contributions you will make to the University and how this will help your future career aspirations.
  • A copy of your passport photograph (ID) page
  • If you are not a native English speaker, proof of your English proficiency

For some of our programmes, the selection process may include an interview. Interviews can take the form of a one-to-one interview or group interview. These are generally conducted on campus but may be conducted by telephone or as a Skype call. Arrangements of these are made between the Admissions Department and the applicant.

Step 2 Receive a response to your application

You can expect to receive a decision on your application within 10 working days of receipt of your completed application and supporting documents.

We will assess whether you meet our entry requirements and will notify you of the decision via email.

Step 3 Accepting your offer

If you wish to accept the offer, please pay the advance tuition fee deposit (non-refundable) to confirm your place. 

Please see here for information on how to pay.

Step 4 After you have accepted your place

Closer to the start of the term the Admissions Team will send information regarding the registration process. This will include information on completing your online enrolment prior to your arrival as well as a checklist of documents you will need to bring with you to fully register onto the programme.

Information for international students

If you are an overseas student requiring visa sponsorship to study in the UK, our team will be in touch with information on applying for your student visa and the documents you will need. More information can be found on our visas and immigration page.

Scholarships, funding and bursaries

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Regent’s University London has a long-standing tradition of welcoming talented students from all over India. Our students from this region have always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit and have graduated from Regent’s fully equipped to join a large multinational, start their own company or join the family business. Regent’s is therefore pleased to offer five postgraduate scholarships specifically for students of Indian nationality, each worth £3,000.

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Regent’s offers an intimate style of education, characterised by lots of personal attention. This personalised approach extends beyond our students to their families, with the University welcoming increasing numbers of brothers, sisters and even children of our alumni each year. The University is delighted to offer the Regent’s Family Reward as a thank-you to our alumni for their and their families’ loyalty.

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Regent's Postgraduate Progression Scholarships reward the loyalty of undergraduate students who progress to enrol on a postgraduate degree with us. It's our way of saying thank you. Scholarships are worth up to 15% of tuition fees. 

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Postgraduate loans - Student Finance England 2018-19

Student Finance England (SFE) is now offering funding for UK and EU nationals, as well as students with the status of Migrant Worker (under the age of 60 on the date of first class of the first Master’s degree).

Students, who already hold one Master’s degree (or an equivalent or higher-level qualification) will not be eligible.

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Tuition fee

Starting September 2019: £18,500

Non-refundable advance deposit

Home/EU students: £1,000
Non-EU students: £4,000
Non-EU students in receipt of US Federal Loans: £1,000

What do fees include?

Fees cover the cost of all tuition and access to the University’s IT infrastructure and library learning resources. 

What other costs should I budget for?

You will need to budget additional funds for accommodation and living expenses, travel, and any additional trips, visits, activities or courses (such as Summer programmes) that you choose to participate in outside of the tuition offered as part of the programme.

The library hold a limited number of copies of core text books and where possible in e-format. You will be encouraged to purchase your own text books and will need to budget approximately £80-£100 for the year, depending on your programme of study.

When are fees paid?

Fees are payable in the following instalments:

  • An initial non-refundable advance deposit paid when you accept your offer of a place
  • The advance deposit is allocated against the first term’s fees
  • Tuition fees (including fees for subsequent terms) are due two weeks in advance of classes commencing

Calculating fee increases

  • The University sets tuition fees on an annual basis in line with the University's financial year which runs from 1 August to 31 July
  • The fees quoted here are for one academic year of study
  • For students starting their programme in January the programme spans two separate financial year accounting periods. Fees for the different teaching terms are calculated separately in line with fees charged in each financial year
  • Fees for subsequent years of study are subject to fee inflation
  • The University aims to keep annual fee increases in line with the University’s cost inflation. The expectation is that this will be no greater than UK consumer price inflation (CPI) plus 3%. There are occasionally variations to this dictated by the costs of running specific programmes or facilities required for our programmes
  • As a registered charity, all fee increases are subject to approval of the Trustee Board thus ensuring that affordability for our students remains a primary concern in any decisions regarding fee increases

Teaching and Assessment

We put a strong emphasis on practical learning throughout the programme. Our teaching is carried out in small group seminars, with the option to address any issues one-to-one with staff that are experts in the field. Guest lecturers also share their deep industry experience throughout the year.

