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Cosmetic Science Programs Around the World

We frequently get asked her on Chemists Corner about training programs in the cosmetic industry. So much so that we created our own, online training course that you can learn more about here. Practical Cosmetic Formulatingcollege-of-pharmacy

However, there are many other options for increasing your education about cosmetic science. These include programs ranging from four-year university degrees to one-hour online seminars. We’ve compiled a list of all the cosmetic science training programs we could find from around the world.

Cosmetic Science Advanced Degrees

University of Cincinnati On-line degree program focusing on design, evaluation, and control of cosmetic products. Nationally acclaimed Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science with emphasis in Cosmetic Science on-line. Lectures are offered asynchronously over the internet to accommodate the work and travel schedules of those who wish to take courses without distracting from current employment. Requires some visits to Cincinnati.

Fairleigh Dickenson — M.A. in Science (Cosmetic Science Concentration). Fairleigh Dickinson University’s School of Natural Sciences offers a Master of Arts in Science with a concentration in Cosmetic Science. This concentration, the first of its kind in New Jersey, was implemented in 1982 with the support and approval of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. Today, FDU’s Cosmetic Science program continues to fulfill the needs of those responsible for creating commercial products in the cosmetics, toiletries, and fragrance industries. It enables practitioners to learn the latest advances in their field and helps students to develop advanced skills that can lead to senior assignments in the cosmetics industry.

Long Island University (US) -M.S. in Pharmaceutics – The graduate program in cosmetic science provides an appropriate blend of course work in the areas of chemistry, pharmacology, toxicology, microbiology and pharmacy. These disciplines are coupled with their applications to the development and formulation of cosmetic products, and will serve to help the student to function more effectively in the cosmetic industry.

University of Rhode Island (US) – M.S. in Pharmaceutics – Not focused on cosmetic science but they do have a course in it.

Rutgers (US) – MBS Personal Care Science program – The goal of the program is to educate students in the essential skills and tools relevant to the Personal Care (Cosmetic), Consumer Health Products, Pharmaceutical and Speciality Chemical industries. Students will be taught the fundamentals and applications of personal care chemistry, food science, process engineering and science and will receive training in finance and accounting, marketing, communication and leadership, management of science and technology, ethics and entrepreneurship.

Singapore Polytechnic – Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetic Science – The curriculum for this course focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of chemistry before they embark on subjects that have strong emphases on applications. Areas of applications such as sensory training for perfumery, fragrance creation, formulation of cosmetic products, cosmetic science as well as the marketing and business aspects in these disciplines will be some topics covered in the curriculum.

De Montfort University (UK) – Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science
BSc (Hons). Program provides knowledge and skills about formulation, manufacture and evaluation of products in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and toiletries industry. Delivered by a team of subject experts, the courses are designed in the first year to deliver subjects such as chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology, which give the scientific background. Formulation, through a comprehensive course in compounding, and process technology are also introduced.  3 -4 year full time study required.

London College of Fashion (UK) – Here you can achieve a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science. This is a full-time, undergraduate level program that is designed to take 3-4 years to complete. This course is good if you wish to enter the industry as a formulating scientist in research and development, although you will be equipped to pursue a variety of careers in the cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery industry (e.g., in product manufacturing, marketing and technical sales). It is sponsored by the Cosmetics, Toiletries and Perfumery Association.

Monash University (Australia) – Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science. Learn how to formulate, design and evaluate pharmaceuticals. The formulation science and chemistry knowledge graduates gain makes them suited for careers developing, cosmetics, foods, agricultural chemicals, veterinary products, paints and inks and many such consumer goods.

Somalwar Academy Education Society (India) – Offers a four-year bachelor of cosmetic technology. The course gives training in Cosmetic Formulation, Manufacturing, Analysis and Marketing. Industrial training and Educational tour are two essential components of the course. Graduate in Cosmetic Technology can seek jobs in Production / Marketing / R&D in cosmetic companies.

EFCM Program (France) – Offers a limited number of students that opportunity to learn fragrance and cosmetic formulating. 2 year program to achieve Masters of Science in Fragrance and Cosmetics or an MBA.

ISIPCA (France) – The Institut Supérieur International du Parfum offers programs in perfumery, cosmetics and food flavouring. Courses are in French.

Cosmetic Science Short Courses — Live classroom

Society of Cosmetic Chemists — Continuing education courses are taught around the United States but mostly focused on the New Jersey / New York area. Topics include all types of things relevant to the cosmetic industry including formulation, emulsions, surfactants, etc. The Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry course is taught by Perry Romanowski.

Montclair State University (US) – Consumer Product Science Short Course. A Consumer Product Science short course designed for early career professionals in the Fragrance and Consumer Household/ Personal Care Industries. Covers product formulation, ingredients selection, product evaluation and regulatory information.

Cosmetic Science Online Courses

Practical Cosmetic Formulating – Our very own program designed to introduce students to all aspects of the cosmetic industry with a focus on formulation. This 5-month program includes 9 modules which are done online and can be completed anywhere in the world. Includes a copy of Beginning Cosmetic Chemistry, a cosmetic science discussion forum, and direct access to the instructors.

Diploma in Cosmetic Science by Distance Learning (UK) – Produced by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists. The course is modular in construction giving a flexible learning pattern but is expected to be completed within one year, though students may defer examination until the second year.

Institute of Personal Care Science (Australia) – Cosmetic product and personal care training Institute offering Diplomas in Personal Care Development, Promotion and Formulation. Industry approved training for the cosmetic formulators, marketers and personal care professionals of tomorrow. Diplomas are offered nationwide through Distance Education, so you can study to improve your career opportunities at a time and place that suits you; with the support of our industry professionals assisting you all the way.

Special4chem e-Training courses – They have a variety of cosmetic science topics such as Silicones, Natural ingredients, emulsions, make-up, etc. Webinars are typically 90 minutes long with a 30 minute question and answer session. Taught by leading industry experts.

Center for Professional Advancement- Cosmetic research and development training. Has both live classroom and online training options. Courses run from one- to five- days in length, include discussions, case studies, and group exercises and are taught by industry leaders who share their knowledge in an enthusiastic, interactive manner.

For more programs around the world, see this list put together by the IFSCC.

If you know of programs that we have missed, please leave a comment below or send us an email.

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  • Sarah 10/19/2014, 11:58 am

    Hi, I am looking for schools in either Virginia or the UK near Oxford or Cardiff(anywhere else in UK is fine too) to help me in my quest for a degree in Chemistry to help with becoming a Cosmetic Chemist.

    • Perry Romanowski 10/20/2014, 8:48 am

      You can get a Chemistry degree in almost any university. That would be the first place to start.

  • payam 10/07/2014, 11:23 am

    Hi
    I’m chemical engineering , i have near 10 years experience about cosmetics field ( most of these experiences are at engineering sector of cosmetics factory ) , i want improve my knowledge at cosmetics in Canada , can you help me for find the best way for it .
    thanks a lot .

    • Perry Romanowski 10/08/2014, 8:55 am

      I’d suggest you get involved with the SCC Ontario chapter.

  • Fola 09/07/2014, 9:21 pm

    Hi Perry,

    Thank you for this useful blog post.

    I am a black woman who has recently developed a passion for hair care, natural hair care to be specific, and I am very interested in understanding and hopefully, developing a range of products to suit my hair type.

