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​MSc in Process Safety​ (ODL)

​​JPT/BPP(N-DL/540/7/0004)03/26


Introduction

Improving process safety has never been more vital. Yet, statistics suggest it has also never been more challenging. Also, recent statistics have shown that Major Hazard Installations (MHI) – facilities handling highly hazardous chemicals - are moving upward in the region. However, the supply pipeline of process safety engineers is simply not wide enough to cater to the industry’s growing needs.

Designed in collaboration with well-known process safety institutions and experts, MSc in Process Safety at UTP aims to overcome the industry’s talent deficit in Malaysia and the Asia Pacific region. Decidedly, process safety engineers will be at the centre of managing process safety hazards, laying down the bedrock for ongoing improvements especially in upstream and downstream operation.

The main objective of this programme is to deepen understanding and equip the students with advanced skills and expertise in process safety, loss prevention, and risk assessment.

 

Why You Should Join Our MSc Process Safety?

  • Established in 2017 after extensive deliberation via an expert panel workshop attended by renowned academicians and professionals from industries. This is the only program focusing on Process Safety offered in Malaysia.
  • Modular-based programme jointly developed with PETRONAS, custodian engineers and well-known process safety institutions as well as experts.
  • Comprehensive coverage of the main discipline and thrust of process safety (includes Hazard Properties, Safety System, Process Technology/Design, Human Factor and Risk Analysis) through offerings of developed modules.

 

Go virtual with our Open Distance Learning (ODL) Programme  

Open and Distance Learning (ODL) is a way of learning remotely without being in regular face-to-face contact with lecturer/learning facilitator in the classroom. Offered with the flexibility of classes online, working professionals can opt for the best mode of learning to accommodate their busy schedules. The schedules are more open and allow for all potential students to complete the classes and associated assessment (as progressing within the duration of semesters) whenever it fits into their agenda.


In order to ensure effective learning, our ODL will involve:

  • Face-to-face tutorial (five or more sessions per semester) with our highly qualified lecturers or tutors who are also readily available to you between tutorials via email and suitable social media platforms.
  • Our Learning Management System (LMS) – ULearnX, an online platform to input information and for online discussions/forum with your peers and course lecturers or tutors.
  • Digital textbooks and references from reputable distributors (available through our ULearnX)

 

Aims

The aim of offering an MSc in Process Safety is to provide graduates and practicing engineers with progressive knowledge for safer design and operation of processing plant to prevent major accidents specifically fire, explosion and toxic release.

 

Programme Objective

The objective of the program is to provide graduates with extensive knowledge in the field of process safety in order to produce professionals who are able to effectively manage risk towards prevention, mitigation and response of major accidents and losses in process installations. In other words, the objective is to produce:

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

 

Programme Outcomes

Upon the completion of this programme, the graduates should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate continuing and advanced knowledge in Process Safety for safer design and operation at all asset lifecycle stages and have the capabilities to further develop or use these in new situations or multi-disciplinary context.
  2. Analyse and evaluate critically problems in Process Safety particularly in situations with limited information and to provide solutions through application of appropriate tools, techniques and methodologies.
  3. Appraise available information and research evidence in Process Safety including lesson learnt from major incidents and apply it in the engineering context.
  4. Plan and perform research undertakings and relevant assessments as per regulations and standards requirement in Process Safety professionally, ethically and responsibly.
  5. Report technical findings in both written and oral forms on process safety activities to the engineering community and society at large.
  6. Recognise the needs for continuing professional development in Process Safety.

 

Course Duration and Offering

Mode Minimum Duration Maximum Duration
Full Time 12 months 36 months

 

Entry Requirements

  • Recognised Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering / Engineering Technology or its equivalent with a minimum CGPA of 2.5; AND
  • For International students, TOEFL score of 500 OR IELTS score of 5.0 OR its equivalent. If a student does not meet this requirement, HEPs must offer English proficiency courses to ensure that the student’s proficiency is sufficient to meet the needs of the programme. This is normally conducted through an assessment process.
 
