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MSc Cosmetic Science

College
LCF
Start date
September 2019
Course length
4 years / 5 years (with placement year in industry)
UCAS code
W297

Course summary

Applications are open for 2019/20 entry.

Scroll down to the How to apply section below.

This applied cosmetic science course provides students with the skills and knowledge for a rewarding career in the cosmetic and toiletry industry as technicians and product managers.

About

MSc Cosmetic Science 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.

The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has supported the development of this MSc 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.

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.

Location

This course is based at John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus. Find out about the local area, including Marylebone, Mayfair and Soho, in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

Student and graduate work

Smell Of Success talk: Fashion Business School Summit 17

This inspirational round table conversation, supported by CPL Aromas, was with some of the industry’s top noses, exploring the true value of capitalising on our olfactory sense within an exciting and evolving multisensory world.

How to make a lipstick

Making a lipstick in the labs at London College of Fashion, with students from the MSc Cosmetic Science course.

How to make a foundation

The process of making a foundation cream. Presented by MSc Cosmetic Science students at London College of Fashion.

Smell the DJ

London College of Fashion’s new project space, musician and DJ Matthew Herbert’s new experimental music and scent performance Smell the DJ explores the masculine iconography surrounding music and male perfumes.

Latest news from this course

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Facilities

Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF archives and library

Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

Cosmetic Science Haircare

Science and business facilities at JPS

Take a tour of JPS's lecture theatres and cosmetic science labs.

Mare Street Canteen

LCF's social spaces

Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course details

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.

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 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.

Course structure

The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2.

Block 1 is of 15 weeks’ duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four week holiday for Easter.

Year one

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

Year two

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

Year three

  • Applied Product Formulation
  • Production and Distribution Management
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Cosmetic Product Claims
  • Product Launch Project

Year four

  • MSc Project Proposal
  • Advanced Cosmetic Science
  • MSc Project for Cosmetic Science

Course units

Year one

Introduction to Cosmetic Science introduces you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development.  Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable you to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.

The Applied Chemistry unit provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts of chemistry as applied to cosmetic science. You will gain the knowledge essential to understand the chemistry, origin, production, properties and functions of different classes of raw materials used in cosmetic products. You will also obtain a detailed understanding of the chemical interactions between molecular species in cosmetic products, building the foundation for your future cosmetic formulation work.

The Applied Biology unit introduces you to the aspects of biological sciences that underpin the development and use of cosmetic products. In particular, you will begin the study of the skin, which is of vital importance to any in-depth understanding of the actions of cosmetics and toiletries. In addition, you will be introduced to the study of human anatomy and physiology, from the cell through to organ system level. You will also gain an understanding of microbiology and its importance in the cosmetics industry.

In Colloidal Science you will be introduced to the principles of surface and colloidal chemistry and their specific applications to the development and manufacture of cosmetic products. You will gain knowledge of the chemical structure of surfactants, their colloidal behaviour, properties and functions. The scope of this unit also includes extensive overview of emulsion science and technology.

Formulation Science will apply your scientific knowledge to the formulation of cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery products in the laboratory. Your will be introduced to scientific research methods and will apply these to a given formulation problem. Your practical laboratory work will be carried out in small groups and it will be structured and supervised, whilst allowing both groups and individual students a certain level of independence and creativity.

Better Lives

London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society. This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.

Year two

Skincare and Colour Cosmetics unit focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects underpinning the formulation of skincare and colour cosmetic products. It will provide you with a detailed insight into the composition, structure and properties of different categories of these products. You will be applying the scientific and formulation principles covered in Stage 1 units, enhanced by the knowledge of a wide range of raw materials and the further study of the skin structure and function.

The Product Evaluation unit, you will be introduced to the principles, methods and practical aspects of product evaluation, alongside the principles of statistical analysis. You will learn how to design product evaluation studies, including the selection of appropriate instrumental and/or sensory methods and corresponding statistical methods. This unit will enable you to develop and carry out evaluation studies, collect, analyse and interpret data and draw relevant conclusions on product efficacy.

