Oil and Gas Chemistry MSc (Campus)

University of Aberdeen

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Full-time | University of Aberdeen | 12 Months | SEP-19, JAN-20, SEP-20, JAN-21
  • Full-time | University of Aberdeen | 12 Months | SEP-19, JAN-20, SEP-20, JAN-21
  • Part-time | University of Aberdeen | 36 Months | SEP-19, JAN-20, SEP-20, JAN-21

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    10 (Chemistry)
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    / 4.00
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  • Qualification

    Master of Science

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  • Start date

    SEP-19, JAN-20, SEP-20, JAN-21

Course Summary

This is a highly specialised and unique oil and gas industry chemistry programme which takes full advantage of industry links and networks from the nearby oil and gas industry to address materials, refining and environmental challenges. Aberdeen offers a strong heritage in chemistry as two of its researchers previously won Nobel Prizes in chemistry related areas including the development of radioactivity and isotopes and the invention of partition chromatography.

The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and it offers you study in materials for the oil and gas industry, processes, bioremediation, chemistry at interfaces, analytical and instrumental methods, flow assurance, refinery, industrial engagement and your extended research project.

This programme will build on your undergraduate chemistry experience and develop specialist skills applicable to the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas industry is expected to remain an important source of energy provision for the foreseeable future, with oil and gas projected to meet 60% of the world's energy needs in 2030, despite the growing research emphasis on renewable forms of energy generation. The industry requires well qualified Chemists who can continuously take the industry forward in terms of clean and sustainable production, technical expertise and analysis of extracted materials globally.

You build up your industry contacts and you can visit networking and trade events in the city. Career opportunities include crude oil analysis, field support chemist, process chemist and technical specialist. The University is ranked 1st in Scotland for chemistry research impact. Similar programmes include: Analytical Chemistry and Process Safety. The university offers wide ranging undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across professional and specialist needs within the oil, gas and energy sector globally. It has been researching and teaching since the 1970s oil boom in the North Sea to offer very robust subjects which are strongly linked to industry needs, essential skills and future innovations.

The University of Aberdeen and Kings College is the 5th oldest university in the UK. It was founded by Bishop William Elphinstone in 1495 in the ‘pursuit of truth’ to provide progressive, innovative research. Many of its subjects continue to progress societal, economic and new innovations to this day. Initially aligned to the universities of Paris and Bologna this progressive vision continues to attract international research staff and international academics. You study in a stunning blue glass Sir Duncan Rice library with panoramic views over the city, beach and beyond.

Old Aberdeen is a heritage tourism attraction in its own right in the cosmopolitan city of Aberdeen. Aberdeen is one of the leading world energy hubs with over 900 related companies located in the city and over 20 FTSE companies many of whom are internationally recognised brands. The city is compact and architecturally very interesting due to its European trading past and silver granite opulence. It offers four shopping centres, restaurants for all tastes and budgets, museums, galleries, a beach, walks and plenty to do.

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • You are taught from a department rated No. 1 in Scotland for Chemistry research impact. We are full members of ScotCHEM and can access wider facilities
  • The programme is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry and it has been commended as an exceptional programme which meets the future needs of employers in the Oil/Gas and Energy sector

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The University of Aberdeen is the fifth oldest university in the UK, with a beautiful medieval campus dating back to 1495. The university attracts international academics and students at all levels of study, both on campus and via distance learning. It offers one of the largest medical campuses in Europe, as well as the stunning Sir Duncan Rice Library with its panoramic views across the cosmopolitan yet compact city and its golden beaches.


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