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This course introduces relevant aspects of chemistry, physiology and dermatology as well as the regulatory marketing and business framework for cosmetics. You’ll also be introduced to the principles of formulation, with an emphasis on those related to cosmetics.
During the second year, you will undertake a more in-depth exploration of formulation, dermatology and professional practice in the cosmetic industry. This will include the importance of colour in these formulations and the differences between industrial and lab scale manufacture.
The final year culminates in a science-led project that can be tailored to your interests. Through the project you will demonstrate your capacity to address a particular issue in a rigorous, research-enabled way. The project can be linked to your placement or other work experience, making it a useful way of catching the attention of potential employers.
In year one you will become familiar with the range of raw materials, cosmetic formulations and formulation techniques in the cosmetics field.
This will then feed into your year two modules where your knowledge and formulation skills will build up to the formulation and quality control of specific cosmetic products. In your final year you will study modules which involve the design of more challenging and sophisticated formulations, awareness of formulation protocols and the use of statistics in formulation design.
During the course you will also become aware of the diverse global legislative and regulatory framework surrounding cosmetics and perfumes, and acquire fundamental knowledge of the physiology of the skin, eye, nail, oral cavity and hair, alongside the role of the endocrine system.
Develop your understanding of fundamental functional and aromatic chemistry. Learn how reactions and the energy changes involved drive chemical and biological processes. Discover how the physicochemical properties of molecules affect their function and stability in formulations.
Explore the fundamental biological processes in living organisms. Develop key knowledge and understanding of how DNA and RNA molecules are made and how they function. Learn how the body produces and uses energy and how these biological functions are regulated by a network of enzymes and proteins. Gain insight into why the regulation of physiological processes are important to the cosmetic industry.
Examine the purpose and fundamental principles of cosmetic formulations. Gain an introduction to solid, semisolid, and liquid cosmetic formulations to enable you to make informed decisions on the selection of the type of formulation, considering the desired cosmetic outcome and site of applications. Learn about the different types of raw materials, including their physicochemical properties, and discuss their use in defined cosmetic formulations.
Discuss the essential regulatory considerations which highlight the processes and protocols undertaken in the highly regulated cosmetic industry. Gain vital knowledge of regulatory frameworks to make yourself aware of the arena you will end up working in and how this differs from that of traditional pharmaceutical products. Explore the working of the cosmetics industry and how it’s organised and regulated.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Explore the formulation principles of cosmetic products via the application of standard industrial protocols and documentation procedures, such as the Cosmetic Product Safety Protocol. Learn the formulation principles and become able to formulate all different types of cosmetics, including the appropriate use of colouring agents in decorative and hair products, and the process of blending during the formulation of perfumes.
Gain knowledge of the manufacturing principles of cosmetic products. Contextualise the illustration of GLP and GMP and the relation to safe and effective cosmetics through manufacturing laboratory sessions and subsequent analysis of the properties of the various products. Explore the importance and processes of quality control and develop your statistical and numerical skills further.
Examine the several roles of a cosmetic scientist with current practices ranging from the aesthetic to the industrial field. Examine the scientific theory and application guidelines or non-surgical aesthetic treatments, skin abrasion techniques, and skin depilation techniques. Build on your existing knowledge of physics, formulation, and physiology acquired from previous modules.
Familiarise yourself with the structure and functions of healthy skin. Learn the basics of dermatology alongside a comprehensive explanation of the role of genetics, endocrine system, and of the environment on skin manifestations. Explore dermatology of all body areas including nails, scalp, and skin surrounding the eyes. Examine skin types and aging modes in relation to ethnic differences.
Complete an optional 40-week placement where you’ll have the opportunity for personal and professional development through direct workplace experience related to the course. Develop an awareness of the relevance of your knowledge and the application of appropriate techniques while gaining an appreciation of the structure and regulation within the cosmetics industry.
Gain an introduction to the design and stabilisation of advanced cosmetic formulations. Revisit surfactant chemistry with an added focus on the formation of stable emulsions, microemulsions, and liquid crystals. Learn how to formulate colloidal systems ranging from cerasomes and trasfersomes to nanogels. Explore the formulation of ‘multi-action’ cosmetic products such as BB, CC, DD, and even EE creams in connection with knowledge gained from previous modules. Examine the theory of sun protection factor (SPF) containing formulations and gain competence in preparing and testing these formulations.
Explore the theory of qualitative and quantitative research methods and learn how to apply these to the formulation, manufacture, quality control, and claim substantiation of cosmetic products. Gain an understanding of experimentation strategy at the claim and safety substantiation stage of a product’s development, taking the ban in animal testing into consideration. Examine the flaws of the animal testing approach and the superiority of alternative testing techniques.
Explore business aspects of the cosmetic industry, as well as themes covered in previous modules around legislation. Familiarise yourself with product cost calculations and how to evaluate the financial feasibility of the product. Enhance your skills via product development, project planning, and management exercises. Learn the importance of estimating the overall product cost from development to market, as well as the need for effective time management and the ability to multitask while working in the cosmetic industry.
Apply the knowledge and skills you required in previous stages of the course to the design and successful completion of a research project. Gain an appreciation of the nature of, and the techniques required in, the pursuit of robust research. Seek out and evaluate relevant information and apply your learning of research methodology, statistics, and ethics from earlier in the course. Focus on a research topic aligned to the research interests of members of staff which will afford you the experience of working at the forefront of a scientific discipline.
Our typical offer is:
|High School Diploma along with one of the following at the required grade: SAT I and SAT II, ACT or Advanced Placement||GPA 3.0 or above and: Sat score of 1100/1600 from SATs AP (Grades 3+ in at least 2 subjects) ACT (score of 26+)|
If you don't meet our standard entry requirements, you can take one of the foundation pathways at our partners ONCAMPUS Sunderland. Find out more information and whether your course is eligible on our ONCAMPUS page.
If your qualification is not listed above, please contact the Student Administration team at email@example.com for further advice.
A Levels must include Chemistry. Please note we do not accept General Studies AS or A Level. We accept T Level Science only.
If English is your second language we require a minimum of IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent), however if you wish to take the Healthcare Science route you will need a score of 7.0.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
The annual fee for this course is:
*European Union (EU), EEA (European Economic Area), and Swiss nationals who do not qualify for the EU Settlement Scheme are classed as international, however, for 23/24 admission you will receive a European student fee scholarship and will pay the home tuition fee rate for the duration of your studies. The discounted fee will be reflected in your offer letter. Learn more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
As a Cosmetic Science graduate, you'll have a wide range of employment options in the cosmetic, fragrance and personal care industries.
Cosmetic scientists can earn starting salaries of around £20,000, moving up to over £50,000 a year for senior chemist and R&D managerial roles. You could also explore positions in business, sales and marketing. With the sector thriving in the UK, cosmetic science is a great area to qualify in for those that want creative and diverse career options in science.
Career opportunities include research and development, perfumery, marketing and product claims and media and TV.