The Product Safety, Quality and Legislation unit will provide you with the working knowledge of the requirements for producing safe and legal products, which are ‘fit for purpose’ and of acceptable quality. You will be introduced to the principles of quality management and will apply these to the context of the cosmetic industry. Key legislative requirements for cosmetics will be discussed and compared in global context. Finally, you will also learn the basis of toxicology and its application to safety assessment of cosmetics.

Product Packaging and Stability unit provides a framework to make informed decisions on the selection and use of packaging materials for cosmetics. 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. The principles of product stability will be introduced through theory, demonstration and practical work. You will consider the requirement to conform to relevant legislation and to make packaging decisions based on sound environmental data, aiming for sustainable solutions.

The Haircare unit you will learn about hair structure and how different ethnic hair characteristics impact on the variety of consumer needs. You will apply this knowledge to the formulation of different types of haircare products. Building on your raw materials and surface chemistry knowledge from Stage 1, you will research, develop and test product efficacy against defined consumer needs. You will plan and implement systematic data gathering and analysis for the purpose of product innovation.

The Perfumery unit will introduce you to the key concepts in perfumery and specific terminology.  You will have an opportunity to develop and practice olfactory skills and to utilise them in developing fragrances for cosmetic and toiletry products. You will also work on a specific perfume brief in order to appreciate the creativity and consumer focus required in order to produce cosmetic products with perfumes that convey efficacy and meet consumer expectations.

The Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma) is a University of the Arts London Award for a period of professional placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the four-year Bachelor’s degree or a five-year Integrated Master’s degree. The 30 weeks must be completed in full.

Year three

The Applied Product Formulation unit is to critically apply scientific knowledge to the process of product formulation, by utilising both standard and novel technologies and testing methods. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the chemistry and properties of key cosmetic ingredients, and of the relevant aspects of colloidal and formulation science. You will revisit key underlining principles of perfumery and packaging and apply these to the process of product development. All elements of the formulation process will be brought together in order to produce stable, effective and innovative cosmetic products.

Production and Distribution Management unit explores the areas of production, inventory and distribution management and introduces you to the principles of supply chain management. It offers you an opportunity to contextualise and apply to a commercial environment your knowledge of other disciplines studied in this course. You will be able to experience, through case studies, some of the issues and activities associated with the complex processes of producing and distributing cosmetics products into global markets. In particular, you will explore sustainability-related issues and analyse sustainable practices used in the cosmetic industry.

The Strategic Marketing unit will introduce you to strategic corporate and business models, which you will apply in the analysis of cosmetic branding and marketing strategies. You will also explore the global business environment within which the cosmetic industry is situated and will apply your findings to a range of business scenarios. You will learn to formulate strategic plans for business growth with the emphasis on innovation and the ways in which the internet and e-commerce are influencing strategy.

Cosmetic Product Claims unit integrates two important components of the new product development process: product development and claim support. The application of scientific and commercial subject knowledge for the development of innovative products, combined with critical evaluation of the scientific strengths of claims will be at the core of this unit.

The Product Launch Project unit is to consolidate knowledge and skills across a number of areas important to the industry and to apply them to the complex process of product launch. You will be expected to demonstrate your critical understanding of the market drivers, legislative environment, the stages in product development and the nature of product claims. Crucially you will have an opportunity to apply your formulation, packaging, evaluation and statistical knowledge to the development of a new cosmetic product, taking into account the business objectives such as timeliness, cost and consumer acceptability. You will also outline a proposal for the manufacturing method and quality control. Your project planning, team work, time management and laboratory skills will be utilised in the realisation of this project.

Year four

The MSc Project Proposal unit is to build a formalised structure to the process of research, which underpins the master’s year of your course. It draws on your existing research skills and develops them, culminating in the production of your MSc project/MSc dissertation proposal. This is required to be clearly scoped, risk-assessed, time-estimated and activity-based. The subject of your MSc project/dissertation will be selected from a given list or you may use your own topic, based on your personal and professional interests and career aspirations. Topics are expected to address issues of practical or theoretical importance for the cosmetics industry.

