This programme will build on your undergraduate chemistry experience and develop specialist skills applicable to the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas industry is expected to remain an important source of energy provision for the foreseeable future, with oil and gas projected to meet 60% of the world's energy needs in 2030, despite the growing research emphasis on renewable forms of energy generation.
This postgraduate programme focuses on the chemistry applicable to efficiency and environmental responsibility, addressing materials and energetics relevant to production and refining, and environmental impact and remediation.
The University has a historic and central presence within Aberdeen, the Energy Capital of Europe. This programme has been designed in collaboration with industry which ensures that it is relevant and current. You will also be given the opportunity to build up your own network of industry contacts.
“Aberdeen University is one of the oldest and most respected in the UK, and this new initiative by the Chemistry Department is an exciting opportunity both for prospective students and for the oil and gas industry. The understanding and control of many types of chemical processes is crucial for safe and successful operations across many parts of the oil business, and the industry needs talented graduates with the skills and knowledge to bring the right chemistry to the right projects at the right time.” Norman Laing, Foinaven Reservoir Engineer , BP North Sea
Programme Director - Dr Andy Kindness
Head of Chemistry - Prof. Jorg Feldmann
For further information about the programme or to discuss your application, please contact the Graduate School Admissions Unit.
The Programme is structured across three semesters with candidates being required to attend the designated programme of courses as described below. Each level acts as a pre-requisite for the next (i.e. Certificate, Diploma, MSc).
January start structure varies slightly from the below but still meets the same level of academic quality.
First Semester – September-December
Second Semester – January - May
Only candidates who complete the above at an appropriate standard will be allowed to progress to Stage 3. Candidates who fail to achieve the standard for progression to, or who elect not to proceed to, the project stage shall be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma if they have achieved the appropriate standard for that award.
Assessment: By course work, by written examination, or by a combination of these, as prescribed for each course. The degree of MSc shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to achieve a CAS mark of 9 in CM 5903 (Project), irrespective of their performance in other courses.
Assessment is by course work, by written examination or by a combination of these as prescribed for each course. The Extended Research Project will be assessed by dissertation. The degree of MSc shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to complete the Extended Research Project at an appropriate standard, irrespective of their performance in other courses.
Many of our graduates find careers in the oil and gas service sector, amongst which oilfield chemicals plays a significant role. Several such companies are based in Aberdeen but it is anticipated that graduates from this programme will be able to find employment opportunities in all major oil and gas producing countries.
Some of the roles our graduates have gone onto do include:
|"The broad variety of courses offered in the programme opened up many more opportunities in the energy sector than I had before. In addition, insight into the industry provided by professors, guest lecturers and an industrial placement during the research portion of my degree, helped me determine in what area of the oil and gas industry I wanted to start my career." [More]|
Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a Chemistry, Applied Chemistry or Industrial Chemistry degree at 2:2 (lower second class) UK Honours level (or an Honours degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).
Students with a degree in Chemical Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Geology or B.Ed in Chemistry may also be considered if they have a 2:1 (upper second class) result or above.
Key subjects you must have covered: a minimum of 2 years of chemistry in your undergraduate degree.
It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry.
For this application we need at least:
It is important when submitting an application that you ensure you have completed all the necessary sections and enclosed all the relevant documentation to ensure that your application can be processed as quickly as possible.
We have two intakes of students each year - September and January. Late applications may be asked to wait until the next intake should the programme coordinator feel there is insufficient time to consider the application. Prospective students who require a visa to study in the UK are advised to apply as early in the year as possible to secure a place. Applications received after 30th June from students who need to apply for a visa to study in the UK will not be processed for entry but will be considered for entry into the following intake as appropriate.
Even if you have been educated in the medium of English you must meet our English Language requirements. These are located at www.abdn.ac.uk/study/international/english-requirements.php. This programme requires that you meet the 'Postgraduate Standard' level of English proficiency. If you are in doubt about your proficiency in English, contact the British Council office or its equivalent in your country. If your first language is not English, it is important that your proficiency in English is good in order for you to study successfully at the University of Aberdeen . Without this ability you will find great difficulty in understanding lectures, producing written work and sitting examinations.
UK/EU Students - £4,500
International - £17,200
Information on tuition fees, can be found on the University Registry website.
University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme
The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated (or about to graduate) with a degree from the University of Aberdeen. More Information
A list of funding opportunties is also maintained on the College of Physical Sciences Funding Page.
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