MSc Oil and Gas Chemistry 1 Year On Campus Learning Full Time January
Fees and Funding
|Home / EU / RUK Students||Tuition fee for main award||£4,500|
|International Students||Tuition fee for main award||£17,200|
Chemistry of Refinery and Natural Gas Processes (CM5535)
In this course, you will learn the principles of distillation and fractionation, catalysis and Green chemistry. Environmental issues are tackled by understanding the chemistry and application of industrial scrubbers in oil and gas chemistry. The chemistry of natural gas conversion is introduced and you will learn to identify suitable catalysts for key petrochemical processes and describe their mode of action and identify and discuss industrial approaches to environmental protection including aspects of green chemistry. The course is supported by practical classes, in which you will get hands-on experience on topics such as catalysis and gas-to-liquids options.
Flow Assurance and Oil Field Chemicals (CM5536)
Pipelines are widely used for the transport of oil and gas products under the sea, or over land. A variety of chemical compounds in these products can undergo physical and chemical changes which can result in problems ranging from the interruption in the flow of oil and gas through to catastrophic failure of infrastucture. In this course, you will learn about general pipeline flow assurance and risks related to waxes, resins, asphaltenes, gas hydrates and scales. Chemical strategies for managing flow assurance are introduced and discussed. Flow assurance issues are put into practice in laboratory classes.
Applied Analytical and Instrumental Methods (CM5537)
This course further broadens your experience gained in course CM5038. You will be exposed in more detail to advanced analytical applications, aiming to introduce the chemical concepts behind the techniques applied in industrial analytical chemistry laboratories supporting oil and gas exploration and production facilities. Hands-on experience is provided in the form of laboratory-based practicals on industrially-relevant materials and scenarios. You will learn how to optimise analytical performance, carry out an experiment, collate and interpret your own data and present your result.
Industrial Engagement and Applications (CM5538)
Students graduating from the Oil and Gas Chemistry course can have a variety of roles in a position in the petrochemical industry. In this course, students will put into perspective how their chemistry knowledge is applied in oilfield or refinery environments. Industrial lectures provide direct experiences in various technological sectors of the industry, and aspects of engineering will be presented to illustrate how chemical processes can be managed at scale. An understanding of the environment that chemistry is applied into, including, for example, the geotechnical characteristics of reservoirs, simulations and design concepts for fluids processing will be achieved.
Extended Research Project (CM5903)
An extended research project is the final part of the Oil and Gas Chemistry course. Students will carry out an individual research project using the knowledge and skills gained in first part of the degree to investigate a topic relating to the oil and gas sector. We aim to provide project placements in industry locally in and around Aberdeen. Each project is supervised by both a University supervisor and the industrial placement supervisor to ensure academic quality. Projects may also be conducted at the University of Aberdeen in a research group, related to oil and gas chemistry topics.
Materials for the Oil and Gas Industry (CM5035)
In this course, you will learn about the importance of cement and polymer materials in the oil and gas industry. The chemistry of cements, including oilwell cements, and the chemistry underlying the durability in the service environment is discussed in terms of composition-property relationships of polymers. The course is supported by practical classes, in which you will learn how the chemistry of materials can be applied in the oil and gas sector, using cements and polymers as examples. The associated planning and report writing provides you with a set of valuable transferrable skills.
Processes, Materials and Bioremediation for the Energy Industry (CM5036)
Oil and gas exploration has often proven to be an intrinsic threat to the environment. In this course, you will learn how to assess and prevent risks, and recognise components of risk assessment. You will learn concepts of chemical and biological processes for environmental remediation, and how to critically compare and select remediation strategies for particular types of contamination, as for example oil spills in the sea or on land. Environmental toxicology topics will be covered. The course is supported by practical classes which will develop skills used in assessing and reducing the impact of chemicals.
Chemistry at Interfaces and Enhanced Oil Recovery (CM5037)
Oil and Gas resources are limited, and modern techniques for oil extraction must provide high production efficiency. In this course, you will learn about the principle of enhanced oil recovery, which covers solid-gas interfaces and gas adsorption, thermodynamics of surface interactions and how surface chemistry can be applied to this task. The principles of corrosion and of corrosion protection and prevention are also addressed. The course is supported by practical classes to deepen your understanding of topics like surface tension, physisorption and chemisorption and characterisation of porous solids.
Analytical and Instrumental Methods (CM5038)
Chemical analysis is essential in the production of oil and gas; it provides critical information for the full life cycle in the extraction of oil and gas. It provides important data for assessing environmental issues as well as the integrity and performance of various materials used in production. In this course you will learn fundamental principles of instrumental analytical methods used in the oil and gas industry, such as infrared and UV-visible spectroscopy, chromatography, mass spectrometry, thermal analysis and X-ray powder diffraction. The course includes practical classes, in which you will get hands-on experience with relevant analytical techniques.