PGD Upstream Oil and Gas Management

This programme is designed for oil and gas industry professionals who have considerable oil and gas engineering operational experience but have had little or no education in management responsibilities and methods. It is a blend of engineering and management topics that will produce an engineering manager with rounded capabilities.

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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

It is recognised that in coming years there will be a growing workforce of managers in Uganda with considerable oil and gas engineering operational experience but has had little or no education in management responsibilities and methods, particularly on upstream management.
Our PGD in Upstream Oil and Gas Management has for that matter been designed for oil and gas industry professionals who have considerable oil and gas engineering operational experience but have had little or no education in management responsibilities and methods.

The programme is, therefore, a blend of engineering and management topics that will produce an engineering manager with rounded capabilities.

To allow these individuals to continue to practise as engineers, fundamental
knowledge of the industry will need to be refreshed and they will also need to be
updated on the latest best practice and technology.

Target students

Our PGD in Upstream Oil and Gas Management s designed for; 

  • professionals who have five years working experience and who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills through online study.
  • 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

You must have completed a Bachelors degree with honours (at least 2nd Class) from a recognised institution.

Why study with us

You will study and consult with world-class professors made up of leading academics, practitioners and researchers in the Oil and Gas industry.

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 research paper. Each course runs for eight weeks.

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 competencies at various levels inside the organization, and on characteristics of organizations that manage to be successful and survive over long periods of time. In practice, delivering strategy, that is: “making strategy work”, is one of the most intractable problem areas facing organizations today, especially in the East Africa region. We shall examine these themes and their theoretical suppositions in this course.
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. Business decisions based on critical thought processes are reasoned and defensible. Effective managers who have good thinking skills guided by the norms of rationality can work more logically to implement strategic business plans.
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.
This course will introduce students to recent advances in upstream engineering technologies, and their application in the disciplines of wells, reservoir characterisation, completions and reservoir management.
This course introduces and develops business processes and methods that companies use to develop, manage and measure their operations. The course also covers the principles, skills and techniques required for successful acquisition and divestment activity for large and small petroleum operators. The course will provide an in-depth review of the different business processes that a typical petroleum company manages with or engages in, typically:
This course: Project Management, is made up of eight interlinked units which are a reflection of the project cycle. While they appear as stand alone units, it is important to realize that they are interrelated with a back and forth linkage. It is thus important not to rush through the course units for the sake of completing them, but to progress only after internalizing the previous units. For each unit the expected outcome for you is provided and this should enable you to judge whether or not you are ready to progress to the next unit and, if faced with a practical challenge, knowing that you have the mastery to solve it. To enhance this learning approach, a set of how can review questions are provided at the end of each unit. Please attempt each of these before you proceed to the next unit.
A key skill of engineers and managers in the oil and gas industry is understanding, evaluating and mitigating risks. Students on this course will learn to recognise risks and apply suitable management techniques to address those risks. The course will focus on and use case studies from exploration and production environments.
As any country develops its natural resources, effective environmental management is essential in preventing damage to the environment and communities nearby. They are a key element of the regulatory process and are pivotal in many cases to attracting finance, making this course particularly of interest to those involved in attracting investment to the Uganda. This course will teach students to understand environmental societal risks faced by oil and gas companies. They will learn to produce and evaluate Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs), with particular relevance to the upstream part of the supply chain. This course includes:
This course on research methods will prepare students for serious research in any area of development. Given that research methods is a course underpinned by different theoretical and philosophical assumptions, it is important for students to be able to evaluate the various methodologies and choose appropriately a method that will be conducive and relevant to the area of development s/he has chosen to study. The course will familiarize students with all aspects of research from locating and organizing literature, through the choice of research methodology, the collection and interpretation of data, to the dissemination of results. The course will also examine contemporary issues in development research and introduce students to the ethics of research.
David Bamford. Chairman, Finding Petroleum

African cities do not rate very well in terms of transport efficiency, air quality, city planning, higher education and use of renewable energy is very low

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: 

  • Upstream Oil and Gas
    Business Processes.
  • International contractual frameworks
  • Advances in upstream engineering technologies
  • Application of ISO Standard Frameworks
  • Environmental social impact assessment practice. 

Up to 75% scholarship available 

“I found that my course was fantastic, the flexibility of having everything online including exams and assessments enabled me to learn flawlessly. I especially liked the environment and sustainability aspects of the International Development programme.”

Daniel Adekera

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