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Chemical Engineering and Chemistry BSc(Hons) 2014-15

At a Glance

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Start date:
22 / 09 / 2014

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Places Available:
30 (this number may be subject to change)

Course Type:
Full Time / Sandwich

Entry Requirements
•  280 points at A level with minimum C grades in Chemistry and Mathematics.
•  All candidates must have a pass in GCSE Mathematics at grade C or equivalent.
•  We welcome applications from candidates with Edexcel/BTEC or non standard qualifications.
•  We consider all applications individually.

Admissions Assistant
Tel: 01484 473867

The course

In the chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries chemists devise new synthetic routes for products on a small scale while chemical engineers transform these reaction conditions so that the products can be manufactured on a large, industrial scale. Good communication between chemists and chemical engineers is essential and a graduate with knowledge of both subjects has excellent employment opportunities in this field.
This course has an optional year in industry allowing you to see your subject in action in the real world. As well as gaining an extensive knowledge of chemical engineering and chemistry, this course will show you how to develop logical reasoning and an imaginative approach to solving problems, along with the flexibility necessary to live and work in a changing world.

Course content

Practical skills are developed throughout the course and you will get hands on experience of a wide range of experimental techniques and instrumentation, including pilot plant equipment. You may select to spend the third year in industry or you can choose to go directly into the final year. Three key topics of chemistry - organic, physical and analytical - are studied in depth and graduates will have career opportunities in all of these areas. 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

+ 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 study the development of the industry that produces these chemicals and uses these processes. You’ll be introduced to key software packages and learn the skills that will enable you to select the right process for a specified operation. The study of mass and energy balance will be critical. Practical reports (20%), a computing exercise (20%) and an exam (60%) will assess your ability in these areas.

+ Inorganic Chemistry 1

This module introduces you to the chemistry of the elements including the earliest events in the universe and the formation of all the elements in stars. The module examines the structure bonding and properties of the elements and simple inorganic materials. You’ll also investigate the main group elements in more detail in this module. Your learning experience will also be augmented by some introductory chemistry practical work, which will involve experimental techniques. The practical reports make up 20% of the module assessment and half the coursework. A MCQ test completes the coursework (20% of the module mark) and a final examination covering material for the whole academic year (60% of the module mark).

+ 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. Your learning will be further enhanced in a designated block of practical exercises (this element of the coursework is worth 20% of the module mark), which also develops your hands-on practical skills. The theoretical aspects of the module are assessed in a time constrained test (coursework worth 20% of the module mark) and a final exam (worth 60% of the module mark).

+ 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) worth 40% and an end of module exam worth 60% of the module mark.

+ Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of fluid flow and heat transfer with emphasis on practical design and rating calculations. You’ll gain a firm understanding of heat transfer mechanisms and their application to the design of heat exchanger technologies. You’ll also explore a range of concepts concerned with flow through pipes and piping equipment including flow control, flow regimes, friction in pipe flows and measuring fluid flow rates. This module also provides an important foundation for the study of transport phenomena later in the course. Assessment is by coursework (20%), lab work (20%) and exam (60%).

+ 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.
Assessment is by six end of section in-class tests (three each in terms one and two) contributing 40% towards the overall module mark, and one 2 hour end of module exam contributing 60% to the overall module mark.

Year 2

+ Transport Processes and Unit Operations

In mass transfer operations you’ll look in more detail at unit processes such as distillation, gas absorption, liquid-liquid extraction and the drying of solids. You’ll need 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 an end-of-session exam (60%), a written assignment (15%) and practical work (25%).

+ 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 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 40% coursework (25% practical reports, 15% in-class test) and 60% formal exam.

+ Solid-Fluid and Particle Handling Systems

In this module, you’ll learn about particle and fluid mechanics. Particle motion, particle size analysis and the handling and processing of solids and fluids are important areas in many processes. You’ll achieve expertise in these areas by studying sedimentation, flocculation, centrifugation, elutriation, fluidisation, fluid flow through particles, mixing and mixers, crushers and hoppers. By the end of the module, you’ll be in a position to select units of operation for the separation, mixing or handling of solid, liquid and gas systems. Your abilities in these areas will be assessed by an end-of-session exam (60%), a problem-solving assignment (15%) and practical work (25%).

+ Chemical Engineering Design 2

In this module, you’ll 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 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 laboratory reports and an oral presentation (50%) and an end of session exam (50%).

