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.
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Year 1 (national level 4):
- Introduction to Chemistry Principles in Cosmetic Science (30 credits)
- Introduction to Physiology (30 credits)
- Introduction to Cosmetic Formulations and Perfumes (30 credits)
- Introduction to Regulation / Legislation of Cosmetic Products (30 credits)
Year 2 (national level 5):
- Formulation and Quality by Design of Cosmetics and Perfumes (30 credits)
- Manufacture and Quality Control of Cosmetics and Perfumes (30 credits)
- Industrial and Professional Practice in the Cosmetics Industry (30 credits)
- Dermatology (30 credits)
Optional placement year
- Optional year on placement in the cosmetics industry
Final year (national level 6):
- Advanced Cosmetic Formulations (30 credits)
- Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits)
- Research Project (30 credits)
- Regulatory Aspects and Quality Management (30 credits)
A key aspect of your course is the development of your knowledge and understanding around the key themes of formulation, legislation, and physiology.