The MSc Formulation Science is innovative, multidisciplinary, distinctive and unique in the UK in offering a depth of knowledge in the science of formulating new products, whether these are new pharmaceuticals or consumer care products, paints, foods or fast moving consumer goods.
The programme will allow you to understand the principles of making finished products from a blend of different individual ingredients. Drawing on current examples from the pharmaceutical industry, and using the industrial experience of academic staff, you will also apply these principles to industrially relevant problems in other areas of formulation science, such as consumer products and cosmetics.
This programme involves a series of lectures supplemented by practical lab-based investigations and seminars. Case studies will provide you with the chance to enhance your creativity and problem solving while working as part of a team in a way that simulates an industrial setting.
A research project in a well-equipped department led by staff with a diversity of research experience will give you the opportunity to carry out novel research and enhance your ability to manage projects and foster independence. Across the degree, you will have the opportunity to communicate your science clearly in a range of forms to a range of audiences and make use of emerging information and communication technologies.
Upon completion of the degree you will have developed a research skills portfolio that will serve as a solid foundation for your continuing professional development in formulation sciences.
Our former graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in a wide range of industrial sectors, from the pharmaceutical sciences to aggrochemical and consumer goods. They have gone on to work for major multinational companies as well as thrive at specialist enterprises. Former graduates have also progressed to study successfully for PhDs.
The aims of the programme are to:
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Taught courses are assessed by a wide array of techniques from the traditional (such as examinations, coursework assessments and laboratory work) to the innovative: students are expected to produce a portfolio of research skills upon completion of their degree. Case studies reports, oral presentations, group assignments with accompanying discussions will also be used to assess creativity, collaboration and communication skills. There is a laboratory-based project which will be assessed on practical ability and a final written thesis.
On successful completion of this programme students will be able to work in formulation industries such as pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare, cosmetics, paints and fine chemicals or go on to higher study such as for a PhD.
The course covers the process of identifying, developing and testing products in a number of relevant industrial applications from the chemical industry such as colourants, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and foods.
It aims to link the basics of chemical, physical and biological sciences with the design and development of formulated products and assess how the nature and proportion of the formulated components influence product performance in application.
The course includes topics involving colloid science and technology, size reduction, mixing and the stabilisation of dispersions, physico-chemical and biological characterisation of formulations, the formulation of colourants, pharmaceuticals, foods, and cosmetics and the emergence of environmentally friendly and sustainable microbial formulations.
You will study the process of identifying, developing and testing products in a number of relevant industrial applications from the chemical industry, such as colourants, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and foods.
Topics you will cover include:
The course consists of eight taught modules over two trimesters and a formulation based research project undertaken in the third trimester, with delivery through a blended approach of formal lectures and workshops, laboratory work and computer exercises and assessment. The course retains a significant industrial focus, which is underpinned by practitioner led delivery. Students will work with modern, industrially relevant formulation techniques and in particular will develop practical skills in key areas focused on the design and preparation of formulations and in their chemical, physical and biological characterisation.
Students can add a bracketed title of ‘Professional Practice’ to their MSc by undertaking an additional 60 credits of industrial placement over an extra trimester. This will benefit you by being able to immediately apply your new knowledge into the work environment giving you a competitive advantage in the employment market. International students can also undertake our pre-sessional English course over one trimester at the beginning of the course which would allow the MSc to be completed full-time over two years.
Teaching & Assessment
A wide range of teaching methods are used on our Formulation Science course. Some of which include:
You will be assessed in a variety of different ways. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect:
Students who have completed our BSc Pharmaceutical Science degree will follow Route A; all other students will follow Route B.
The MSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry course is delivered primarily in block mode. A blended learning and teaching approach is used to provide you with key and subject specific skills. Typically all modules will consist of a mix of lectures, tutorials, and workshops/practical laboratory sessions. Students are provided with numerous learning activities including written coursework; project work; group work; practicals (with group sizes tailored to the activity); problem solving sessions; self-study assignments; oral and poster presentations; independent study; work related learning and on-line self assessments.
