Why choose this course
Are you fascinated by information and processes and how they are managed across different industries?
As a student on our MSc Information and Process Systems Engineering course, you’ll be taught by qualified academic experts and specialist external lecturers, who will cover everything from the fundamentals of the subject to the latest technologies and trends.
Studying this course will spark your imagination and develop your critical thinking skills 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.
What you will study
If you’re a graduate of engineering, science or a related discipline, this course allows 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 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.
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.
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.
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:
New students will receive their personalised timetable during Welcome Week, and in subsequent semesters, two weeks prior to the start of 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).
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Computer Science, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics 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 2020-21 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 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 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.