Oil & Gas Chemistry, M.Sc.

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  • 12 months
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  • English (take IELTS)
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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.


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.

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 580

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Academic Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 17200 International
  • GBP 4500 EU/EEA


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