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MSc in Process Safety

JPT/BPP(N/540/7/0015)12/20

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Introduction

The programme has been designed to accommodate the ever increasing demand and a shortage of process safety professionals in Malaysia and also in Asia Pacific region. The recent statistics in this region show a tremendous development of Major Hazard Installations indicating the requirement for more industrial practitioners who could manage process safety hazards. 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. Therefore, by working closely with well-known process safety institutions and experts, we have cooperatively and collectively developed a distinguished and leading MSc Process Safety programme in this region. 
 

Programme Objective

The objective of the programme is to produce graduates who are able to apply process safety knowledge and manage risk towards prevention, mitigation and response of major accidents and losses in process installation.

 

Programme Outcomes

The aim of offering an MSc in Process Safety is to provide graduates and practicing engineers with advanced knowledge for safer design and operation of processing plant to prevent major accidents specifically fire, explosion and toxic release. Therefore, upon graduation the candidates shall be able to:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge and skills in process safety for safer design and operation at all asset lifecycle stages.
  2. Investigate, analyse and solve process safety issues based on interpretation of available data and synthesis of relevant information including lesson learned from previous major accidents.
  3. Utilize a range of tools, techniques and methodologies to identify, manage, and control process safety issues.
  4. Comprehend professional responsibilities and identify technical and legal requirements for process safety practices.
  5. Communicate effectively on process safety activities as individual, member or a leader in a team with the engineering community and society at large.

 
Why you should join our MSc in Process Safety
  • ​The programme is aimed to produce graduates with advanced knowledge and specific skills on process safety to manage risk at all process lifecycle. The knowledge will focus towards prevention, mitigation and response to major accidents and losses due to fire, explosion and toxic release in a process installation. 
  • A major component of the programme is understanding and managing risk. Students will be exposed to real-life case studies and hands-on in applying tools and techniques to identify, assess and manage risk, taking factors such as process operations and human factors into account. 
  • The programme will produce highly employable Process Safety professionals who understand industry pressures and have a detailed understanding of operational safety and risk assessment.
  • Each module is designed as a modular course to fulfil any Professional Development programme which gives graduates a tremendous opportunity to further their career for a specific competency.
  • The instructor of the modules will be a blend of experienced UTP and Process Safety practitioners from industries (through Adjunct Lecture program opportunity) to enhance the understanding of both theoretical and applied.
  • The programme can be studied part time to suit the needs of industry professionals already working in the field.
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Course Duration and Offering

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

ModeMinimum DurationMaximum Duration
Full-Time18 months36 months
Part-Time​24 months48 months
     
 
Fee Structure
           
Programme Curriculum Structure         
​SEMESTER 1 ​
​Course NameCredit Hours​
​Principles of Process Safety Management ​4
​Principles of Hazard Analysis Risk Management ​3
​Technical Elective 1 3​
​Research Methodology 2​
Credit Hours 12​

SEMESTER 2 ​
​Course NameCredit Hours​
Human Factors3
Safe Design & Operation4
Industrial / Research Based Project10
​Management Elective 12
Credit Hours19
 
SEMESTER 3 ​
​Course NameCredit Hours​
System Safety Engineering3
Technical Elective 23
Technical Elective 33
​Management Elective 22
Credit Hours
 
Programme Module Synopsis
Module: Principles of Process Safety Management 
No of Credits: 4
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.
 
Module: Principles of Hazard Analysis & Risk Management
No of Credits: 3
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
 
Module: System Safety Engineering
No of Credits: 3
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 its effects and LOPA will also be discussed.
 
Module: Safe Design and Operation
No of Credits: 4
This course is aimed to enhance students’ knowledge of the designs for process safety strategies, a layer of protection and inherently safer design strategies. The course also covers topics on the pressure relief system, sizing, relief piping and disposal system. The designs to prevent fire and explosion, dust explosion and runaway reaction will also be discussed.
 
Module: Human Factors
No of Credits: 3
The course is explaining how human factors influences human behaviour in a way which 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.
 
Module: Fire & Explosion Engineering
No of Credits: 3
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 protections.
 
Module: Industrial Hygiene Engineering
No of Credits: 3
This course covers the following topics: building and facilities; ergonomics, material handling and storage; machine guarding; welding; electrical hazards and noise.
 
Module: Quantitative Risk Assessment
No of Credits: 3
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.
 
Module: Process Plant Integrity & Reliability
No of Credits: 3
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.
 
Module: Incident Prevention & Emergency Management
No of Credits: 3
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
 
Module: Environmental Risk & Impact Assessment
No of Credits: 3
This course explains about 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.
 
Module: Corrosion Engineering
No of Credits: 3
This course covers corrosion principles & theory, forms of corrosion, corrosion prevention, corrosion testing, and corrosion in specific environments.​
 
 
Career Opportunity
Students graduated from this programme will be highly skilled and 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 industry, 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 Buang

Email: azizul.buang@utp.edu.my