    I am a Chemical Engineer based in the UK with no previous experience in cosmetics. I have mixed a few products but with my scientist brain, I want to understand more about formulation and product development. My question to you is if you think your course is sufficient to teach me all I need to know to get started or would you recommend the course based in the UK? In short, do I need a diploma or would a course like yours cover the chemistry and practical side of things.

    Thank you again and I look forward to hearing from you.

    • Perry Romanowski 09/08/2014, 5:17 pm

      You do not need an official diploma to get started if your desire is to create your own beauty products. Our program would be an excellent place to start. http://chemistscorner.com/members

  • M. 08/09/2014, 12:46 pm

    Hi
    Iam a pharmacist
    I want to do master degree in cosmetology
    .. pharmaceutical product from cosmetic point of view. ..
    Where can I find it ???

    I would like it to be in UK
    Is it available or not ???
    Thanks

    • Perry Romanowski 08/10/2014, 10:07 pm

      See the SCS program mentioned above.

  • SALAH BOUKRAA 08/04/2014, 1:54 pm

    Hello Dear sir
    it’s a pleasure for me to write to you to ask for a piece of advice.
    I am interested in cosmetic products that’s why I decided to study chemistry, i have just finished my 1 st year (bachelor) but some one advised me to study chemical engineering , and other advised me to study pharmacy as cosmetic products come under pharmaceuticals

    now i am really confused pls help me.
    saleh

  • nastaran 07/22/2014, 4:58 am

    Hi, i wounder if this filed have PhD degree in any university around the world? i finished my master degree in organic chemistry recently so i look forward to continue in cosmetic science? is it possible ???!!

    • Perry Romanowski 07/22/2014, 7:05 am

      I don’t know of any PhD programs in cosmetics.

  • darshni 07/18/2014, 12:54 am

    hi perry ,
    im going to complete my bachelors degree in pharma within 9 months and want to pursue MS in pharmaceutics specialization is cosmetic science in usa …can you suggest any college that offers the above mentioned course ….im from india…………

    i have studied cosmetic formulation for 1 semester for various products so i kind of have a background for cosmetic science…

    • Perry Romanowski 07/21/2014, 12:35 pm

      The only courses I know of are listed in this article.

  • Tri 07/08/2014, 8:55 pm

    Hi Perry, I am a cosmetologist starting my own cosmetic line and want to be hands on with the formulation process. I am interested in a degree in cosmetic chemistry in orlando florida. Could you point me in the right direction.. also…can I take your course or is the degree mandatory?
    Thanks!

  • katerina 06/25/2014, 2:15 am

    Hello!such a helpful article!
    I just got my degree in Aesthetics and Cosmetology in Technological Educational Institute of Athens,Greece but I would like to continue my studies in the field of cosmetology and cosmetic chemistry…Ideally I would prefer a disstance program so that I won t have to move,but I have the ability to leave my house for a month or two..What would you suggest?
    Also,is it viable to take up an mSc in cosmetic science if I haven t a degree in chemistry?

    • Perry Romanowski 06/27/2014, 8:17 am

      It really depends on your end goal. If you want to learn about cosmetic formulating you might check out our course. http://chemistscorner.com/members

      If you want to get a degree, you might check with the SCS in the UK. I think they have a longer online program.

  • Amelia Lynn 06/15/2014, 1:08 pm

    A question for you and anyone who would know. First, I already have an undergrad degree in business and am currently finishing my second undergrad degree in chemistry. I am looking into the ECFM program based in France and I was wondering how it works, if you have any ideas. I read on their site that it is 2 years for 2 separate degrees, first year in Versailles, France for the cosmetics master and second year in Padua, Italy for the business master. Would anyone know if I can just do the first year in France and not the second year in Italy? I really just want the master in cosmetic chemistry, I am moving to France in one year from now. Thank you for any answer or ideas!

  • Atoussa 06/12/2014, 10:31 am

    Hello
    I studied molecular biology (B.Sc) and I’m getting master in biochemistry,
    I work as a researcher in a cosmetics company and so interested in contiuing my education in field of cosmetics
    which program would you suggest?
    Thank you

  • Rachel 06/04/2014, 11:30 am

    Dear Perry,

    I have the option of taking a BSc 2.2 in general science degree or a pass grade in BSc Chemistry degree I wanted to get into cosmetic chemistry and don’t know what I should do. Should I do a masters? And if so which degree would be more beneficial in potential job prospects?

    • Perry Romanowski 06/16/2014, 5:39 pm

      The chemistry degree would be more beneficial if you wanted to get into the cosmetic industry.

  • Sona 05/23/2014, 11:27 pm

    I have done Bachelors engineering in Biotechnology & diploma course in Cosmetics.
    Currently working as a product development chemist. I want further study in cosmeceuticals. Which course should i prefer?

    • Perry Romanowski 05/29/2014, 6:41 pm

      See the University of Cincinnati program.

  • Muzamil Rashid 05/14/2014, 4:05 am

    Hello sir, i have done M. Pharma Pharmaceutics from India. I am looking for one year diploma ( or six month diploma) in Cosmetic science. Plz let me know the same…..

    • Perry Romanowski 05/19/2014, 7:14 am

      See the post above.

  • crystal 05/05/2014, 12:49 pm

    Is there any school that offers undergraduate cosmetic science online, I work in the beauty industry but do not have a degree however, I am highly interested in Cosmetic Science. Is there any program that can offer what I need to complete for this degree?

    • Perry Romanowski 05/05/2014, 1:03 pm

      The University of Cincinnati does.

  • Ali 05/05/2014, 12:39 am

    Dear Perry;
    Thank you very much for your useful information. I’m studying chemistry in Iran for B.s and I want to know about the perfumery course around the world which offers scholarships. I would be really appreciate your help if can help me.
    Regards;

    • Perry Romanowski 05/05/2014, 1:03 pm

      Hello Ali,

      Sorry I do not know of any scholarships. Contact the courses above and see if they do.

  • Ij 05/04/2014, 2:53 pm

    Hello Perry. Thank you for such an insightful article! I’m an African pharmacy graduate and I’m interested in starting up my own cosmetic company later in my country. UC’s curriculum appears very educative but I’d like something full-time&on campus, not online. I found Rutger’s Psm in personal care science interesting as it contains business modules useful to intending entrepreneurs but I don’t know good it is in the area of cosmetic science. As a professional, which of d courses in ur article would u recommend? Thanks in anticipation of ur helpful reply, Perry.

    • Perry Romanowski 05/05/2014, 1:04 pm

      The Rutger’s program is likely good. Another good option is Fairleigh Dickenson

  • Valerie Gallaway 04/29/2014, 1:39 am

    Is there any reason you didn’t include the University of Toledo in your list? In the Fall of 2013, Dr. Gabriella Baki started a new program: a Bachelors of Science degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a major in Cosmetic Chemistry. Since you’ve been a guest lecturer at UT, I thought you would have included the only Bachelors degree program in existence in the U.S.

    • Perry Romanowski 04/29/2014, 6:42 am

      The reason is because this post was written in 2010 and the University of Toledo program didn’t exist. I haven’t really updated the post since then & rely on people to post any program that we might have missed in this comments section. Eventually, I’ll do an update.

  • SANDY 04/15/2014, 2:33 pm

    Hi,

    Does anyone know any Cosmetic Science Programs in Northern California?

    Thank you!

