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Refinery Design & Operation MSc

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Degree awarded
MSc, PG Certificate, PG Diploma, PG Modular
Duration
MSc FT - 12 months
Entry requirements

To study MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate you will need a 2(i) (upper second class honours) first degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications/experience.  Applicants with a 2(ii) will be considered and are welcome to apply.

Examples of relevant disciplines for your first degree are: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial chemistry, environmental engineering, food engineering, petroleum engineering and chemistry.  Please enquire if you would like to know whether your first degree is suitable. However contents in first degrees vary and we require relevant transcripts to evaluate suitability.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For details of how to apply go to:  http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

Would you like to impress future employers with your in-depth knowledge of refinery design and operation?  Major employers know that the best way to increase the profitability of a refinery is to examine its design and operation and they are keen to employ people who have a deep conceptual understanding of advanced chemical process design for the petrochemicals industry.  The course teaches you how clean and efficient processing operations not only help improve the environment but also help industry perform to its full potential.

  • You examine a series of processing steps and how they interconnect to form a complete system which transforms raw materials into desired products with minimal cost and environmental harm.
  • You design integrated crude oil distillation systems and efficient heat exchanger networks and utility systems and integrate refinery hydrogen systems. 
  • You learn how to build, solve and validate mathematical models for the simulation, optimisation and control of chemical processes and large refinery systems and use design and modelling software such as Hysys, ProII, Matlab and Aspenplus. 

Who will benefit from the course?

The course is for recently graduated chemical engineers who wish to develop their understanding of chemical process design in the petrochemical industry and use their skills and knowledge to help future employers increase their profitability.

What are the benefits to students?

  • Advanced training in the most recent principles and concepts of process design ensure you are up to date with the most progressive ideas in the field
  • Regular feedback from senior businessmen and women from prestigious international companies mean that the course is considered to be of high quality and extremely relevant to industry
  • The qualification you gain will be recognised all around the world and the excellent reputation of the course amongst employers mean that you will immediately enhance your career prospects
  • Training in the use of process simulation software and other software tools means that you graduate with skills which are highly useful to employers
  • The availability of e-learning material enables you to plan your time to study at your own pace - and you can choose between studying full-time at the University or part-time through distance learning
  • You will gain many other skills to make you more employable such as report writing, data analysis and the ability to make presentations.
  • There is the flexibility to choose whether you study for an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or even a single Unit as a professional training course.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £20,100
  • PGCert (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500
    International students (per annum): £10,050
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,000
    International students (per annum): £20,100
  • Modular (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,125 per 15 credits
    International students (per annum): £2,513 per 15 credits

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
Contact name
Miss Lisa Ogden
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 4149
Email
Website
www.ceas.manchester.ac.uk/

Academic department overview

See: The School .

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

To study MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate you will need a 2(i) (upper second class honours) first degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications/experience.  Applicants with a 2(ii) will be considered and are welcome to apply.

Examples of relevant disciplines for your first degree are: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial chemistry, environmental engineering, food engineering, petroleum engineering and chemistry.  Please enquire if you would like to know whether your first degree is suitable. However contents in first degrees vary and we require relevant transcripts to evaluate suitability.

English language

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate competency. We generally require applicants to hold one of the following qualifications (although other formal qualifications may be considered):

  • IELTS: 6.5 (with no sub score less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL PB: 570 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0)
  • TOEFL CB: 230 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0)
  • IBTOEFL of at least 90

The University offers three, five and ten-week pre-sessional English language courses for students who need to improve their English to meet the minimum requirements (see http://www.langcent.manchester.ac.uk/ for more information).

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. See details of entry requirements for your country at: www.manchester.ac.uk/international/country

Professional entry qualification

Candidates who have satisfied the educational requirements for admission to the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers can also be accepted.

How to apply

For details of how to apply go to:  http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

Would you like to impress future employers with your in-depth knowledge of refinery design and operation?  Major employers know that the best way to increase the profitability of a refinery is to examine its design and operation and they are keen to employ people who have a deep conceptual understanding of advanced chemical process design for the petrochemicals industry.  The course teaches you how clean and efficient processing operations not only help improve the environment but also help industry perform to its full potential.

  • You examine a series of processing steps and how they interconnect to form a complete system which transforms raw materials into desired products with minimal cost and environmental harm.
  • You design integrated crude oil distillation systems and efficient heat exchanger networks and utility systems and integrate refinery hydrogen systems. 
  • You learn how to build, solve and validate mathematical models for the simulation, optimisation and control of chemical processes and large refinery systems and use design and modelling software such as Hysys, ProII, Matlab and Aspenplus. 

