Information and Process Systems Engineering MSc
Why choose this course
Are you fascinated by how processes and information are managed in different organisations? Our course will teach you how this applies across different industries from nuclear to pharmaceutical and others. We’ll also educate you with everything you need to know about the latest technologies and trends, while training you in the subject’s fundamentals.
Studying our MSC in Information and Process Systems Engineering will will spark your imagination and motivate you with deep intellectual challenges. You’ll also be exposed to the principles of knowledge management, decision-making and design in process systems and business-information technologies.
All modules are delivered by qualified experts in the topics and academic staff, assisted by specialist external lecturers.
What you will study
If you’re a graduate of engineering, science or a related discipline, our course allows you to specialise in the exciting area of information and process engineering.
While you gain a valuable working knowledge of what’s involved, we’ll expand your know-how of the technologies and systems used and how these work in practice. To inspire your individual path through our course, you’ll also have the option to choose from range of engaging modules. These allow you to customise your degree to your preferred area of study and cover areas like process engineering, information systems, business and management.
So you can maximise your learning experience, we also give you access to a wide range of software and laboratory facilities across Surrey. This includes access to the process engineering facility, a control and robots facility and signal processing laboratories.
Facilities, equipment and academic support
Our selected group of lecturers and staff will motivate your throughout the course, driving you forward so you can realise your potential. This includes a total of six full-time members of staff and numerous visiting lecturers.
The Library will 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, more than 1,400 journal titles and more. You can actually extend these resources further through inter-library loans.
You’ll use a wide range of software as part of the course’s 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 the MSc dissertation can be done in parallel with, and in support of, on-going research. There is also a possibility that you could carry on your research to a PhD course.
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.
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.
As a graduate of this course, you will be well prepared to help technologically-driven organisations make important decisions in the presence of vast amounts of information. You will help them to adopt, implement and execute the right strategies.
CECELJA F Dr (Chm Proc Eng)
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 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 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.
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.
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.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 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:
Year 1 (full-time)
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7
Semester 1 - No optional modules
Semester 2 - Choose 2 from the 5 listed optional modules
Year 1 (part-time)
Year 2 (part-time)
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 course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Disability and Neurodiversity Service
The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Chemistry, Engineering or Physics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
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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.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 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.
Scholarships and bursaries
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