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Unit Operations Laboratory

Summer School of Chemical Engineering, 5 ECTS

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 weeks


This course is attractive for chemical and biochemical engineering students who want to get practical experience with common unit operations. The Prerequisites are two to three years BSc study in chemical or biochemical engineering and fundamental knowledge within heat transfer, fluid mechanics and mathematics. 

Career Opportunities

The course especially targets students who might have an interest in enrolling in SDU’s MSc. program within chemical, biochemical or functional materials engineering, but will of cause be of interest to BSc. engineering students within these fields in general.

MSc in Chemical Engineering
MSc in Chemistry

About the Degree

During the course, you will do practical laboratory scale experiments combined with spreadsheet treatment of the data obtained within
  • Heat transfer in heat exchangers
  • Filtration on filter presses
  • Reverse osmosis filtration
  • Drying of solids using tunnel tray dryers
  • Characterization of gas and liquid particle fluidization
  • Characterization of packed absorption column hydrodynamics
The course will include:
  • One day lectures on safety instructions, report writing, and spreadsheet introduction
  • Three days laboratory exercises (in smaller groups) with supervision by course instructor and technical staff
  • Five days’ work with data treatment and reporting with supervision by course instructor, and participation in a course seminar with presentation of selected results
  • Company visit
During the course, you will meet the chemical engineering staff, and there will be a short presentation of main research areas and the MSc program in Chemical Engineering at the department.

Teaching and Instruction methodThe Faculty of Engineering has adopted a student-centered approach to learning, and teaching is based on problem based project work. Students participate significantly in class and carry out experimental work in small teams. The experimental work, data analysis and reporting will be done in teams of 3-4 persons.The evaluation will be based on the technical reports and the presentation of selected results.


  • You must have completed two years of engineering studies in chemical or biochemical engineering.
  • Mathematics at the level of first year university math, a course in Chemical Unit Operations, Heat Transfer and Mass transfer at the bachelor level is specifically required. General computer skills. Students are required to bring their own laptop computer with appropriate software: Word-processor, spreadsheet etc.  
In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. Read about the language requirements of the University of Southern Denmark

Apply directly at the University of Southern Denmark with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact The University of Southern Denmark directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


There is a tuition fee for all full-time degree students who hold a citizenship from outside of EU/EAA/Switzerland.  

Students within an exchange programme are not required to pay tuition. 

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System 



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