MSc Cosmetic Science

This applied cosmetic science course gives you the skills and knowledge for a rewarding and successful specialist career in the cosmetic and toiletry industry.

London College of Fashion students present to the cosmetic science industry at the MSc Cosmetic Science Industry Day, 21 October 2015.

Msc Cosmetic Science students with goggles in a lab at LCF
Photo by Hanna Puskarz

MSc Cosmetic Science toothpaste class, 2015

Cosmetic students and course leader with hair samples in the LCF lab.
Photo by Hanna Puskarz

MSc Cosmetic Science haircare class 2015

msc cosmetic science student with bottles of solution, 2015
Photo by Hanna Puskarz

MSc Cosmetic Science toothpaste class, 2015

MSc Cosmetic Science student in lab coat at LCF lab.
Photo by Hanna Puskarz

MSc Cosmetic Science haircare class, 2015

msc cosmetic science student with lipsticks, 2015

Measuring the strength of lipstick

MSc Cosmetic Science student assessing the structure of a pink gel using laboratory equipment

Assessing the structure of gels

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LCF Cosmetic Science alumni were profiled in the 2012 CTPA Annual Report.

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Facts

Course Leader

Dr Mustafa Varcin

Course Location

John Prince's Street

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length4 years / 5 years (with placement year in industry)
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (tbc for 2017/18)

International Fee

£17,230 per year (tbc for 2017/18)

Autumn Term Dates25 Sep - 8 Dec 2017 (tbc)
Spring Term Dates8 Jan - 16 Mar 2018 (tbc)
Summer Term Dates16 April - 22 June 2018 (tbc)
Application Route

UCAS

Application DeadlineApplications for 2016/17 entry are now closed. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW297
University CodeU65

Content and structure

MSc Cosmetic Science is an exciting new applied science course situated in the Fashion Business School. It is designed for students who want a career within the cosmetic and toiletry industry, and focuses on the needs of the cosmetic industry and its consumers, at the same time as providing students with the critical and evaluative skills to be able to function as professional scientists. It is an integrated MSc, with a BSc exit point, and an optional placement year in industry in the third year of the course. This provides a unique offer in cosmetic science education world-wide, enabling students to start as undergraduates and exit with a postgraduate qualification. The MSc qualification offers a distinct advantage in today’s competitive environment.

The course provides you with knowledge and understanding of the various disciplines within Cosmetic Science and the organisation and function of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery industries. These industries have expanded in recent years as consumers have become more aware of the potential benefits of their products. Industry partners involved in the design and delivery of the course include Procter and Gamble, The Body Shop, Unilever, L’Oreal, Boots and Molton Brown.

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA), the industry trade association, has supported the development of the MSc from the successful BSc, in response to industry demand for graduates with a high level of scientific and technical knowledge coupled with business awareness. CTPA recognises that the course offers immediate relevance to the industry, with graduates who will already have an understanding of the way the industry operates and the challenges it faces. CTPA provides generous bursaries for the two best performing students in each year of study.

On this course you will study a range of sciences, both pure and applied, formulation development and industry operations, all of which give you a broad range of career opportunities. Some students take advantage of the option of doing 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 BSc course, which has now developed into this 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. Some multinational companies, for example, Procter and Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser, recruit directly from the course.

MSc Cosmetic Science is based at John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus, in the heart of the West End. The area is one of the prime shopping centres in London, with the majority of London’s department stores, including Selfridges, Liberty, Fenwick and John Lewis, within a short walk of five minutes or less. The green spaces of Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are close, as is Soho, with its many bars, restaurants and clubs, and the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, where the Society of Cosmetic Scientists holds its evening lectures. The Wallace Collection, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the West End art galleries are all within walking distance.

