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Course content

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.

Teaching and learning methods

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.

Career progression

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.

Outcomes

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Enhance the critical, analytical and practical skills relevant to a modern, multidisciplinary formulation industry
  • Provide an understanding of how the interaction between different components in a formulation affect the quality of a finished product
  • Develop team work and problem solving with an emphasis on an industrial context
  • Provide direct, hands-on practical research experience of currently relevant problems.

What you'll study

Full Time

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Colloids and Structured Materials in Formulations (30 credits)

Formulation of Consumer Goods, Cosmetics and Coatings (30 credits)

English Language Support (for Postgraduate students in the Faculty)

Analytical Methods and QA/QC Principles (30 credits)

Project (MSc Formulation Science) (60 credits)

Modern Pharmaceutical Technologies and Process Engineering (30 credits)

Part time 

Year 1: 

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

English Language Support (for Postgraduate students in the School of Science) 

Analytical Methods and QA/QC Principles (30 credits) 

Modern Pharmaceutical Technologies and Process Engineering (30 credits) 

Year 2: 

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses:

Colloids and Structured Materials in Formulations (30 credits) 

Formulation of Consumer Goods, Cosmetics and Coatings (30 credits) 

Project (MSc Formulation Science) (60 credits)

Assessment

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.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

- Postgraduate finance pages (https://www.gre.ac.uk/study/finance/postgraduate)

- International students' finance pages (http://www.gre.ac.uk/finance/international)

Find out how to apply here - https://www.gre.ac.uk/study/apply


Visit the Formulation Science, MSc page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!

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