Who will benefit from the course?

The course is for recently graduated chemical engineers who wish to develop their understanding of chemical process design in the petrochemical industry and use their skills and knowledge to help future employers increase their profitability.

What are the benefits to students?

  • Advanced training in the most recent principles and concepts of process design ensure you are up to date with the most progressive ideas in the field
  • Regular feedback from senior businessmen and women from prestigious international companies mean that the course is considered to be of high quality and extremely relevant to industry
  • The qualification you gain will be recognised all around the world and the excellent reputation of the course amongst employers mean that you will immediately enhance your career prospects
  • Training in the use of process simulation software and other software tools means that you graduate with skills which are highly useful to employers
  • The availability of e-learning material enables you to plan your time to study at your own pace - and you can choose between studying full-time at the University or part-time through distance learning
  • You will gain many other skills to make you more employable such as report writing, data analysis and the ability to make presentations.
  • There is the flexibility to choose whether you study for an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or even a single Unit as a professional training course.

Teaching and learning

Full-time study at the University

The full-time course is taught using modern, innovative teaching methods which have proved extremely successful with our students. Much of the source materials and study aids are available through Blackboard (the university's web based learning system). For each taught unit you take part in face-to-face lectures and group working sessions based around solving small scale problems. Group discussion of the topics enhances your understanding and the working sessions give you the opportunity to apply theory to industrially based problems. Computer laboratory based practical sessions allow you to apply knowledge and understanding gained to larger scale problems.

Problem based learning methods are used in the Research Techniques and Methodology Design Projects. Students work in groups to solve a large scale problem and you are expected to produce both oral and written reports, thereby enhancing communication and report writing skills.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is a combination of examinations and submitted coursework.

Examinations take place in the January and May of each year at the University of Manchester. Distance learning students who do not live in mainland UK can take examinations at a local British Council office or University. You would be expected to meet the cost of the supervision of each exam if taken away from Manchester.

The Dissertation Project forms a major part of the MSc course and provides useful practice in carrying out academic research and writing in an area that you are interested in.  You learn to apply your knowledge by solving industry-based problems and demonstrate the knowledge you have acquired by solving an original problem.  You choose a topic from a wide selection provided by the University's teaching staff and by industry.  Students have the opportunity of working with large engineering or engineering software development companies and The Process Integration Research Consortium (comprising approximately 30 international companies) provides opportunities for students to discuss project work in a large number of engineering related areas

Course unit details

The course can be studied full-time in attendance at the University or part-time by distance learning.

  • The amount of effort required by a student is measured in credits.  An MSc requires the completion of 180 credits, a Diploma 120 credits and a Certificate 60 credits.
  • The MSc has two major segments, the taught part and a research project.  You study six 15 credit Units and the 30 credit Unit on Research Training Techniques and Methodology.   Following the successful completion of these you go on to complete your 60 credit Dissertation Project (total 180 credits).
  • The Postgraduate Diploma requires successful completion of six 15 credit Units and the 30 credit Unit on Research Training Techniques and Methodology (total 120 credits). 
  • The Postgraduate Certificate requires successful completion of four 15 credit Units (total 60 credits).
  • Each of the individual Units is available to study as a shorter training course - a great way to learn new skills and enhance your professional development.

The Units are:

  • Computer Aided Process Design (15 credits)
  • Energy Systems (15 credits)
  • Utility Systems (15 credits)
  • Distillation Systems Design (15 credits)
  • Reaction Systems Design (15 credits)
  • Petroleum Engineering (15 credits)
  • Research Training Techniques and Methods (Skills) (15 credits)
  • Research Training Techniques and Methods (Proposal) (15 credits)
  • Dissertation Project (60 credits)

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Graduates have an excellent understanding of chemical process design, in particular within the oil, gas and petroleum industries. Many find employment with large multi-national companies such as Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP. The excellent reputation of the course means that graduates are rapidly employed - indeed many are offered jobs before they have finished their study.

Many graduates go on to develop their career in process design and development as design engineers, process engineers or researchers, either in the petrochemicals industry or in other process industries. Others are employed as specialist software developers or can move into consulting or contracting.

Some graduates pursue an academic career and use the course as a stepping stone to studying for a PhD.  They go on to a career undertaking research and teaching in a University.

Accrediting organisations

Individual Units are approved as short training courses for professionals by the IChemE (Institution of Chemical Engineers).