Chemical Engineering and Chemistry BSc(Hons) 2017-18

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About the course

Chemistry is the central science and is fundamental in the manufacture of everyday products like pharmaceuticals, personal care products, fuel, clothing, packaging and components for electrical devices. Chemical engineering deals with the factors involved in the scale-up of chemical reactions and the design of reactors for industrial manufacturing processes.

This course has been designed to bridge the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, and offers a grounding in the key concepts of chemical engineering. It offers you the opportunity to gain the knowledge to effectively speak the language of both subject areas.

The course has been designed with a four-way split between organic, inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry. As well as having the opportunity to gain knowledge of chemical engineering and chemistry, this course shows you how to develop logical reasoning and an imaginative approach to solving problems.

Our teaching staff are educated to doctoral level in their respective subject areas and have expertise in specialist areas of chemistry and chemical engineering. You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using scientific instrumentation in our modern chemical sciences labs. In the third year of your course, you'll also have the chance to benefit from a work placement, offering you the chance to see your subject in action in the real world. This could help you to gain relevant real-world experience and enhance your future employment prospects.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

UCAS code:

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Course type:

Full Time inc. placement year


Clearing helpline:
03301 232 277

Course content

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You'll have the opportunity to develop your practical skills throughout the course and gain hands-on experience of a wide range of experimental techniques and instrumentation, including pilot plant equipment. You may choose to spend your third year in industry, or go directly into the final year.

Three key topics of chemistry - organic, physical and analytical - are studied in depth. The chemical engineering modules cover all aspects of unit operations, including mass and heat transfer, fluid and solid-fluid flow and separation processes. The course contains two major projects in the final year. The first involves group work in designing a chemical engineering process plant, and the second is an experimental research project.

Year 1

Core modules:

Chemical Engineering Design 1

We are surrounded by important manufactured chemicals that are present in everyday items such as medicines, paints, dyes and household products. Operations such as distillation, extraction, filtration and crystallisation are critical in the manufacture of these chemicals. You’ll have the opportunity to study the development of the industry that produces these chemicals and uses these processes. You’ll be introduced to key software packages and have the chance to learn the skills that enable you to select the right process for a specified operation. The study of mass and energy balances introduces critical skills at the heart of chemical engineering. Coursework, a computing exercise and an exam will assess your ability in these areas.

Chemical Engineering Labs and Inorganic Chemistry

This module covers two distinct areas of learning relevant to chemical engineers: (i) practical chemical engineering laboratory skills; and (ii) an introduction to the chemistry of the elements. The chemical engineering laboratory component of the module gives you the opportunity to engage with the practical laboratory skills in a chemical engineering context. You'll have the chance to learn the skills of safe laboratory practice; data recording, analysis, presentation and interpretation; practical application of fundamental chemical engineering knowledge; and basic technical report writing skills. The inorganic chemistry component of the module introduces you to the chemistry of the elements. Starting with the earliest known chemical events in the universe, this module discusses the elements, their origin, structure and properties before looking at the structure and bonding in and reactions of chemical compounds. The module also encompasses a number of areas of (mostly) main group chemistry including, but not limited to, the constituents of the earth's crust and the chemistry of the atmosphere.

Organic Chemistry 1

In organic chemistry, the focus is on the element carbon. The chemistry of carbon compounds is central to all living organisms. However, thousands of nonliving things (such as drugs, plastics and dyes) are also carbon compounds. This module focuses on the fundamental principles of organic chemistry including structure, bonding, functional groups and the basic language of chemical change. You'll have the opportunity to enhance your learning in a designated block of practical exercises (this element of the coursework is worth 20% of the module mark), which also helps you to develop your hands-on practical skills. Assessment is by coursework and exam.

Physical Chemistry 1

This module gives you an introduction to five key areas in physical chemistry: 1. Ideal and real gases and how temperature, pressure and volume affect the properties of individual gas molecules. 2. Energy changes in chemical reactions and physical processes. 3. Aqueous equilibria involving acids, bases, salts and buffer solutions. 4. Factors influencing the rate of a reaction such as reactant concentration, temperature and catalysts. 5. Applications and properties of catalysts. Lectures are backed up by a series of laboratory exercises. Assessment is via a combination of coursework (practical, multiple choice question test and assignment) and an end of module exam.

Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

This module aims to introduce you to the fundamental concepts of fluid flow and heat transfer with emphasis on practical design and rating calculations. You’ll have the opportunity to gain a firm understanding of heat transfer mechanisms and their application to the design of heat exchanger technologies. You’ll also have the chance to explore a range of concepts concerned with flow through pipes and piping equipment including, flow regimes, friction in pipe flows and measuring fluid flow rates. This module also enables you to develop an important foundation for the study of transport phenomena later in the course. Assessment is by coursework and exam.

Mathematics 1

The module contains a range of basic engineering mathematics including numbers, functions, linear mathematics, calculus and numerical techniques to support the engineering modules.

Year 2

Core modules:

Transport Processes and Unit Operations

In mass transfer operations you’ll have the opportunity to look in more detail at unit processes such as distillation, gas absorption, liquid-liquid extraction and the drying of solids. You’ll be required to master phase equilibria, simple mathematical modelling, process simulation and design calculations, and also be able to assess laboratory derived data. This module is assessed by practical work, coursework and an exam.

Inorganic Chemistry 2

This module builds on your knowledge developed in the Inorganic Chemistry 1 module and introduces the chemistry of the transition metals (d-block). You’ll be introduced to how the d-block metals react to form complexes and how their bonding can explain the optical and magnetic properties observed, in addition to the stability of compounds. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about more advanced types of solid state structure and how to classify solids as semiconductors, metals or insulators. The lecture material is supported by laboratory practical sessions, which reinforce and aid understanding of the theory delivered in lectures. The module is assessed by coursework and formal exam.

