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University Transfer Programme: Product Design – Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulati

UTP: Product Design is the equivalent to the first year of your undergraduate Product Design degree. Upon completion of the programme you will be eligible to progress* to the second year of the Bachelor of Product Design degree.
Programme facts
  • UC is leading the way with its multidisciplinary Bachelor of Product Design. Product Design combines creative design, science, engineering, and business studies. Product designers plan and develop items for use in homes, businesses, and industry.
  • Chemical-based products that are used by everyone in an every day basis contain chemical, physical, and functional properties which have been specially determined and envisaged by its manufacturers at the start of the product’s formulation. By specialising in Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Formulation, you get to gain the skills to create practical goods for every day consumption, such as personal care products, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, and pharmaceutical products.
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Your direct pathway to University of Canterbury (UC)

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Year 2 Bachelor of Product Design at UC



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NZD$32,720 (per programme)



3 semesters (1 year)


February and October

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Available majors and endorsements

  • Industrial Product Design
  • Applied Immersive Game Design
  • Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation


UTP Product Design is a set programme of study. Students will study seven courses from the following subject areas. Note: Not all subjects will be offered every semester and failure to pass a required course will result in a delay in completion of studies.


Compulsory academic subjects for all majors:

  • Product Design 1
  • Mathematics
  • Foundation of Engineering
  • Fundamentals of Management

Additional courses for specific major

Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation:

  • Chemistry
  • Cellular Biology and Biochemistry
  • Principles of Marketing

All UTP students are required to complete compulsory study skills programmes (fee free).

Admission Requirements

Entry to second year: University of Canterbury Bachelor of Product Design in Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation

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*Students must complete and pass all courses in the UTP programme, apply before the University of Canterbury deadline and meet any additional requirements from the University. Access to selected faculties of the University may require the completion of certain prerequisites. UCIC will advise students individually in this regard as required. Course offerings may change without notice. Please contact for information regarding course offerings.

**UCIC’s University Transfer Programme: Product Design is a NZQA approved Training Scheme. This does not lead to a formal qualification on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. The University Transfer Programme: Science may be used for progression requirements under a pathway arrangement between UCIC and UC, subject to final approval by the University of Canterbury.


Notes: Please refer to the Fees & Payment page for full fees information. In addition to programme fees, all UCIC students must pay the Student Services Levy, which contributes to the excellent services and facilities on campus.



Potential career paths

A degree in Product Design specialising in Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation can lead you to working in companies formulating chemical products such as in generic pharmaceutical industries, household products, cosmetics, fragrances, foods, adhesives, and paints.

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