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, Physics, 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.

These are the subjects that you must pass in order to graduate with the degree of BSc with Honours in Chemistry for the Offshore Industry:

Level 1

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

Level 2

  • Chemical Kinetics and Thermodynamics
  • Inogranic Chemistry
  • Petrology and Minerology
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy
  • Introduciton to Materials
  • Petrology and Mineralogy
  • Geophysics

Level 3

  • Solid State Chemistry Chemistry
  • Molecular Structure and Reactivity
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Organic and Biological Chemistry
  • Professional Skills for Physics and Chemistry
  • Principles of Petroleum Geology

Level 4

  • Advanced Chemistry 1
  • Advanced Chemistry 2
  • Professional Skills in Chemistry
  • Honours Chemistry Research Project
  • Advanced Chemistry 3
  • Refinery Chemistry
  • Integrated Chemistry

In your first year of study, you must take a course in addition to those specified, in each half-session. We recommend that some these courses should be in Mathematics, but this is not compulsory. Again, in your second year of study, you must take additional courses. See our pages on Curriculum Reform for more details.