The Formulation Engineering EngD is a four year postgraduate programme consisting of study and research, mainly based in industry. You will be placed within your sponsoring company and carry out industry-focused research.

This is an EPSRC-sponsored doctoral research and training programme. You combine a research project based in industry with a Masters-level training and development programme. The programme has been recognised by the IChemE as counting towards Chartered Engineer status. 


The training element comprises modules in:

  • Fundamental Science
  • Formulation Methods
  • Teambuilding
  • Business Skills
  • Research Skills

There is a choice of over 35 different modules – mostly at Newcastle – but you can also select specialised modules at the Universities of Newcastle, Liverpool, Surrey and Delft. The taught component of the course consists of a 12 week Masters level module covering the fundamental science and engineering behind formulation engineering, as well as business, legal and marketing components. It is intended that most of the modules are taken in the first two years and they are assessed by examination and coursework.

Companies participating in the scheme are involved in modern process engineering and the formulation of multiphase structured materials (foods, bioproducts, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and fine minerals). Examples include Unilever, Rolls Royce, Cargill, Johnson Matthey, Imerys and Procter & Gamble BASF, Astra Zeneca, Colgate-Palmolive, Royal College of Defence Medicine, AWE, and Dupont Teijin Films.


Why study Formulation Engineering EngD at Newcastle?

  • The scheme has a 100% employment record. A third of our Research Engineers have been recruited by their sponsors, whilst several Research Engineers now work for companies that did not sponsor their project but support a scheme. Over 70% are still employed in the field of Formulation Engineering.
  • We collaborate with world-leading companies including P&G, Kraft/Mondelez, Unilever, Johnson Matthey, Imerys, Pepsico and Rolls Royce provideing you with many opportunities.
  • Our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Formulation Engineering was first funded by EPSRC in 2001. In 2011, on its 10th anniversary, the Centre received one of the Diamond Jubilee Queen’s Anniversary Prizes, for ‘new technologies and leadership in formulation engineering in support of UK manufacturing’.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

Formulation Engineering EngD

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Combined research and taught




CODE P1110

How long it takes:

4 years full-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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Newcastle Law School

All Modules are held at Newcastle unless otherwise stated.

The number in brackets is the number of credits; 120 taught credits must be taken during the 4–year programme.


Foundation Modules

  • Process engineering fundamentals *1 (10)
  • Bioscience for graduates from other scientific disciplines *2 (10)

*1 May not be taken by someone with a chemical engineering or related degree.
*2 May not be taken by someone with a bioscience or related degree.


Fundamental Modules

  • Modern genome-based bioscience (10)
  • Measurement techniques (10)
  • Colloids and Rheology (20)
  • Supplementary Colloids and Rheology* (10)
  • Molecular delivery (10)
  • Supplementary Molecular Delivery* (10)
  • Mathematical modelling of time-dependent processes (10)
  • Developing food structure through thermal processing (10)
  • Hygienic food processing (10)
  • Food flavour (10)
  • Manufacturing principles in pharmaceutical production (10)
  • From bench to market: the development of pharmaceutical drug products (10)
  • Design and development of drug delivery systems (10)
  • Particle technology (10)
  • AF4 – Food Structure Change through Physical Processing: Low Water Content (Nottingham)
  • UCL1 – Biological Product Formation and Delivery (UCL)
  • SU1 – Clean Technology and Sustainability (Surrey)

* the supplementary modules can only be taken by arrangement with the course director.


Management and Marketing Skills Modules

  • Effective project management (10)
  • Business methods and industrial economics (10)
  • Marketing and quality management (10)

Considering postgraduate study, but unsure whether you meet the entry requirements for a Masters-level degree? Postgraduate admissions guidelines vary by course and university, but can be quite flexible.

Your existing qualifications will be important, but you don’t necessarily need a great Bachelors degree to apply for a Masters. Your personal circumstances and experience may also be considered during the admissions process.

This guide explains the typical entry requirements for a Masters, which include:

      • An undergraduate degree in a relevant subject – Depending on the programme and institution, you may need a 2.1 in your Bachelors, but this isn’t always the case
      • Language proficiency – If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to display a certain ability level, usually through a language test
      • Professional experience – Some postgraduate programmes may require you to have some professional experience (this is usually the case for PGCEs and Masters in Social Work)
      • Entrance exams – These are only required in certain subject areas and qualifications, including some MBAs

Tuition fees for UK/EU students 2020/21

MSc:  Full-time £9,900. Part-time £4,950
Postgraduate Diploma:  Full-time £6,660. Part-time £3,300


Tuition fees for International students 2020/21

MSc: Full time £23,310
Postgraduate Diploma: Full-time £15,540


You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.


The programme has a 100 % employment record. A third of the Research Engineers have been recruited by their sponsors, whilst several Research Engineers now work for companies that did not sponsor their project but support the scheme. But more importantly over 89% are still employed in the field of Formulation Engineering.


University Careers Network

Preparation for your career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. Whether you have a clear idea of where your future aspirations lie or want to consider the broad range of opportunities available once you have a Newcastle degree, our Careers Network can help you achieve your goal.

Our unique careers guidance service is tailored to your academic subject area, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team source exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge.


Professional Accreditation


The EngD Studentships at the School of Chemical Engineering has been recognised by the IChemE as counting towards Chartered Engineer status.