The Offshore Industry is concerned with all aspects of oil and gas exploration and production, and in the longer term also with the decommissioning of off-shore facilities. The Industry has an enormous economic impact on the North-East and on the UK as a whole. There are wider links also with oil and gas production in other parts of the world.

Chemistry contributes in many ways to this Industry. Geochemists are intimately involved in the exploration phase. Materials used in production such as oil well and pipeline components, chemicals to aid oil recovery, filters and other aids to product purification, corrosion inhibitors etc, are developed by synthetic chemists. Performance monitoring is undertaken by analytical chemists. Environmental chemists deal with all of the environmental consequences of oil and gas production. Lifetime issues such as corrosion and corrosion protection also require input from chemists. The eventual decommissioning of off-shore platforms, or their possible conversion to other uses such as wind farms or wave energy collectors, will raise many new problems requiring chemical solutions. Chemistry staff in Aberdeen are undertaking research in a number of these areas.

For the degree programme you will study courses in Chemistry, Geology and Environmental Science in the first year; Chemistry, Materials Science and Geology in the second year; and Chemistry in years three to five. Your project work in years four and five will involve research work on some aspect of offshore chemistry.

The following are the subjects that you must pass in order to graduate with the degree of MChem with Honours in Chemistry for the Offshore Industry.

Level 1

  • Chemistry for the Physical Sciences I
  • Elements of Chemistry 1
  • The Earth Through Geological Time
  • Chemistry for the Physical Sciences II
  • Elements of Chemistry 2
  • Earth's Materials
  • Ecology and Environmental Science

Level 2

  • Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Petrology and Minerology
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Geophysics

Level 3

  • Solid State Chemistry
  • Molecular Structure and Reactivity
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Professional Skills for Physics and Chemistry

Level 4

  • Advanced Chemistry 1
  • Advanced Chemistry 2
  • Professional Skills in Chemistry
  • MChem Group Practicals and Problem Solving
  • Advanced Chemistry 3
  • Advanced Chemistry 4
  • MChem Mini Project
  • Integrated Chemistry

Level 5

  • MChem Chemistry Applications
  • MChem Project Placement

In your first year of study, you must take and course in addition to those specified, in each half-session. Again, in your second year of study, you must take and additional course. See our pages on Curriculum Reform for more details.