Skip to Content

CM4536: REFINERY CHEMISTRY (2017-2018)

Last modified: 24 May 2018 18:16

Course Overview

Advanced topics in oil and gas chemistry including phase diagrams, catalysis, environmental aspects and refinery processes.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr William Harrison

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Master of Chemistry for the Offshore Industry (Studied) or BSc Chemistry for the Offshore Industry (Studied) or BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry (Studied) or Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas (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

To provide specialised advanced content on phase diagrams, catalysis, environmental aspects and refinery processes for Oil and Gas Chemistry students. At the end of the course, a student should be able to: construct simple phase diagrams to illustrate the principles of fractionation; identify suitable catalysts for key petrochemical processes and describe their mode of action; identify and discuss industrial approaches to environmental protection; describe the chemistry involved in various strategies for converting natural gas to liquid products.   Content: distillation thermodynamics; catalysis; environmental protection; sources of natural gas (conventional and unconventional); gas to liquids options.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Continuous assessment (written assignment 5000 words) 40% and one two-hour examination (60%)

Formative Assessment

Informal feedback from the teaching team at any point in the course.


Students can seek Informal feedback and support from the course team at any point. The CAS mark for the course reported to the Registry will be approved by the chemistry examiners' meeting in the usual way.

Course Learning Outcomes


Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.