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Specialty – Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Processes (PPC)

This trai­ning includes a work-stu­dy year.

The Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and Cos­me­tic Pro­cesses (PPC) pro­gramme focuses on the indus­tria­li­za­tion of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, cos­me­tic and nutra­ceu­ti­cal pro­cesses. Deve­lo­ped in col­la­bo­ra­tion with the Ins­ti­tut du Médi­ca­ment de Tours, this pro­gram includes a year's sand­wich work-stu­dy com­bi­na­tion with a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal or cos­me­tics company.


The aim of this pro­gram is to train gene­ral engi­neers capable of trans­la­ting the spe­ci­fi­ca­tions of a for­mu­la­ted pro­duct into pro­cess spe­ci­fi­ca­tions and dimen­sio­ning the unit ope­ra­tions requi­red for large-scale pro­duc­tion of the pro­duct while res­pec­ting the envi­ron­ment. Engi­neers trai­ned in this way will be able to rapid­ly apply their know­ledge and know-how in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and cos­me­tics sec­tors. They will be able to :

  • Desi­gn and opti­mize mul­ti­phase pro­cesses (pow­ders, sus­pen­sions, emul­sions, foams, gels, etc.).
  • Imple­ment an indus­trial trans­po­si­tion metho­do­lo­gy (from labo­ra­to­ry to pilot to indus­trial scale).
  • Acquire in-depth know­ledge of the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and cos­me­tics indus­tries (regu­la­to­ry fra­me­work, safe­ty, sta­tis­ti­cal vali­da­tion tools, etc.).

As part of the PPC pro­gram, stu­dents will cover the fol­lo­wing curriculum:

  • Hydro­dy­na­mics of dis­per­sed systems
  • Col­loi­dal sys­tems engineering
  • Agro-indus­trial operations
  • Regu­la­to­ry fra­me­work for the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal industry
  • Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and cos­me­tics pro­cess design
  • Unit ope­ra­tions for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and cos­me­tic processes
  • Indus­tria­li­za­tion of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and cos­me­tics processes

Academic staff

The trai­ning is pro­vi­ded by a tea­ching team brin­ging toge­ther tea­cher-resear­chers, indus­trial spea­kers and exter­nal experts, in order to gua­ran­tee qua­li­ty trai­ning adap­ted to the needs of com­pa­nies and the chal­lenges of society.


Stu­dents have expe­ri­men­tal and digi­tal plat­forms. Pilot ins­tal­la­tions allow stu­dents to put into prac­tice the fun­da­men­tal notions of pro­cess engi­nee­ring (sepa­ra­tion pro­cesses, heat exchan­gers, reac­tors, fluid mecha­nics, etc.). Stu­dents also have access to dif­ferent digi­tal tools for pro­cess simu­la­tion and optimization.

Professional openings

Nume­rous natio­nal and inter­na­tio­nal indus­trial part­ner­ships have been deve­lo­ped with nume­rous com­pa­nies lin­ked to pro­cess engi­nee­ring, nota­bly: Alstom, Avril, Bon­duelle, Engie, EDF, Fra­ma­tome, Nest­lé, Ora­no, Sano­fi, Suez, Tech­nip, Tereos, Total, Veo­lia, etc.


During their trai­ning, engi­nee­ring stu­dents must demons­trate their abi­li­ty to evolve in an inter­na­tio­nal context. To do this, they have the pos­si­bi­li­ty of fol­lo­wing one or more semes­ters of stu­dy and/or inter­n­ship abroad (around for­ty des­ti­na­tions around the world: Argen­ti­na, Bra­zil, Cana­da, Chile, Chi­na, Colom­bia, South Korea , Spain, Uni­ted States, Fin­land, Ita­ly, Japan, Por­tu­gal, Uni­ted King­dom, Swe­den, Tai­wan, etc.).

A double engi­nee­ring degree can be pre­pa­red with dif­ferent esta­blish­ments: uni­ver­si­ties of Braun­sch­weig (Ger­ma­ny), Cran­field (UK), Ita­ju­ba (Bra­zil), Escue­la colom­bia­na de inge­niería (Colom­bia), Uni­ver­si­dad del Sur (Argen­ti­na), Poly­tech­nique Mont­réal (Que­bec), École de Tech­no­lo­gie Supé­rieure de Mont­réal (Que­bec), etc.

Contact and documentation

Res­pon­sable de filière
Mikel Letu­ria
 +33 (0)3 44 23 47 57
Assis­tante administrative
Chris­telle Snoeck 
 +33 (0)3 44 23 46 61
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