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MSc-PGDip-PGCert in Process and Environmental Systems Engineering

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  • Objectives
    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 aims to provide high quality education with substantial intellectual challenges, commensurate with the financial rewards and job satisfaction for the student when venturing into the real world. It aims to make students aware of current technologies and trends based on rigorous training in matters relating to the fundamentals of the subject. Such skilled persons would be able to help technology-intensive organisations make important decisions in view of vast amounts of information by adopting, combining, implementing and executing the right technologies. Such a person would also be well prepared to keep abreast of the rapid changes which are taking place in information and business systems technologies.
  • Entry requirements
    Typical entry requirements Candidates should be graduates with at least a Second class 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.
  • Academic Title
    MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Process and Environmental Systems Engineering
  • Course description
    MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Process and Environmental Systems Engineering Module overview

    Compulsory Modules

    Software Development
    Students gain an appreciation of technical issues involved in the production of computationally intensive engineering design and simulation software. Students are able to explore the software design and production process from the mathematical origins to the final user interface.

    Process and Energy Integration
    This module aims to develop students' understanding of the area of process integration. It highlights solution strategies for the synthesis of energy recovery networks in the context of the overall chemical flowsheet, with students becoming familiar with the type of problems commonly faced by the energy systems engineer.

    Process Systems Design
    This module develops students' understanding of how to systematically synthesise and design chemical process systems. It will disseminate 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
    This module seeks to develop students' understanding of the technology available to optimise process systems, business models and operations. Students are 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 participants with the required knowledge to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and related systems approaches. It includes an introduction to life cycle thinking: approach, methodology and practice; principles and practice of using LCA; simplified life cycle studies; principles and practice of DfE and M/SFA; application of LCA: case studies from academia and industry.

    Sustainable Development
    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. It is designed to encourage discussion to enable students to think through the implications of the clean technology approach in their own areas of work.

    The dissertation provides an opportunity for students to pursue a single topic in depth and to demonstrate evidence of research potential for the Masters award. Students are 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, students will be able to approach an open-ended topic, to research new ideas and experiment with new technologies.

    Optional modules include:

    -E-commerce and Emerging Technologies onthe Internet
    -Knowledge-based Systems and Artificial Intelligence
    -Environmental Law
    -Computational Mathematics
    -Supply Chain Management
    -Real Time Systems
    -Intelligent Information Systems
    -Strategic Information Management
    Programme length
    12 months full-time

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