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Cosmetic Science, integrated MSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
London, United Kingdom
The MSc in Cosmetic Science course at University of the Arts London (UAL) is intended for students who want a career in the cosmetic and personal care industries. This unique course provides students with specific scientific knowledge and skills in different areas underpinning cosmetic science.
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The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) recognises the course as one of ‘immediate relevance to the industry’ due to its scientific, technological and business aspects of its curriculum.

Why choose this Cosmetic Science course at University of the Arts London (UAL) 

  • Unique course: this is the only worldwide opportunity to study cosmetic science as an integrated masters. The course combines undergraduate and postgraduate study and leads to a taught Masters award.
  • Industry placement: students have the opportunity to undertake an optional placement year which will enhance their employability by offering valuable experience and contacts within the industry
  • Diverse career opportunities: graduates go on to hold positions such as New Product Development / Marketing Executive, Technical Product Manager, Laboratory and Quality Control Technician and International Regulatory Affairs Officer for cosmetic and toiletry brands.
  • Where graduates have gone on to work: graduates are employed throughout the industry, both in the UK and internationally, in a wide range of roles. These include companies such as Procter and Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Walgreen Boots Alliance, The Good Housekeeping Institute, The Body Shop and Molton Brown.

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 positions 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      5 years (with placement year in industry)

  • Credits
    480 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Formulation Science
  • Skincare and Colour Cosmetics
  • Product Evaluation
  • Product Safety, Quality and Legislation
  • Product Packaging and Stability
  • Haircare
  • Perfumery

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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