The pharmaceutical chemistry course is full time for one year, and each module is generally around 48 hours of contact spread over two to three weeks. The first term is spent doing mainly taught modules, the second term is for the work placement/project.
Assessments are undertaken on an individual, pair or small group basis, and include:
Pharmaceutical Science is a relatively new discipline and is concerned with fostering a multi-disciplinary approach towards the study of exciting new developments in the chemical, biological and biomedical science areas focusing upon the biochemistry, pharmacology, design, methods of analysis and delivery of pharmaceutical substances.
The course aims to produce high quality pharmaceutical science graduates with the generic, subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the pharmaceutical industry or other related laboratory based scientific discipline.
The course provides two routes, leading to a named award in Pharmaceutical Science, appropriate for students already in, or planning a career in the Pharmaceutical Sciences profession. The other route option is:
Your modules will include:
The course will provide you with a thorough grounding in the basic principles of Pharmaceutical Science and will equip you with the skills necessary for successful postgraduate study.
Pharmaceutical science is well established at Wolverhampton and benefits from a long tradition of teaching and research in the chemical and biological sciences.
This course gives students an excellent opportunity to study core science as well as the modern developments that are occurring at the boundaries between biology, chemistry and clinical practice.
The Pharmaceutical Science course is attractive if you are seeking an academic research career and/or wish to make yourself highly employable as a pharmaceutical scientist, enabling you to specialize in the key area of drug discovery and design.
Specialist modules offer you the opportunity to gain knowledge in key and emerging areas of Pharmaceutical Science, focusing on drug discovery and design.
Research in the Faculty of Engineering and Science has received worldwide praise and recognition. You will get the opportunity to work alongside the faculty's researchers who are recognized internationally in many field of science.
We are continually investing into our excellent research facilities, giving students exposure to specialised equipment including modern scanning electron microscopes and confocal microscopes, organic and inorganic mass spectrometers and numerous items of specialist bench-top analytical equipment.
This programme offers the opportunity to gain a qualification by following a structured route in scientific research. Students can select from a wide range of theory courses appropriate to their individual research topic across the disciplines of chemical and life sciences. It is suitable for students who want to gain a postgraduate research qualification and strengthen their insight into the mechanics of research from both the literature and experimental perspectives.
The university has an extensive network of overseas contacts, with staff based in, or regularly visiting, some 40 to 50 countries. Overseas students are able to obtain an MSc by Research by attending classes for three to four months in the UK at our Medway Campus, with a project based and supervised in their own country, subject to approval by the Faculty of Engineering and Science. Take just a year to complete the programme and enhance your employability - our postgraduate students frequently secure top positions.
The programme comprises taught courses (60 credits) and a research project (120 credits) that may be partially assessed by the publication of an original paper rather than a traditional thesis. Students must also take 60 credits of Master's level courses in order to obtain the award.
Teaching in this department is underpinned by exciting, world-class research activities in all areas. The department has strong research and enterprise interests in medicinal chemistry, analytical chemistry, metabonomics, formulation science, bioactive materials, chemometrics, forensic science, contaminated land remediation, and environmental conservation.
The Medway campus is only an hour from central London, based on the Kent coast in a county known as the Garden of England. It's two stops away from Europe by train, and less than an hour from the local and global pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Aesica. There are several hospitals locally for NHS-based placements and a wide range of private and research laboratories such as those found in Kent Science Park. We create opportunities for students to engage with these organisations.
You can also explore the areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Darland Banks, preserved by the Kent Wildlife Trust, and Cliffe Pools, protected by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Medway is an excellent place to study environmental science.
The aims of the programme are to:
Students are assessed through coursework and a dissertation or a published original research paper.
This programme offers opportunities in the public and private sectors.
