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University of Aberdeen

Oil and Gas Chemistry

UCAS Code: F110

Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - MChem (H)

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

A minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, to include AB from Chemistry and another science. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 3 A Levels at AAB, to include AB from Chemistry and another science. Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

A minimum of 34 points, to include 6 points at HL from Chemistry and another science. For Second Year entry, a minimum of 36 points, to include 6 points minimum at HL required from Chemistry and another science. A minimum of Standard level in English and Maths required.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

A minimum of 5H with 4@ H2 AND 1@ H3, with H2 and H3 from Chemistry and another science, OR AAABB including AB from Chemistry and another science. The grading within band B must be at B2 or above. English and Maths at a minimum of Ordinary Level required and either Chemistry or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B

A minimum of 4 Highers at AAAB (C or B at AH may substitute for B or A at H respectively) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAAAB obtained over two sittings. To include AB from Chemistry and another science. Standard Grades 1, 2 or 3 or Int 2, or National 5 at grades A, B or C in English, Mathematics and in either Chemistry or Physics.

UCAS Tariff

126-128

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100%
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About this course


Course option

5years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Industrial chemistry

An oil and gas specific Chemistry degree from Europe's oil and gas capital. Chemistry contributes in many ways to the oil and gas Industry. Geochemists are intimately involved in the exploration phase. Materials used in production such as oil well and pipeline components, chemicals to aid oil recovery, filters and other aids to product purification, corrosion inhibitors etc., are developed by synthetic chemists.

Performance monitoring is undertaken by analytical chemists. Environmental chemists deal with all of the environmental consequences of oil and gas production. Lifetime issues such as corrosion and corrosion protection also require input from chemists. The eventual decommissioning of offshore platforms, or their possible conversion to other uses such as wind farms or wave energy collectors, will raise many new problems requiring chemical solutions. For the degree programme you will study courses in Chemistry, Physics, Geology and Environmental Science in the year 1, Chemistry, Materials Science and Geology in year 2, and Chemistry in years 3 to 5. Your project work in years 4 and 5 will involve research work on some aspect of offshore chemistry.

Modules

If you choose to study for the MChem, the 4th year of the programme varies slightly from that of the BSc route. In addition to the BSc 4th year, you will study a MChem Research Project and a Group Practical Project.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£1,820
per year
International
£18,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£1,820
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Aberdeen

Department:

School of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

69%
UK students
31%
International students
52%
Male students
48%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate
431

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Chemistry

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,020
med
Average annual salary
80%
low
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
10%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Chemistry graduates are in demand from a wide range of industries, from the food, oil, chemicals and pharmaceuticals to consultancy, technical analysis and teaching. They're also prized by business and finance employers for their research and data handling skills — anywhere there is research and data to be explained, you can find chemistry grads. If you want a career in research, you need a doctorate, so start planning now if you fancy one of these exciting and challenging jobs - but good students can usually get grants to take a doctorate, so don't worry about the financing if you think you have what it takes. The recession wasn’t too kind to chemists, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry (one of the key employers for chemists), but things are getting back to normal for this flexible group and it's one of the few degrees that is bucking the current trend and increasing graduate numbers.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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