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MSc in Process Integration

JPT/BPP(R2/524/7/0040)07/24


Introduction

Process industries in Malaysia such as oil, gas and petrochemical are major contributors to the development and growth of the nation. With an escalation of oil and energy prices, these sector industries are forced to be globally competitive to ensure their sustainability and ultimately to provide an economic stability to the nation.


One of important approaches to achieve competitiveness is through an application of knowledge of Process Integration to achieve better designs that will meet the calls for efficiency in the use of energy, efficiency in the use of materials and reduction of emissions. Process Integration is a systematic design methodology that addresses issues related to energy efficiency, waste minimisation and an efficient use of raw materials. Currently the conceptual design stage is greatly facilitated by the use of simulations, either in a design of a new plant or in conducting improvement studies in an existing facility. However, the simulation approach suffers from lack of synthesis capability and inability to provide an overall contextual overview of the entire plant. This drawback at the conceptual design stage will have serious consequences in determining the environmental impact, economic viability and safety features of the final design. This program has been designed to overcome this gap.


A master programme in Process Integration deals with the application of recent advances in process integration and analysis techniques such as heat integration, cogeneration and utility system, optimization, process safety and control and operability in order to optimize the utilization of raw materials and energy and to provide greater reliability and safety.

 

Why You Should Join Our MSc Programme

  • For students with non-industrial background, two options are available:
    • 4 months industry attachment for individual design project, or
    • Design project using real data from company.
  • For students with industrial background, design project based on real-plant issues are encouraged.
  • Free access to all MSc PI short-course.

 

Career Opportunities

The program trains the potential graduate with skills required to meet industrial demands in the area of Process Integration. In general, potential graduates may be able to apply their knowledge and skills into various engineering based industrial sectors. They may however find themselves better equipped for the downstream and upstream oil and gas industry. Nonetheless, the generic knowledge and skills acquired throughout the programme duration can be quickly adapted towards a wide range of situations.


The current challenges which the potential graduate might face at their respective workplace include the availability of similar trained professionals. This would lead to difficulties in implementing techniques/procedures to improve the operational and efficiencies of specific processes within an industrial sector.


The future however offers great potential as the global requirement for more efficient processes is felt throughout the industrial sectors and organisations. Other engineering management issues such as Energy Security and Sustainable Development have to also be considered for implementation, as they represent the future direction and the need for professional process integration become increasingly important. This drive would lead towards more efficiently operated processes and would increase the potential for the programme graduates.

 

Course Duration & Offering

This course is available in Full Time and Part Time.

Full TimeMonths
Minimum12 months
Maximum24 months

 

Part TimeMonths
Minimum12 months
Maximum24 months

 

Entry Requirements

  • BSc/BEng Degree in the relevant field of Engineering from UTP or other recognised universities with CGPA of at least 2.50 or equivalent.
  • Application with other qualifications can be considered if they have necessary research and working experience and could show capabilities to pursue postgraduate studies.
  • English proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS band 6 or MUET band 4. Exemption may be provided for candidates who are native English speakers or holding a degree with English as the medium of instruction.

 

Fee Structure

Coursework & DissertationConventional
MalaysianInternational
MSc in Process IntegrationRM31,000RM31,000

 

Programme Curriculum Structure

Courses

Credit Hours

Compulsory Core

Modelling

2

Process Safety

2

Optimisation

2

Heat Integration

2

Operability & Control

2

Technical Elective (Choose 4)

Cleaner Production

3

Environmental Design for Atmospheric Emissions

3

Environmental Design for Aqueous Emissions

3

Synthesis of Reaction and Separation System

3

Advanced Distillation Design

3

Design of Fine and Speciality Chemicals Processes

3

Cogeneration and Site Utility System

3

Refinery and Petrochemical Processes

Refinery Optimisation

Advanced Distillation Design

University Requirements

2

Data Analytics (Core)

2

Project Management (Core)

2

Project

Industrial/Research Based Project

12

National Requirement

Research Methodology

2

Total

40

 

Subject by Semester

 

Course Structure

SEMESTER 1
​Heat Integration
​Modelling
​Optimization
​Operability & Control
​Process Safety
​Research Methodology

 

SEMESTER 2
Data Analytics
​Technical Elective I
​Technical Elective II
​Technical Elective III
​Technical Elective IV

 

SEMESTER 3
Project Management
Design Project

  

