Oilfield Corrosion Engineering MSc

You will study 180 credits in total. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the professional project is worth 75 credits. These are the modules studied in 2016. If you are starting in September 2017, these will give you are flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Professional project - 75 credits
You will undertake a professional project during the summer months.
Recent projects include:

• Crevice corrosion on cemented stems in metal on metal TJR – the effect of antibiotic in the cement

• Assessing corrosion of pipeline material in scale formation environments

• Characteristics of iron sulphide films formed in sour corrosion on pipeline steels.

Advanced Oilfield Corrosion - 15 credits
An in-depth introduction to the corrosion processes experienced in the oilfield. Covers material selection and engineering design in an oilfield context, corrosion management strategies, basic CO2 corrosion models, and strategies for new or mature assets.

Material Selection and Failure Analysis - 15 credits
Addresses the likely causes of component failure from a knowledge of service conditions. Provides microscopic and analytical techniques in the forensic investigation of metallurgical or materials failure, those to employ on the basis of the selected tests, and remedial measures to prevent recurrence of a given failure.

Metals and Alloys - 15 credits
The principles of physical metallurgy and their application to the design of alloys for engineering applications; the historical development of metals and alloys to satisfy the needs of different industrial sectors; the traditional limitations on the properties which may be obtained in particular metals and how metallurgists may seek to circumvent these; microstructures in a range of metals and alloys and account for their development.

Oilfield Chemistry and Corrosion - 15 credits
An introduction to the fundamental principles of oilfield chemistry and corrosion. Explains the properties and application of a range of chemicals used in corrosion control for oil and gas production and the principal theories of corrosion science and engineering.

Surface Engineering - 15 credits
Surface engineering technologies for the control of wear, corrosion and fatigue of engineering

Optional modules

Introduction to Tribology- 15 credits
A broad-based introduction to the interdisciplinary scientific discipline of tribology: how tribology impacts on the design and operation of mechanisms and the means adopted to lubricate them.

Managing for Innovation- 15 credits
An introduction to operations management, covering the nature and significance of operations management as an organisational practice, the role and typical responsibilities of the operations manager, and key operations management theories.

Engineering Computational Methods- 15 credits  
The module introduces students to the basic computational methods used to solve engineering problems modelled by ordinary differential equations and parabolic or hyperbolic partial differential equations. They will also learn how to implement the learned methods in practice. Engineering simulation software packages rely on computational methods and a good understanding is crucial to knowledgeably use them.

Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis- 15 credits
This module provides the basic theoretical and practical knowledge to allow a student to competently perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis with commercial software packages used in industry.

Materials Structures and Characterisation - 15 credits

Risk Perception and Communication - 15 credits
This module will help future executives, policy makers, financial advisors, health professionals, and other practitioners to gain a critical understanding of how non-experts perceive risks, as well as how to effectively communicate risk information to diverse audiences. You will cover the main findings of the risk perception and communication literature and discuss applications in the contexts of finance, behavioural economics, public health, and sustainability.

Effective Decision Making - 15 credits 
This module aims to teach effective management decision making on the basis of evidence-based approaches from risk management, cognitive psychology, and behavioural economics. Participants will obtain an understanding of the thinking processes that underlie their own and others’ judgement and decision making, the judgmental errors and decision biases that commonly arise, and strategies for improving decisions. The module does not assume any prior knowledge and will give insight into effective decision making that is useful in both personal and professional contexts.