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Cosmetic Science, MSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The Cosmetic Science program at the University of the Arts London (UAL) focuses on the needs of the cosmetic industry and its consumers, in addition to providing students with the critical and evaluative skills to become professional scientists.

Great reasons to apply

MSc Cosmetic Science covers a range of sciences, both pure and applied, formulation development and industry operations, all of which give you a broad range of career opportunities.

  • Graduates go on to hold positions as New Product Development/Marketing Executive, Technical Product Manager, Laboratory and Quality Control Technician and International Regulatory Affairs Officer for cosmetic and toiletry brands.
  • Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) provides generous bursaries for the two best performing students in each year of study.
  • Some students do a placement year between the second and third year of the course. Successful completion of this year will give an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Studies, and students will have the opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before the end of their studies. Graduates from the MSc course are employed throughout the industry, both in the UK and internationally, in a wide range of roles. These include research and development, product manufacturing, marketing, technical sales, product testing, quality assurance, logistics, regulation and legislation departments. Course graduates have gone on to work for 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

  • More details: However this course will consider applications after the deadline, subject to places being available.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description
      5 years (with placement year in industry)
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cosmetic Science
  • Applied Chemistry
  • Applied Biology
  • Colloidal Science
  • Formulation Science
  • College-based Options Unit
  • 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.

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                                  General Requirements

                                  • 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

                                    19930 GBP/year
                                    Tuition Fee
                                    Based on the original amount of 19930 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.
                                  We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                                  Living costs for London

                                  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
                                    Living Costs

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