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Cosmetic Science Courses

Opportunities for training

In order to be a cosmetic scientist you normally need to study a science subject at university.  However, some companies will employ A-level school leavers at technician level and provide suitable in-house or external industry training.

Suitable University courses are chemistry, chemical engineering, biology and pharmacy. You could then follow your chosen degree by taking a Diploma in Cosmetic Science, which will give you an integrated knowledge of the fundamentals of cosmetic science and the industry.

Several UK Universities offer opportunities to specialise in Cosmetic Science at degree or post graduate level:

Integrated Masters Degree University of the Arts London

Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science BSc (Hons) De Montfort University, Leicester

Cosmetic Science BSc (Hons) University of Sunderland

Cosmetic Science MSc Liverpool John Moores University

The Cosmetic Science MSc at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to educate, train and cater for the high demand from companies seeking postgraduate students with expertise in formulation, testing and regulations related to the cosmetics industry in the UK and globally. 

Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Science MSc University of Greenwich

Each university sets its own entry requirements, and some might ask for higher grades than others, so make sure you look around.

Requirements for entry

Most universities will want you to have at least two A-levels (or three Higher grades if you’re in Scotland), and five GCSEs (grades A-C). You will probably need to do double-science GCSE, in order to take a science subject at A-level.

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