The Advanced Cosmetic Science unit will consolidate your learning in cosmetic science and technology and will build on your knowledge by introducing you to current research advances and industry challenges. A major part of the unit has a 'fixed' content and provides you with the complex knowledge of specific technologies and processes, including sustainability, intellectual property rights, alternatives to animal testing and aspects of consumer relations. A smaller part of this unit is 'open' and variable, responding to new developments in raw materials and cosmetic actives, information technology and underpinning sciences.

MSc Project for Cosmetic Science unit will be the culmination of your Integrated Master’s study. You will demonstrate self-direction in the choice of topic and will be supported in the development of your research methodology. You will choose between an experimentally-based and a theoretical approach, resulting in the MSc project report and MSc dissertation, respectively. The choice of topic for your MSc project/dissertation will reflect your personal and professional interests and career aspirations. Preferably, it will deal with an issue of practical or theoretical importance in the area of cosmetic science and technology. Your work is expected to contain elements of originality and be at the forefront of the subject area.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Laboratory workshops
  • Marketing research
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Independent laboratory work
  • Academic skills and research methods

Assessments methods

  • Essays and dissertation
  • Project and laboratory reports
  • Exam papers and presentations
  • Tutorials

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.

Staff

Diogo Baltazar is the course leader for the integrated MSc in Cosmetic Science and also coordinates the DiPS year on the course. Diogo trained as a pharmacist at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon where he collaborated in the research and development of topical medicines. After obtaining his MPharm, Diogo completed a Specialisation PGDip in Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology and later worked as a full-time research assistant at the iMed.ULisboa, University of Lisbon, where he was responsible for consultancy projects for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. His projects included the development of cosmetic product lines, re-formulation of products in the market and testing of topical medicines. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and leads the teaching in colloidal and formulation science and technology, including laboratory workshops specialising in skincare. His research interests are focused on the formulation technology and theology of colloidal systems and the optimisation of topical drug delivery.

Professor Danka Tamburic has a background in Pharmacy, with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2000, she 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. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and on the MSc Cosmetic Science she teaches product evaluation and leads the post-graduate teaching, including the MSc Project unit. 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. Read Professor Danka Tamburic's full profile here.

Gabriela Daniels is the programme director for the Science Programme. She has an MSc in Science and Technology of Cosmetics and Essential Oils from University of Food Technologies in Bulgaria and worked in the cosmetic industry in Bulgaria and the UK in a variety of roles, such as applications chemist and technical adviser. She holds an MBA with the Open University (UK) and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. On the MSc Cosmetic Science she teaches business subjects, contextualised to the cosmetic industry and scientific subjects such as claim substantiation and haircare science and technology. She has participated in pedagogic projects related to the experience of BAME students and the use of specialist videos in teaching and learning for which she was awarded the UAL Teaching and Professional Fellowship in 2012. Gabriela’s research interests are focused on hair science and technology as well as the pedagogy of group work and learning technology.

Caroline Searing is a Senior Lecturer on the MSc Cosmetic Science course. She trained as a physiologist at the University of Bristol and holds an MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Bucks New University. Prior to coming to LCF she worked as a scientific officer with the Ministry of Defence (Navy), specialising in respiratory physiology and thermally stressful environments. She teaches all biology related subjects, including skin biology, and development of HE study skills. She has also been a unit leader for the Cell & Physiology units for the Society of Cosmetic Scientists Distance Learning Course since 2009. Her current research includes the changing role of makeup during the female lifespan.

Dr Milica Stević is a post-doctoral research fellow in Cosmetic Science and a lecturer on the MSc Cosmetic Science course. She joined LCF in 2015, having previously been a post-doctoral research fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCL School of Pharmacy. Her background is in physical chemistry with a PhD in Analytical Physical Chemistry from the University of Belgrade. Dr Stević teaches units related to various branches of chemistry, including raw materials, and leads the teaching in product packaging. Her research interests include the application of 3D printing technology in cosmetic science and packaging, as well as development of new methods for skin and hair characterisation.

