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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

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.

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 affects the quality of a finished product; develop team work and problem solving with an emphasis on an industrial context; and provide direct, hands-on practical research experience of currently relevant problems.

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.

Different course options

Full time | Medway Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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The aim of this module is to develop the necessary analytical practical skills appropriate to the pharmaceutical industry of the 21st Century so that the successful student can act autonomously in planning and implementing critical analyses at a professional level. An additional aim is to familiarise students with current analytical strategies used in pharmaceutical product development and quality control that can also be integral part of many other industries. The module aims to equip students with a systematic understanding of the principles of analysis and the important role Valid Analytical Measurement (VAM) plays in the pharmaceutical or any other industry.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above, or equivalent in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or pharmaceutical science or substantial experience.

Department profile

Faculty of Engineering & Science The historic Medway Campus in Chatham Maritime is home to the Faculty of Engineering and Science. In 2017, the Medway Campus benefited from £50 million investment that has seen the construction of extensive new laboratories and research facilities. Our community of student’s ranges from undergraduate through to taught Masters and PhDs. Our strong international reputation attracts students from around the...more

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