Course Structure

Year One             Stage One             level 4                        120 credits 

Term One: Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits); Scientific Principles (20 credits)

Term Two: Marketing with Perfumery (20 credits); Formulation Principles (20 credits)

Term Three: Formulation Practice (40 credits)

 

Year Two            Stage Two            level 5                        120 credits

Term One: Packaging Development and Technology (20 credits); Formulation and Legislation (20 credits)

Term Two: Research Methods in Marketing and Quality Management (20 credits); Formulation and Evaluation (20 credits)

Term Three: Hair Care Formulation and Evaluation (40 credits)

 

Professional Placement Year (optional)

Diploma in Professional Studies

 

Third/Fourth Year            Stage Three            level 6 and level 7            120 credits

Term One: Product Development and Claim Support (20 credits) (level 6)

Terms One and Two: Production and Distribution Management (40 credits) (level 6)

Terms Two and Three: Product Launch Project (60 credits) (level 7)

 

Final Year            Stage Four            level 7                        120 credits           

Term One: Strategic Management (20 credits)

Terms One and Two: Advanced Cosmetic Science (40 credits)

Terms One Two and Three: MSc Project for Cosmetic Science (60 credits)

Travelling across London

The renowned London College of Fashion library is at our John Prince’s Street site, and you will need to travel to this site, and possibly others, during your course to use the library, which is open seven days a week in term time, and for tuition and special events.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. We strongly suggest you read the information on our Additional Costs page.

Course structure

The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact a member of the course team.

Staff

Resources

Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.

Undergraduate courses in Cosmetic Science are very rare worldwide, because they require resources not normally available in either traditional universities or vocational colleges. The breadth and nature of the disciplines encompassed by the term ‘Cosmetic Science’ demand both subject experts with industrial experience and specialised facilities. Here at LCF you will be taught by current industry professionals in our well-equipped laboratories, where you will have access to industry-standard product formulation and testing equipment. You will also have access to a well-stocked library of books and journals on cosmetic science and related disciplines.

Dr Mustafa Varcin is a Course Leader for the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science, and responsible for its academic leadership and management, including design, development and delivery of the curriculum. He has a background in Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Sciences, with a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium). During his PhD studies, he was co-supervisor of Master’s theses in a range of pharmaceutical disciplines. His research is published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. His teaching on the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science covers the areas of chemistry and properties of cosmetic raw materials, formulation technology, cosmetic legislation, product safety and production. He also supervises a range of student projects, from year 1 to the master’s level. Dr Varcin is a holder of the UAL Student Union Teaching Award for his excellent teaching. His main research interests include skin barrier function and epidermal antioxidant activity, development and efficacy testing of dermo-cosmetic formulations and safety assessment of finished cosmetic products.

Professor Danka Tamburic has a background in Pharmacy, with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2000, she has developed the first UK university degree solely devoted to cosmetic industry, BSc Cosmetic Science, the predecessor of the current integrated MSc. Professor Tamburic has extensive experience in the area of skin research, including pharmaceutical and cosmetic aspects, with more than 120 research outputs in the public domain, of which 50 papers are in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has also contributed to book chapters, patent applications and pedagogic projects. Her research interests encompass the use of novel technologies in skin formulation and the assessment of various aspects of cosmetic product efficacy. She is also engaged in multi-disciplinary research, including the use of 3D printing technology in cosmetic science.

Caroline Searing trained as a physiologist at Bristol University and spend the first ten years of her career working as a research scientist for the Royal Navy, specialising in respiratory physiology and thermally stressful environments. Following a career break she entered the education sector and has substantial experience, having taught across levels from further education to postgraduate. Caroline holds a PGDip and an MA in learning and teaching in higher education. She delivers skin biology-related aspects to different levels of the course. Her research interests include factors influencing students' approaches to learning, the subject of her MA dissertation. Her current research includes the changes in the language of cosmetic advertising in relation to the advent of non-surgical beauty treatments.

Gabriela Daniels holds the positionof Programme Director: Science. She graduated with a Master Degree in Science and Technology of Cosmetics and Essential Oils from the University of Food Technologies, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She worked in the cosmetic industry in Bulgaria and the UK before joining the LCF Cosmetic Science area in 2000. Since then she has been associated with the Cosmetic Science area in various technical support capacities and as a lecturer in specialist cosmetic subjects. In 2005 she completed a Master in Business Administration (MBA) with the Open University UK and widened her teaching to cover management in the context of the cosmetic industry. Gabriela’s research interests are focused on hair science and technology as well as the pedagogy of group work and learning technology.

