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Course Overview

In the oil and gas industry, Petrochemical Engineering is the term used for onshore-based facilities, as opposed to offshore developments.  Students following this course will therefore develop skills in the design of petrochemical structures, including their foundations.

Concepts involved in the design of petrochemical structures are introduced, alongside a range of design specifications, case studies and worked examples. In addition to gaining practice in structural steelwork design, the novelty of this course is the inclusion of basic foundation design. Emphasis is placed on good detailing and clarity of presentation of design calculations. 

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Paul Davidson

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The key course note chapters are:

1. Petrochemical Structural Engineering Overview

2: Process Steelwork Structures

3: Pipe-racks

4: Foundations

This course is delivered online, where the students will access the teaching content via the web (MyAberdeen) in 3 blocks at 4 week intervals.

The course tutor will be contactable on the on-line forum, as well as via email.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Assessment is by coursework alone, and will consist of four pieces of coursework (worth 25%, 25%, 30% and 20% of the total course mark).

 Re-sit – The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.


Formative Assessment

Students must complete a series of short multiple choice quizzes to test their understanding of the course notes, and to release further course materials at defined stages through the half session.


Students receive individual, written feedback on their coursework for all three continuous assessment assignments via MyAberdeen. Whole-class feedback will be posted, where indicated.

Course Learning Outcomes


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