Oil and Gas Management

The demand for competent and creative business leaders and managers with skills to take business practice to the next level in the African context and beyond is undisputed today. Our MBA programme in Oil and Gas Management addresses the current needs of the business and economy in the African context.

Next start date

11 March 2019




10 courses offered on a modular basis. Each course runs for eight weeks.

How to apply

Complete our online application form

Fees per course

US$ 550
Up to 75% scholarships available.

Programme overview


Our Oil and Gas Management MBA programme consists of a diverse,

international and experienced group of professionals who, together, make a

rich social and professional network that allows for broad exchange of experiences, knowledge, and practices to prepare you to engage in future consultancies, career and job opportunities. The course is taught by international tutors who are experts in the oil and gas industry. As part of the programme we will address the main aspects of oil and gas management in Africa in an international context:

  • strategic leadership and management
  • international business practices
  • operations and people management
  • financial management
  • environmental and cultural impact of oil and gas production
  • refining and distribution networks
  • governance and the application of ISO standard frameworks
  • oil and gas management processes
  • procurement and contract management
  • Critical thinking

Target students


Our MBA programme is designed for:

  • individuals and executives seeking appropriate management and leadership skills in oil and gas industry
  • individuals seeking competencies to better position themselves for future

advancement and success.

  • people seeking career advancement
  • people who are looking to change industry or job function
  • graduates that expect to develop skills and critical thinking in business,

management and administration

  • those looking to gain the entrepreneurial tools that will enable them to put their own business plan into practice.


Entry requirements

To be eligible to join the programme, you should have completed a Bachelors degree with an honours class (at least 2nd Class Lower) and have relevant work experience in the oil and gas industry.

The course is also open to recent graduates with Bachelors degree intending to pursue academic careers to PhD in future.

Nationalities represented
Average years work experience
Average age of our students

Why study with us

You will have an opportunity to study and consult with an international staff made up of leading academics, practitioners and researchers in Oil and Gas from 22 countries.

VUU’s Oil and Gas class also consists of a diverse, international and friendly group of  professionals who, together, make a rich social and professional network that allows exchange of broad experiences, knowledge, and practices for you to engage in future for consultancies, career and job opportunities.

Designed with busy people in mind, the programme is delivered 100% online giving you the opportunity to study at the convenience of your home, office or smartphone, saving you the trouble of travelling to the lecture room or even leaving your home country. 

The modular nature of the programme and the favourable teaching hours allow you to attend only those courses that you can afford in a year, thus offering you the opportunity to learn while you earn and fitting your studies around your work, family and life commitments, without taking a career break.

Our application process is free of charge. Our fees payment schedule is flexible, allowing you to pay in modular instalments.

International students can even pay in local currency. We have five intakes a year (January, March, May, August and October), thus allowing you to join at your earliest convenience. We also have opportunities for scholarships and bursaries, as well as partnerships for internship and mentoring with leaders in the relevant industry of interest.

On successful completion of your research you will awarded an MBA in Oil and Gas Management. A post graduate certificate is awarded to those that do not embark on the research dissertation / thesis.   

We have five intakes

per year

Programme structure 

The programme consists of 10 courses offered on a modular basis over a 20-month period followed by six months to finalise the dissertation or research paper. Each course runs for eight weeks.

Given the nature of today’s world, all organizations need to keep up with the changing times in order to remain literally in business. Successfully managing the process of strategic planning and implementation will grow a better and more successful organization. Strategic Management focuses on all the issues that relate to the process of strategy formation in organizations: the planning and implementation of strategy, strategic change/transformation and “turn-around processes”, the improvement of an organization’s strategic competences at various levels inside the organization, and on characteristics of organizations that manage to be successful and survive over long periods of time. 

“Going with the flow” is not a good approach to managing organisations and people. Nowadays organisations, public or private, large or small, local or international are intricate entities that require constant attention and care. To do this, one needs concepts, models, and tools that will make analysis possible and lead to logical conclusions including the choice of the relevant approach to steer the people and the organisation in the right direction. This course will lead you through several stages aimed at better understanding of organisations and the functioning of the people within them. This will always be approached from a business perspective to make sure that the situations being discussed are real and that mistakes can have serious consequences.

Going with the flow” is not a good approach to managing organisations and people. Organizations are intricate entities that require constant attention and care. In the course, you are led through several stages aimed at better understanding of organizations and the functioning of the people within them.

All financial decisions made by an organization have financial implications, from marketing, through Information and Communications Technology, to corporate strategy, and productions and operations management. This course, therefore, focuses on the entire financial decision-making process in the modern corporation.

The impact of oil and gas production is often overlooked in the rush to transform from oil consumer to oil producer. Newly emerging petroleum countries now have to weigh up the true cost of oil production. The impact to lives, local customs, cultures and the environment need to be assessed and governed correctly. What are the ethics of big oil companies? Can they be trusted to do what is best for the environment or what is best for their shareholders?