    • Perry Romanowski 04/17/2014, 8:28 am

      I would suggest you contact the California SCC. I know there are a few people there that work with a college and produce some cosmetic science classes. https://www.caliscc.org/index.php

  • Vienna 04/06/2014, 2:05 pm

    Hi,

    I’m now taking a Bachelor Degree in Pharmaceutical Engineering and I’m considering to take a Master Degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Sciences. I’m thinking about applying to EFCM however considering the job prospects, is it better compared to the universities in the US like FDU?

    Thank you.

    • Perry Romanowski 04/08/2014, 12:37 pm

      I think they are probably equal in terms of a resume. But you would likely make better job connections at the FDU.

  • Anny 04/05/2014, 12:13 pm

    Hello,
    I have an admit from Rutgers MBS program, Fairleigh Dickinson cosmetic science program as well as long island university Ms in pharmaceuticals with concentration in cosmetics. What would be a better option considering job prospects?
    Thanks,
    Anny

    • Perry Romanowski 04/05/2014, 2:40 pm

      Hello Anny – I think the Fairleigh Dickinson program would be the best option of those three.

      • Anny 04/06/2014, 7:34 am

        Thank you!
        So in your opinion it is better to do the course at fairleigh. I’m am international student. Keeping that in mind will fairleigh course still be better over the Rutgers one?

        • Shelby 10/08/2014, 9:49 am

          Hi Perry,

          I am interested in hearing your thoughts on this comment as well. I am also admitted to both Rutgers and FDU and trying to decide which would be a better fit in terms of course work and job connections. I want to be involved with product development with more emphasis on sensory and claims substantiation than formulation. However, I still want to understand the science behind the cosmetics so I can make informed decisions and produce top quality products.

          Thank you

          • Perry Romanowski 10/08/2014, 1:21 pm

            Hello Shelby – I think the FDU program is a bit more established and tied in with more industry contacts. This would probably be the better choice for your interests.

  • Danielle 03/18/2014, 9:13 am

    hi Perry

    i really need your help. i have recently finished my A levels and i studied Maths Physics and Chemistry. i applied to de montfort university and londin college of fashion but did not meet the requirements. do you know anywhere else i can study cosmetic science.

    Danielle Zinyengere

    • Danielle 03/18/2014, 9:52 am

      hi Perry

      our other problem is finance, so if you could advise me on what route to take. I come from Zimbabwe.

      regards
      Danielle Zinyengere

      • Perry Romanowski 03/19/2014, 4:37 pm

        Hello Danielle – unfortunately, I don’t really know what to tell. What is your specific problem?

        • Danielle 04/20/2014, 9:41 am

          we are struggling to come up with the funds for DMU and LCF. If i do pharmacy will i still be on the right road?

    • Perry Romanowski 03/25/2014, 11:33 am

      Hello – The list of all the programs I know are in the post above.

  • Prin 03/06/2014, 2:41 am

    Dear Dr. Perry,

    Hi! I’m an incoming college freshman. There is no cosmetic science course here in my country. Do aspiring cosmetic chemists really need to gradate from such course in order to be proficient and competent in that field of specialization? I want to formulate cosmetic products or make my own skin care line someday. Do you think a BS in Chemistry with Materials Science Engineering or a BS in Chemical Engineering will Suffice? Which do you think is better? Also, do you have an idea of how much will an MS in Cosmetic Science at FDU will cost me?

    Thanks in advance for your time!

    Regards,
    Prin

    • Perry Romanowski 03/07/2014, 11:52 am

      Hello Prin,

      To formulate and start your own line it is not crucial to get a chemistry degree. You can become a cosmetic chemist with a degree in the ones you’ve mentioned. I believe the MS in Cosmetic Science at FDU would run around $35,000 US but I don’t know for sure. Good luck!

  • BRUNET Pauline 03/05/2014, 4:44 am

    Dear M. Perry Romanowski,
    My name is Pauline Brunet. I am a French student currently doing my internship in cosmetics for my third year of engineering school (Agroparistech School, bac+5). I am very interested in your « Cosmetic Science Short Courses ». Is it possible for me to follow them ? How can I register ? How long these courses are ? And how much does it cost ?
    Thank you for your help,
    Best Regards,
    Pauline Brunet

    • Perry Romanowski 03/05/2014, 6:53 am

      Hello Pauline – We are re-opening the cosmetic science short course in April. You can get more information by signing up for our free newsletter here.

  • lely 03/02/2014, 10:04 pm

    Hi Perry,

    do you have recommendation university in Germany for cosmetic science. I have plan to move to germany and continue my study there but i didnt know which uni that has cosmetic science. thank you

    lely

    • Perry Romanowski 03/03/2014, 12:57 pm

      Hello – I’m not familiar with any programs for cosmetics in Germany.

  • Lisa 02/26/2014, 10:22 am

    Hi Renate,
    I just want to know if you have some contact professor in Cesif to realize an internship in this university in formulation cosmetic.

    Thanks

  • Renate Lozno 02/11/2014, 8:50 am

    Hi Perry
    I studied a Masters in Barcelona Spain in Cosmetic and dermopharmacy. The school is called CESIF its a really good masters program

    • Emilia 07/14/2014, 4:25 am

      Hi Renate
      I’ve recently graduated with Bpharm degree and I’m very interested in the Masters degree you’ve completed!
      Is the course available in English?
      What sort of career path would this degree open you up to?

  • DARSHAN SUGANDHI 01/31/2014, 1:50 pm

    Hi Perry,
    I aspire to pursue an undergraduate degree in fields related to Fragrance, Flavors and Perfumery. Are they related to Cosmetology.
    Which colleges should i look on for?
    Thankyou.

  • DARSHAN SUGANDHI 01/15/2014, 8:42 am

    Are Cosmetic studies and Perfumery studies the same?
    If so, I would like to pursue an undergraduate degree in the same.
    Which course and university would be the most suitable for me.?
    Please help.
    Thankyou.

    • Perry Romanowski 01/15/2014, 4:14 pm

      Yes, they are similar. As far as which university, just see the ones in the post above.

    • Aishwarya Nayak 02/24/2014, 3:14 am

      Hey! I’ve been looking for the exact same course.. But haven’t found any! Let me know if you come across a college or university offering this program. You can email me at nayak_aishwarya@hotmail.com
      Thank you

  • Ij 12/30/2013, 11:16 am

    Hello Perry. Thank you for such an insightful article! I’m a pharmacy graduate from Nigeria and I’m interested in starting up my own cosmetic company later in my country. UC’s curriculum appears very educative but I’d like something full-time&on campus, not online. I found Rutger’s Psm in personal care science interesting as it contains business modules useful to intending entrepreneurs but I don’t know good it is in the area of cosmetic science. As a professional, which of d courses in ur article would u recommend? Thanks in anticipation of ur helpful reply Perry.

  • Dobromira 12/11/2013, 1:19 pm

    Hello,
    My name is and I’m from Dobromira Bulgarian national 2014 graduated as Bachelor “biology.” I intend to continue their education through a PhD in the USA., but it’s hard to choose universitet. Know which universities offer a doctorate in the field of “cosmetic science.” Thank you in advance!

    • Perry Romanowski 12/15/2013, 7:05 pm

      See the programs above.

  • Daniele Camacho 12/04/2013, 7:51 am

    Hi There, I’m brasilian, I’m gratuated in pharmacy, and I’d like to study more aboud cosmetics. Where do you think is easier to join? I have a portuguese passport, I think with it could be easier.. thank you!

