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    Hi all,

    I currently have offers to do a Masters in Chemical Engineering (UCL) or an MBA (Judge Business School, Cambridge). My undergrad was in Chemistry (Oxford).

    I'd like to go into Oil and Gas, but am not sure which degree would be more beneficial further down the line. I've heard a technical background is probably more robust than a commercial one, but then going to business school is a great way to get in at a higher level and make good connections (obviously not guaranteed).

    Any thoughts? Need to decide in the next few days!

    Thanks
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    Hi all,

    I currently have offers to do a Masters in Chemical Engineering (UCL) or an MBA (Judge Business School, Cambridge). My undergrad was in Chemistry (Oxford).

    I'd like to go into Oil and Gas, but am not sure which degree would be more beneficial further down the line. I've heard a technical background is probably more robust than a commercial one, but then going to business school is a great way to get in at a higher level and make good connections (obviously not guaranteed).

    Any thoughts? Need to decide in the next few days!

    Thanks
    I'd choose the chemical engineering masters, as it'll hopefully help you get into the industry. Then, once you're in and have moved from a technical role into a more managerial one, an MBA might be useful in helping you move higher up.

    That is, of course, if you want to actually move into management. The chemical engineering masters will allow you to go into a technical role, whereas the MBA won't.
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    first off congrats about the offers
    i would have said Cambridge but then again you went to oxford so not too sure.
    i guess with chemeng you could get some awesome jobs and travel the world
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    (Original post by mrtar01)
    Hi all,

    I currently have offers to do a Masters in Chemical Engineering (UCL) or an MBA (Judge Business School, Cambridge). My undergrad was in Chemistry (Oxford).

    I'd like to go into Oil and Gas, but am not sure which degree would be more beneficial further down the line. I've heard a technical background is probably more robust than a commercial one, but then going to business school is a great way to get in at a higher level and make good connections (obviously not guaranteed).

    Any thoughts? Need to decide in the next few days!

    Thanks
    Have you any working experience?
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    (Original post by mrtar01)
    Hi all,

    I currently have offers to do a Masters in Chemical Engineering (UCL) or an MBA (Judge Business School, Cambridge). My undergrad was in Chemistry (Oxford).

    I'd like to go into Oil and Gas, but am not sure which degree would be more beneficial further down the line. I've heard a technical background is probably more robust than a commercial one, but then going to business school is a great way to get in at a higher level and make good connections (obviously not guaranteed).

    Any thoughts? Need to decide in the next few days!

    Thanks
    echoing what Smack said.
    Chemical engineering would be beneficial for the technical side, the MBA for the Management. which side do you want to get into?
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    Smack, Ilovemaths96, Alfissti, Wee.Guy - thank you all tremendously for the replies.

    To answer your questions, I already have 4 years work experience as a Business Analyst in Finance. My role involves a high degree of mathematical modelling, simulation and concept design, hence why I thought ChemE would be a good next step as I'd actually make use of my background in Chemical science (although I realise ChemE has a lot less Chemistry than the name would suggest).

    Ideally I'd probably prefer to stick to the more technical side as I hate office politics and know Management involves a lot of that. My end goal is to one day run my own Biofuels consultancy.

    I guess my question is this: would I need to start from the bottom of the ladder if I did ChemE or could I enter in at a higher level? Would be a shame to discard my previous experience, plus I'm not a fresh grad any more.

    Cambridge has a great Energy network, and the MBA would allow me to capitalise on my existing experience. Although an MBA standalone provides little actual vocation (bad in a downturn) and as you say Smack, hinders you from entering the technical fields.

    Any thoughts?
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    Yes, you'd need to start at the bottom, unless you already have some previous engineering/technical experience. I've known a few people who have been in similar positions to yourself (including one I interned with, who was an ex investment banker), and they had to start at the bottom as they were engineering graduates with no experience in the field.
 
 
 
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