Our Information and Process Systems Engineering MSc will prepare you for the information demands and knowledge-related challenges of today’s business environment. Upon completion of our MSc, you will understand the principles of knowledge management, decision-making in technical systems and business information technologies.
The programme provides high-quality education with rigorous intellectual challenges, commensurate with the financial rewards and job satisfaction available in the real world. It also delivers a thorough grounding in the current technologies and trends, offering comprehensive training in the fundamentals of the subject.
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The 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.
We offer a set of optional modules that will allow you to tailor the programmes to suit your individual needs, whilst the compulsory modules provide the fundamental knowledge and skills needed in industry today.
Graduate students will find the programmes of substantial benefit in developing the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate programmes. For practising process engineers with professional business experience, the programmes are an opportunity to update their knowledge of current design practice and also to familiarise themselves with developments in methods of analysis.
Successful completion of four modules is required to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, and eight modules for a Postgraduate Diploma. To be awarded the MSc, you need to take eight modules and successfully complete a dissertation.
Each module is worth 15 credits. The majority of modules are provided by university academic staff. In addition, part of Technology, Business & Research Seminars module are coordinated and supervised by University academic staff but delivered by experts from industry, research institutions and business organisations. The majority of modules run for ten weeks and comprise approximately 30 hours of class time (three hours per week) and 120 hours of self-study and assignments.
There is a wide selection of modules on offer within the programmes, covering the most relevant areas in the sector of business and technology in the process industry. At the end of the programmes, you will have an opportunity to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential through the dissertation project.
Academic support in the form of consultations is constantly available to enable further knowledge and skill comprehension.
The dissertation project gives you an opportunity to pursue a single topic in depth and demonstrate evidence of research potential for the MSc award. You will be encouraged to either research a new concept, or apply existing technology in a new field. A number of dissertations are carried out in collaboration with industry. Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to approach an open-ended topic to experiment with new technologies.
Teaching and assessment
Our programmes utilise our research-active staff in conjunction with state-of-the-art facilities to provide a range of learning experiences – lectures, seminars, directed study, practical laboratories and project work.
Lectures are delivered by specialised, expert academic staff. Further in-depth knowledge and skills are gained through seminars delivered and guided by experienced professionals from industry, business and research organisations, with the focus on the latest trends and problem-solving methods. You will also work on a number of projects, individually and in groups, supervised by academic staff and focusing on real-life problems.
Modules are generally assessed by a combination of examinations and continuous assessment. The latter will be based on solutions to tutorial questions, reports covering practical sessions and fieldwork, and essays on a number of suitable topics. Each module is examined separately. There is a written final examination for most modules at the end of each semester, although some modules are examined by continuous assessment only. The modules and the dissertation project have a minimum pass mark of 50 per cent.
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.
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.
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 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.
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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. English language requirements: IELTS minimum overall: 6.5; IELTS minimum by component: 6.0