Student experience

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Formulation Engineering adopts a student focused approach. Students’ development to become the future leaders in academia and industry in formulation engineering is at the heart of its activity.

Johnson Matthey Placement - Giuseppe Forte

I am currently a third year EngD student working on a project on innovative in-process measurement techniques at Johnson Matthey (JM).

My placement at JM is a completely new, challenging and exciting way to be part of an industrial top-level technology centre. I also get to work side by side with experienced scientists and engineers.

My industrial experience has allowed me to visit JM’s different sites across the UK and Europe, carry out trials at different scales, and to collaborate with different departments and divisions. I feel the placement has given me a variety of news skills - helping me to improve myself, not only technically as an engineer, but also my interpersonal skills.

The courses at the University have given me the opportunity to continue my process of learning - focussing on topics that have helped me in my research or simply that have enriched my knowledge in new fields.

Ethics Training

All current EngD Students have completed the online training course to be found on the University of Birmingham website at

The EngDs will also complete Ethics Training provided by their Industrial Sponsors.


So what happens to the Research Engineers after graduation? Some have remained with their sponsoring companies, whilst others have joined other companies that sponsored projects at the University. But over 75% of our graduates remain in the field of Formulation Engineering whilst some have moved into equally rewarding sectors.

Discover the career paths of our recent graduates.