Industrial formulation

As part of their coursework, our third-year students get involved in a real-world projects that helps them become job-ready graduates

The unit “Industrial Formulation” is a capstone unit that formulation students undertake in their third year. The objective of this unit is to guide students to conduct a real formulation project from the industry during a full semester.

Designed by industry mentors, these projects allow students to apply their knowledge, develop teamwork skills and become better problem solvers. Most importantly, our students gain experience communicating with industry mentors in a professional setting and learn and directly apply the scientific methodology of formulating products.

Get involved

We rely on our industry partnerships to provide projects for this important unit. Our partner organisations benefit from a group of five students working for three months on their project(s).  Our students have often yielded meaningful and significant results for their industry hosts.

What projects can our students work on?

Our students are able to tackle projects that involve:

  • formulation work
  • solving current formulation problems
  • fundamental research on the role of formulations.

Our students have capabilities in:

  • formulation principles and methods
  • methodology (design of experiments, protocols, batch records, reports).

How does the project work?

Projects run from February until June.

  • At the start of the first semester (March), industry mentors present their projects to students. Students choose a project and form small teams. The industry mentors brief the students on the specific details of the project.
  • The students conduct a literature search and draft an experimental protocol detailing the experimental plan detailing the required materials and anticipated methods.
  • The experimental protocol is reviewed by the industry mentor to ensure feasibility
  • Results are collected, analysed and interpreted in a report
  • The final assessment consists of an oral presentation to mentors in June.

Experimental protocol

Our students learn extensively about Design of Experiments (DoE) in another parallel unit and are encouraged to use a DoE if applicable in this project.

What commitment do we need from you?

We will need you to:

  • Design a project
  • Present the project to our students
  • Validate the protocol written by the students
  • Provide excipients and access to specialised equipment (if required)
  • Reply to students questions (emailed only after the Unit Coordinator has evaluated the questions)
  • Attend the final presentation (June)

If you would like more information, or wish to see if your project would be suitable, please contact Dr Laurence Orlando or Dr Ian Larson.