MSc Corrosion Control Engineering

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Corrosion Control for Oilfield and Renewable Energy

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS66602
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? No


This unit provides engineering knowledge of oilfield corrosion. Students will learn about the mechanisms underpinning relevant corrosion, as well as other degradation processes, along with practical approaches to minimise facility degradation. Specific topics include: types of oilfield equipment; sweet/sour corrosion; seawater corrosion; scaling; erosion; corrosion prediction; corrosion inhibition; corrosion management; failure analysis.


Students will learn about the mechanisms underpinning relevant corrosion phenomena, as well as other degradation processes, along with practical approaches to minimise material/component degradation. Specific topics include:

  • Sweet & Sour Corrosion;
  • Erosion & Scaling;
  • Corrosion Prediction;
  • Corrosion Inhibition;
  • Corrosion Management & Failure Analysis.

In addition, the unit will provide you with the opportunity to develop your team work and technical presentation skills through an assessed case study concerning pipeline design.

Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and online activity, including guest lectures to increase industrial relevance; Case Studies, including group activity (preparation and delivery of 15 min presentation); Tutorials


Knowledge and understanding

  • Outline the economic/societal importance of oil and gas production
  • Describe oil/gas sources, along with materials, equipment and processes employed during their extraction.
  • Explain the factors that determine internal/external oilfield corrosion.
  • Discuss other important oilfield degradation processes.
  • Evaluate approaches to controlling/managing oilfield corrosion and other degradation phenomena.
  • Review corrosion inhibitor mechanisms and their practical application.

Intellectual skills

  • Calculate corrosion inhibition efficiency and availability.
  • Predict oilfield corrosion rates employing pertinent environmental parameters and equations/models.

Practical skills

Prepare slides for a technical presentation

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Use appropriate vocabulary to answer technical questions.
  • Operate as an effective team member.
  • Justify technical arguments in a clear fashion.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 10%
Oral assessment/presentation 20%

Feedback methods

Feedback given (written and verbal)

Recommended reading

Various chapters of Vol.4 of Shreir’s Corrosion, 4th edition, including:

4.25    Introduction to Control of Corrosion by Environmental Modification
4.26    Chemical Treating in Oil and Gas Production
4.41 Management of Corrosion in the Oil and Gas Industry

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Robert Lindsay Unit coordinator

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