MSc Process and Environmental Systems Engineering
- Programme director
- Tao Chen
- Programme length
- Full-time: 12 months, Part-time: up to 60 months
- Programme start date
- September 2013, February 2014
This programme provides high-quality education with substantial intellectual challenges and job satisfaction when venturing into the real world.
The MSc Process and Environmental Systems Engineering programme will train you in general and specialist process systems engineering subjects. Such areas are not generally covered in engineering and science curricula and graduates tend to be ill prepared for the systems challenges they will face in industry or academia upon graduation.
The programme disseminates technology with a wide scope among engineering disciplines. Process and information systems topics are popular and represent major trends, not only in engineering but also in the more distant fields of finance, industrial management and computer-integrated manufacturing.
There is a wide selection of modules on offer within the programme. All taught modules are delivered by qualified experts in the topics and academic members of the University staff, assisted by specialist external lecturers.
The programme provides high-quality education with substantial intellectual challenges, commensurate with the financial rewards and job satisfaction when venturing into the real world. It will also make you aware of current technologies and trends, whilst providing a rigorous training in the fundamentals of the subject.
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:
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 Process and Environmental Systems Engineering||Full-time||Sep 2013||£6,025||£15,570|
|MSc Process and Environmental Systems Engineering||Part-time||Sep 2013||£670 per 15 credits||£1,730 per 15 credits|
|MSc Process and Environmental Systems Engineering||Full-time||Feb 2014||£6,025||£15,570|
|MSc Process and Environmental Systems Engineering||Part-time||Feb 2014||£670 per 15 credits||£1,730 per 15 credits|
In this module you will gain an appreciation of the technical issues involved in the production of computationally intensive engineering design and simulation software. You will explore the software design and production process from the mathematical origins to the final user interface. This module concentrates on the technical issues of algorithm design whilst touching on the business and user-interface aspects of commercial packages.
Process and Energy Integration
This module develops your understanding of process integration, highlighting solution strategies for the synthesis of energy recovery networks in the context of the overall chemical flowsheet.
Process Systems Design
This module develops your understanding of how to systematically synthesise and design chemical process systems. It will cover process synthesis and integration technology that can be applied in order to improve the economic efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of chemical processing plants.
Optimisation and Decision-Making
In this module you will develop your understanding of the technology available to optimise process systems, business models and operations. You will be provided with state-of-the-art versions of modelling and optimisation approaches in order to understand both the potential and the limitations of available techniques.
Environmental Life Cycle Approaches
This module aims to equip you to use life cycle approaches (LCA) and related systems approaches. It includes an introduction to the thinking, approach, methodology and practice of using LCA.
Environmental protection is too often seen as an additional cost to industry and public services. Clean technology aims to provide participants with the knowledge to rethink the provision of goods and services so as to achieve economic as well as environmental benefits. This module is designed to encourage discussion, to help you to think through the implications of the clean technology approach in your own area of work.
Optional modules include:
- Environmental Law
- Technology, Business and Research Seminars
- Process Safety and Operation Integrity
- Knowledge-based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
- Supply Chain Management
- Renewable Energy Technology
- Process Modelling and Simulation
- Biomass Processing Technologies
- Solar Energy Technology
- Wind Energy Technology
- Process Control
The project provides an opportunity for you to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential for the master’s 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 research new ideas and experiment with new technologies.
We offer a set of optional modules that will allow you to tailor the programme to suit your individual needs, whilst the compulsory modules provide the fundamental knowledge and skills needed in industry today.
Graduate students will find the programme of substantial benefit in developing the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate programme. For practising process engineers with professional business experience, the programme is an opportunity to update their knowledge of current design practice and also to familiarise themselves with developments in codes and 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 will 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, the business and research seminars, and renewable technologies and business modules 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 programme, covering the most relevant areas in the sector of business and technology in the process industry. At the end of the programme, you will have an opportunity to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential through the project dissertation.
Academic support in the form of consultations is constantly available to enable further knowledge and skill comprehension.
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.
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.
Centre for Process and Information Systems Engineering
Process integration and systems analysis for sustainability of resources and energy efficiency are carried out within the well-established Centre for Process and Information Systems Engineering (PRISE). PRISE, supported through industrial membership, fosters interactions with R&D centres around the world. The most notable of the successes in this area include design technology for chemical reactors and chemical process flow sheets, optimisation solvers, the knowledge management h-TechSight and a long array of synthesis tools.
Major research interests in PRISE include:
- Chemical reactor design, addressing specific industrial reactors or reaction/separation and reactive separation processes
- Process operations, including graph-based methods, mathematical programming and stochastic optimisation
- Computer-aided molecular design (CAMD): integrated synthesis of optimal process designs and optimal solvents, novel solvent options and retrofit decision-making
- Bioprocess systems: the research targets optimal biocatalytic process design problems, focusing on membrane and solvent-based reactive and non-reactive separations, and solid/liquid separations
- Knowledge management and grid applications, inviting real-life problems to be used as pilot studies
- Oil exploration: research investigates the effective production and exploration of oil and the optimum design capacity of production facilities
- Sustainable systems engineering: with strong links with the Centre for Environmental Strategy (CES)
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 view of vast amounts of information by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right technologies.