Formulation Engineering EngD

Postgraduate combined research and teaching degree programme in Formulation Engineering EngD:

This is an EPSRC-sponsored doctoral research and training programme. You combine a research project based in industry with a Masters-level training and development programme.

The EngD Studentships at the School of Chemical Engineering programme has a 100% employment record and has been recognised by the IChemE as counting towards Chartered Engineer status.

Chemical Engineering is dynamic and evolving. It provides many solutions to problems facing industries in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological, oil, energy and food and drink sectors.  It is vital to many issues affecting our quality of life; such as better and more economical processes to reduce the environmental burden, and more delicious and longer lasting food due to the right combination of chemistry, ingredients and processing.  

Birmingham is a friendly, self-confident, School which has one of the largest concentrations of chemical engineering expertise in the UK. The School is consistently in the top five chemical engineering schools for research in the country. It also has a first-class reputation in learning and teaching, and regularly ranks highly in league tables.

This is an EPSRC-sponsored doctoral research and training programme. You combine a research project based in industry with a Masters-level training and development programme. The programme has been recognised by the IChemE as counting towards Chartered Engineer status.

The training element comprises modules in:

  • Fundamental Science
  • Formulation Methods
  • Teambuilding
  • Business Skills
  • Research Skills

There is a choice of over 35 different modules – mostly at Birmingham – but you can also select specialised modules at the Universities of Newcastle, Liverpool, Surrey and Delft.

Companies participating in the scheme are involved in modern process engineering and the formulation of multiphase structured materials (foods, bioproducts, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and fine minerals). Examples include Unilever, Rolls Royce, Cargill, Johnson Matthey, Imerys and Procter & Gamble BASF, Astra Zeneca, Colgate-Palmolive, Royal College of Defence Medicine, AWE, and Dupont Teijin Films.


The programme has a 100 % employment record. A third of the Research Engineers have been recruited by their sponsors, whilst several Research Engineers now work for companies that did not sponsor their project but support the scheme. But more importantly over 89% are still employed in the field of Formulation Engineering.

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All Modules are held at Birmingham unless otherwise stated.

The number in brackets is the number of credits; 120 taught credits must be taken during the 4–year programme.

Foundation Modules

  • Process engineering fundamentals *1 (10)
  • Bioscience for graduates from other scientific disciplines *2 (10)

*1 May not be taken by someone with a chemical engineering or related degree.
*2 May not be taken by someone with a bioscience or related degree.

Fundamental Modules

  • Modern genome-based bioscience (10)
  • Measurement techniques (10)
  • Colloids and Rheology (20)
  • Supplementary Colloids and Rheology* (10)
  • Molecular delivery (10)
  • Supplementary Molecular Delivery* (10)
  • Mathematical modelling of time-dependent processes (10)
  • Developing food structure through thermal processing (10)
  • Hygienic food processing (10)
  • Food flavour (10)
  • Manufacturing principles in pharmaceutical production (10)
  • From bench to market: the development of pharmaceutical drug products (10)
  • Design and development of drug delivery systems (10)
  • Particle technology (10)
  • AF4 - Food Structure Change through Physical Processing: Low Water Content (Nottingham)
  • UCL1 - Biological Product Formation and Delivery (UCL)
  • SU1 - Clean Technology and Sustainability (Surrey)

* the supplementary modules can only be taken by arrangement with the course director.

Management and Marketing Skills Modules

  • Effective project management (10)
  • Business methods and industrial economics (10)
  • Marketing and quality management (10)

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.

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Fees and funding

Tuition Fees 2019/20 academic year:

  • £4,320 UK/EU students, full-time
  • £2,160 UK/EU students, part-time
  • £21,420 International students, full-time

Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD. You will be able to apply for funding for the 2018 to 2019 academic year in summer 2018.

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Further information is available at the student finance zone.

Scholarships and studentships

We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at postgraduate level.

Additional scholarships can be found in the funding database.

Contact the department for further information.


For students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in Chemical Engineering, Biological or Physical Sciences, or Mathematics. Learn more about entry requirements

International students:

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about  international entry requirements

English language

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following English language qualifications are required:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall, with 5.5 minimum band score
  • TOEFL: 80 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • PTE Academic: 51 in all four skills

Further information about postgraduate English language requirements, including alternative qualifications considered and Pre-Sessional English.

How to apply

Learn more about applying.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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This is an EPSRC-sponsored doctoral research and training programme. You combine a research project based in industry with a Masters-level training and development programme. 

The Engineering Doctorate in Formulation Engineeringwas established in 2001 with a £ 4.5 million grant from the EPSRC and to date has recruited 79 students (65 EngD students or Research Engineers and 14 MRes students).

In September 2009 the Centre was re-funded with a second EPSRC grant of £ 5.5 million to fund an Industrial Doctorate Centre with a further 50 studentships.

The current level of direct industrial support is over £2.5 million with in-kind industrial contributions of approximately £40,000 p.a. per student. Since Sept 2009 seven new Eng.D. projects have started. The scheme currently has 37 registered Research Engineers and 10 one year M.Res. students  (three of whom are supporting themselves)

Company support

Twenty-three different companies have sponsored projects to date including Unilever, Rolls Royce, Cargill, Johnson Matthey, Imerys  and Procter & Gamble, BASF, Astra Zeneca, Colgate-Palmolive, Royal College of Defence Medicine, AWE and Dupont Teijin Films

The scheme is now pushing into Europe with projects based in Unilever in the Netherlands and BASF in Germany. Additionally, we are currently in discussions with many other companies to create new projects, in particular Akzo Nobel, Syngenta, Nestle, Pepsico, Kraft and Tarmac.

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Professional accreditation

The EngD Studentships at the School of Chemical Engineering has been recognised by the IChemE as counting towards Chartered Engineer status.