  • Nandy 11/19/2013, 9:01 pm

    Hi Perry,
    I have been working as a cosmetic chemist for about a year. I came directly from college and was blessed to be a great company. I purchased your book which helped me tremendously. I’m looking to get an master’s degree and would prefer a degree in the science. I have been looking into the online master’s in cosmetic sciences from UC. I’m looking to get a degree that would catapult me to the next level hopefully to go from a small manufacturing company to a bigger company with higher pay. I was wondering how respected is the Online master in the cosmetic industry? And would you suggest something else?
    Best regards,
    Nandy

    • Perry Romanowski 11/27/2013, 7:11 am

      The program from UC is one of the most respected in the industry. You wouldn’t go wrong getting a degree from there.

  • rizki 11/18/2013, 1:05 pm

    hi perry
    thank you for your information above.
    im from indonesia. i want to get master degree in cosmetic science abroad but i dont have fund enough for studying abroad. do you know some shcolarships about it? tell me please if you know. thank you

    • Perry Romanowski 11/27/2013, 7:08 am

      You might check with the IFSCC

  • Ashley 10/30/2013, 5:06 am

    Hi Perry
    I have visited your site many times and I am very inspired to become a cosmetic chemist. I will be graduating with a B.S. in Biochemistry this March and I wanted to know if I should go directly into my Masters for Cosmetic Science or try to get some work experience first? I am interested in applying to all of the programs in US and I was wondering if you know anything about how hard it is to get into any of these programs? I am 22 and would like to start my career as cosmetic formulator as soon as I can. My goal is to be a director in an R&D lab or product development manager.

    Thank you so much for this wonderful resource!
    Hope to hear from you soon/

    • Perry Romanowski 10/31/2013, 7:06 pm

      I would suggest you get a job in the cosmetic industry (you can with a BS in Biochemistry) then take the online Master of Cosmetic Science offered by the University of Cincinnati. That way you can work while completing your Masters.

      Good luck!

      Perry, 44

  • tanya 10/18/2013, 4:26 pm

    This is the information I have been searching for. I do not need a typical degree as I already have an M.S. and M.Phil. in Chemistry. This gives me just what I need!!! Thank you Perry as always!! You provide invaluable information and service!!

  • Joy Ajama 10/15/2013, 6:55 pm

    Hi Perry,
    Thank you for the post, it was really helpful. I graduate this year from undergrad program in Biological sciences and I am very interested in going into the cosmetic field. What school in America would you say has the best program for this. I liked University if Cincinnati but I think their MS program is only online which I don’t like.

    Your advice is highly appreciated and thanks in advance.

    • Perry Romanowski 10/16/2013, 5:12 pm

      Hello Joy,

      The Cincinnati program is not only an online program. You can do live courses too. And the Fairleigh Dickinson program is good too.

      • Joy 10/31/2013, 9:47 pm

        Hi Perry thank you for replying.

        Greenwich university in London has a masters program in formulating science which offers knowledge in the science of formulating new products, whether these are new pharmaceuticals or consumer care products, paints, foods or fuels.
        Since I am more interested in the cosmetic field, do you think it will be difficult for me to get a job with this degree in a cosmetic industry especially here in America.

        Thank you and thank you in advance

        • Perry Romanowski 11/01/2013, 6:00 am

          Yes, you should be able to get an entry level job with a background in formulations. That should help give you a leg up.

  • joy 10/04/2013, 8:25 pm

    Hi, Mr Perry
    i like you blog so much , it is useful and makes me want to become a cosmetic chemist asap! im now 17 and im considering which university is better? between london college of fashion and De monfort university. im enrolling in next year and i cant find any useful help around to decide.
    look forward to your reply, im so grateful :))

    • Perry Romanowski 10/06/2013, 5:45 pm

      I think De Monfort might be better if you want to become a cosmetic chemist but both are good.

  • Cristina 09/26/2013, 11:11 am

    Hello,

    I m a portuguese pharmacist facing a dilema. Cosmetics and their preparation are an old passion but I do have some problems formulating properly in order to start my own business, so I am considerating either one of two diferente courses: the SCS Diploma in Cosmetic Science and the University of Siena´s International Master in Cosmetic and Technology. I ve read some comments in this website of yours about the SCS course but after exchanging a couple of e-mails with them about the course, it seems far too theoretical to give me the experience I need to formulate.
    I would honestly appreciate if you would take the time to answer me even though I do am aware that your website and your mini course and lessons are of great value and so helpfull.
    I thereby thank you for it.
    Best regards,
    Cristina

  • Breana Caturano 09/16/2013, 5:20 pm

    I am currently a college student in the US. I have a huge interest in working in the cosmetic chemistry field. Currently I am a sophomore with my declared major as BS in Chemistry. My school does not offer any cosmetic chemistry classes. From various research I have not seen many undergrad programs involving cosmetic chemistry. Am I heading in the right direction? Is there a certain grad school I should aim for? What is the best way for me to get my foot in the door for this industry?

  • Stefano Manfredini 09/14/2013, 9:04 am

    The Specialization Course in Cosmetic Sciences (COSMAST) is a Post Graduation Course. Devoted to prepare the characteristic figure of a specialist in cosmetic science to specialize the graduate student with exclusive expertise in the area, which include all aspects: technology, formulation, regulatory, cosmetic chemistry, quality control, production, toxicology, microbiology, efficacy testing, marketing, design and business management. Founded in 1980 at the University of Ferrara, Italy, under the pressure of manufacturer asking for specialists, is probably the oldest post graduated course in the world. The course has partner initiatives at the University of Quito, Equador and at the Foundation Palazzo Mocenigo in Venice. It is issued in collaboration with the Italian Association of Cosmetic Industries (COSMETICA ITALIA, UNIPRO) and of the Italian Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SICC). About 40 teachers coming from Academy (40%) Companies (50%) and Institutions (10%). The Course has specialized since its institution more than 700 professionals, now working in leading institution and companies worldwide.
    Number of participants: minimum 15 – maximum 20 per year, plus 2 seats reserved for students from countries outside the EU.
    Duration: Two years
    Credits: 88 ECTS
    Director: Prof. Stefano Manfredini

    • Dea 10/03/2013, 3:40 am

      Hi!
      One proffesor from Italy (maybe you know him- Luigi Rigano) told me about this program.
      It sound very nice, but Im afraid that I wont progress enough if I take this program, because Im attending Cosmetics science at Faculty of Ljubljana the third year now. Can you check here all subjects (http://www.ffa.uni-lj.si/fileadmin/datoteke/Dekanat/Pravilniki/PROSPECTUS_Cosmetology_-_Bachelor.pdf) and tell me if it is worth to take COSMAST?
      Thanks for helping, Dea

      • Perry Romanowski 10/04/2013, 12:17 pm

        I don’t know about the program so can’t give you mich advice. Sorry.

  • Virginia 09/05/2013, 6:56 am

    Hello everyone!
    I am a 25 spanish student and I will do a Master in cosmetics this year here in Spain. Does anybody know if there is a possibility of doing a phD in this field in the United States?.

    Thank you very much.

    Regards.

    • Perry Romanowski 09/05/2013, 1:20 pm

      I don’t think there are any specific Cosmetic PHD programs.

      • Dajko 09/05/2013, 1:39 pm

        Virginia, where in Spain (which faculty) will you do MS in cosmetics?