Technical Electives

Environmental Process Design

​Advanced Chemical Process Design

​Refinery Design & Operation

​•Cleaner Production

•Environmental Design for Atmospheric Emissions

•Environmental Design for Aqueous Emissions

•Synthesis of Reaction and Separation Systems

​•Synthesis of Reaction and Separation Systems

•Advanced Distillation Design

•Design of Fine and Specialty Chemicals

•Cogeneration and Site Utility Systems

​•Refinery and Petrochemical Processes

•Refinery Optimization

•Advanced Distillation Design

•Operability & Control

 

Programme Module Synopsis

Course Code

​EIM5022

Module

​Modeling

No. of Credit

​2 credits

​Overview on Modeling Concept; Mathematical Modeling, model Building, Development Constitutive relations by experiment and correlation, Sensitivity and simulation Analysis, Chemical Modeling, Pressure-Volume-Temperature, Phase equilibrium & thermodynamic properties, Liquid phase nonideality.

 

Course Code

​EIM5012

Module

​Heat Integration

No. of Credit

2 credits

​Introduction to Heat Integration, Energy Targets, pinch design Methods, Capital Cost Targeting, Automated Design, Integration of Heat Engine and Heat Pumps, Integration of Reactors and Separators, Process Modifications, Data Extraction.

 

Course Code

​EIM5052

Module

Optimisation

No. of Credit

2 credits

​Overview on Optimisation Basics, Theory and Methods, Model Building, Applications.

 

Course Code

​EIM5042

Module

Process Safety

No. of Credit

2 credits

Overview on Safety, Toxic Hazards, Release Modeling, Fire and Explosion, Pressure Relief System, Reactor Safety, Storage, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment.

 

Course Code

​EIM5143

Module

Operability and Control

No. of Credit

2 credits

Introduction, Control Configuration, Unit Operation Control, Control of Complete Processes, Dynamic Behaviour, Feedback Controller design, model Based Control, MIMO Systems, Operability and Continuous Process.

 

Course Code

​EIM5173

Module

Cleaner Production

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Introduction, Waste Identification and Minimisation, Life Cycle Assessment, Materials Recycling, Legislative and Economic Aspects of Cleaner Production, Industrial Ecology.

 

Course Code

​EIM5193

Module

Environmental Design for Aqueous Emissions

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Wastewater Minimisation, Effluent Treatment System Design, Waste Minimisation.

 

Course Code

​EIM5183

Module

Environmental Design for Atmospheric Emissions

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Wastewater Minimisation, Effluent Treatment System Design, Waste Minimisation.

 

Course Code

​EIM5153

Module

Synthesis of Reaction –Separation Systems

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Process Economics, Choice of Reactor, choice of Separator, Synthesis of Reaction-Separation Systems, Reactive Distillation, Economic trade-offs, reducing Process Hazards.

 

Course Code

​EIM5133

Module

Advance Distillation Design

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Distillation Design, Column Sequencing, Thermodynamic Analysis of the Distillation Column, Crude Oil Distillation Design, Retrofit Design of Distillation Systems, Representation of Ternary Mixtures, Azeotropic Distillation Sequence Synthesis.

 

Course Code

​EIM5163

Module

Design of Fine and Speciality Chemicals Processes

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Introduction, Batch Unit Operations, Bioprocess Technology, Batch Process Synthesis, Scheduling of Batch Processes, Batch Plant Engineering, Environmental Protection.

 

Course Code

​EIM5032

Module

Cogeneration and Site Utility Systems

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Introduction to Cogeneration and Site Utility Systems, Furnaces, steam Systems, Site Composite Curves, Optimizing Steam levels, Top Level Analysis, Site Retrofit, Gas Turbine Integration, Driver selection, Site Power to Heat Ratio, Refrigeration Systems.

 

Course Code

​EIM5123

Module

Refinery Optimisation

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Refinery Processes and Operation, General System Representation and Simulation, Modeling of Large Systems, Rigorous Models vs Simple Models, Advanced Mathematical Programming, Applications.

 

Course Code

​EIM5113

Module

Refinery and Petrochemical Processes

No. of Credit

​3 credits

Crude Oil and Refinery Product, Crude Oil Distillation, Octane Processes, Hydroprocessing, Heavy End Processes, Light End Processes, Lube Oils, Sulphur Recovery, Petrochemical Processes, Refinery Integration, Hydrogen Integration.

 

Course Code

​EIM5414

Module

Design Projects

No. of Credit

​12 credits

Pre-Requisite​Completed Core Modules

Practical Aspects – applying process design tools in the design projects.


Programme Manager Contact

Associate Professor Dr Haslinda binti Zabiri

Email: haslindazabiri@utp.edu.my