The MSc Process Systems Engineering programme will widen your understanding of the fundamental concepts of process systems engineering.
It will provide you with a thorough grounding in current technologies and trends that will prepare you will for a rewarding career and/or further research.
This Masters programme trains graduates of engineering, science or related disciplines in general and specialist process systems engineering subjects.
Such areas are not generally covered in engineering and science curricula, and BSc graduates tend to be ill prepared for the systems challenges they will face in industry or academia on graduation.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation. The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
-Optimisation and Decision-Making
-Process Modelling and Simulation
-Advanced Process Control
-Renewable Energy Technologies
-Refinery and Petrochemical Process
-Technology, Business & Research Seminars
-Process and Energy Integration
-Process Systems Design
-Supply Chain Management
-Knowledge-based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
-Biomass Processing Technology
-Introduction to Petroleum Production
-Process Safety and Operation Integrity
FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT
Modules related to the different groups are taught by a total of six full-time members of staff and a number of visiting lecturers.
As part of their learning experience, students have at their disposal a wide range of relevant software needed to support the programme material dissertation projects. In recent years, this work included the design of various knowledge-based and business systems on the internet, the application of optimisation algorithms, and semantic web applications.
Numerous laboratory facilities across the Faculty and the University are also available for those opting for technology-based projects, such as the process engineering facility, a control and robotics facility and signal processing labs.
The work related to the MSc dissertation can often be carried out in parallel with, and in support of, ongoing research. In the past, several graduates have carried on their MSc research to a PhD programme.
Engineers and scientists are increasingly expected to have skills in information systems engineering and decision-support systems alongside their main technical and/or scientific expertise.
Graduates of this programme will be well prepared to help technology-intensive organisations make important decisions in view of vast amounts of information by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right technologies.
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme aims to provide a highly vocational education which is intellectually rigorous and up-to-date. It also aims to provide the students with the necessary skills required for a successful career in the process industries.
This is achieved through a balanced curriculum with a core of process systems engineering modules supplemented by a flexible element by way of elective modules that permit students to pursue an element of specialisation relevant to their backgrounds, interests and/or career aspirations.
An integrated approach is taken so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme. The programme draws on the stimulus of the Faculty’s research activities.
The programme provides the students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMES
Knowledge and understanding
-State-of- the-art knowledge in process systems engineering methods, in the areas of: modelling and simulation of process systems, mathematical optimization and decision making, process systems design, supply chain management, process and energy integration, and advanced process control technologies
-Advanced level of understanding in technical topics of preference, in one or more of the following aspects: renewable energy technologies, refinery and petrochemical processes, biomass processing technologies, and knowledge-based systems
Intellectual / cognitive skills
-Select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level
-Collect and digest knowledge and information selectively and independently to support a particular scientific or engineering enquiry
-Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies for analysing the issue, developing solutions, recommendations and logical conclusions, and for evaluating the results of own or other’s work
Professional practical skills
-Assess the available systems in the process industries
-Design and/or select appropriate system components, and optimise and evaluate system design
-Apply generic systems engineering methods such as modelling, simulation, and optimization to facilitate the assessment and development of advanced process technologies and systems
Key / transferable skills
-Preparation and delivery of communication and presentation
-Report and essay writing
-Use of general and professional computing tools
-Collaborative working with team members
-Organising and planning of work
-Research into new areas, particularly in the aspect of literature review and skills acquisition
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.