MSc Petroleum Downstream Technology
- Programme length
- Part-time: 3-6 years
- Programme start date
- September 2013
Offered as part of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme.
This programme is taught in collaboration with KBC Process Technology Ltd, a world-leading consultancy in the field with many years experience.
There is no doubt that people are going to be dependent on oil-based transport fuels and chemical products for the foreseeable future. Those employed in this industry are challenged with an ever-increasing need to improve the efficiency of their processes. This MSc is taught in collaboration with KBC Process Technology Ltd, a world-leading consultancy in the field with many years of experience, drawing on their great expertise in the area.
Refining capacity for the upgrading of heavy oil is set to increase over the coming years, with many new units planned or under construction. The petrochemical industry as a whole is facing a major demographic challenge, as the average age of those with engineering expertise is increasing. As a result of these factors, there is a growing shortage of fresh engineers with relevant skills in this business area.
The programme aims to address this problem by supplying modules that are highly relevant to the effective operation and management of refineries and downstream petrochemical plant. As well as possessing excellent technical skills, the modern downstream engineer requires economic and business skills, augmented by skills in leadership and management.
This part-time MSc addresses all three skill sets. The delivery style is based on short, one-week intensive modules designed to suit professionals who are looking to gain MSc credits for continuing professional development (CPD).
A good first degree in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering or equivalent.
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:
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and funding
All fees are subject to increase or review for subsequent academic years. Please note that not all visa routes permit part-time study and overseas students entering the UK on a Tier 4 visa will not be permitted to study on a part-time basis.
|Programme name||Study mode||Start date||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|MSc Petroleum Downstream Technology||Part-time||Sept 2013||£6,025||£15,570|
The full programme comprises eight taught modules and a research project. Each taught module will involve preparatory reading, attendance at the University for five days of tuition and a work-based assignment to be submitted for assessment post-tuition.
The research project would normally be conducted at the [student’s?] company and would be directly relevant to the employer’s business, whilst also meeting the University’s standards for an MSc thesis. All work-based information will remain confidential. The MSc thesis will remain confidential and unpublished for up to ten years if required.
Production Optimisation 1
This module provides you with an understanding of oil and product market economics, the key global crude, feedstock and product flows, global supply and demand of crude and products, along with other key determinants such as transportation routes and costs, and the evolution of petroleum product quality specifications.
Production Optimisation 2
This module provides you with an overview of the typical technologies employed in oil refining, petrochemical production and lubricant manufacturing facilities.
Maintenance, Reliability and Safety
This module brings together effective maintenance strategies and process safety through description of predictive and preventive maintenance processes, routine maintenance scheduling best practices using a risk management approach, and major plant turnaround plan development and execution.
Energy Optimisation and Hydrocarbon Loss Minimisation
This module explores effective tools and methods to support benchmarking and optimising plant energy consumption and measuring, reporting and reducing environmental impact.
Production Information and Control
This module addresses key features of these systems, presents best practices in the definition of model-based performance monitoring systems and explores the fundamentals of advanced and multivariable control systems. Direct experience of these concepts is provided through hands-on use of process simulation.
This module provides you with the toolkit and methodology to develop continuous improvement strategies and implement them within your plant.
Capital Project Development
This module explains effective capital project development processes, best practices and tools, and examines the impact of applying these on project financial returns and risk mitigation.
Leadership, Management and Human Performance
This module examines the key leadership and management strategies required for safe and profitable plant operation and performance. Key skills are developed using dynamic teaching methods, including a hands-on pilot plant exercise that enables individuals to apply these best practices within a realistic operating environment.
The research project is based on industrial implementation of any aspect of the taught modules, or a piece of conventional research on a topic allied to the programme. This will be conducted away from the University. Guidance during the project is available by contact with experienced tutors. The research project will be undertaken after completion of all the taught modules.
The MSc degree is awarded for the successful completion of all modules and a research project. Postgraduate Certificates can be awarded for successful completion of any four taught modules. Alternatively a Postgraduate Diploma can be awarded for successful completion of all eight taught modules.
About Chemical Engineering at the University of Surrey
The University of Surrey has a long tradition of excellence in teaching Chemical Engineering and has supplied many graduates and postgraduates to the refining and petrochemical industries. The majority of academic staff have first-hand experience of working in this sector. The Chemical Engineering Department at Surrey enjoys a reputation as a leader in the teaching of transferable skills, with innovative use of pilot plant facilities to develop teamwork, leadership, problem solving, communication and negotiation skills.
KBC Advanced Technologies plc, a leading independent consulting, process engineering and software group, delivers improved operating performance to the oil refining, petrochemical and other process industries worldwide. It provides process consulting, strategic planning advice, energy price forecasting and market analysis, economic studies, capital project services, and training to help clients achieve their business objectives and improve their competitive position. KBC’s human performance improvement division provides organisational effectiveness services, training programmes, operations manuals and personnel development services. KBC consultants recommend changes to operations to deliver material and measurable improvements in profitability. To assist clients in realising such improvements, KBC provides implementation services and software solutions, including the KBC SIM models and Petro-SIM™ for process optimisation, and their energy optimisation software packages. Formed in 1979, KBC has offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, the Netherlands, Russia, China, and Japan.