Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation
Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation is one of three majors of the Bachelor of Product Design degree which promotes interdisciplinary innovation. The purpose of this major is to produce graduates with knowledge and skills in creative design, science, engineering, and business studies.
Chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, food, nutraceutical, and personal care products need to be crafted in a sustainable way, using active ingredients that enable their practical use. For example, to create a moisturising skin lotion that would be an attractive product for the consumer, it would need to contain moistening properties and other elements to create suitable viscosity, skin feel, and fragrance, and contain antimicrobial agents to enhance shelf life.
This subject combined with other areas such as Biochemistry will help you learn to develop natural products. It will allow you to explore innovative ways to better formulate these products, and to analyse existing products and suggest improvements. You will understand the design lifecycle – from idea generation to commercialisation.
- UC’s Te Kura Hanga Otinga | School of Product Design brings together creative design, science, engineering, and business, and there are opportunities to apply your learning through team-based projects, entrepreneurship courses, and the use of dedicated hands-on product innovation spaces.
- UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies, Engineering and Technology, and Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).
Students should ideally have 14 credits in Level 3 NCEA chemistry (or the IB/CIE equivalent of these).
UC offers a major in Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation as part of the Bachelor of Product Design.
At all levels, students will undertake significant hands-on projects, working in teams and individually, to design, formulate, and test physical product prototypes in our dedicated formulation laboratory, to the level needed to pitch a new product concept to a client or investor.
Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation major
To complete a major in Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation within the Bachelor of Product Design, you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
- BIOL 111 Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
- CHEM 111 Chemical Principles and Processes
- One 100-level Engineering or Science course
- PROD 231 Product Formulation 1
- PROD 232 Natural Products Properties and Production
- PROD 233 Chemical and Healthcare Product Formulation 1A
- PROD 234 Chemical and Healthcare Product Formulation 1B
- PROD 235 Formulation Chemistry
- PROD 230 Product Properties and Processing or ENCH 291 Mass and Energy Balances
- PROD 331 Product Formulation 2
- PROD 333 Chemical and Healthcare Product Formulation 2A
- PROD 334 Chemical and Healthcare Product Formulation 2B
- One 200-level Engineering or Science course
- One 300-level Engineering or Science course
Graduates will develop key skills needed to design personal care and household products and commercialise their ideas. Skills include understanding of the total product design process, practical experience in product formulation prototyping, methods of analysis, commercial production, testing, and process economics.
A degree in Product Design will prepare you for an exciting career path in many areas of Aotearoa New Zealand’s innovative economies. Graduates with this scientific background could pursue opportunities that lead to a career in the food, healthcare, and pharmaceutical industries. Possible jobs are formulation scientist, quality manager, chemist, laboratory technician, product/marketing manager, marketing analyst, portfolio analyst, business development manager, entrepreneur, and CEO.
Graduates will be able to develop creative ideas based on their knowledge of related sciences and engineering disciplines, as well as gain the practical business skills needed to commercialise new product ideas. Some qualified product designers have chosen to start their own businesses for new product lines that they developed during their studies.
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