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MSc in Process Integration

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

Introduction

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.

 

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 and Knowledge of Process Integration is essential in arriving at better designs that will meet the calls for efficiency in the use of energy, efficiency in the use of materials and reduction of emissions.

 

The MSc in Process Integration is an internationally recognised degree that will allow graduates to enhance their career opportunities in industry, research establishments or the academia.

 

Programme Objectives

  1. Process Integration specialists with insights to articulate complex industry problems and solutions.
  2. Industry leaders with integrity towards sustainable development through continuous improvement and innovation for the betterment of society.

 

Programme Outcome

  1. Demonstrate continuing advanced knowledge in Process Integration and have the capabilities to further develop or use these in new situations or multidisciplinary context.
  2. Analyse and evaluate critically problems in Process Integration particularly in situations with limited information and to provide solutions through application of appropriate tools and techniques.
  3. Appraise available information and research evidence in Process Integration and apply it in the engineering context.
  4. Plan and perform research undertakings in Process Integration professionally, ethically and responsibly.
  5. Report technical findings in both written and oral forms.
  6. Recognise the needs for continuing professional development in Process Integration.

 

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.

  

Course Duration & Offering

This course is available in Full-Time and Part-Time.

Mode Minimum Duration Maximum Duration
Full-Time One (1) year Three (3) years
Part-Time One (1) year Four (4) years

 

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

Local Students

International Students

 

Course Structure

SEMESTER 1
​Course Credit Hour
​Heat Integration 2
​Modelling 2​
​Optimization ​2
​Operability & Control ​3
​Process Safety 2​
​Research Methodology 2​

 

SEMESTER 2
Course ​Credit Hour
Data Analytics 2​
​Technical Elective I 3​
​Technical Elective II ​3
​Technical Elective III ​3
​Technical Elective IV ​3

 

SEMESTER 3
​Course ​Credit Hour
Design Project 12​

  

Technical Electives

Specializations Group - Choose only 1 (one) from any of the following groups:

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

Module

​Credit Hour

​EIM5022

​Modeling

​​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 ​Module ​Credit Hour
​EIM5012 ​Heat Integration 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

Module

​Credit Hour

​EIM5052

Optimisation

​​2 credits

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

Course Code

​Module

​Credit Hour

​EIM5042

Process Safety

​2 credits

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

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

EIM5143

Operability and Control

​​3 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

Module

​Credit Hour

​EIM5173

Cleaner Production

​3 credits

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

Course Code

Module

Credit Hour

​EIM5193

Environmental Design for Aqueous Emissions

​3 credits

Wastewater Minimisation, Effluent Treatment System Design, Waste Minimisation.

Course Code

Module

Credit Hour

​EIM5183

Environmental Design for Atmospheric Emissions

​​3 credits

Wastewater Minimisation, Effluent Treatment System Design, Waste Minimisation.

 

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

EIM5153

Synthesis of Reaction –Separation Systems

​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

Module

Credit Hour

EIM5133

Advance Distillation Design ​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

Module

​Credit Hour

​EIM5163

Design of Fine and Speciality Chemicals Processes ​​3 credits

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

Course Code

Module

​Credit Hour

EIM5032

Cogeneration and Site Utility Systems ​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

Module

Credit Hour

​EIM5123

Refinery Optimisation ​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

​Module

​Credit Hour

​EIM5113

Refinery and Petrochemical Processes

​​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

Module

​Credit Hour Pre-Requisite

​EIM5414

Design Projects

​12 credits ​​Completed Core Modules

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

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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.

 

Contact  

Programme Manager

Associate Professor Dr Haslinda binti Zabiri

Email: haslindazabiri@utp.edu.my