Why choose this course
Are you fascinated by information and processes and how they’re managed across different industries?
On this MSc, you’ll be taught by qualified academic experts and specialist external lecturers, who’ll cover everything from the fundamentals of the subject to the latest technologies and trends.
We’ll spark your imagination and develop your critical thinking skills with deep intellectual challenges. You’ll also be exposed to the principles of knowledge management, and decision making and design in process systems and business-information technologies.
What you will study
If you’re a graduate of engineering, science or a related discipline, this MSc will allow you to specialise in the exciting area of information and process engineering.
While you gain valuable working knowledge of what’s involved, we’ll expand your understanding of the technologies and systems used, and how these work in practice. To inspire your individual path through our course, you’ll have the option to choose from a range of engaging modules, allowing you to customise your degree to your preferred area of study.
You’ll also have access to a wide range of software and laboratory facilities to maximise your learning experience, including our process engineering facility, a control and robotics facility, and signal processing laboratories.
Facilities, equipment and academic support
Our full-time members of staff and numerous visiting lecturers will motivate you throughout the course, driving you forward so you can realise your potential.
Our Library will be one of your most valuable resources during your studies. In the subject of engineering alone, it’s home to more than 85,000 printed books and e-books, and more than 1,400 journal titles. You can extend these resources further through inter-library loans.
You’ll use a wide range of software as part of your dissertation projects. You could follow in the footsteps of past students by working on projects such as the design of knowledge-based systems and business systems on the internet. This also includes the application of optimisation algorithms, semantic web applications and the modelling of process systems.
If you choose to pursue a technology-based project, you can easily take advantage of our forward-thinking laboratory facilities across the University. The work you do in relation to your dissertation can be done in parallel with, and in support of, ongoing research. There’s also the possibility you could continue your research to PhD level.
Process 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.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.
Engineers and scientists are increasingly expected to have skills in information systems engineering and decision support systems, alongside their main technical and scientific expertise.
As a graduate of this course, you'll be well prepared to help technologically driven organisations make important decisions in the presence of vast amounts of information. You’ll help them adopt, implement and execute the right strategies.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.
We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2022/23 This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Computer Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, related disciplines with demonstrable exposure to programming and mathematics, or other alternative subjects related to data analysis, data science, informatics or process analysis and design, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
International entry requirements by country
Do I meet the requirements for this course?
We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Start date: February 2022
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 2 years
Start date: October 2022
Full-time - 1 year
Part-time - 2 years
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2022-23 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
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Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2022/23. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2022/23. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.