About This Masters Degree
This programme delivers a thorough grounding in current technologies and trends, offering comprehensive training in the fundamentals of the subject.
It combines high-quality education with rigorous intellectual challenges, enabling you to understand the principles of knowledge management, decision-making and design in process systems and business-information technologies.
PROGRAMME OVERVIEWThe MSc Information and Process Systems Engineering programme is aimed at graduates of traditional engineering, science and related disciplines.
Graduates from non-IT or related disciplines tend to be ill-prepared for the information and knowledge-related challenges and demands of today’s business environments.
We offer a wide selection of modules spanning process engineering, information systems, business and management. All taught modules are delivered by qualified experts in the topics and academic staff, assisted by specialist external lecturers.
PROGRAMME STRUCTUREThis programme is studied full-time over one academic year. Part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year. The programme 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.
-Information Security Management
-Optimisation and Decision-Making
-Process Modelling and Simulation
-Technology, Business and Research Seminars
-Knowledge-Based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
-Process and Energy Integration
-Process Systems Design
-Supply Chain Management
-Biomass Processing Technology
-Process Safety and Operation Integrity
-Process and Energy Integration
-Transition to a Low Carbon Economy
FACILITIES, EQUIPMENT AND ACADEMIC SUPPORTModules related to the different groups are taught by a total of six full-time members of staff and a number of visiting lecturers.
An extensive library is available for individual study. It stocks more than 85,000 printed books and e-books, and more than 1,400 (1,100 online) journal titles, all in the broad area of engineering. The library support can be extended further through inter-library loans.
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, as well as modelling of process systems.
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, on-going research. In the past, several graduates have carried on their MSc research to a PhD programme.
RESEARCHProcess integration and systems analysis for sustainability of resources and energy efficiency are carried out within our well-established Centre for Process and Information Systems Engineering (PRISE).
CAREER PROSPECTSEngineers 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 these programmes will be well prepared to help technology-intensive organisations make important decisions in respect of vast amounts of information, by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right technologies.
EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE PROGRAMMEThe primary aims are achieved through a balanced, multi-disciplinary curriculum with a core of information systems engineering modules and decision-making and process systems engineering modules as well as 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 recent research activities in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The programme provides the students with the basis for developing their own approach to learning and personal development.
PROGRAMME LEARNING OUTCOMESThe programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:
Knowledge and understanding
-The sources, technologies, systems, performance, and applications in information and process engineering
-Approaches to the assessment of information and process technologies
-Decision making in complex systems
-Optimisation and operations research
-Technical systems modelling
-Databases and data protection
-Representation of design processes
-Systematic approaches to observing organisational data security processes
-Understanding research issues
-Literature studies and research planning
-Communication of research outcomes
-Design of decision-support systems
-Development of databases, ontologies and agent-based architectures
-Information technology and security
-Process modelling and simulation
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 information and process and their interaction
-Design and select appropriate collection and storage, and optimise and evaluate system design
-Apply generic systems engineering methods such as conceptual design and optimization to facilitate the assessment and development of information, information security and 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
-Organizing and planning of work
-Research into new areas, particularly in the aspect of literature review and skills acquisition
GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIESWe 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.
Information and Process Systems Engineering - MSc
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Candidates should be graduates with a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in an engineering, science or related subject. Practitioners with suitable qualifications and relevant experience in engineering, science or technology are also welcome to apply.