The programme comprises 120 credits of taught material. The modules offered are typically intensive one week long courses at the University, with the majority offered at Masters level with a pass mark of 50% (with the exception of the introductory modules).
There are 10 and 20 credit modules available and we usually recommend students taking 50 credits in the first year, 40 in the second year and 30 in the third year (leaving final year free for thesis writing and experiments). 1 credit represents 10 hours of notional learning, so 10-credits is the equivalent of 100-hours, 20-credits of 200-hours and so forth. On average our modules have 30% contact time (academic-led teaching activities such as lectures, seminars, lab work, etc) with 70% student-led independent learning.
We currently offer a suite of courses:
‘Foundation’ modules in process engineering and bioscience to give basic training for those whose first degree did not contain the appropriate material
Core modules in formulation science and engineering, including measurement of structure and process, particle and colloid science, and in the science underpinning molecule delivery.
A ‘Training Need Analysis’ is developed in collaboration with supervisors and modules are selected on the following basis:
- Directly relevant to their research;
- Develop business and transferrable skills;
- Cover areas of Formulation Engineering not taught in the research engineer’s degree or career history;
- Cover new manufacturing paradigms
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.