Following a comprehensive review of teaching and learning in 2019-20,we have designed a programme that is responsive to both academic and industry need.
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%. Students are able to select, with guidance from their supervisor(s), from a wide range of modules that will build on previous learning and bridge the gap between the demands of a taught programme and the more significantly intensive doctoral training.
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. Taught modules (usually 10 credits) are one-week long and are assessed via a combination of written examination and coursework.
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; and
- Cover new manufacturing paradigms (to be delivered in collaboration with partners across the UK)
In addition to technical modules, we train research engineers in the skills they need to operate effectively in an industrial environment.