Chemical Engineering BEng (Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Build the knowledge and skills to kick-start your career in a wide range of industries on this Chemical Engineering course with optional placement year.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBB

See full entry requirements

UCAS Code

3T5H

Places available (subject to change)

35

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 473867

About the course

Isaac Asimov observed “Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world!” In the past chemical engineering has quietly (or sometimes noisily!) served the material and energy needs of society. But in the 21st century, in the face of global challenges of climate change and fossil fuel depletion, the need is for chemical engineers to change the world by changing the ways in which we meet our needs for food, water, energy and materials.In particular, we need to do this in more joined up ways that produce the right products more cleverly and effectively, understanding the full environmental implications of processing choices, and exploiting interactions for efficiency to give minimum impact and maximum benefit.

Chemical engineering can be viewed as the most applied of the applied sciences, and with opportunities to make a difference in the world. Chemical engineers transform the visions of chemists and biochemists into industrial-scale reality, to make the benefits of new products and processes available to the world.

Our Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons) course provides in-depth coverage of modern, industry-relevant chemical engineering material from the fundamentals through to process design. Our course is strong on chemistry in the context of chemical engineering, on systems thinking and on practical skills, as well as an emphasis on nurturing transferable and employability skills. We offer you the opportunity to gain strong, in-depth and industry-relevant chemical engineering knowledge to help you to play a valuable and rewarding role in this industry and beyond.

Our teaching staff are educated to doctoral level in their respective subject areas and have expertise in specialist areas of chemical engineering, as well as recognised higher education teaching qualifications and awards for excellent teaching. You'll have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience using scientific instrumentation in our modern chemical sciences labs and pilot-scale rigs in our dedicated chemical engineering labs. In the third year of your course, you'll also have the chance to benefit from a work placement to see your subject in action and gain relevant real-world experience to enhance your future employment prospects. So if you’re looking for a career in oil, fine chemical, material, food, pharmaceutical and many other industries, this could be just the course for you.

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

I chose to study the Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons) at Huddersfield course as it’s the perfect combination of chemistry and maths for me. Plus, the career prospects are really flexible. At Huddersfield there’s also a focus on chemistry, so this keeps my options open and also helps to prepare me to speak to Chemists as part of my chemical engineering role.

Jamie-Wordsworth

Jamie Wordsworth, Chemical Engineering BEng(Hons)

Placements


In the third year of this course, you’ll get the chance to step out of the classroom and into the real world on an optional placement year working for an organisation related to your areas of interest. This is when you’ll really be able to see your knowledge in action, pick up invaluable skills for your future career and boost your employability to help you hit the ground running after graduation.

You could stay do your placement in the UK or experience a new culture and work abroad for one year. Where could this year take you?

Well, previous students in the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering subject area have undertaken placements with Tata Steel, Bosch Thermotechnology, Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK, GlaxoSmithKline, Intertek Rolls-Royce, Dechema (Germany) and Agilent Technologies (Spain).

Entry requirements

BBBat A Level including Maths and either Chemistry or Physics. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A-level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

We assess all applications individually.

If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry to this degree you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0).

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Course Detail

Core modules:

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.

Chemical Engineering Design 1

This module is designed to introduce the student to the industrial manufacture of important chemicals and to prepare the student to formulate and solve material and energy balances on chemical systems. It also lays the foundation for subsequent courses in unit operations, kinetics and process dynamics. It concentrates on the principles of operation, construction and selection of equipment in chemical processes. These include distillation, extraction, filtration, sedimentation, gas absorption, evaporation and crystallisation. Laws of conservation of mass and energy, basic principles of fluid flow and heat transfer will be covered. It is also designed to provide an introduction to the use of computing software packages.

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.

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.

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.

The first year of the course covers the key concepts in chemical engineering and the underlying chemistry with lectures supported by tutorial and workshop classes along with practical laboratory sessions. Years 2 builds on the first year and covers industry-relevant areas of chemical engineering, process and plant design. The final year incorporates a major chemical engineering design project that provides the opportunity to gain experience for those entering the chemicals industry sector. As with all our courses, you also have the option of incorporating a Supervised Work Experience placement in the third year of the course.

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, seminars, workshops, problem solving sessions, practicals and directed reading. Assessment will include written exams and coursework including problem solving assignments, practical work, 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

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 480 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification, or 360 credits if you choose not to take the supervised work experience year. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition. 

So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

* Whilst this is a new course and therefore no graduate statistics are available, 90-93% of graduates from courses in this subject area go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (DLHE Survey 2014/15).

90-93%Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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.

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