Careers

Developing your skills

All our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.

Future Careers and Graduate Prospects

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level are encouraged to progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

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) are working in the cosmetics industry in a number of roles, including, for example: formulating chemist at Boots; research assistant at the University of Leeds; formulating chemist at Oriflame; formulating technologist at Molton Brown; product development manager at Sleek; technical assistant at Glyndwr University; haircare sensory design scientist at Unilever; fragrance analyst at CPL Aromas; colour analyst at Procter and Gamble.

Graduates featured in the CTPA annual report

Graduates of the BSc course are featured in the 2012 Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) annual report. Have a look to see what you could become:

LCF Careers

LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.

Entry requirements

Opportunities for All

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Course Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

Three ‘A’ level passes at grades BBC or above, where at least two must be in Science subjects and one of the Science subjects must be Chemistry*

PLUS passes in five GCSE subjects at grade C or above, including Maths and two Science subjects

OR equivalent awards

This course requires a minimum 280 UCAS tariff points.

Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

*Exceptionally, applicants may be eligible for a preparatory Chemistry course run in the summer.

This course may interview candidates who meet, or expect to meet, the entry requirements.

English Language Requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.    

Student Selection Criteria                  

What We Look For

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • An enthusiasm for a career in Cosmetic Science
  • The potential to complete a multi-disciplinary and scientifically based programme of study
  • An ability to engage with analytical and evaluative activities
  • A good command of oral and written English

Evidence of work experience and some form of laboratory experience is an advantage.

Interview Advice

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the above at interview

How to apply

Home EU Applicants

You can apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

You will need the University code, the UCAS code for this course, and the deadline date for your application. You will find these on the Facts tab.

Contact us on: 

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344

Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form

International Applicants

International students should also apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). If you are an international applicant and UAL is the only university you want to apply to in the UK, you can make a direct application to your chosen course at UAL using the downloadable application form, which you can download via LCF's International page. You can also apply through one of UAL’s official representatives in your country.

For advice and guidance with your application, please contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please LCF's International team for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice.

Deferred Entry

Deferred Entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.

What Happens Next?

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed on the Entry Requirements tab, under What We Look For.

If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the College may not be able to re-schedule.

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack, sent by email, including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

Showing your Work

All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.

Course units

Year One

In the first term you will study two units.

Introduction to Study in Higher Education gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills. This unit will be closely linked to the underpinning subject of Skin Biology.

Scientific Principles provides you with a range of underpinning sciences required in cosmetic science. You will study chemistry, microbiology, and the structure and properties of the raw materials used in the cosmetics and toiletry industry. You will be introduced to practical laboratory skills, and will develop your problem-solving skills through an analytical approach.

In the second term you will study two units.

Marketing with Perfumery gives you an overview of the cosmetics industry and introduces you to the fundamental concepts in Marketing and Perfumery. You will study marketing theory and applications, learn how to retrieve, analyse and present data from secondary sources, and how to write reports in the scientific style required in the industry. You will also learn the basic concepts of perfumery, including specific terminology, and have the opportunity to practise the olfactory skills needed in product development.

Formulation Principles provides you with the opportunity to apply your scientific knowledge to product formulation. You will learn how the raw materials interact within the product and how they influence product performance on skin and hair. You will learn the basic principles of surface and colloidal chemistry, and the structure and properties of surfactants. You will gain further insights into the properties of young and aged skin, and explore the approaches used to help delay the signs of ageing. You will also look at the interactions between the skin and various environmental factors, including UV radiation and cosmetics and toiletries.

