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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.42k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 20.6k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

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    Would you like to impress future employers with your in-depth knowledge of refinery design and operation? Major employers know that the best way to increase the profitability of a refinery is to examine its design and operation and they are keen to employ people who have a deep conceptual understanding of advanced chemical process design for the petrochemicals industry. The course teaches you how clean and efficient processing operations not only help improve the environment but also help industry perform to its full potential.

    * You examine a series of processing steps and how they interconnect to form a complete system which transforms raw materials into desired products with minimal cost and environmental harm.
    * You design integrated crude oil distillation systems and efficient heat exchanger networks and utility systems and integrate refinery hydrogen systems.
    * You learn how to build, solve and validate mathematical models for the simulation, optimisation and control of chemical processes and large refinery systems and use design and modelling software such as Hysys, ProII, Matlab and Aspenplus.

    Who will benefit from the course?

    The course is for recently graduated chemical engineers who wish to develop their understanding of chemical process design in the petrochemical industry and use their skills and knowledge to help future employers increase their profitability.

    What are the benefits to students?

    * Advanced training in the most recent principles and concepts of process design ensure you are up to date with the most progressive ideas in the field
    * Regular feedback from senior businessmen and women from prestigious international companies mean that the course is considered to be of high quality and extremely relevant to industry
    * The qualification you gain will be recognised all around the world and the excellent reputation of the course amongst employers mean that you will immediately enhance your career prospects
    * Training in the use of process simulation software and other software tools means that you graduate with skills which are highly useful to employers
    * The availability of e-learning material enables you to plan your time to study at your own pace - and you can choose between studying full-time at the University or part-time through distance learning
    * You will gain many other skills to make you more employable such as report writing, data analysis and the ability to make presentations.
    * There is the flexibility to choose whether you study for an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate or even a single Unit as a professional training course.

    Module details

    The course can be studied full-time in attendance at the University or part-time by distance learning.

    * The amount of effort required by a student is measured in credits. An MSc requires the completion of 180 credits, a Diploma 120 credits and a Certificate 60 credits.
    * The MSc has two major segments, the taught part and a research project. You study six 15 credit Units and the 30 credit Unit on Research Training Techniques and Methodology. Following the successful completion of these you go on to complete your 60 credit Dissertation Project (total 180 credits).
    * The Postgraduate Diploma requires successful completion of six 15 credit Units and the 30 credit Unit on Research Training Techniques and Methodology (total 120 credits).
    * The Postgraduate Certificate requires successful completion of four 15 credit Units (total 60 credits).
    * Each of the individual Units is available to study as a shorter training course - a great way to learn new skills and enhance your professional development.

    The Units are:

    * Computer Aided Process Design (15 credits)
    * Energy Systems (15 credits)
    * Utility Systems (15 credits)
    * Distillation Systems Design (15 credits)
    * Reaction Separation Systems (15 credits)
    * Petroleum Engineering (15 credits)
    * Research Training Techniques and Methodology - including Design Project (30 credits)
    * Dissertation Project (60 credits)


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    University requirements


    Program requirements

    Full entry requirementsAcademic entry qualification overview: To study MSc, Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate you will need a 2(i) (upper second class honours) first degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent qualifications/experience. Applicants with a 2(ii) will be considered and are welcome to apply.Examples of relevant disciplines for your first degree are: chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial chemistry, environmental engineering, food engineering, petroleum engineering and chemistry. Please enquire if you would like to know whether your first degree is suitable.English language: Applicants who do not have English as their first language will need to demonstrate competency. We generally require applicants to hold one of the following qualifications (although other formal qualifications may be considered): * IELTS: 6.5 (with no sub score less than 5.5) * TOEFL PB: 570 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0) * TOEFL CB: 230 (with a minimum TWE of 5.0) * IBTOEFL of at least 90 If you are offered a place on a course and fail to meet the level of competency required, please contact us. It may be possible to gain admission on the agreement that you attend additional English language classes while you are studying, or prior to commencing your course. English language support is available and we encourage all new international students to attend a free assessment which can help identify any particular needs. For further information contact: englang@manchester.ac.uk .Other international entry requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. See details of entry requirements for your country at: Professional entry qualification: Candidates who have satisfied the educational requirements for admission to the UK Institution of Chemical Engineers can also be accepted. English Language Requirements CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C)
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