This Advanced Chemical Engineering with Formulation programme focuses on advanced chemical engineering topics that inform the modern process engineering industry. Our three major research areas – formulation engineering, energy, and healthcare technology – guide the programme.


Chemical engineering is dynamic and evolving, and today extends far beyond its roots in oil and gas processing. It provides solutions to problems facing many sectors, such as energy supply and storage, food, fast-moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare.


his programme focuses on advanced chemical engineering topics that inform the modern process engineering industry. Our three major research areas – formulation engineering, energy, and healthcare technology – guide the programme. We explore concepts and processes that are applicable to multiple sectors, such as food, fuel, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and chemical industries.  Our graduates are well prepared for a career in a variety of industries and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for chemical engineers.

The school of Chemical Engineering at the University of Newcastle focuses on research in three areas, answering three major questions of global importance:

  • Formulation Engineering – How can we develop and produce formulated products such as food or pharmaceuticals with novel properties in a sustainable manner?
  • Healthcare Technology – How can we maintain a healthy aging population?
  • Energy – How can we reshape energy supply and storage in a sustainable way?

This programme focuses on exploring the key aspects of chemical engineering that we can use to answer these three questions, with a focus on formulation engineering.

Core modules will give you an advanced understanding of advanced chemical engineering principles and concepts relevant to multiple application areas. The wide range of optional modules will allow you to develop expertise in specialist areas.

The research project (MSc only) will allow you to undertake independent research with world-leading research teams within the school. Our graduates are well prepared for a career in a variety of industries and have an opportunity to capitalise on the growing global demand for chemical engineers in many sectors, including formulation engineering.


Why study Advanced Chemical Engineering with Formulation Masters at Newcastle?

  • In this course we consider the important aspects of chemical engineering in the 21st century that address the issues of the design and development of key formulated products that will increase process efficiency, enable healthy lifestyles and allow clean use of energy. Such products include formulated foods, fuel cells, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.
  • Our themed optional modules enable you to specialise in areas of chemical and process engineering that interest you; from the production and formulation of pharmaceuticals, formulation of structured food products, generation of bioproducts, clean energy including hydrogen fuel cells and thermal energy storage, and the business surrounding chemical and process engineering.
  • Teaching is led by our world-leading research in chemical engineering, and during the research project students work within research groups on an original research project.
  • Newcastle has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. With over 35,000 students and 7,000 staff, today we are one of the world’s leading universities. Characterised by a tradition of innovation, research at the University has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on people’s lives – a tradition that this programme proudly continues.
  • Explore important aspects of modern chemical engineering, addressing the design and development of energy systems, key formulated products, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare technologies.
  • Specialise in areas that interest you, from efficient energy systems, to the formulation of structured food products and the development of healthcare technologies, to the business surrounding chemical and process engineering.
  • Benefit from our collaborations with world-class industry partners, and international, leading-edge engineering and science departments.


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.

Advanced Chemical Engineering with Formulation Masters/MSc

Course Level:

Postgraduate, Taught





How long it takes:

1 year full-time, 2–3 years part-time

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$22,500

Entry requirements

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The MSc programme is a one-year full time course or can be taken part-time over two or more years. Taught modules are delivered in semesters 1 and 2. The programme starts with an introductory 10-credit module to introduce material that will be encountered in the programme. Depending upon your academic background, you will begin by studying the fundamental principles of either chemical engineering or the relevant biological science.

This is followed by 50 credits of multidisciplinary core modules that cover advanced concepts in chemical engineering that are relevant to multiple sectors. The properties of colloidal and other non-ideal systems, commonplace in formulated products such as food, are studied with a view to processing and characterisation. Techniques for measurement and characterisation of formulated products are investigated alongside experimental design in an engineering context. Use of biological systems for production of novel products is also covered.

The pathway modules are on the theme of formulation engineering. You must choose 40-50 credits on formulation of food and industry 4.0 and big data. The above modules are complimented by a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to gain specific knowledge relating to topics such as bioprocessing, energy, engineering business, healthcare technology, fuel cells, and pharmaceutical product development and manufacture. Safety, regulatory and quality issues applicable across the relevant industries are also considered.

You will have the freedom to pick and choose modules from each theme (providing timetabling allows for this).

Finally, in the summer, Masters students undertake an original research project, working closely with a research group within the school. This allows you to consolidate your knowledge in a practical setting and develop practical research expertise. This brings the total credits for the MSc to 180.


Introductory modules

If you have not taken a chemical engineering first degree, then you will take Process Engineering Fundamentals. Otherwise, you will take Bioscience for Graduates of other disciplines, which will give you the background you require in biological topics.

  • Bioscience for Graduates of other disciplines – 10 credits
  • Process Engineering Fundamentals – 10 credits

Core modules:

  • Applied Synthetic Biology – 10 credits
  • Non-ideal materials – 20 credits
  • Measurement, Sensors and Design of Experiments – 20 credits
  • Research Project. (MSc only) – 60 credits

Formulation modules – choose 40-50 credits

  • Food structure for performance – 10 credits
  • Food plant and process – 10 credits
  • Future Engineering of Food – 10 credits
  • Industry 4.0 and big data – 20 credits

Optional modules – choose 10-20 credits

Modules from different themes can be combined within timetabling constraints. All modules are offered subject to sufficient enrolled students. All module descriptions are provisional and subject to minor change. Example optional modules are listed below:


Business Studies Theme

  • Project management (business strategy delivery) – 10 credits
  • Business and strategy development – 10 credits

Pharmaceutical Technology Theme

  • Plant design and manufacturing principles for (bio)pharmaceutical production – 10 credits
  • From bench to market: the development of pharmaceutical drug products – 10 credits
  • Design and development of drug delivery systems – 10 credits

Healthcare Technology Theme

  • Advanced therapeutic medicine products – 10 credits
  • Additive manufacturing and 3D printing for healthcare applications – 10 credits
  • Frontiers in tissue engineering – 10 credits
  • Advanced Biomaterials for Healthcare Technologies – 10 credits
  • Medical Devices – 10 credits
  • Sensor systems in medicine – 10 credits

Bioprocessing Theme

  • Cell Factories – 20 credits
  • Bioseparations – 20 credits

Food Safety Theme

  • Chemical contamination of food and water – 10 credits
  • Sustainability in the food industry – 10 credits
  • Food chain security – 10 credits

Core Process Engineering Skills Theme

  • Minerals and Minerals Engineering – 10 credits
  • Chemical NanoEngineering – 10 credits
  • Explosion Science, Prevention and Protection in Process Industries – 10 credits

Hydrogen Energy Theme

  • Introduction to Electrochemistry – 10 credits
  • Advanced Electrochemical Applications -10 credits
  • Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology – 10 credits
  • Techniques for Fuel Cell Characterisation – 10 credits

Energy Systems and Policy

  • Energy Systems and Policy  – 10 credits
  • Renewable Energy Systems  – 10 credits
  • Energy Systems Modelling  – 10 credits
  • Energy Systems Design  – 10 credits

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.

There is a great demand for chemical engineers in industry worldwide. This course gives you a professional basis for a career in a variety of industries.

Our Careers Network offers a range of events and support services designed to help you maximise your employability: from networking opportunities and career coaching workshops, to our effective-careers-strategy toolkit and one-to-one guidance. We also offer subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each college and a dedicated careers website for international students. Further information is below.


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.