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MBA in Oil & Gas

The leading online Master of Business Administration for the oil & gas industry

Application deadline: 17 August | Start date: 14 September

Between the two internationally renowned institutions of KNect365 Learning and Middlesex University Business School, an expert faculty has been created. Leading management and maritime experts combine with business leaders to provide an innovative, flexible and inspiring learning experience.

Programme modules have been written by subject specialists plus a selection of permanent and visiting faculty, and draw upon business scenarios to ensure theory is given the necessary context.

Our expert authors and faculty includes:

Programme leader

Dr Lakshmi Narasimhan Chari

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 wor ked 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, procuerment, operations management and enterprise systems to supply chain professionals from diverse industry segments including oil and gas.

Course authors, tutors & faculty

Dr Geoff Stevens,

Module: 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.


Bill Sooby BA MBA CEng
Module: 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: 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: 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 “troubleshooter” 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 Vice- Chancellor 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.

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.

Dr Mark McPherson
Associate Professor, Middlesex University Business School

Mark has been teaching Strategic Marketing, as well as, Marketing Management for a number of years in undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs – MBA and Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM). He holds a Doctorate in Ethnic Entrepreneurship, MA in Marketing Management, MBA in Corporate Strategy, Undergraduate Degree, and a PGCFE. Mark is a Chartered Marketer with the CIM, and holds Member status with both the CIM and Institute of Direct Marketing (IDM). In addition to his teaching career, Mark has a number of years experience within various service sectors and has consulted to a number of ethnic SMEs. His research interests are Ethnic and Islamic Marketing, Services Marketing, and Marketing Strategy. He has research published in journals, and presented at UK and International conferences.