        • Virginia 09/05/2013, 3:45 pm

          Dajko,
          I will do the Master in CESIF.This is a private center of Master studies in Pharmacy which is placed in Madrid. The duration is 1 year and It is in spanish language.

    • Jose 09/05/2013, 6:22 pm

      University of Cincinnati has PhD in Pharmaceutics where you can choose “Special Emphasis Courses” like Skin Care Science and Cosmetic Formulations.

      See below link:
      http://pharmacy.uc.edu/downloads/msphd/Pharmaceutics.pdf

      I did my MS in Cosmetic Science from FDU.

  • Dajko 08/26/2013, 5:13 pm

    Hello Perry! I am wondering if there is any programmes in the field of cosmetics science (MS) in Canada?

    • Perry Romanowski 08/27/2013, 8:43 am

      I’m not familiar with one but I know there was a university in the Toronto area who was working on one. Contact the Ontario chapter of the SCC.

    • Jose 09/05/2013, 6:24 pm

      See link below. I saw this 2 years back when I was looking for options. It’s not a MS and I’m not sure if they still have it.

      http://www.ontarioscc.org/postings/cosmeticflyer.pdf

  • Dea 08/26/2013, 6:53 am

    You can find cosmetics science programme on Faculty of pharmacy in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
    University study programme Cosmetology lasts 3 years (6 semesters) and comprises 180 ECTS. The academic title awarded to the students is “diplomirani kozmetolog (UN); dipl. kozmet. (UN)” (Bachelor of Cosmetology).
    I finished the second year of this programme and I really liked it. :)

  • Lim En Ru 08/15/2013, 7:34 pm

    Hello,
    I’m from malaysia and just after my O Levels. I’m interested in being a cosmetic chemist. May I know what shall I do if I were to go to De Monfort Unietsity or London College Of Fashion? Should i take my A Levels or SAM here first? Is a cosmetic chemist in demand here in Malaysia? Would I be able to work for non-local brands? Thank you so much !

  • Minal 08/14/2013, 11:45 am

    Hi Perry,
    I have completed M.tech cosmetics Technology from Amravati University in 2009. After then i could not join the Job due to busy in family responsibility. But now i want to come back in my carrier ,can U suggest me how i get entry in cosmetics industries? or
    Which certificate course helpful to me ? suggest any one college in India who conduct certificate course or distance learning courses (any one best college in world)
    I am interested in R & D.
    Thank you! waiting for your reply!

    • Perry Romanowski 08/14/2013, 1:00 pm

      Hello Minal – Please see our series of posts about a cosmetic science career. That should help get you started.

  • Sakshi 08/08/2013, 6:57 am

    Hello Perry!
    I am in the second year of Bachelor of Cosmetic Technology in Nagpur. I want to know which is the best college in world for post graduation in cosmetic technology.

    • Perry Romanowski 08/08/2013, 8:12 am

      Probably the University of Cincinnati program

  • Shivani Jain 07/25/2013, 8:19 am

    Hi,
    I am in grade 12 studying in India presently. I have taken Physics, Biology and Chemistry as my main subjects.
    I wanted to know if there are any courses like Bachelors in Cosmetic Technology offered by colleges of Europe, UK, USA or Australia.
    In the future i want to go for setting up a firm for cosmetics. What are the apt bachelors degrees i can go for and what colleges offer them?
    RSVP

    • Perry Romanowski 07/26/2013, 9:31 am

      All of the colleges that I know are listed in the post above.

    • DARSHAN 01/15/2014, 8:37 am

      Want to do exactly the same. :)

  • Mike 07/02/2013, 12:04 pm

    Hello Perry ,

    I ve just finished my bachelor degree in biology and I have applied for the EFCM master ,cause as i read they also accept people with biology degree but they rejected me . I had on my CV 3 year laboratory experience in a molecular biology lab but nothing relevant with cosmetics. I would like to ask you if it’s worth waiting to apply again next year and meanwhile do some internship in a cosmetics company and maybe some workshops in perfumery .will I have more chances? And also I would like to ask you if you know what credentials the jury of efcm is expecting from candidates

    Thank you in advance

    Mike

    • Perry Romanowski 07/02/2013, 12:31 pm

      Hello Mike,

      Doing an internship and then reapplying sounds like a good idea. Also finding out why they rejected your application would be a good idea.

      good luck!
      Perry, 44

  • Soki 06/22/2013, 11:22 pm

    Hey,
    How globally recognized is the ECFM degree? Also, I can’t seem to find an appropriate site that gives me enough information about applying, if you could help me that would be great. Thank you in advance.

  • Nikunj Bali 06/18/2013, 2:28 am

    Hello Perry

    I have done M.S. (Pharm) and now working as associate scientist in a derma company. Please guide me, any Ph.D programme or any course in cosmetics to know new technology in personal care. How to apply?

    • Perry Romanowski 06/26/2013, 10:36 am

      I’m not familiar with any PHD programs for cosmetics.

  • Bukola 05/27/2013, 7:57 pm

    Helloooooooo, thanks a lot for all the information shared.
    I am a pharmacy graduate from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
    I checked out the link that was posted by vishakha for Post Graduate Degree in Perfumery and Cosmetic Management (PGDPCM) at V.G Vaze college of Arts, Science & Commerce. I must say I was thoroughly impressed.
    My question is this;
    The tuition and other fees summed up to a total of 62,323 and 62,298 for the first and second year respectively. Please is this in dollars or Indian Rupees?

    • Perry Romanowski 05/28/2013, 9:54 am

      I do not know. You will have to contact them directly.

    • arun mundra 06/01/2013, 7:00 am

      it’s in indian rupees… u have to convert it into dollar rate

  • Diogo 05/14/2013, 10:01 am

    Hi Perry,

    I’m a pharmacist and I’ve done some research in dermopharmacy and cosmetics the past 2 years. I am looking for post-graduate/PhD programs in this subject, what (and where) can you recommend me?

    Best regards,

    Diogo

    • Perry Romanowski 05/15/2013, 11:59 am

      The courses listed here are all the ones I know about.

  • gudd 05/12/2013, 4:04 am

    Hi
    Am working with an agency that control cosmetics,please help me with information on relevant courses to take

    • Perry Romanowski 05/13/2013, 7:46 am

      You should try our Complete Cosmetic Chemist program. Just click the “Training Program” button at the top of this page.

  • alice 05/08/2013, 8:07 pm

    hi Perry
    I have bachelor in Aesthetics and Cosmetology ( Greece)
    I was wondering what master in Cosmetology exist in Italy
    Thank you very much

    • Perry Romanowski 05/13/2013, 7:52 am

      I’m not familiar with any program in Italy.

  • Carrie 05/05/2013, 11:23 pm

    Dear Perry,

    I am holding a BSc in Chemistry and I’m thinking of pursuing an ECFM masters in cosmetic science in the future. As I am currently residing in Singapore, I am wondering if the Specialist Diploma in Cosmetic Science (1 year course) offered in Singapore Polytechnic is more recognized than the Diploma offered by SCS? Which diploma would allow me a better chance to gain entry to ECFM programme?