We also stress the importance of hands-on activities. You will get the opportunity to meet leading figures in the oil & gas networks, experience live trading first hand, and take part in trading competitions and field trips.

Your final project will either consist of a dissertation on a business project, exploring and offering solutions to a particular business issue. In rare cases, students may also be selected to undertake a consultancy project for a company, carrying out research on an issue or market prediction.

Academic Calendar

Contact hours and expected workload

You will receive 12-14 contact hours per week for 11 weeks for each teaching term (term 1 and term 2). The expected workload is 1800 notional hours for the entire programme.

Teaching staff

The staff team has a strong mix of industry experience, research insight and academic knowledge. You will receive a personal attention from the head of programme, the personal tutor and the teaching team. You'll also learn from prestigious guest lecturers, and be guided by coaches and career advisors with extensive knowledge of the industry.

Methods of assessment

A range of assessment methods are used for this programme. They include:

  • Class activities
  • Dissertation
  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Fieldwork
  • Presentations
  • Research-based projects
  • Simulations

Disability Support

We welcome and support students with a wide range of disabilities and health concerns. This includes learning difficulties, visual and hearing impairments, mental health difficulties, autism spectrum conditions, mobility difficulties, and temporary or chronic health conditions.

Our dedicated Disability Officer is here to support you. We ask that you speak with Student Registry and our Disability Officer as early as you can to enable us to support you. Find out more about our disability support and contact us.

Academic requirements

A Regent’s education provides you with a high level of personal attention, and this begins from the moment you apply to study with us. We want to understand who you are and what your skills and interests may be – we are interested in your potential, as well as your prior achievements. We review each application comprehensively and on its individual merit, considering all of your skills, interests and attributes. Typically, we will make an offer to a student holding a minimum lower second class (2:2) UK Honours undergraduate degree in a business, financial, mathematical or analytical subject from a recognised institution. Other equivalent international qualifications from recognised institutions will be accepted.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the essential entry criteria outlined above. In order to be accepted for exceptional entry, you must:

  • Hold a minimum of two years’ relevant work experience
  • Provide a 1000-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying, and how your previous experience is of relevance to the programme you are applying for
  • Be prepared to attend an interview with the Postgraduate Admissions Panel

English Language requirements for September 2019 

We require proof of English Proficiency. For example, we ask for:

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with 5.5 or above in all 4 component parts
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58, with 51 or above in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT: Overall score 80 (We do not accept TOEFL from applicants requiring a Tier 4 visa, as this qualification is no longer accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration Department (UKVI)
  • A-level/GCSE/IGCSE English: grade C / 4 or above (for IGCSE certificates, please provide the Supplementary Certifying Statement with the breakdown of component grades)
  • International Baccalaureate: Grade 5 in A1 or A2 English at Higher or Standard Level

This list is not exhaustive, we will review the English qualifications you have as part of your application and be in contact if we require anything further.

For applicants who wish to improve their English language proficiency, please see our English language courses.

Please note requirements for future intakes are subject to change.

On-campus diagnostic test

For offer holders in London, we can provide a free on-campus English diagnostic test.  This test must be arranged in advance. To book a test, please contact [email protected]. Please note, this is a diagnostic test for Regent’s University London only. 

Our programme is designed to prepare you for an exhilarating and challenging world. Graduates have progressed to careers in:

  • Oil & gas trading
  • Finance
  • Central banks
  • Electricity and energy buyers

If you complete the programme, you'll have a strong mastery of analytical, research, numerical and communication skills. In addition, your leadership and negotiation skills will enable you to quickly respond to opportunities, both as an entrepreneur and a valued corporate employee.

Professional development

The programme is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). If you choose to join as student members of the Institute (students have specific period to register) and upon completion of mapped modules within the MSc programme, you will receive a CMI Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership. Business & Management at Regent's is also a Learning Affiliate of the Energy Institute, the energy sector's global professional organisation.

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MSc Oil and Gas Trade Management

Lord Simon of Highbury, Former Chairman of BP

“The broad scope of the programme which covers the financial and contractual challenges of the trading business and also the necessary attention to safety and environmental challenges reveals several options for future careers in the energy industry.” Lord Simon of Highbury, Former Chairman of BP