MSc Future Energy EngineeringSouthwark Campus
Mode: Full-time; Part-time
This course has been developed in response to relevant industry needs and it reflects our strength in research and teaching within this area. The MSc programme benefits from the MEng material for the Chemical Engineering programme to enhance the student experience through greater class sizes and shared learning experiences.
MSc Future Energy Engineering covers both the theoretical knowledge and advanced technical skills in demand from the evolving process and energy engineering sectors and will therefore include both oil & gas as well as renewable technologies. You will study topics such as process management and how this relates to sustainable chemical & process engineering, along with detailed knowledge in process design and simulation, energy integration and optimisation, as well developing an understanding of the limitations of natural resources, how they can be accessed and alternative approaches to a more sustainable energy production.
The course has been developed in response to relevant industry needs and it reflects our strength in research and teaching within this area. The course will develop aspects of sub surface energy reserves, and relate those to technologies that are being used to support ‘green infrastructure’ such as carbon capture and storage.
Why Future Energy Engineering at LSBU?
- Ranked 1st for Student Satisfaction amongst London competitors for Chemical Engineering (Complete University Guide 2021).
- Ranked 1st for graduate prospects in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020).
- LSBU has an enviable reputation for employability and entrepreneurship. Our graduates find opportunities across the world and make an impact where-ever they go.
- Ranked 1st for Learning Opportunities amongst London competitors in Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering (National Student Survey 2020)
1 year + Summer
Core modules develop key chemical engineering skills for those who are new to the subject and further enhance the understanding of chemical engineering graduates. You are offered options in Process Management, Emerging Energy and Sustainability, Advanced Materials Engineering, Process Control and Instrumentation and Process Safety and Hazards. Dissertation stretches from S1, S2 and over the summer.
Part time (PT) students, will follow a similar programme over 2 years.
- Earth resources
This module equips the student with a broad understanding of the major energy sources derived from the earth - fossil fuels and geothermal energy. Starting with fundamental geological concepts and the techniques used to understand the remote subsurface, we explore the impact of fossil fuel and geothermal sources in the energy sector, addressing where these are located and how they are exploited to provide direct energy, transport fuels, chemical feedstocks and electricity. The module covers other earth resources that play a key role in the energy sector (e.g. REE) where they are formed, produced and how they impact the sector.
- Emerging energy and sustainability
This module will focus on the emerging field of renewable power and fuel generation that jointly will reduce the CO2 emission.
Students will learn about various clean energy technologies such as solar, wind, wave/tidal, nuclear power, geo- and solar thermal technologies and biofuels. Further they will learn how biomass is an excellent source of hydrocarbons can be converted to sustainable bio-fuels. The concept of energy density will be clarified and related to various technologies of energy storage such as hydrogen storage, batteries and capacitors. Management tools such as process integration for energy saving and reduced environmental impact will be taught.
- Advanced energy technologies
This module is designed to provide an understanding of the conversion and storage of energy from different sources for the production of power. This includes: the conversion of sunlight to energy; the production of solar fuels; cogeneration, involving the generation of electricity with useful heat recovery; and mechanical, thermal, electrochemical and chemical methods for energy storage. The life cycle assessment (LCA) of our power production is considered, analysing the environmental impacts of each stage of the process. Carbon capture and storage associated with power production is also considered.
- Subsurface engineering
Understand and apply methods of predicting reservoir performance, oil reserves. Understand the engineering principles underlying the design of drilling of oil and gas wells, and the production of hydrocarbons through the separation/ fluid stabilisation process.
This year-long module is the heart of the course where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate, integrate and apply your knowledge of chemical engineering to conduct a research project under the supervision of an expert academic. You will be part of a research team and carry out an experimental, design or simulation work, obtain and analyse your results, and communicate them with means of reports and oral presentations.
- Process management
It introduces the principles of management and the role they play in process design and optimisation. The module also highlights the role of ethics, sustainability and life cycle considerations in the design of processes.
- Safety, health and environment
The module will provide you with the knowledge of: what safety and environmental management are; the major hazards for chemical engineering industry to on-site personnel, and to the surrounding and wider environment; and the skills to apply a range of management techniques to enable safe operation of sites where chemical and process engineering operate.
- Advanced materials engineering
Through this module you learn the importance of material engineering in the process industry for improving performance, efficiency, sustainability and profitability. It describes, through a broad range of industrial case studies, how engineers develop, synthesise and analyse materials to create a range of products with distinct material properties used in industry.
- Process safety and hazards
This module provides you with the knowledge of process safety hazards in the process industries. You develop an understanding of how to identify hazards, and quantify and minimise the associated risks. You will also be equipped with the skills for critically evaluating (existing and new) ideas, designs and procedures from a process safety perspective.
- Process control and instrumentation
The module provides you an overview of the control strategies widely used in the process industry, skills to use industry-standard process control software in the design and analysis of control systems. You also study control strategies for complex systems gain skills enabling you to design and implementation control systems for a wide range of industrial processes.
The principles and skills conveyed by the course will help students develop critical thinking and independent inquiry aptitudes which will enable them to be independent and competent practitioners in their professional life.
The contents of the module will help graduates find employment in the chemical engineering industry, oil and gas industry, energy sector, engineering design, renewable energy and pharmaceuticals industry.
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Teaching and learning
The teaching team in the Division of Chemical and Energy Engineering are experienced and enthusiastic about their teaching and research. We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in chemical engineering, energy engineering, and materials engineering, some with industrial experience.
All modules are taught through a combination of three or more of lectures, tutorials, computer workshop, laboratory practical, seminars and group work which deliver the intended knowledge and understanding, and intellectual/practical/transferrable skills.
You will be encouraged to attend the seminars/events such as those organised externally by IChemE and research seminars at LSBU. Invited guest lectures from industry will deliver presentations at LSBU on relevant and current topics.
All modules apart from Dissertation are assessed through both examination and individual/group coursework, most with the weightings of 60% examination and 40% coursework.
The dissertation is based on 100% coursework where a series of report submission, presentations and viva are parts of the assessment.
Your personal tutor is assigned during the first few weeks of starting the course when the details of all students on the course are clear. Your personal tutor will be your first point of contact should you have any question about the course, academic regulations and the university facilities to support your studies.
The MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering offers a specialisation route for chemical engineering graduates, or a conversion route for non-chemical engineering graduates.
The standard requirement for admission will be a 2.2 or higher first degree in engineering or a physical science from a UK university, or equivalent degree from overseas. Entrants from a science route must, by their degree or otherwise, be sufficiently prepared for the mathematical content of the course. Applicants must also meet the University's standard requirement for English, i.e. IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 580 or equivalent.
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1 year + Summer
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Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT
|UK/EU fee: £9590||International fee: £14470|
|AOS/LSBU code: 5585||Session code: 1FS00|
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