In the third term you will undertake the Formulation Practice unit. This gives you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills that you need to formulate and produce cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery products in the laboratory. You will study the theory, including an overview of the types and composition of cosmetics and toiletries, and an introduction to emulsion technology. You will be introduced to the principles of project management, and the use of safe working procedures, including risk assessment. Laboratory work will be carried out in small groups and will focus on a given formulation problem. The work will be structured and supervised, whilst allowing both groups and individual students a certain level of independence and creativity. This means that groups may take different approaches to the project brief, while achieving equally acceptable solutions to the problem.

Year Two

In the first term you will study two units.

Packaging Development and Technologyprovides a framework for the cosmetic scientist to make informed decisions on the selection and use of packaging materials. You will learn to evaluate the requirements of the product, the demands of the market, and the hazards encountered during production, packaging, distribution and display. Total pack cost will be considered, along with the requirement to conform to current legislation, and the need to make packaging decisions based on sound environmental data and aiming for sustainable solutions.   

Also in the first term, the Formulation and Legislation unit gives you knowledge and understanding of the processes used in the development and manufacture of skin care products, including the legislative requirements for both global and European markets, and the factors which have an impact on product safety and stability. You will concentrate on the formulation and development of skin care products. This unit gives you the opportunity to further develop your formulating skills, building on your underpinning knowledge and understanding of skin biology, microbiology, surface chemistry and the chemistry of raw materials, and to analyse the impact of the different raw materials on their structure, function and properties, including the sustainability of supply. 

In the second term you will study two units.

Research Methods in Marketing and Quality Management gives you the necessary knowledge and understanding of the requirements for providing the consumer with safe and legal products, which are fit for purpose and of acceptable quality. You will develop and extend your knowledge of marketing research and the methods used to understand, determine and specify consumer needs.

Also in the second term, the Formulation and Evaluation unit gives you the opportunity to further develop your formulating skills, building on your underpinning knowledge and understanding of formulation principles, legislative requirements and the chemistry of raw materials. You will learn about the composition, structure and properties of decorative cosmetic products (for example, lipstick, foundation, eye shadow). You will be introduced to the principles, methods and practical aspects of product evaluation, an essential tool in product development. During practical laboratory sessions you will choose raw materials to make cosmetic products, evaluate these products using sensory and instrumental techniques, and use statistical methods to analyse your results.

In the third term the Hair CareFormulation and Evaluation unit gives you the opportunity to consolidate your theoretical knowledge and practical skills acquired so far. You will undertake a relatively complex project, which will have an element of choice. You will further develop your understanding of research methodology, including primary and secondary research processes, and your formulation skills through studying the hair care sector. You will revisit and apply your perfumery knowledge, and your research, formulation and PPD (personal and professional development) skills to realise the project.

Professional Placement Year

This year is optional. If you take up this opportunity you will undertake a 30-week industrial placement, where you will experience the atmosphere, pace and discipline of working within the cosmetic industry by your involvement in the day to day activities of a particular business. The placement year will give you practical experience of the roles, functions and operations in the cosmetics, toiletry or perfumery industry that you have studied on your course. You will be required to write a negotiated report on your placement, which will focus on issues or opportunities related to the placement company. This will develop your study skills and allow you to demonstrate your research, analytical and evaluative skills.

There is an option to spend your placement year abroad by taking part in the Erasmus scheme, where you can combine an overseas work placement (minimum 20 weeks) with a period of overseas study (minimum 10 weeks).

Successful completion of the year will give you the additional qualification of a Diploma in Professional Studies.

Third/Fourth Year

In the first term you will undertake the Product Development and Claim Support unit. This unit integrates two important components of the life cycle of a commercial cosmetic product. Product development and innovation pave the way for the future of the company. You will learn how the various departments in a commercial organisation interact to introduce a new product into the market place. Claim support is a critical part of the product life cycle because comprehensive technical substantiation of claims is required by law, and because properly supported aggressive claims are drivers of the commercial success of products.

In the first and second terms you will undertake the Production and Distribution Management unit. You will explore the areas of production, inventory and distribution management and you will be introduced to the principles of supply chain management. This allows you to contextualise your knowledge of other disciplines studied on the course and apply them to a commercial environment. You have the opportunity, through theoretical situations, to experience some of the issues and activities associated with the production and distribution of cosmetics and toiletries.

