Formulation Science, MSc

Formulation Science, MSc

The MSc Formulation Science is innovative, multidisciplinary, distinctive and unique in the UK in offering a depth of knowledge in the science of formulating new products, whether these are new pharmaceuticals or consumer care products, paints, foods or fast moving consumer goods.

The programme will allow you to understand the principles of making finished products from a blend of different individual ingredients. Drawing on current examples from the pharmaceutical industry, and using the industrial experience of academic staff, you will also apply these principles to industrially relevant problems in other areas of formulation science, such as consumer products and cosmetics.

This programme involves a series of lectures supplemented by practical lab-based investigations and seminars. Case studies will provide you with the chance to enhance your creativity and problem solving whilst working as part of a team in a way that simulates an industrial setting. A research project in a well-equipped department led by staff with a diversity of research experience will give you the opportunity to carry out novel research and enhance your ability to manage projects and foster independence. Across the degree, you will have the opportunity to communicate your science clearly in a range of forms to a range of audiences and make use of emerging information and communication technologies.

Upon completion of the degree you will have developed a research skills portfolio that will serve as a solid foundation for your continuing professional development in formulation sciences.

Our former graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in a wide range of industrial sectors, from the pharmaceutical sciences to aggrochemical and consumer goods. They have gone on to work for major multinational companies as well as thrive at specialist enterprises. Former graduates have also progressed to study successfully for PhDs.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To enhance the critical, analytical and practical skills relevant to a modern, multidisciplinary formulation industry
  • To provide an understanding of how the interaction between different components in a formulation affect the quality of a finished product
  • To develop team work and problem solving with an emphasis on an industrial context
  • To provide direct, hands-on practical research experience of currently relevant problems.


Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Science


Medway Campus


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A BSc honours degree normally at 2.1 or above, or equivalent in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, pharmacy or pharmaceutical science

OR substantial experience.

* Students who do not have English as their first language, must have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above or an equivalent rating in another recognised language testing system.

* Alternatively, students can enter via the University of Greenwich International Pre-Masters' Programme.

* Applicants from other backgrounds are considered but should e-mail the Programme Leader before application at


Taught courses are assessed by a wide array of techniques from the traditional (such as examinations, coursework assessments and laboratory work) to the innovative: students are expected to produce a portfolio of research skills upon completion of their degree. Case studies reports, oral presentations, group assignments with accompanying discussions will also be used to assess creativity, collaboration and communication skills. There is a laboratory-based project which will be assessed on practical ability and a final written thesis.

Career options

On successful completion of this programme students will be able to work in formulation industries such as pharmaceuticals, consumer healthcare, cosmetics, paints and fine chemicals or go on to higher study such as for a PhD.

Full time

Part time

Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

Chemical, Pharm. & Life Sci.

From forensic science and chemistry to pharmaceutical science and human nutrition. Whatever you choose to study you will be taught by experienced staff in state-of-the-art labs and gain important skills.

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"Doing the MSc Formulation Science at University of Greenwich, with students and staff from a wide range of backgrounds allowed me to get exposed to a rich and a diverse learning environment, the staff are highly experienced and constantly invested in the achievements of their students. I have learned more about the current and the most advanced trends in pharmaceutical industry, polymer science and drug delivery systems, which spurred all the opportunities for my teaching career, I would definitely do it all again if I got a chance to."

Omar Mansour, MSc Formulation Science graduate

" Enrolling in the MSc Formulation Science programme was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Having completed my BSc degree in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego, I was really excited to embark on a global adventure in England. The MSc Formulation Science programme exceeded all of my expectations. The academic and technical staff went above and beyond to ensure that each of their students achieved to their greatest potential. I slowly realised that it was more like a family with a close set of classmates, and academics who genuinely cared about our success and happiness.

I expressed an interest in cosmetic formulation and was given every resource to successfully complete a project involving the antimicrobial preservation of creams under the supervision of Pfizer’s former Vice President of Pharmaceutical Development Science and Technology, Steve Wicks. I could not have asked for a better supervisor, Steve inspired me to excel both academically and professionally. He mentored and taught me the importance of scientific research and management.

The one-year course was intense but it challenged me to push boundaries and excel. Formulation science is such a broad subject that encompasses many facets of the pharmaceutical, personal care, and food industries, thus giving graduates a wealth of knowledge and allowing them to pursue careers in a variety of fields. After graduating, thanks to the support of my incredible supervisor and awesome programme leader, I was given the opportunity to transition from a student to a member of staff as a Scientific Officer in the School of Science!

My social and educational experience at the University of Greenwich was incredibly enriching and rewarding. I made an amazing group of friends, pursued a thesis project of my choice, made extensive industrial connections, engaged in complex pharmaceutical research, attended professional conferences throughout the country, and finished with a job! The long days in the labs, stimulating lecture topics, late night adventures at our historic library and endless evenings at Coopers helped me build memories I will never forget. I could not have wished for a better course. I gained more experience and knowledge in one year than I ever imagined."

Shashi Rudrangi, MSc Formulation Science graduate

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