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Cass Business School in the City of London is part of the City University and is ranked among the global elite of business schools. Working closely with Cass, Channoil initiated the development of a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Energy, Trade and Finance more than a decade ago.

This one-year course prepares students in the field of corporate finance, commodity trading and shipping.  During the winter semester they undergo thorough training in oil and gas trading and economics. This latter module – Oil and Energy Trading – is delivered by Channoil staff and associates and includes a rigorous trading simulation exercise lasting three weeks. This course is now over twelve years old and past alumni have made successful careers with governments and major oil and trading companies for example BP, Shell, Total, Lukoil, TNK-BP, Vitol and Trafigura.

In late 2019, the course was accredited by the prestigious Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). GARP is an industry-leading professional association dedicated to preparing individuals and organisations to make better informed risk decisions. The status is granted to top institutions whose degree content incorporates at least 70% of GARP’s Energy Risk Professional (ERP) Body of Knowledge, the first leading and global designation for energy professionals.

“We are very pleased to welcome Cass Business School, City University of London as a member of GARP’s Partnership for Risk Education.  The MSc in Energy, Trade and Finance is a comprehensive, rigorous program that provides its students with strong preparation for pursuing the Energy Risk Professional (ERP) designation as well for a career in the dynamic field of energy risk management.” said William May, Global Head of Certifications and Educational Programs at GARP.

A sample of student feedback from the 2018 and 2019 MSc degree in Energy, Trade and Finance:

“The lecturers’ vast professional experience and insights into the commodities trading industry has helped me (and probably other students) in better understanding the connections and challenges”

“The material covered in this module is good, practical and has been useful in other coursework.  It will help me in my future career”

“… is the best lecturer I have had during four years of university. He is interesting and engaging, experienced and knowledgeable”

“A great module and most useful for life”

“The best features of the course are the quality of the training and the lecturers themselves who are confident, knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects”

“A lot can be learned from the Channoil team.  It is clear that students are engaged and enjoy these sessions, whilst the interaction provided is stimulating and encourages learning during the class to a greater degree”

“Lecturers were always open for discussion after class as well, which shows that they are genuinely interested in bringing us closer to understanding”

“The lecturer was extremely knowledgeable and gave great insights on the practical nature of the business, not just theory”