Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering MSc - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering
PGCert Petroleum Refining Systems Engineering

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PFZ61014 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PFZ61010 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Programme Leader

AMINI HORRI Bahman (Chst Chm Eng)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/02/2024

Educational aims of the programme

  • The programme aims to provide a highly vocational education that equips the students with the essential knowledge and skills required to work as competent engineers in the petrochemical sector.
  • This is to be achieved through combining proper material in two popular and complementary topics: process systems engineering and petroleum refining.
  • The key objective is to develop a sound understanding of oil refining and downstream processing technologies, process safety and operation integrity, as well as systems methods for the optimal design of process systems.
  • A balanced curriculum is provided with essential modules from these two areas supplemented by a flexible element by way of elective modules that permit students to pursue subjects of preference relevant to their backgrounds, interests and/or career aspirations.
  • An integrated approach is taken so as to provide a coherent view that explores the interrelationships between the various components of the programme.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
State-of-the-art knowledge in petroleum refining and petrochemical processing, in terms of: The technologies of processes that comprise a modern refinery and petrochemicals complex; The principles for analysing and improving the profitability of refining and petrochemicals processing; General Safety, health, and environment (SHE) principles on a refinery and petrochemicals complex; and Methods and systems for ensuring safe and reliable design and operation of process units. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Further knowledge in petroleum refining and petrochemical processing in the areas of: Modelling and simulation of process systems; Mathematical optimisation and decision making; Process systems design; Process and energy integration. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Advanced level of understanding in technical topics of preference in one or more of the following aspects: Petroleum exploration and production; Economics of the energy sector; Sustainable and renewable systems; and Supply chain management KC PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The programme aims to strengthen the cognitive skills of the students, particularly in the aspects of problem definition, knowledge and information acquiring, synthesis, and creativity. The key learning outcomes include the abilities to: Select, define and focus upon an issue at an appropriate level; and Collect and digest knowledge and information selectively and independently to support a particular scientific or engineering enquiry C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The programme aims to strengthen further cognitive skills of the students, particularly in the aspects of collectively demonstrable through the successful completion of the research dissertation. The key learning outcomes include the ability to Develop and apply relevant and sound methodologies for analysing the issue, developing solutions, recommendations and logical conclusions, and evaluating the results of own or other's work C MSc
The programme primarily aims to develop skills for applying appropriate methods to the design and operation of petroleum refining processes. The key learning outcomes include the ability to: Apply knowledge of the operation of refineries to analyse and to improve the profitability of refining and petrochemical processing; and Apply relevant principles, methods, and tools to improve the safety and operation integrity of refineries P PGDip, MSc
The programme aims to develop further students' skills for applying appropriate methods to the design and operation of petroleum refining processes to Apply systems engineering methods such as modelling, simulation, optimisation, and energy integration to improve the design of petroleum refining units and systems P PGDip, MSc
The programme aims to strengthen a range of transferable skills that are relevant to the needs of existing and future professionals in knowledge-intensive industries, irrespective of their sector of operation. The key learning outcomes include the further development of the skills in the following areas: Preparation and delivery of communication and presentation; Report and essay writing; and Use of general and professional computing tools; Collaborative working with team members T PGDip, MSc
The programme aims to strengthen a range of transferable skills that are relevant to the needs of existing and future professionals in knowledge-intensive industries, irrespective of their sector of operation. The key learning outcomes include the further development of the skills in the following areas: Organising and planning of work; and Research into new areas, particularly in the aspect of literature review and skills acquisition. T MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Digital Capabilities:
Throughout the programme, students learn to navigate and utilise the Virtual Learning Environment @ Surrey (SurreyLearn) and other digital resources and online databases to aid their learning and undertake research. Students are also introduced to, and gain proficiency in specific digital tools, such as general modelling software MATLAB, process and process systems modelling software Aspen+, optimisation modelling software GAMS, which are all assisting in building their skills to deal with engineering problems, generate, analyse, and present data mainly by means of a computer. Students are also encouraged to use current media such as WhatsApp, Teams, and Zoom, and utilising cloud/file sharing for communication and team working. Appropriate use of digital media and communication platforms is increasingly essential for engineering practitioners, and through the use and discussion of these, students gain an awareness of their roles, plus their limitations and misuse, which can have a wider impact (e.g., on digital well-being).

Employability:
The programme is designed to equip students with all the core competencies required for an engineering professional in general and professional in petrochemical industry in particular. Throughout the course, students will encounter real-life examples and problems to be prepared, solve and hence competitive in the job market. They will also be taught by and exposed to a variety of internal and external speakers exposing students to the variety of specific roles and real-life cases engineers have in the workplace. The tasks and assessments undertaken across the modules are specifically chosen to equip students with knowledge and skills that are key to the role of modern and forward-looking engineers. Key to this, and underpinning everything through this programme, students develop the ability to appraise evidence critically and the appropriate application of this knowledge to specific individuals, groups, or populations, all in the course of development of new products or advancing research in a commercial world.

Global and Cultural Capabilities:
The programme is taught in an interactive and collaborative way, in a cohort that commonly represents a wealth of nationalities and backgrounds. Students are encouraged to engage with and learn from diverse perspectives through interaction and teamwork. It is evident that main advances in engineering originate from cross-cultural studies, and differences between ethnic groups are explored and appreciated as key to understanding the interrelationship between various aspects of engineering: research, design, and operation. Students also develop an understanding of inequalities in the commercial world and the underlying causes of differences with the exploration of how the diversity of lived experience and culture can impact processes. Invited speakers contribute to diverse global perspectives on cutting-edge advancement in engineering as well as global effects.

Resourcefulness and Resilience
This programme requires practical problem-solving skills that teach a student how to reason about and solve new unseen problems starting with a problem scenario and designing and developing a complex and practical solution to the problem. As such, students will have experience in taking an idea from concept through to implementation and evaluation both as an individual and within a group.

Sustainability:
From the very beginning of the programme, students begin to consider the foundations of engineering and technology-related knowledge in the context of the UN Sustainable Goals. Sustainability is directly involved in most of the modules on the programme. Broader aspects relevant to sustainability, including manufacturing processes, general processing, distribution, retail and impact on global resources and the environment are topics that are addressed across the programme. Seminars and tutorials give students the opportunity to explore specific topical aspects of sustainability. In particular, students can choose optional modules dealing with current sustainability problems to further master and advance sustainability in the technology sector of their interest.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.