    Thanks for your help :)

    • Perry Romanowski 05/06/2013, 9:34 pm

      I’m not really sure as I don’t know a lot of information about the Singapore Polytechnic

  • Jessica 05/05/2013, 1:05 pm

    Hello Perry,
    First off I must say I’m a huge fan of your website as well as all your endeavors including youtube, beauty brains, appearance of Rachael Ray and Dr. Oz, and ofc the juggling! Anyways I am a first year chemistry student in Trinidad and I’m interested in taking an online course in Cosmetic Science because my goal is to become a cosmetic chemist.Of all the online programs you mentioned above which one would you recommend most especially for someone who is a beginner.

    • Perry Romanowski 05/06/2013, 9:32 pm

      Hello Jessica,

      Thanks for the kind words! If you want a good beginning background in cosmetic chemistry our Complete Cosmetic Chemist course is excellent for that. Another good option is the one produced by the SCS (Society of Cosmetic Scientists).

      Hope that helps. Keep in touch.

  • Zoubida 05/01/2013, 4:52 pm

    Hi Perry,

    I’ll be graduated in Chemical engineering at the end of this summer. After that, I’ll come back to Morocco (country where I’m from) and I want to keep going my study with a cosmetic formation online. I want to work in cosmetic industry and improve my knowledges in this area. Do you think it’s possible to applied for the SCS school? What can you suggest me?

    Thank you

    Zoubida

    • Perry Romanowski 05/13/2013, 7:53 am

      Sure, you can apply for the SCS online program. Just fill out the appropriate information.

  • Eirini 04/08/2013, 7:10 am

    Hello Perry !
    I have bachelor in Esthetics and Cosmetology, here in Greece (4 yrs).
    I’m interested in a master in cosmetology and i would like to study parfumery too.
    I need help !! I wait for your recommendations!
    I would prefer in Europe, but tell me also for worldwide!

    Thank you!!
    =)

    • Perry Romanowski 04/10/2013, 8:50 am

      My suggestions are the ones listed in this post. I don’t know of any other programs.

  • mary 03/16/2013, 2:29 pm

    Hello Perry,
    I have M.Sc. in chemistry. I have worked 2-3 years in cosmetic and personal care products industry in R&D and Product development. I immigrated to canada and studied post graduate diploma in Pharmaceutical QC/QA hoping to find my favorite job.I am working in QA position for less than one year for now but not in cosmetic and personal care industry. My career goal is product development managmenet in cosmetic and personal care industry and i am interested in studying another master degree or diploma in Canada or USA or online. I took a look at different schools you provided in your website. The one that I like the most is Masters of Science in Fragrance and Cosmetics in France as I believe that studying in France is privilege of good education in this industry and better job opportunities in future (Please correct me if I am not right) . However, it is somehow impossible for me to move there with my family.
    Please help me to choose appropriate school in Canada or USA that after graduation I can have my favorite job offer.

    • Perry Romanowski 03/19/2013, 7:12 am

      Hello – The courses offered by the University of Cincinnati and Fairleigh Dickenson are both excellent options for you.

      • Mary 03/25/2013, 10:09 pm

        Hello,
        How about the SCS (UK) online diploma and Institute of Personal Care Science (Australia)?

        • Perry Romanowski 03/26/2013, 6:42 am

          The SCS is a thorough program and is also a good choice. I’m not sure about the Australia based program.

  • lee 03/10/2013, 6:24 am

    Dear Perry!

    I’m currently studying biomedical science in Australia
    and interest in perfume and especially cosemtic science.
    is it better to do Honours in pharmaceutical science??
    or could you pls give me some guideline after graduating biomed?
    I totally have no idea what to do.. ;(

    • Perry Romanowski 03/20/2013, 8:15 am

      I would look through our Career section on this website for more advice. I’m not familiar with any of the programs in Australia.

  • Abi 03/03/2013, 11:36 am

    Hi, can i please know if FDU, university of cincinnati and university of long island teach both cosmetics as well as perfumery?

    • Perry Romanowski 03/03/2013, 6:21 pm

      The focus of these programs is cosmetics although they do have courses in fragrance.

  • Durga 02/12/2013, 4:12 am

    Hi Perry,
    I have done my graduation in Chemistry.
    I have 5 years of work experience in R&D Personnel care in FMCG industry.
    I am still working n want to upgrade my knowledge in this field.
    can you suggest the me the courses in India or part time.

    Thanks,
    Durga

    • Perry 02/13/2013, 9:35 am

      See the list above. Our online training program is a great option because you can take it anywhere in the world at your own pace.

    • Vishakha Ganu 02/19/2013, 4:23 am

      Dear Durga,

      The following courses are available in India:

      1. PGDPCM – Post-Graduate Diploma in Perfumery & Cosmetics Management.
      This is a 2 year, full-time intensive course involving 2 month-long industrial internship.
      The course is held in KET’s V.G. Vaze College, Mulund (East), Mumbai, India.
      This course can be done by “Fresh” graduates in Science discipline and by experienced (atleast 3 yrs) graduates in any Non-science discipline, for eg. Commerce, Arts etc.
      Applications open in the month of May.
      Following is the website:
      http://www.vazecollege.net/pgdpcmcourse.html
      I am currently in the first year of this course and am enjoying very good industry exposure, training and knowledge increase.
      I too have 3 yrs of experience in the FMCG industry and this course has very good recognition, our senioprs are in good positions in organizations like Unilever, L’oreal, Marico, IFF, Firmenich, Givaudan etc.

      2. M.Tech in Perfumery & Flavors.
      This is a 2 year, full-time course. It can be done only by B.Tech or B.E. or B.S. in chemistry-related subjects.
      This course is available in ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology), Matunga, Mumbai.
      This college is my Alma mater and is one of the best Institutes in the world, it enjoys superb recognition world-wide.
      This course is basically for those who wish to train themselves in the field of Fragrances and Flavors, rather than Cosmetics.

      3. M.Tech, Cosmetology
      This is again a 2 year, full-time course. It is available in LAD College, Nagpur University and in Amravati University.
      It is open only to students who have B.Tech or B.E. in chemistry-related subjects.
      Please check rest of the details on their respective websites.
      I am not much aware of their industry recognition.

      • Durga 03/28/2013, 2:50 am

        Thank you Vishakha for your guidance….
        I was actually searching the courses in India which will help to uplift my knowledge.

        Regards,
        Durga

  • oluwatosin usman 01/09/2013, 1:33 pm

    hi perry, i”m a nigerian seeking full scholarship for postgraduate studies in cosmetic chemistry in new jersey, usa

  • Mayank 01/02/2013, 9:25 am

    Hi Perry,
    LAD (India) is another college which offers graduate and masters degree in the cosmetics science.

    • Perry 01/02/2013, 9:38 am

      Thanks Mayank!

  • ogor precious 12/27/2012, 11:17 am

    Perry i want to become a para medical esthetician. I graduated Bsc. Biology.And i want to get a masters degree. I am confused i don’t which program to go for that’s in line and very close to esthetics .please reply.its urgent thanks

    • Perry 12/27/2012, 11:35 am

      You can become a paramedical esthetician with a number of backgrounds, nurse, doctor, paramedic, cosmetologist, etc.

      • ogor precious 12/31/2012, 5:10 am

        Perry please which university can i get a Masters in science (
        MSc ) degree in cosmetology in Canada. Thanks.please reply

  • Selmina 12/23/2012, 7:28 am

    Thank you! This was really helpfull.

