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Our Formulation Science course aims to link the basics of chemical, physical and biological sciences with the design and development of formulated products and assess how the nature and proportion of the formulated components influence product performance in application.

Our course builds on provision in physical sciences. It complements the current suite of MSc courses and is aligned with industrial opportunities and the research strengths/experience of staff in the Science & Sport School.

The course includes topics involving colloid science and technology, size reduction, mixing and the stabilisation of dispersions, physico-chemical and biological characterisation of formulations, the formulation of colourants, pharmaceuticals, foods, cosmetics and the emergence of environmentally friendly and sustainable microbial formulations.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

An appropriate Honours degree in Chemical Sciences or Chemical Engineering.

Our course is available to EU and overseas students (full-time only).

If you are an overseas student then you must also meet UWS English language.



If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this Digital Marketing course is: Overall IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this Digital Marketing course, we offer a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this degree.

  • English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree course at UWS and who need to improve their English

Course details

You will study the process of identifying, developing and testing products in a number of relevant industrial applications from the chemical industry, such as colourants, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and foods.

Topics you will cover include:

  • Colloid science and technology 
  • Size reduction
  • Mixing and the stabilisation of dispersions 
  • Physico-chemical and biological characterisation of formulations the formulation of colourants 
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Foods
  • Cosmetics and the emergence of environmentally friendly and sustainable microbial formulations

Learn a language (Optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. View the language modules on offer.

Teaching and Assessment

A wide range of teaching methods are used on our Formulation Science course. Some of which include:

  • Enquiry based learning 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Data analysis 
  • Directed learning 
  • Problem solving

You will be assessed in a variety of different ways. The below list provides a guide to the types of assessment methods you can expect: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Oral presentation 
  • Written reports 
  • Coursework 
  • Academic posters

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)


You should apply for all UWS postgraduate courses using our online application form.


The first stage of the process is to create an profile; you don't have to complete the application in one session - you can complete it in stages by saving what you do each session and return to complete it at a later date.

Most courses don't have a formal closing date, but they will close when they are full; apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

You can find out more here in our Postgraduate Application Guide.

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.


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Course Leader

Dr J N Chacon


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