Chemistry for the Offshore Industry

School of Natural and Computing Sciences – U. of Aberdeen
In Aberdeen (Scotland)

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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Aberdeen (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years

Innovative methods for learning and teaching ensure that students develop skills in computing and IT, problem solving, and personal skills in addition to the core theoretical and practical principles of Chemistry.

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Where and when

Starts Location
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Elphinstone Road, Meston Building, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, Aberdeen City, Scotland
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· Requirements

First year entry Scottish Highers BBBB or Advanced Highers CCC or A levels CCC, including good performance in at least two Science/Technology/Mathematics subjects. Advanced entry Advanced Highers BBB or A levels BBB, including Chemistry and Maths.

Course programme

The Offshore Industry is concerned with all aspects of oil and gas exploration and production, and in the longer term also with the decommissioning of off-shore facilities. The Industry has an enormous economic impact on the North-East and on the UK as a whole. There are wider links also with oil and gas production in other parts of the world.

Programme Structure & Content

First Year
Students study introductory courses in Chemistry, along with study of two other subjects, usually but not necessarily science ones. There is plenty of choice at this level.

Second Year
The four chemistry courses cover all the main areas of Chemistry and take up half the workload. Four more courses are selected from other departments, usually in science.

Third Year
Students spend all their time studying Chemistry, including a course on Communicating Chemistry targeted at transferable skills including computing, IT and presentation skills.

Fourth Year
All students have lectures on a range of specialised topics, receive training in Methods of Research and undertake a personal Research Project.

Teaching & Assessment

In first year, traditional lectures and practical classes are now integrated with the support provided by the University's Virtual Learning Environment, WebCT. At higher levels, tutorials, individual and group project work, and essay and oral presentations, together with a rapidly increasing range of computer-based learning aids, also form part of the programme.

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Comments: Recognised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and fulfils the academic requirements for admission to AMRSC.
Career opportunities: Chemistry graduates are very employable, because a degree in chemistry opens many opportunities for employment in areas such as drug development, environmental protection, food chemistry, petroleum chemistry, forensic science, and materials development. It is also considered to be an excellent preparation for a career in business, in particular because of the skills developed in problem solving and numeracy.

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