Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Chemical Engineering with Pharmaceutical Science (Sandwich Placement)

BSc (Hons) Sandwich 4 years

There is possibly no better time to be a scientist or engineer involved with pharmaceutical manufacture.

There is possibly no better time to be a scientist or engineer involved with pharmaceutical manufacture.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code H81B
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BSc (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton School of Sciences

Why choose this course?

There is possibly no better time to be a scientist or engineer involved with pharmaceutical manufacture. Modern medicine production relies on the work of chemical engineers and scientists, they help to discover and develop new drugs and treatments, manage resources, protect the environment and control health and safety procedures. This chemical engineering course provides for a deep understanding of chemical processes and also the products resulting from chemical reactions.  The collaboration between chemical engineering and the pharmacy department is incredibly well timed as UK manufacturers are announcing an unprecedented number of new drug that they wish to take to market.

On the course, you will learn how base formulations have active ingredients added in a safe and cost effective way. These formulations will then require bulk manufacture to supply global demands Chemical engineers understand how to alter the chemical, biochemical feedstocks to create a range of products diverse and effective biologically active products.

The course covers chemistry, the engineering and the action of existing and novel drugs.

What happens on the course?

At each level of the course you will study a core of main pillars of Chemistry (Inorganic, Organic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry together with selected aspects of Pharmaceutical Science.


Level 4

Introduction to chemical Engineering

Thermodynamics and fluids

Engineering Mathematics

Unit operations

Physicochemical Nature of Drugs

Molecular Basis of Life


Level 5 

Transport processes

Reaction Engineering

Unit processes

Mathematical modelling              

Practical Pharmaceutical Techniques

Principles of Drug Development and Formulation


Level 6 

Design/research project

Environmental Engineering

Control Engineering       

Quality Assurance & Laboratory Management   

Advanced Pharmaceutical Formulation

Course Modules

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Under the direction of the IChemE, The University of Wolverhampton established a new chemical engineering degree programme in 2015. The new course is set within the Science base of subjects at the Wolverhampton’s City Campus and offers exceptional resources and support for would be chemical, petroleum and process engineers.

The establishment of the course, one of only a handful of new courses in the whole of the UK, was a real coup for Wolverhampton and helps form a real powerhouse of chemical engineering education in the West Midlands. The new department is embedded within the School of Engineering, which is currently receiving an injection of £10m for new facilities and laboratories. However, Chemical Engineering also sits along side other new courses in Chemistry and Physics and has strong teaching and research links with the Mathematics department. These strongly allied subjects now deliver a coordinated scheme of Physical Sciences education to the region and the country. To help the delivery of our STEM courses we have just completed new Chemical Engineering Design Centre, along side brand new specialist laboratories. The design centre offers Chemical and Petroleum Engineering students a dedicated space with industry standard software, technology and support. More developments to extend the specialist laboratories are planned for 2016/17. In addition to the facilities in Engineering Chemical, and our site in Telford, our students are also taught in the new £25m Rosalind Franklin building which is a regional centre of excellence in science teaching and research.

Our aim is for graduates to be ready for employment. We provide additional opportunities for students to gain employability skills, with employability workshops and awards as part of the course. In addition, we are constantly building and maintaining links with regional, national and international employers and regularly have speakers from prominent industries and other academic partners. Indeed, several highly experienced industrial experts hold honorary and visiting positions with us; and regularly share their experience and knowledge with our students.

Wolverhampton offers a vibrant, up to date learning environment, which is supported by the community, the University plus a dedicated and enthusiastic staff who want to see our students succeed. This along with the latest polls of salary scales for petroleum and chemical engineering make Wolverhampton the place to be. “Engineers took seven of the top ten spots in NACE’s April survey, which is based on data from 400,000 US employers. Petroleum engineers earned the most with an average starting salary of £60,323. Chemical engineering graduates were ranked third, after computer engineers, with a healthy starting salary of £43,612.”

We believe in supporting our students whilst they learn. This means we offer:

  • All core textbooks for first and second year are available electronically and in the university learning centres
  • Software licences for industry standard software are available across the campus
  • All Personal Protective Equipment equipment provided free of charge
  • Free UK field trips
  • For every student, up to four years of student membership/associate entry for the IChemE is paid for by the department

We will give you four things: 

  1. We will give you the knowledge and understanding to appreciate how processes make products.
  2. We will give the analytical skills to solve problems when they occur
  3. We will give you the communication skills so that your message can be heard clearly and globally if needs be.
  4. We will give you the confidence to succeed



As with many, if not all, chemical engineering department we cannot guarantee placements.  This is because years in the chemical industry are highly competitive.  However, we will make you highly competitive and help in any way we can in finding, applying and getting placement years, summer internships and seeing how the world of chemical engineering really works

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12000 per year 2019-20
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

  • A-level minimum of AA or CCC to include Mathematics with minimum grade C
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science grade MMM or BTEC National Diploma grade DD will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants will be expected to have studied at least two Chemistry related modules.
  • Pass Access to Science HE Diploma full award (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 24 at merit of distinction.
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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