Masters degrees in Petrochemical Chemistry provide advanced training in the chemical engineering of petroleum and petroleum compounds.
Courses range from taught MSc degrees, to research oriented MRes and MPhil programmes. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Chemistry or Chemical Engineering.
Training is administered in the fundamentals of petroleum production and its geoscience, from manufacture to distribution. This will include an analysis of fuel composition and performance chemistry, as well as by-products and wasted energy generation.
Practical methodologies include explorations of sustainability and security of petroleum production, while theoretical approaches to issues such as financial viability in the industry are also a key component.
Opportunities exist to examine different aspects of the industry through individual research projects. For example, you might research Flow Assurance, exploring efficient methods for transporting oil, gas and petroleum to populated areas.
Careers in this field are highly varied, and range from frontline engineering of energy resources, to managing transportation systems and financial networks. Your expertise would also be valuable within legislative and policy-making positions, for example within transport or environmental agencies and other government bodies.