School of Science and Engineering

Natural Resources Engineering & Management

MSc in Oil and Gas Management


Oil and Gas Management provides the basis of survival for human beings as well as wealth for societies. The Kurdistan Region is mainly enriched by all the three main natural resources: oil, minerals and water. Globally, Kurdistan has the sixth largest oil and natural gas reserves. There is also high potential for deposits of iron, chromium, nickel, limestone and gypsum. Furthermore, the mighty Tigris River and its tributaries pass through the region, which are the main source of water supply.

At the same time, in a world heading towards water, food and energy crises, the management of natural resources has become a global priority. Realising the global importance of natural resources management, the University of Kurdistan Hewler (UKH) has launched the Master's programme in Natural Resources Management starting from the academic year 2016-17.

The MSc in Oil and Gas Management programme at UKH is a two-year interdisciplinary programme with specialisation in different tracks. It has been designed to give students an understanding of the importance of management for sustainable use of natural resources, an understanding of the linkages between fields of study, and the ability to communicate between different disciplines and actors.

Possible Occupations:
The MSc programme in Oil and Gas Management at UKH will qualify graduates for positions in public sector authorities, oil and gas companies and international organisations such as the UN, at all levels, from regional to global. The MSc can also be an ideal basis for progressing to PhD research and a research career. The MSc in Oil and Gas Management will also open up opportunities to work in positions such as environmental consultants, environmental policy analysts, GIS experts, natural resources educators, natural resources managers, recreation resource managers, political analysts, and water conflict managers.


This study programme comprises a total of 180 credits. The normal workload for a full-time student during one academic year is 90 credits. The study is structured around 6 core modules, 2 specialisation modules and a Master's thesis (60 credits). The Master's thesis work will focus on research into national and international issues according to individual student's specialisations. Each student will be assigned an academic supervisor and a co-supervisor from a relevant department.

The following specialisations are offered in addition to MSc. in Oil and Gas Management;

  • Oil and Gas
  • Water Resources
  • Politics of Natural Resources

  • Six modules from a total of eight will remain the same for all specialisations in the first year of MSc Programme. Two specific modules for each specialisation will be taught in second year, semester 3.


    Modules offered in this programme are as: Introduction to Natural Resources, Concepts of Management, Computing in Natural Resources, Energy Economics, Environment Management, Data Management and GIS, Strategic Management, Project Management, Oil and Gas Industry, Petroleum Economics and Management, Applied Hydrology and Water Quality, Water Resources Planning and Management, Globalisation and Regionalisation, The Gulf States and Iraq in Global Political Economy.

    Skills Development

    It has been especially designed to give the students an understanding of the importance of management for sustainable use of natural resources, an understanding of the connections and the ability to communicate between different disciplines and actors. 

    Students will be able to significantly contribute to find sustainable solutions of interdisciplinary challenges related to the management of natural resources. This programme will help students to develop a broad understanding of the physical, social and economic aspects of sustainable resource management. 


    Programme is focused on cutting edge research in natural resources management and their sustainable use. Students are required to actively participate in research activities- choosing from a relevant topic, problem formulation, literature search, data collection methods, writing a research proposal to data analysis and writing and presenting their research findings in local and international conferences and journals.


    In this programme the student's performance in each module is assessed in various ways and throughout the course of each semester. This continuous assessment encourages students to maintain a useful level of effort throughout the semester, rather than leaving private study till just before the final exam. The differences nature and approach of the various modules call for some diversity in the approach to assessment.


    There is a formal requirement to submit a written thesis and possibly give an oral presentation of their work. Electronic versions of the thesis and presentation slides (if used) are also submitted. Each student is supervised by an approved supervisor from the department. The student should have regular contact with their supervisor through bi-weekly progress reports. 

    These reports would submitted by email.
    At the end of first year students are required to submit to the Department a proposal for their research work. When a proposal is approved, a supervisor from among the academic staff is allocated to the student, and the research work begins. Students are required to meet frequently with their supervisors, but the responsibility for progress and the quality of the research work rests with the student. 

    Towards the end of the semester, and before a specified deadline, the student is required to submit a report that includes a literature review and an account of the work undertaken during the semester. This report is assessed by the department and the student is required to discuss and defend this report in an oral examination conducted by two members of the academic staff.

    Tuition Fee

    5000 per academic year.