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CM4536: REFINERY CHEMISTRY (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

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

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

  • 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)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate 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

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

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

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. 

Course Learning Outcomes


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