    Greetings from Sweden :D

  • Tejasvini Lodhi 12/17/2012, 3:32 pm

    Hi Perry,
    I have completed Masters in Cosmetic Science Technology with 5.1 years of experience in Cosmetic formualtion, reaserch and development work in India.
    I am currently in Virginia and looking for job in this field, can you suggest any further education or course so that I can get easily jobs in USA (I have my EAD card ready).

    • Perry 12/17/2012, 4:46 pm

      The University of Cincinnati program or Fairleigh Dickinson program are great choices.

      • Tejasvini 12/21/2012, 12:25 pm

        Thanks a lot

  • Fani 12/05/2012, 1:59 am

    Dear perry,

    Can you give me advice to take master in cosmetic science in asia?

    • Perry 12/11/2012, 2:24 pm

      These are all the programs of which I’m aware right now.

  • Sharvik 11/24/2012, 12:04 am

    hi perry , i have completed a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy . What further courses would you suggest for getting into the food and cosmetic industry ???

    • Perry 11/25/2012, 8:37 am

      Taking our training course would be a good idea if you want to get started in the industry. If you wanted to get an advanced degree, then the University of Cincinnati is a good choice.

  • Monica Kwon 11/19/2012, 1:18 am

    Hello , I accidentely find this web-site ,

    actually it has really good information !!!!

    I already graduated “Cosmetic Engineering” 4-years course in Dae-gu Hanny University , KOREA

    that is Korea first and most famouse cosmetic major :)
    http://www.educoa.com

    hope this is pretty new information to you ,

    I have a question ,

    after I graduate university , I have 5-years job experience as cosmetic chemist in korea one of major OEM company but I want to get master degree in other worlds about Cosmetics ,

    in this case , which university are you recomend ???

    which are most famouse ????

    can I ask what can I do to go to L’oreal Lab ??? :)

    Thank you for reading , Thanks :)

    • Perry 11/19/2012, 7:39 am

      The most widely known programs are the ones listed above. Consider the University of Cincinnati.

  • Anh 10/30/2012, 8:40 am

    Hi Perry,

    Your website has been extremely helpful and the most informative about cosmetic science. I was wondering if you know anything about the ISIPCA program that combines with a Master’s in Marketing? It came up on my search and the program sounds interesting. I’m wondering what the reception for this program is like in the U.S., as I would ideally like to have my career here rather than abroad. Any help is greatly appreciated.

  • uzair 10/15/2012, 8:56 am

    Hi , i want to enter into colour cosmetic manufacturing , and i am looking for a course which ends in about a year , and i want hands on education not a distance learning kindly suggest me a place .

  • Mikaela Hall 09/07/2012, 1:08 am

    Hi Perry,
    I would like to first thank you for putting together a go to site a reference for current and aspiring cosmetic chemist. Over the past year, this site served as the best starting point for my research in a quest to break into the industry.
    Over my matriculation through my undergrad, I have come the realization that the area that I would most like to specialize in is R&D, formulation, or engineering in nail polish. After many sleepless nights of online research I have come up with little to no information on how to attain more knowledge, experience, job or internship opportunities in this field. Do you have any references or advice as to where I should look or contact to get more info?

    Thank you again!!
    Mikaela

    • Perry 09/07/2012, 2:49 am

      Check out our Career page. It has lists of all the articles we’ve done such as “where to find an internship” and other useful articles.

  • Ella Robinson 09/06/2012, 7:27 pm

    Hi there
    Great information, was wondering if there are any courses offered in New Zealand?
    Also are there any other masters programs in Australia?
    Thanks
    Ella

  • Erin 09/05/2012, 7:16 pm

    I’m new to the field and would like a webinar/online session about the basics: surfactants, formulation, etc

    • Perry 09/07/2012, 2:48 am

      See our Training Program for this.

  • Juli 08/27/2012, 12:53 pm

    Hi Perry,

    I’m looking into both FDU and LIU for their MS cosmetic science programs. I was wondering if you could provide some insight into which program is better and more recognized by the industry. I’ve visited both schools and like both areas and was wondering if one program was ahead of the other.

    Thanks!
    Juli

    • Perry 08/27/2012, 1:07 pm

      Hello Juli,

      The FDU program is probably a little better known in the industry but I think either would be suitable.

  • Doug 08/25/2012, 10:15 am

    Hi Perry,
    I love the info that you post here, so much great information. Would the happen to be a program that would have a focus in hair care, sprecifically hair colorants and dyes?
    Thanks!

    • Perry 08/27/2012, 1:06 pm

      I’m not sure which (if any) focus on hair colorants. Probably no specific program

  • Sylwia 08/24/2012, 12:39 am

    Hi Perry,
    I have MS degree in Chemical Engineering and I really want to work in cosmetic industry but first I would like to get some more qualifications. Is there any postgraduate program in the UK you know about? Thank you in advance for your reply.
    Regards
    Sylwia

  • gaurav 08/06/2012, 12:37 pm

    hi
    i want to do MS in cosmeceuticals… and looking for universities in US and/or Canada… could u suggest me some

    • Perry 08/06/2012, 2:11 pm

      University of Cincinnati and Fairleigh Dickson University as listed above in the post

  • Vee 08/05/2012, 11:50 am

    Hi, if I get BSc in industrial chemistry, is there any chance to continue MSc in cosmetic science?

    • Perry 08/06/2012, 2:12 pm

      Yes. You should apply to one of the programs listed above.

      • Vee 08/18/2012, 10:50 am

        Thank you, Mr.Perry :D
        One more question, which university would you recommend(either for bachelor or master degree in cosmetic science/pharmaceutical science?
        Tq:)

  • haleefa 08/05/2012, 11:11 am

    hi, i wana know that can i proceed for MS COSMETIC SCIENCE aftr my BS chem?

  • Irene 08/01/2012, 12:54 am

    Hi, Perry.

    I was wondering how competitive it is to be admitted to the European Fragrance and Cosmetic Master (EFCM) program provided by ISIPCA, France.
    I have one more year til my graduation with a B.S. in Biochemistry with minor in Biomedical Engineering and a long period of research experience.
    What would you recommend me to prepare for the EFCM program.

    • Perry 08/01/2012, 2:30 pm

      First, I would suggest you go through our mini-course on cosmetics. You can get the course by signing up for the email list on our Career page. That will prepare you. As far as how competitive it will be, I don’t know. They take a couple dozen students a year I believe.

  • Yatie 07/27/2012, 9:04 pm

    Hi,

    I’m looking for the PhD program that offering the courses on the cosmetic science / delivery system of active ingredients…i’m in Chemical/Bioprocess Engineering background. Where is the university/institute that offering that courses in UK/Germany?tq

    • Perry 07/31/2012, 6:58 am

      There are no PhD programs of which I’m aware.

  • Vishakha 06/19/2012, 4:43 am

    Hi Perry,

    I have seen that a lot of Indian students are enquiring about courses too. I have a few additions to your list:
    1. The ICT (Institute of Chemical Technology), in Mumbai, India offers a 2 yrs, full-time Master’s course (similar to an M.S. degree in the U.S.) in Perfumery and Flavor Technology. The minimum requirement is to be a Chemistry major, with a course work of min. 4 yrs (similar to a B.S. degree in the U.S.).

    2. Vaze College, Mumbai offers a PGDPCM ( Post Graduate Diploma in Perfumery and Cosmetics Management), 2 yrs, full-time. It is modeled on and affiliated to the ISIPCA course offered in Versailles, France. The min. requirement is to be a Chemistry, Life-sciences major with min. 3 yrs of course work. (Similar to a B.Sc.).