In the second and third terms you will undertake the Product Launch Project. This unit consolidates the knowledge and skills you have acquired so far, and gives you the opportunity to apply these to the complex process of launching a product. You will be expected to demonstrate your critical understanding of market drivers, the legislative environment, the stages in product development and the nature of product claims. You will also be required to apply your knowledge and problem-solving skills to the product realisation, namely the production, packaging and delivery of the product into the market, in line with business objectives including timeliness, cost and acceptability by the consumer.

Students who successfully complete this year have the option of exiting the course at this point with a BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science award.

Final Year

In the first term you will undertake the Strategic Management unit. This will allow you to consolidate your understanding of the business environment in which the cosmetic and toiletries industries are situated. You will learn about key concepts, business models and management techniques that can be used within the industry. This knowledge will enable you to understand the key drivers in both large and small business enterprises, and how to evaluate the risks associated with entrepreneurial activities. You will look at the application of these tools to the management of technical functions responsible for new and continuing product and process development, and the many internal and external inter-dependencies of these functions.

Also in the first term and in the second term you will undertake the Advanced Cosmetic Science unit. This consolidates your learning in cosmetic science and technology and introduces new complex ideas and concepts. The major part of this unit gives you advanced knowledge of specific technologies and procedures, including sustainability and environmental aspects, intellectual property rights (patents and trademarks), alternatives to animal testing, relevant computer modelling and advanced aspects of consumer relations. The smaller part of this unit allows you to choose your area of interest and respond to an aspect of new developments in cosmetic ingredients, information technology and underpinning sciences.

Throughout terms one, two and three you will be working on your MSc Project for Cosmetic Science. This gives you the opportunity to demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and autonomy in planning and implementing complex tasks. You will have the opportunity to integrate your knowledge and skills acquired so far and apply them to a project of your choice. Your choice will reflect your personal and professional interests and career aspirations. It will deal with a problem/issue of practical or theoretical importance in the area of cosmetic science and technology. You will need to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the methods used in your chosen subject area so that you can construct an appropriate research methodology. It is expected that academic writing conventions will be used in your MSc project report. Your skills in project and risk management will be fully utilised in this unit.

There will be opportunities for a student to collaborate with a specific company, where a project can be negotiated that has practical outcomes for the company, and at the same time meets the requirements of the Masters level study.

There are also opportunities for students to engage with the ongoing research within the School by further developing a specific topic through their Masters project.

Testimonials

Graduates

Antonia Kenning BSc, Regulatory Manager, Burberry

I remember opening the LCF prospectus, finding the Cosmetic Science degree and thinking this is too good to be true! It was exactly what I was looking for; a course which covered my interest in art, science and cosmetics. After 4 enjoyable and memorable years of guidance from the university's experts and placement supervisors, it exceeded my expectations! The course had created a fantastic foundation in providing me with in-depth knowledge, networking skills and hands-on experience required for a successful career in this exciting industry. Since graduating in 2009, I have worked on a variety of projects and roles within manufacturing, supermarket retailers and luxury brand sectors, all of which I have gained valuable knowledge from and find myself constantly inspired and motivated. I am looking forward to seeing where this adventure takes me and would like to thank LCF for starting this journey."

Tumi Siwoku, Development Chemist at Broad Oak Toiletries

I just wanted to send you an email of gratitude, especially for the setting up the BSc Cosmetic Science course, many years ago. I learnt so much in my 3 years spent there, and now I am working in the job role of my dreams. Here at Broad Oak Toiletries I am heavily involved in the development process of many mass market products available in the UK. We work with the product briefs of many high profiled brands and celebrities. With plans of launching my own 'natural' skincare brand in West Africa, I'm so excited to see what the future holds. When I think back to UCAS and not having a clue as to what I should pursue in depth for a lifetime career, I'm so happy and feel so blessed that I was accepted onto a course which has given me a life-changing, challenging yet very fun career for life!"