Note:
When candidates with Bachelor’s of Science or Technology degrees or their equivalents (non-engineering or engineering technology) are admitted, prerequisite modules in Engineering and Engineering Technology must be offered to adequately prepare them for their advanced study. Degree holders with CGPA above 2.0 but less than 2.5 may be admitted subject to a rigorous internal assessment process.  

 

Fee Structure

Local Students

International Students

 

Programme Curriculum Structure

No. Semester Name and Code of Course ​Code Classification
(Core / Elective)
Credit Value
1.

1

(Jan-Apr)

​ ​ ​ ​
Principles of Process Safety Management ​OAM5113 Core 3
2. Safe Design and Operation ​OAM5143 Core 3
3. Quantitative Risk Assessment
(Example)
​OAM5233
Elective*
(Refer to the Note)
3
4. Research Methodology ​OAN5032 University Requirement 2
5. Project Management ​OAU5052 Mgmt. Course 2
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ 13
6.

2

(May-Aug)

​ ​
Principles of Hazard Analysis & Risk Mgmt. ​OAM5123 Core 3
7. Process Plant Integrity & Reliability ​OAM5243 Core 3
8. Industrial based Project ​OAM51710 Project 10
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ 16
9.

3

(Sep-Dec)

​ ​ ​
Human Factors ​OAM5153 Core 3
10. System Safety Engineering ​OAM5133 Core 3
11. Fire and Explosion Engineering
(Example)
​OAM5213
Elective*
(Refer to the Note)
3
12. Data Analytics ​DAM5362 University Requirement 2
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ 11
Total Credit Hours ​ ​ ​ 40

 

Note:

Name and Code of Course Code Technical Elective Credit Value
Fire and Explosion Engineering ​OAM5213 Student to select and take 2 from the following Technical Elective courses ​ ​ ​ ​ 3
Quantitative Risk Assessment ​OAM5233 3
Incident Prevention & Emergency Management ​OAM5253 3
Industrial Hygiene Engineering ​OAM5223 3
Environmental Risk & Impact Assessment ​OAM5263 3

 

Sample of Curriculum Structure (if opted to complete within 24 months):

No. Semester Name and Code of Course Code
Classification
 (Core / Elective)
Credit Value
1.
1
(Jan-April) ​ ​
Principles of Process Safety Management ​OAM5113 Core 3
2. Research Methodology ​OAN5032 University Req. 2
3. Project Management ​OAU5052 Mgmt. Course 2
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ ​ 7
4.
2
(May-Aug) ​
Principles of Hazard Analysis & Risk Mgmt. OAM5123 ​Core 3
5. Process Plant Integrity & Reliability OAM5243 ​Core 3
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ ​ 6
6.
3
(Sep-Dec) ​
Human Factors OAM5153 ​Core 3
7. Fire and Explosion Engineering OAM5213 ​Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ ​ 6
8.
4
(Jan-April) ​
Safe Design and Operation OAM5143 ​Core 3
9. Quantitative Risk Assessment OAM5233 ​Elective* 3
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ ​ 6
10..
5
(May-Aug)
Industrial based Project OAM51710 ​Project 10
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ ​ 10
11.
6
(Sep-Dec) ​
System Safety Engineering OAM5133 ​Core 3
12. Data Analytics DAM5362 ​University Requirement 2
Total Credit Hours per Semester ​ ​ ​ ​ 5
Total Credit Hours ​ ​ ​ ​ 40

 

Programme Module Synopsis

 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5113 Principles of Process Safety Management 3 credits
The course focuses on Process Safety Management (PSM) in the workplace. The course cover topics learning from incidents, need to manage safety, regulations on PSM, PSM elements, planning, and implementing. The course will also include the measure audit and review, safety management systems in major hazards, process safety performance measurement, and safety leadership to enhance PSM in processing industries. ​ ​
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5143 Safe Design and Operation 3 credits
This course is aimed to enhance students' knowledge of the introduction to system safety engineering, safety performance measurement, preliminary hazard analysis, fault detection, and diagnosis. The course also covers topics on the subsystem hazard system, system hazard analysis, and operating and support hazard analysis. The analysis for failure modes and their effects and LOPA will also be discussed. ​ ​
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5123 Principles of Hazard Analysis & Risk Mgmt. 3 credits

