Formulation engineering is the development and manufacture of formulated products - where function derives from microstructure or nanostructure. This programme is led by our research expertise in this area and equips graduates to pursue careers in multiple sectors.
Chemical engineering is dynamic and evolving, and today extends far beyond its roots in oil and gas processing. It provides solutions to problems facing many sectors, such as food, fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. Key drivers include improvements to product functionality, decreasing cost to the consumer, and increasing process efficiency and sustainability.
Many modern products in these sectors are formulated – their functionality is entirely dependent upon their structure at the micrometre or nanometre scale. This programme explores the factors that influence and control the design, development and manufacture of such products. In addition, we explore the importance of “big data” to the industry in terms of R&D and manufacturing, and the transition to data-driven practices which can be summarised as “industry 4.0”.
Taught material is guided by our research expertise in this area. The School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham is seeking to develop and produce formulated products such as food or pharmaceuticals with novel properties in a sustainable manner. To do this, we collaborate with industry in a variety of sectors.
Our graduates are well prepared for a career in industry or academia and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for formulation and process engineers.
Core modules will give you an advanced understanding of advanced chemical engineering principles and concepts relevant to formulated products. Optional modules will allow you to develop expertise in specialist areas depending upon your interests.
The research project (MSc only) will allow you to undertake independent research in formulated product design, development or manufacture with world-leading research teams within the school.
Why study a Masters in Formulation Engineering at Birmingham?
In this course, we focus on the principles underlying the design, development and efficient and sustainable manufacture of formulated products, with examples drawn from multiple sectors of the industry. Such products include formulated foods, fast-moving consumer goods, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
Our themed optional modules enable you to specialise in areas of formulation engineering that interest you; from the production and formulation of pharmaceuticals, generation of bioproducts, clean energy including hydrogen fuel cells and thermal energy storage, and the business surrounding chemical and process engineering.
Teaching is led by our world-leading research in formulation engineering, and during the research project, MSc students work within research groups on an original research project in the area of formulated product design, development or manufacture.
Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. With over 35,000 students and 7,000 staff, today we are one of the world’s leading universities. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives – a tradition that this programme proudly continues.
Benefit from our collaborations with world-class industry partners, and international, leading-edge engineering and science departments.
The MSc programme is a one-year full-time course or can be taken part-time over two or more years. Taught modules are delivered in semesters 1 and 2.
If you have not studied chemical engineering before, the programme starts with an introductory 10-credit module to introduce material that will be encountered in the programme.
This is followed by 80 credits of multidisciplinary core modules exploring concepts in formulation engineering relevant to multiple sectors. The properties of colloidal and other non-ideal systems, commonplace in formulated products such as food, are studied with a view to processing and characterisation. Techniques for measurement and characterisation of formulated products are investigated alongside experimental design in an engineering context. Use of big data and the implementation of industry 4.0 are explored. Finally, two modules cover uses of formulation engineering principles in the context of food engineering and formulation.
The above modules are complemented by a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to gain specific knowledge relating to topics such as bioprocessing, energy, engineering business, healthcare technology, fuel cells, and pharmaceutical product development and manufacture. Safety, regulatory and quality issues applicable across the relevant industries are also considered.
You will have the freedom to pick and choose modules from each theme (providing timetabling allows for this).
Finally, in the summer, Masters students undertake an original research project, working closely with a research group within the school. This allows you to consolidate your knowledge in a practical setting and develop practical research expertise. This brings the total credits for the MSc to 180.
Tuition fees for UK students 2021/22
Tuition fees for International students 2021/22
How To Apply
International applicants requiring visasApplications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close July 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.
International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here.
UK and non-Tier 4 applicantsApplications will close in mid-September 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.