Postgraduate - taught prospectus

Formulation Science, MSc

This Formulation Science MSc is multidisciplinary and unique in the UK in offering a depth of knowledge in the science of formulating new products.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • Study the first MSc in Formulation Science in Europe.
  • Benefit from industrially relevant content and guest lectures from major industrial partners.
  • A high proportion of our graduates go on to doctoral study.


Pharmaceutical, Chemical & Environmental Science



  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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.

Teaching and learning methods

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 while 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.

Career progression

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
  • Provide an understanding of how the interaction between different components in a formulation affect the quality of a finished product
  • Develop team work and problem solving with an emphasis on an industrial context
  • Provide direct, hands-on practical research experience of currently relevant problems.

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

A BSc honours degree normally at 2.2 or above, or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy or pharmaceutical science

OR substantial workplace experience.

Students educated in a language other than English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent.

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

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Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

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Financial support

Additional information


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.


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.

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