Refining is a crucial part of oil production from taking a viscous substance of little intrinsic value to refining it into a multitude of products that now impact almost every sector of our lives. The course looks at the hydrocarbon derivatives and how they are used on the high street. The course also delves into the digital world of oil refining and transportation with the initial cost implications of creating a fully automated control hub thousands of miles away from the well.

The course focuses on the issues of standards in the oil and gas industry. It gives the standards that are used and the related dangers that are involved in the oil and gas industry. All the standards are looked discussed standards are looked at in the light of governance.

Without oil and gas exploration and production the World would literally grind to a halt. This module provides a comprehensive overview of the oil and gas industry from upstream exploration and production to downstream refining, sales and marketing. You will be able to apply a structured approach to project justification, investment appraisal and decision making in the upstream petroleum business. 

The Procurement skills and processes primarily focus on managing supply chains that support the wide range of facilities found in the oil and gas industry. The course explores ways to conduct the procurement process to your advantage. The art to getting the best procurement deal is negotiation and everybody does it, sometimes without knowing they are doing it! Negotiation is the key to everyday business and the ability to negotiate effectively in a wide range of business contexts is crucial.

The ability to think critically and make the right decisions in specific situations is just as important in professional life as it is in personal life. Critical thinking and decision making skills are not the same thing as intelligence, rather they require a focus on examining multiple points of view and using objective, bias-free thinking. As a result of using critical thinking skills, managers can make effective decisions by identifying and choosing the best option among multiple alternatives in specific situations.


Certificate students do not do research: These research outputs give the students an opportunity to wrap up their course by studying an issue of their own interest in the community or one that affects their organisation, and to apply the technical investigative and writing skills acquired during  the course. MBA students have to defend the dissertation orally online before a panel of experts.  Diploma students do not defend their research papers.


Up to 75% scholarship available

Mr. Francis Kamulegeya Country Senior Partner, PWC

We need to pioneer new approaches to educating students and training workers in the fields that will matter in a technology-enabled job market.

How programme is delivered

Courses are delivered via the Moodle e-learning platform, which is user-friendly and does not require extensive computer knowledge. Content is uploaded for the student to read at his/her pace. 

Common spaces are provided for students to interact amongst themselves or do group work under the supervision of the tutors. Lectures are conducted online using the user-friendly Zoom software used internationally by other great universities. 

Our free online library gives access to close to 50 million resources in over 300 publisher databases.  


The tutors and students on the programme are engaged in research projects focusing on:

  • Risk management in the pipeline business
  • Oil and Gas advances in health, safety and the environment
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Downstream oil marketing
  • Drilling in the oil business
  • The business of refining


"Online live sessions were high quality and interactive taught by professional academics."

Serkan Baykugoslu

Accountant, Structure Tone

Meet our tutors

Meet your head of programme​

Greg Coleman
Gregory Coleman, P. Eng.

Gregory Coleman is an experienced Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry. He is a strong business development professional skilled in risk management related to Gas, Petroleum, Asset management, Offshore and onshore, and HSE.

He specialises in advising on governance, strategy, risk management, M&A and commercial & operational insights to improve business performance. He has worked with Heriot Watt’s Institute of Petroleum Engineering to create a Petroleum Risk Management Academy and lectures at Insead’s Executive Education Program.


PetroMall Ltd, Managing Director, 2012 – present

Independent Resources Group (Echo Energy), CEO, 2013 – 2017

Cange Energy Consulting Ltd, Managing Director, 2011 – 2012

Canamens Energy Limited, CEO, 2006 – 2010

BP Plc, International,   1986 – 2006,

  • Group Vice President HSE and Security
  • VP and Head Investor Relations
  • Business Unit Leader, BP Norway
  • Executive Assistant to the CEO
  • Commercial Manager E&P Segment
  • Asset Manager, Eastern Venezuela
  • Planning Control and Commercial Manager, E&P Europe
  • Planning Manager, E&P Worldwide
  • Development Manager,
  • Operations Manager


Amoco Production Company, 1976 – 1990,

  • Senior Engineer
  • Regional Coordinator
  • District Engineer

BSc in Geological Engineering, University of Manitoba, 1976

1.    Morocco to Egypt overview – and the case for regional consolidation, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean, The Geological Society, December 2016.

2.    Conference Chairman, Decommissioning – the D Word!, The Geological Society, June 2016.

3.    Conference Chairman, Oil in North West Europe, , The Geological Society, January 2014.

4.    Why are there still major incidents in the E&P industry?, Exploiting deep water fields, The Geological Society, September 2013.

5.    The North Atlantic – where are the big fields hiding?, 21st Century Risk Management – HSE and more, The Geological Society, London, November 2012.

School of Energy and Hydrocarbons Programmes and short courses.

Oil and Gas Management MBA
Upstream Oil and Gas Management PGD

Memberships and Affiliations