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Full time | London College of Fashion | 5 years | SEP

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Full time


5 years

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Beauty & Make Up Retailing Fashion Design Makeup

Course type


Course Summary


MSc Cosmetic Science is an applied science course designed for students who want a career in the cosmetics and personal care industries. The course focusses on the needs of those industries and their consumers.

These industries have expanded rapidly in recent years, as consumers have become more aware of the potential benefits of cosmetic products, and more critical of the way they are produced. In addition to subject-specific knowledge, the course enables students to develop the critical and analytical skills necessary to become cosmetic scientists.

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated aims of the course outcomes: Time-constrained examination; Practical examination; Oral presentation (individual or group); Laboratory report; Project report; Master’s report; Master’s dissertation; Essay; and Reflective statement.

Career paths

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies, and graduates from the MSc course (and BSc break point) go on to do a variety of roles within the industry. Some of the position’s graduates have gone on to include: New Product Development and Marketing Executive, Technical Product Manager, Laboratory and Quality Control Technician, International Regulatory Affairs Officer, Formulation Scientist, Application Technologist, Perfume Specialist, Regulatory Affairs Officer, Consumer Tester and Account Manager.


Applied Biology
Colloidal Science
Applied Chemistry
Formulation Science
Introduction to Cosmetic Science
Product Safety, Quality and Legislation
Skincare and Colour Cosmetics
Product Evaluation
Product Packaging and Stability
Production and Distribution Management
Applied Product Formulation
Product Launch Project
Strategic Marketing
Cosmetic Product Claims
MSc Project Proposal
MSc Project for Cosmetic Science

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Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are: One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications. Three A Level passes to a minimum of 120 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 300 old UCAS tariff points) – one of the subjects must be Chemistry, at a minimum grade of C or equivalent; DDD at BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant Science subject; or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications such as International Baccalaureate Diploma; and Five GCSE passes at grade A-C or grade 9-4, including Maths and two Science subjects.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is one of the world’s leading and most prestigious arts universities, maintaining an internationally renowned list of alumni. Being located in London, it is an ideal place to study a postgraduate qualification and get connected to a thriving creative sector. With modern campus sites spread across London, UAL offers over 100 taught postgraduate degree courses at the university’s six specialist colleges and...more

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