The programme is designed to educate, train and cater for the high demand from companies seeking postgraduate students with expertise in formulation, testing and regulations related to the cosmetics industry in the UK and globally.
•The only Cosmetic Science MSc available in the UK
•Designed in consultation with industry to enable students to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills required by cosmetics companies
•Enhance your knowledge of cosmetic products and gain hands-on laboratory experience
•Develop an in-depth understanding of the safety and regulatory requirements
•Potential research opportunities with industry partners
•Acquire business knowledge and skills to create and launch new cosmetic products
The programme has been designed to introduce new concepts, ideas and methods to students, whilst also encouraging them to become more independent thinkers.
Course content is delivered via a combination of interactive lectures, workshops, seminars and project work. Practical skills are developed through a variety of practical activities.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
• Research Methods
Equips students with the necessary core skills to effectively design, plan, perform and report scientific research.
• Formulation and Characterisation of Cosmetics
Covers the application of raw materials and cosmetic formulations.
• Physiology and Toxicology
Gain knowledge and understanding of human physiology and toxicology of raw and active materials used in cosmetic products.
•Safety Assessment of Cosmetics
Covers the regulatory framework, including the chemical safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients in the UK, EU and worldwide.
• Manufacture of Cosmetics
This module covers the scale-up for manufacturing and packaging attributes of relevance to cosmetic formulations. In addition, students will acquire the knowledge, understanding and application of microbiological testing.
• Business Planning for Cosmetic Products
Enables students to analyse and identify a commercially viable cosmetic product and produce a business plan to enable the product to be launched.
• Research Project
An independent, in-depth study of an agreed aspect of cosmetic science researched in an appropriate manner.
This MSc will provide students with the skills and knowledge to allow them to participate effectively in the creation and growth of high-impact pharmaceutical business ventures. Its graduates will be ideally positioned to initiate their own start-up companies or join existing biotech or pharmaceutical businesses.
Students will learn how to develop and assess a new business concept, and how to raise finance for and market a business and its outputs. They will build their scientific skill set by exploring four scientific research areas in pharmaceutics, and will interact closely with and be mentored by those who have direct experience of initiating a start-up business.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits), a scientific research project (30 credits) and a business case development project (30 credits).
Students select three optional modules in term one (from a choice of four), and a further optional module (from a choice of five) in term two.
Students undertake two projects which culminate in two written reports and oral presentations. One is a short laboratory research project, while the second involves the development of a business case for a new pharmaceutical endeavour.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical sessions, as well as industrial visits. Assessment is through a combination of written examinations, coursework assignments and project work.
Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Pharmaceutical Formulation and Entrepreneurship MSc
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates from this MSc find work in various areas of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. They are fully equipped with the skills to start their own businesses, and can approach UCL Innovation and Enterprise to assist with this if desired. Alternatively, they may join small biotech or major pharmaceutical companies, pursue further research in academia, work in consulting, or join world-leading technology companies where there is increasing emphasis on healthcare and the life sciences. For instance, recent graduates have undertaken PhD research at the University of Cambridge or found work with start-ups such as Intract Pharma.
Employability skills are embedded in the programme, with emphasis placed on the development of "soft" skills and a series of workshop sessions organised on CV writing, undertaking interviews, and networking. We make extensive efforts to provide opportunities for students to meet with potential employers. Students from this MSc are highly competitive in the global jobs market.
This programme is unique in equipping students with a broad skill set in both medicines design and entrepreneurship. It is delivered by world-leading academics in both the UCL School of Pharmacy and UCL School of Management.
UCL staff with direct experience of launching a pharmaceutical start-up will teach students best practice and how to overcome the major challenges involved in enterprises of this kind.
UCL’s central London location combines state-of-the-art research with an entrepreneurial dynamic that fosters start-up creation, and provides access to venture capitalists, business angels, and world-leading pharmaceutical companies. UCL Innovation and Enterprise, UCL’s centre for entrepreneurship and business interaction, offers UCL students direct practical support in launching a business.