Anonymous 2012 graduate, quote from NSS survey

The course is fantastically well funded, with prizes for good results and even train tickets to school trips, and all raw material costs covered by the course. The library has a wide selection of resources, which is surprising for such a small course... The external teachers are always of great quality and the actual course content is fantastic; it covers every aspect of the industry, some of the modules you would not learn on any other course in the country.”

 

Industry

Dr. Andrea Mitarotonda, Head of Research and Development, Neal's Yard Remedies

After many conversations and a fairly long selection process, I had LCF student Cindy Woo starting her placement in my R&D Team in August 2014.

Cindy has been a true surprise since day 1 when she asked me “can I go at the bench now?” even before I could explain what the project was about! Over the course of her placement I have been impressed by her background, knowledge and passion for the cosmetic industry. Not only has she been impeccably delivering every project assigned, but she has shown skills that I would expect from more senior Formulators. What most amazes me is her natural talent in creating and matching colours that has led us to creating some great blue-sky projects and delivering organic-certifiable multifunctional liquid colour cosmetics that will be launched in the next couple of years.

I will certainly continue this fruitful partnership with the College in the years to come.”

Dr Chris Flower, Director-General of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA)

Under the leadership of Professor Danka Tamburic, the University of the Arts at the London College of Fashion has developed an integrated Master of Science course that successfully combines academic rigour with the breadth of practical skills and knowledge that equips graduates to enter the cosmetics industry in a wide variety of roles. After many years operating as a Bachelor of Science degree, this welcome extension of the course to the Master level enhances the match between the skills needed by the cosmetics industry in today’s challenging operational climate and the attributes offered by new graduates seeking that key first employment opportunity."

Dr Emma Meredith, Head of Scientific and Technical Services at CTPA

I have really enjoyed the role of External Examiner.  It has given me the opportunity to see at first-hand what an amazing course the BSc in Cosmetic Science is. The fact that the course is now evolving into an MSc is an excellent indication that the industry as a whole sees the value of the course, too."

Holly Grenfell, previously Director of Product Development, Akademikliniken Cosmeceuticals, Stockholm, Sweden

Over the years, we had the pleasure to have with us 3 intern students from the BSc Cosmetic Science at London College of Fashion. It was a delight to work with them and I found I really discovered a keen interest in developing and mentoring the next generation of talent in the cosmetics industry. Thank you again for the great quality of students and the pleasure to work them.”

Acheson & Acheson:

As a company that has been supporting the Cosmetic Science Degree course for five years, it gives us an opportunity to employ enthusiastic new-comers to the industry who already have some insight into cosmetic formulating.

Our first student not only continued to work with us during her final year where she completed a skin care study as part of her project, she also rejoined us as a chemist to become part of our technical team after she graduated. Her development as a formulator has continued and she has recently been promoted to Product Development Manager. I can think of no better endorsement of the degree course than this excellent contribution to our business."

The Body Shop:

The range of subjects in the course is considered to be comprehensive and all of the subjects are relevant to the requirements of the technical functions within the Cosmetics Industry. As a result, graduates from this course have a distinct advantage when joining the Cosmetics Industry because of their specialist knowledge."

Placement supervisor at Proctor & Gamble:

The BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science at London College of Fashion seems to perfectly prepare the student for a formulation role in the cosmetic industry. The formulation lab becomes a natural environment to the student. The familiarity with making cosmetic formulations and handling cosmetic ingredients enables the student to quickly make strong contributions after a very short on-boarding."

Superdrug:

What better way to support our vision of being the high street's fashion led beauty retailer than to employ the best young graduates? London College of Fashion is known as the centre of excellence in fashion and beauty education. We are delighted that currently 3 recent graduates from the BSc Cosmetics Science course work within Superdrug's Own Brand Development Team. Their expertise and knowledge helps us to create products that Superdrug is proud of."

Society of Cosmetic Scientists, after an evening of student presentations:

If this is the future of the industry, then it is being left in good hands."

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