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Study plan for MAMN-PROSE Separation, fall 2020

Name of qualification

The master's programme leads to the degree Master of Science in Process Technology. It is a two year programme (120 ECTS credits).

Semester

Autumn (main uptake) and spring.

Objectives and content

Exchange of energy is the fundament of process plants. A fundamental understanding of how these energy changes are related to mass exchange and fluid flow is a necessity for the processes, whether it is processes that involves several phases and chemical reactions or changes in conditions of a single phase. It is a goal that candidates from this specialisation should be able to analyze different unit operations with respect to energy- and flow conditions, and be able to combine processes in complete process plants in order to meet specific demands for quality and economics. As part of these goals strong focus is on estimations of thermodynamic data, physical properties and phase transitions by means of industrial methods as well as more fundamental approaches like molecular simulations and modern theories from statistical mechanics.

The Master's programme in separation gives a broad basic understanding of current challenges in the field. The work with the master thesis involves analysing measurements and evaluating the results in light of the hypotheses that are tested. The study will give experience with oral and written presentation of results and theories, and training to read and evaluate relevant scientific literature.

Required Learning Outcomes

After a completed Master¿s degree in Separation the candidate should:

Knowledge

  • be able to analyze various unit operations with respect to the energy and flow conditions and could put together processes in process facilities to meet certain requirements
  • understand how one can estimate thermodynamic data, physical properties and phase transitions using industrial methods and more fundamental approaches such as molecular simulations and contemporary theories from statistical mechanics
  • know the principles for the design and optimization of process facilities
  • know the principles of modeling necessary thermodynamic properties that are central to industrial processes
  • exhibit a fundamental understanding of processes in nature and industry which are unable to reach equilibrium and an ability to establish modelling strategies for these processes
  • a fundamental understanding of thermodynamically controlled prosesses in sediments and reservoirs related to natural gas hydrates
  • show that one has good knowledge in separation in general, and specialized insight in a smaller area connected to the Master degree project

Skills

  • carry out an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a large degree of independence and own initiative, and in coherence with good ethical conduct
  • manage and present scientific data, discuss precision and accuracy and use programming tools to analyse and process data
  • analyse problems in separation and discuss ways to explore these with the aid of theory and experimental methods
  • orient oneself in the scientific community and collect, analyse and utilize necessary knowledge and tools needed to carry out a research project
  • analyse and critically evaluate scientific sources of information and apply these to structure and formulate reasoning and new ideas within separation
  • analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, and in light of data and theories within his/her own field

General knowledge

  • be able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussion about different ways to address and solve problems
  • give good written and oral presentation of scientific topics and results
  • communicate scientific problems, analyses and conclusions within separation, both to specialists and the general public
  • be able to reflect over central scientific problems in his/her own work and other people¿s work

demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values like openness, precision and reliability

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Programme in multi phase flow you need a bachelor degree in petroleum and process technology or the like. The degree needs to fulfill specific admission requirements. 

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify: 

  • Bachelor degree in petroleum and process technology 
  • Bachelor degree in chemistry, physics or mathematics (courses PTEK202 and PTEK100 must be included) 
  • Bachelor degree from the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences with topics covering the admission and grading reuirements (the courses do not need to be part of the degree) 

Bachelor degrees that qualify 

  • Norwegian bachelor degrees in petroleum technology (UiS) and oil and gas technology (NTNU), or equivalent bachelor degrees where courses similar to PTEK202 and PTEK100 are included.  
  • Norwegian bachelor degrees in energy, physics, mathematics, underwater technology, process, machine or safety / fire safety, where courses similar to PTEK202 and PTEK100 are included. 

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Master thesis credits

In consultation with your academic supervisor, you will choose a master¿s thesis (60 ECTS credits) and produce a progress plan containing important milestones for your project. The master¿s thesis can have a theoretical (modelling and simulation) or an experimental character, but often be a combination of the two. External partners (industry, research institutions) are also often involved.

Sequential Requirements, courses

A master's programme in Process Technology - Separation consists of an individual research project (master's thesis) of 60 ECTS credits, and courses or special topics of 60 ECTS credits. Some of the courses are compulsory, while the other courses will be chosen in agreement with the academic supervisor.

Teaching methods

In preparing your master's thesis you will independently use methods and scientific working techniques from the subject field to research a relevant topic. In some cases, analyses of observation data and data from models are very important in addition to theoretical and experimental studies.

Employability

The candidates can be later employed in a wide range of jobs in the process industry, for example within oil and gas, pharmaceutical industry and metallurgical industry. There is also a demand for our candidates as consulting engineers both in state governance bodies and private companies. A master degree can in addition qualify you for a doctoral program.