M.Sc. Oil & Gas Chemistry

University of Aberdeen | Aberdeen, United Kingdom
This programme aims to provide students with insights into the chemistry behind the selection of materials and processes implemented across the oil & gas sector. It builds on undergraduate chemistry experience and develops specialist skills applicable to industry associated with primary operations and with the service sector.

Description of Oil & Gas Chemistry


Despite the growing research emphasis on renewable forms of energy generation and the anticipated energy gap between need and supply, the oil & gas industry is expected to remain an important source of energy provision for the foreseeable future; oil and gas is projected to meet 60% of the world's energy needs in 2030. In the current environmentally conscious climate, the industry recognises the need for efficiency and its environmental responsibility, and this new postgraduate course focuses on the chemistry applicable to topics within these themes, addressing materials and energetics relevant to production and refining, and environmental impact and remediation.

Reasons to Study Oil & Gas Chemistry at Aberdeen

  • Research-led teaching in oil & gas-relevant themes
  • Strong interaction with oil & gas industry
  • Aberdeen is the oil and gas capital of Europe and is the office location for many of the major oil companies that serve the industry.
  • The University's alumni play a leading role in the oil and gas and energy industries and its staff, particularly those in Physical Sciences, work closely with industry in consultancy and research.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Non-European Union: 31 June; European Union/United Kingdom: 30 September
Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

The Programme is structured across three semesters with candidates being required to attend the designated programme of courses as described below. Each level acts as a pre-requisite for the next (i.e. Certificate, Diploma, MSc). Students who reach the end of a semester of study have the option of graduating with the qualification reached or continuing into the next semester of study to enhance their qualification to the next level. Please note: only one qualification can, and will, be awarded.

Course taken are:

First Semester (PgCert) September-January

  • Chemistry for Flow Assurance
  • Materials for the Oil & Gas Industry
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Interfacial Chemistry and Enhanced Oil Recovery

Second Semester (PgDip) February-June

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Physical characterisation
  • Topical Issues in Oil & Gas Chemistry
  • Green Chemistry
  • Refinery Chemistry

Third Semester (MSc) June-September

  • Extended Research Project / Dissertation
    Only candidates who complete the above programme at an appropriate standard will be allowed to progress to the project stage. Candidates who fail to achieve the standard for progression to, or who elect not to proceed to, the project stage shall be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma if they have achieved the appropriate standard for that award.

Assessment is by course work, by written examination or by a combination of these as prescribed for each course. The Extended Research Project will be assessed by dissertation. The degree of MSc shall not be awarded to a candidate who fails to complete the Extended Research Project at an appropriate standard, irrespective of their performance in other courses.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score (read more)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Oil & Gas Chemistry

A lower second class honours degree or above in Chemistry or an upper second class honours degree in a Chemistry related degree. International applicants are also required to provide proof of proficiency in English. Preference will be given to candidates who have established a formal link with a suitable UK company prepared to host their extended project studies.

It is important to note that the programmes of postgraduate study at the University of Aberdeen are very competitive and the entry requirements stated are a guide to the minimum requirements, but do not guarantee entry.

Work Experience for Oil & Gas Chemistry

No work experience is required.

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