+ 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 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 practical exercises take place in term two (this is coursework worth 15% of the module mark). At the end of term one, a written assignment (coursework worth 15% of the module mark) will be set. The module assessment culminates in a final exam (worth 70% of the module mark).

+ Physical Chemistry 2

Building on Physical Chemistry I, you’ll firstly 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 (worth 70% of the module mark) and coursework worth 30% of the module mark).

Year 3 sandwich:
Supervised Work Experience (optional)

Year 3 full-time/Year 4 sandwich

+ 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 their projects in light of the current state of the field of research and spend one day per week undertaking the research. There are a wide range of different projects available, from developing light-harvesting devises 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 (50%), project dissertation (40%) and an oral presentation (10%).

+ 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 will present technical material that you have designed using the skills acquired from all of your other modules. You will 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 will be assessed via a design portfolio comprised of teamwork and individual tasks (90%) and via a group presentation (10%).

+ Reactor Design and Reaction Engineering

This final year module will equip you with the skills that you need to design, operate and analyse batch, semi-batch and continuous reactors. You will consolidate the understanding that you gained in earlier modules and use it to carry out mass and heat balances. You will use the data obtained to justify your selection of reactor types for various processes, including continuous stirred reactors, tubular flow reactors, reactors in series or parallel, catalytic reactors, autocatalytic reactors, fluidised bed reactors and bioreactors. This final year module will be assessed by an end-of-session examination (75%), a short assignment (10%) and practical work (15%).

+ 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 learn how to differentiate between competing reaction mechanisms. Your ability to determine a reaction’s mechanism will be assessed in a short test (worth 25% of the module mark). You’ll also be introduced to contemporary preparative methods for the synthesis of organic compounds. Your understanding of both mechanisms and synthesis will be assessed in an exam (worth 75% of the module mark).

+ 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. Assessment is via a short, mid-year test (25%) and a final exam (75%).

+ Inorganic Chemistry 3

In this module you’ll build upon material covered in the earlier inorganic modules. The module 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. Assessment of the module is primarily through end of year exam (75%) along with coursework (25%).


We believe that the placement option of this degree is an invaluable experience as it provides that vital element of relevant work experience which so many employers demand. Many graduates have been offered full-time jobs by their placement employers. Equally importantly, over the years we have seen how it has boosted students self-confidence and their performance in the final year.

We will provide guidance and support to help you secure a placement. Supervised, salaried placements are available in a wide variety of chemistry related organisations such as pharmaceutical companies, chemical manufacturers, food companies, hospital laboratories and research organisations both in the UK and abroad.

Career opportunities

This is a new course, but graduates from the BSc(Hons) Chemistry with Chemical Engineering course have gone on to work in research and development, management, production and process control, marketing, technical writing and teaching.

Some have secured employment with large companies involved in pharmaceuticals, oil, plastics, agrochemicals, metals, textiles, glass, paint, cosmetics, printing and food and drink.

There are also opportunities in the following industries: gas, coal, electricity, steel, water, health, forensic science and atomic energy.

Professional links and accreditations

We are working towards accreditation with the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Teaching and assessment

•  Contact hours are typically 10 hours lectures/tutorials and 7–11 hours practical/workshops per week. Additional learning materials are provided on the University’s Virtual Learning Environment.

•  The Academic Skills Tutor in the School of Applied Sciences can provide extra help with report writing, revision and examination technique, numeracy skills, etc.

•  Modules are assessed by a range of methods, including written exams, problem solving exercises, assessment of laboratory skills, multiple choice questions (mainly in your first year), oral and poster presentations and written reports.

How much will it cost me?

At the University of Huddersfield, we have worked hard to ensure that we offer fantastic value for money. The University of Huddersfield is debt free, meaning every penny you spend on your education is re-invested in you.

In 2014/15, the tuition fee for students at the University of Huddersfield will be £8,250*. Your 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, please see Fees and finance.

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*At the time of publishing, the government had yet to confirm full details of fees/funding for 2014/15. The fee we charge in 2014/15 may be subject to change, as it is dependent on government fees/funding policy changes. In subsequent years it will be subject to inflationary increases. Please bookmark this page and refer back for up-to-date information. Information updated 22.1.13


For details of course fees please call the Student Finance Office on 01484 473904

Other information

*The laboratory facilities and equipment for undergraduate experiments in organic, inorganic and physical chemistry are on a par with many chemistry departments in the country. What really sets us apart from other departments is the range of equipment which is available for you to use in our analytical and chemical engineering laboratories.


If you are 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) or 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 programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

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