Chemical Engineering Design 2

In this module, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake more practical work than in the other Year 2 modules and bring together information leading to the safe, team-based, operation of different pilot plants, including an introduction to biotechnology. You’ll have the chance to encounter examples of process economics, materials and production costs, raw materials, organisational structure, finance, marketing, capital planning and account balance sheets. You’ll be assessed by coursework and an examination.

Organic Chemistry 2

The module builds on the fundamental principles explored in the Organic Chemistry 1 module. The knowledge and ability to form carbon-carbon bonds under controlled conditions is an essential skill that all aspiring organic chemists should possess, and this is a major focus that you’ll have the opportunity to explore in this module. You’ll also delve into other aspects of synthetic chemistry, such as the use of a wide range of inorganic compounds that provide a valuable resource to the organic chemist. The skill of designing logical processes to synthesise target molecules is also introduced. A short series of related assessed practical exercises take place in term two. At the end of term one, a written assignment will be set. The module assessment culminates in a final exam.

Physical Chemistry 2

Building on Physical Chemistry I, you’ll study the behaviour of electrolyte solutions. This is followed by both equilibrium and dynamic electrochemistry and electrochemical processes. The second law of thermodynamics will be applied to chemical systems, describing the driving forces for reactions and the factors controlling chemical equilibria and phase equilibria. Colligative properties of solutions will be covered, as will the properties of colloidal systems. A major practical component is included to illustrate these topics. The module is assessed by exam (and coursework.

Chemical and Biochemical Reaction Engineering

This module gives you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills for the design and analysis of chemical and biochemical reactors, building on key concepts of reaction kinetics and basic reactor design introduced in the first year. It also enables you to acquire the further skills needed for the solution of complex problems encountered in the process industries. The effects of non-ideal flow conditions and fixed or fluidized bed catalytic reactors are also covered. The module is assessed by practical work, coursework and an examination.

Year 3 - optional placement year

Supervised Work Experience

This optional placement year gives you the opportunity to experience employment within an organisation related to your chosen course. The placement is usually 48 weeks in duration. Placements may be available both within the UK and abroad.

Final year

Core modules:

Chemistry Project - Experimental Design

The project module involves you developing an independent research programme. Academic supervisors will outline the aims of the project and direct you to the most recent literature. You’ll plan your project in light of the current state of the field of research and spend one day per week undertaking the research. There's a wide range of different projects available, from developing light-harvesting devices to the synthesis of new antibiotics. There may also be an opportunity to work within companies based at the University. The module is assessed by continual assessment, project dissertation and an oral presentation.

Chemical Engineering Design Project

This module is designed to give you exposure to the design process from concept to design. In many ways, it is the culmination of your study. Working in a team, led by an academic project manager, you'll present technical material that you have designed using the skills acquired from all of your other modules. You'll be encouraged to consider mass and energy balances, plant item design (piping, pumps, reactors, heat exchangers), process simulation, plant economics, safety (including HAZOP) and environmental impact. Time skills, people skills and other project management skills will be critical. You'll be assessed via a design portfolio comprising teamwork and individual tasks and via a group presentation.

Solid-Fluid Systems and Particle Technology

This module aims to provide you with an introduction to fluid and particle mechanics, methods of solid-liquid and solid-gas separation. It covers the basic concepts related to particle-fluid motion and solid handling including size analysis. It also describes principles of sedimentation, filtration, elutriation, flow of fluids through packed beds of solid particles, fluidized bed, mixing and mixer design, crystallization and drying of solids. You'll be assessed by coursework and an examination.

Organic Chemistry 3

This module draws together the basic concepts of synthesis and reaction mechanisms in the context of providing methods for designing synthetic routes to target compounds. You’ll be able to learn how to differentiate between competing reaction mechanisms. You’ll also be introduced to contemporary preparative methods for the synthesis of organic compounds. The module will be assessed via coursework and an examination.

Physical Chemistry 3

This module has three strands: 1. Synthesis, characterisation and structure property relationships of a series of inorganic and metallic materials. 2. Adsorption at the gas solid interface including theoretical models and surface science characterisation techniques. 3. Synthesis and characterisation of polymeric material. You’ll be assessed by coursework and an examination.

Inorganic Chemistry 3

This module provides you with the opportunity to build upon material covered in the earlier inorganic modules. It focuses on transition metal co-ordination and organometallic chemistry, dealing with structure and bonding on organometallic complexes, reaction mechanisms at transition metal sites, and unifies these concepts in understanding homogeneous catalysis mediated by transition metal complexes. The module also covers spectroscopic and characterisation techniques useful in inorganic chemistry, as well as some inorganic chemistry of biological systems. You’ll be assessed by coursework and an examination.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.


The course offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. We encourage you to gain this real-world experience as it may help to enhance your employability after graduation. We also provide advice and guidance to help you secure a placement.

Career opportunities

Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics for this specific course, 91-94% of graduates from courses in this subject area of chemistry go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.

Graduates may consider careers in research and development, technical writing and teaching, management, production and process control and marketing.

Teaching and assessment

32% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

You'll be taught through a series of lectures, tutorials, problem solving sessions, seminars, practicals and directed reading. Assessment will include written exams and coursework including problem solving assignments, laboratory reports, short tests and oral and poster presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching

How much will it cost me?

The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9,250.

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Course scholarships available – up to £3000. More details.

Further study

Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies. There may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.

Upon successful completion of your undergraduate studies, you may also be interested in training to become a secondary school teacher by taking a PGCE. Look at further details and entry requirements for Science with Chemistry or Mathematics.


If you're an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree course. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant to industry. For more information, see the Research section of our website.

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