Le Quan Nguyen is a lecturer in Applied Statistics on the MSc Cosmetic Science programme. After graduating with an MSc in Economics and Information Management (cum laude) from Maastricht University, he is pursuing a PhD. in Learning Analytics at the Institute of Educational Technology, Open University UK (2016-2019). His research focuses on analysing big data of student behaviours in an online learning environment on a large scale to support learning design. Quan has published in leading international peer-reviewed journals and received two best paper awards at well-established international conferences. He has considerable experience working as a data analyst, as well as teaching experience in quantitative methods for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Economics and Cosmetic Science.

Marianne Martin has been a long standing contributor to the course, teaching the specialist perfumery elements and, more recently, contributing to the planning of master’s projects and collaborative projects across the college. She has 40 years’ experience as a perfumer or nose. In addition, she has been teaching fragrance as a route to assist people with mental health issues with a nationally recognised programme Learn2b and is currently working for Aromatic Flavours and Fragrances.

Carmel Lally is a specialist technician for the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science. She supervises laboratory workshops and provides technical support in product development and perfumery. She graduated from LCF with a first class honours degree in Cosmetic Science. After working in the cosmetic industry in the UK, and completing a PGCE Post Compulsory Education she joined the LCF Cosmetic Science area. Currently working towards an MSc from the Open University UK, Carmel’s research interests are focused on the pedagogy of group work and mental health science.

Dr Terence Chung is a specialist technician for the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science. He supervises laboratory workshops and provides technical support in product development, product evaluation and physicochemical testing. He also delivers lectures on the biochemistry of skin ageing. He trained as a biochemist at the University of Nottingham (BSc Hons Biochemistry), has an MSc in Drug Discovery (School of Pharmacy, UCL) and has completed a PhD (University of East Anglia) focused on the discovery of anti-MRSA agents from plant extracts and in the mechanism of DNA interacting enzymes (topoisomerases). He engaged in science education in secondary level for two years before he joined LCF. He has worked in the cosmetic industry in product development of hair care and skincare products.

Sherine Nicholson is a specialist technician for the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science. She supervises laboratory workshops and provides technical support.  Her background and interests in beauty and cosmetics led her from studies in chemistry to the BSc Cosmetic Science programme at LCF where she graduated with a first class honours degree. She joined the LCF Cosmetic Science team after working in product development and technical and regulatory areas of the cosmetics industry. Sherine’s interests are in hair care science and nail care technologies.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

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.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that 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

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements .

Selection Criteria

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.

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

Making your application

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

How we assess your application

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the entry requirements and selection criteria listed above.

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W297

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

After you apply

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry Requirements and Selection Criteria sections.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. 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 including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

How we assess your application

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the entry requirements and selection criteria listed above. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements you will be invited to attend an interview. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

You should apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W297

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate application will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

We do not consider applications for Year 2 and Year 3 Entry for this course.

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15th January for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

After you apply

What happens next

Immigration History Check

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and Selection Criteria sections. If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where an international academic ask questions to establish your suitability for the course.

If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to attend an interview.

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

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. 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 including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.


After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via UCAS Track or the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: 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.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2019/20 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,930

This applies for the 2019/20 academic year.

Additional costs

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

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

All of our undergraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the cosmetic industry. LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:

  • An on-course work experience or placement year. Please note, this is not available on every course; please see the Course Details section for information about work placement opportunities.
  • Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.
  • Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.
  • Access to a graduate careers service
  • Access to a live jobsboard for all years.
  • Advice on setting up your own brand or company.
Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level can progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

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 new product development, quality control, cosmetic regulatory affairs and marketing. Graduates have taken the following positions in the cosmetics industry in a number of roles, including at Eylure as New Product Development/Marketing Executive, for Azelis as Techical Product Manager, at Tropic Skincare as Laboratory and Quality Control Technician and for Walgreens Boots Alliance as International Regulatory Affairs Officer, training in toxicology with the Product Safety team.

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:

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