The course is explaining about hazard analysis and risk assessment and its application to the processing industries. The course covers topics on hazards, risk, risk analysis, probability and reliability, hazard analysis and awareness, PHA tools (HAZOP, HAZID, FMEA, etc.), bow-tie diagrams, the principle of risk management. The course will also include the consequence analysis, risk contributors, risk values, risks, communication, and safety culture to enhance process safety in processing industries. ​ ​

 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5243 Process Plant Integrity & Reliability 3 credits
This course is aimed to enhance students' knowledge on system failure prediction, failure rate data, and synthesis of failure, types of uncertainty, reliability concept and theory. The course also covers topics on the failure distribution, mean time between failure, structural reliability, and availability modelling. The strategy for equipment critically, assessment, and maintenance will also be discussed. ​
 
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5153 Human Factors 3 credits
The course is explaining how human factors influences human behaviour in a way that can affect process safety performance at all levels of an organisation. The course covers topics on human factors' key issues, factors affecting human performance, and systematic approaches in predicting and reducing human error. The course will also include case studies to assess human error in the process industry and propose human error prevention techniques to enhance process safety. ​ ​
 
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5133 System Safety Engineering 3 credits
This course is aimed to enhance students' knowledge of the introduction to system safety engineering, safety performance measurement, preliminary hazard analysis, fault detection, and diagnosis. The course also covers topics on the subsystem hazard system, system hazard analysis, and operating and support hazard analysis. The analysis for failure modes and their effects and LOPA will also be discussed. ​ ​
 
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5213 Fire and Explosion Engineering 3 credits
This course is aimed to enhance students' knowledge of the fundamental theory of fires, explosion, and fire hazard analysis. It also covers topics on fire risk assessment, protection and prevention strategies, the installation, inspection, testing and maintenance of fire and explosion protection. ​ ​

 

 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5233 Quantitative Risk Assessment 3 credits
This course provides the opportunity to learn about risk, the applications of risk involved with industrial activities, and how to practice risk-informed decision-making and risk management. Because engineering is a decision-making enterprise, a decision-making way of thinking is used throughout the course. ​ ​
 
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5253 Incident Prevention & Emergency Management 3 credits
This course covers the following topics: natural and man-made emergencies and disaster; managing and planning, controlling, financial risk in major accident hazard; fire emergency response; communication and evacuation procedure; emergency operation and management; emergency plan and preparedness; incident investigation and use of incident statistics ​ ​
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5223 Industrial Hygiene Engineering 3 credits
This course covers the following topics: building and facilities; ergonomics, material handling, and storage; machine guarding; welding; electrical hazards, and noise. ​ ​
 
Course Code Module Credit Hour
OAM5263 Environmental Risk & Impact Assessment 3 credits
This course explains the container and spill management and containers of hazardous waste. The course also covers topics on the cleanup of spills and hazardous waste site emergencies. The environmental control, noise, and environmental impact assessment will also be discussed. ​ ​

 

Career Opportunities 

Students graduated from this programme will be highly knowledgeable in the area of Process Safety where it will always remain one of the most important areas of focus for many industries such as oil and gas industry, petrochemical/chemical/pharmaceutical industry, consultant, regulatory/authority bodies and R&D scientific bodies.


Example careers relating to this programme may include; Safety Engineer, Process Safety Engineer, Risk and Safety Manager, Process/Technical Safety Engineer, HSE Lead Engineer, Risk Analyst, Safety Consultant, etc. 

 

CONTACT

Programme Manager

Dr Azizul Bin Buang
Email : azizul.buang@utp.edu.my

 

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Updated as of 26 April 2021​