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Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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Welcome to Chemical Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. We have a long tradition of teaching and research in chemistry dating back to the 1840s, when we were a centre for colour chemistry, supporting the textile and dyeing industries in the area. 

The modern department is a vibrant teaching and research environment covering all areas of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.

Why study chemistry?

Chemistry forms the bedrock of much of the world’s manufacturing for example, pharmaceuticals, electronics, materials, personal care products and polymers. So, as a graduate from a chemistry or pharmaceutical chemistry degree, you could be sought after by a whole host of industries.

Our chemistry courses cover core areas of organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry as well as specialist option modules in the second and final years. These include chemical engineering, biology, forensic science, medicinal chemistry and drug design. Combined with valuable transferrable skills, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to succeed in a wide variety of industrial and commercial settings. Explore the full range of degrees in the chemical sciences at our courses page.

Real world experience

Our courses offer you the opportunity to gain real world work experience through a year’s placement in the UK or abroad. Placements are available across a range of chemical manufacturing and analytical chemistry companies and can help to increase your employability as a graduate.

Research

Science never stops, there is always something new and exciting to be discovered. Our research ensures that our courses are challenging, exciting and thought provoking. We have world class centres of research excellence and specialist facilities that enable research to be conducted by both our staff and students. With final year projects in areas ranging from the synthesis and analysis of pharmaceutically relevant compounds to frontier materials science, you can make an impact as an undergraduate student.

Why study Chemical Engineering?

Chemical Engineering is one of the foundational and widely applied engineering subjects. Your chemical engineering degree will enable you to gain a thorough understanding of chemistry, mathematics, physics and process engineering. You will have the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills which could provide the platform for a career in oil, fine chemical, material, food, pharmaceutical and many other industries.


In chemical and manufacturing industries, chemists devise new synthetic routes on a small scale for pharmaceuticals, fuels, clothing materials and polymers. Chemical engineers transform these reaction conditions so that the products can be manufactured on a large, industrial scale making these discoveries a commercially viable reality. 

Real world experience

Our courses offer you the opportunity to gain real-world work experience through a year’s placement in the UK or abroad. Placements are available across a range of chemical manufacturing and analytical chemistry companies and could help to increase your employability as a graduate.

Research

Our Chemical Engineering academics are engaged with research programmes in areas including the new industrial catalyst systems, fluidised solid catalyst systems and biochemical engineering and biorefining. Through our final year projects you too will have the opportunity to make a real difference.

Meet the students

Click play below to meet Jamie, Dariya and Keil and find out what they thought about studying Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Huddersfield.

Last updated Friday 29 January 2016
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