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 subjects 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 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 200 universities in the world for Business and Management Studies, and for Computer Science and Information Systems; and in the top 250 for Chemical Engineering (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).
- UC’s Chemical and Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Marketing departments are the top-ranked for research in Aotearoa New Zealand (the latest Tertiary Education Commission 2012 PBRF assessment).
Students should ideally have 14 credits in Level 3 NCEA chemistry (or the IB/CIE equivalent of these).
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.
The following four compulsory core courses are taken by all Product Design students:
- ENGR 101 Foundations of Engineering or PROD 110 Product Design Principles
- MGMT 100 Fundamentals of Management
- PROD 101 Product Design 1
- any 100-level MATH or EMTH course
Plus two required courses specific to Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation students:
200-level and beyond
Courses at second year and above will cover topics such as natural product properties, engineering chemistry, mass production, and chemical technologies.
See the Schedule for the Bachelor of Product Design for the full list of courses required for each year.
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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