    Students of both these courses have impressive track records of working with some of the major FMCG players in the Indian as well as the Global market with their employers being Unilever, L’oreal, P&G and major Indian FMCG Co.s.
    Also, both the courses require impressive performances at Bachelor’s level and are tough to get accepted into.

  • Sheikh Shahabuddin 06/18/2012, 10:43 am

    Dear sir,
    I want cosmetices formulations tranning courses any where in world. Best rgds.
    Sheikh Shahabuddin

  • ash 06/12/2012, 4:16 pm

    Hi,

    For the online training courses on this site can i apply to it any time , or is there a specific opening time for the applying to the course (cosmetic science)?

    Thank you,
    Ash

    • Perry 06/12/2012, 4:20 pm

      Yes, you can apply any time for the online course

  • Cossie 06/12/2012, 4:07 pm

    I’d like to further in an M.Sc in Cosmetic Science, so I’d like you to give me schools that have the course available in USA and Canada. Thank you and maybe a link for the tuition

  • Cossie 06/12/2012, 12:14 pm

    Hi Perry,
    Am a graduate in Biochemistry and I’d love to go through an M.Sc program in either USA or Canada, what universities have the best practical classes and then most of the ones I have seen talk about the tuition in terms of “per credit”, please can you explain to me what that means and what level of international student visa I would need for someone in nigeria. Thank you

    • Perry 06/12/2012, 3:59 pm

      Typically, in the US people pay per credit hour and a degree requires a certain amount of credit hours to graduate. Usually, a class is about 3 or 4 credit hours and it takes 30 credit hours for a degree. But you have to check with the specific program. You’ll also have to check with them about student visas and tuition as each program will be different.

  • Ankita 05/05/2012, 11:13 am

    i have completed my B-tech in cosmetic technology and i am looking for a Pg course in cosmeceutics and perfumery

    • Perry 06/12/2012, 4:20 pm

      What is a ‘Pg’ course?

      • Tanha 08/09/2013, 11:39 pm

        it probably means post-graduate

  • Rony Lazo 04/28/2012, 7:16 pm

    This is a program at the University of Barcelona in Spain.
    http://www.cesif.es/masters.php?lang=ES&curso=2

  • Diana 04/24/2012, 7:05 am

    Hello everyone! I am graduating in July with an undergraduate degree of Biochemistry with Biomedicine and I am interested in studying Cosmetic science/ perfumery Masters degree in the Uk, Germany, France or Scotland . But I haven’t found many universities with this course. I need help in finding a university .

    • Perry 04/24/2012, 7:17 am

      There are a couple of EU programs listed below. That’s all I know at the moment.

  • ali 04/01/2012, 12:51 pm

    hey perry,
    i would like to know if there is any university in turkey offering a bachelors in pharmaceutical science.

    • Perry 04/01/2012, 2:43 pm

      I’m not aware of any.

  • Unwana Archibong 03/23/2012, 10:08 am

    i ve my first degree in computer science in Nigeria, but now i want to deviate, to get a postgraduate degree and a MSC in cosmetic science and fragrance. in any UK universities, how would yu advice me

  • William 03/04/2012, 6:00 pm

    Hi Perry,

    Do you know of any courses in Canada Toronto?

    Thanks,

    William

  • basma 02/01/2012, 3:47 pm

    hey Perry,
    where can i take Cosmetic Science Programs in egypt ??
    or if there is any univesity offers distance learning Cosmetic Science programs which i can take from egypt!!
    thanks for your help …

  • gamze 01/20/2012, 8:00 am

    hi friends,
    I am from turkey and I will graduate from chemistry..
    I’ve decided to apply FDU cosmetic science master program ..I would like to ask some questions..
    how much money I need for 5 semester??? and if ? can apply,I will be an international students and can I work with full time?

    • Perry 01/22/2012, 8:58 am

      Hello Gamze – You’ll have to find out from FDU as I don’t know those answers at the moment.

  • Sasi 01/16/2012, 10:39 am

    Hello Perry
    I’m graduated in Bachelor’s degree of Cosmetic Science at Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand and I’m currently a cosmetic formulator.
    I’ve heard about the master’s in Professional Studies, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management at FIT the State University of New York. I’m really interested in this course. Are there any more university in other country that offer this course. I would like to study in UK. Please give me some advice.

    Kind Regards
    Sasi

    • Perry 01/22/2012, 9:00 am

      Hello Sasi – All the programs of which we are aware are listed on this page. In the UK, there is also De Montfort University

  • Katie 01/06/2012, 12:15 pm

    To Perry,
    I graduated this summer and obtained a Bsc (Hons) in Biochemistry. I’ve always wanted to enter into cosmetic science and thought this would be a good starting point. Since graduating I’ve found it very hard to penetrate into the field.
    I’m hoping that in doing a Masters it should increase my chances. The course isipca in France is exactly what i want. However its just not realistic due to lack of funds. Therefore I was hoping you would be able to provide me with details of places which do similar courses but in the UK. I’ve heard of the SCS cosmetic science course but my preference is a full time course-so more hands on; rather than online/distance learning.
    Please help. I’m really stuck.
    Kind regards,
    Katie.

    • Perry 01/06/2012, 12:18 pm

      Have you considered the London College of Fashion?

      • Katie 01/12/2012, 12:42 pm

        I have contacted them and I’m awaiting a reply from the module co-ordinator however the LCF course enquiry team said that it is an integrated BSc and MSc with an exit point at the BSc. There’s nothing on their websites about external students coming in at the MSc stage and the LCF enquiry team didn’t sound very positive about it. Is this the only Masters in UK for Cosmetic Science that is full time then?
        Thanks.
        Katie.

        • Katie 01/22/2012, 4:36 am

          They have got back to me and explained that its a new masters programme and external applicants would only be considered in the next few years (2013/2014).
          Is there anywhere else that you know of that does something similar? The course in France sounds perfect, excluding the finance situ of living abroad?
          Thanks
          Katie.

          • Perry 01/22/2012, 9:00 am

            Try De Montfort University. Or the course in France.

  • gamze 12/22/2011, 2:42 pm

    hi perry!! I will graduate from chemistry and I am locate in turkey.. I really want to do master on a cosmetic science so I havent decided yet which programs will be better for me..I am search on cosmetic science programs in english and I need some advice please reply my e mail..I want to do in FDU but I have no enough money..
    best wishes
    gamze

  • bahjat 12/22/2011, 1:30 am

    I am a pharmacist. I would like to complete my study and get a master in cosmetics and fragrance in france. I saw this field in Groupe Isipca but I could not get an information about how can I contact with the international office.
    Is there any one can help me

  • kelly 12/07/2011, 9:56 am

    Looking for a school that offers a MBA in cosmetic science in the USA. Any suggestions?

    • Perry 12/07/2011, 9:58 am

      Hello Kelly – I don’t believe there is a program at the moment. I know the University of Toledo is putting something together that will include some marketing but I don’t think it will be an MBA.

      • kelly 12/07/2011, 10:07 am

        thank you Perry

  • kelly 12/06/2011, 4:24 pm

    Does anyone know of any other schools that offer a MBA in Cosmetic Science?

  • Maja 11/29/2011, 10:16 am

    Here’s another one, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ljubljana. Program is new, I’m one if the first students, currently in my 2nd year.
    http://www.ffa.uni-lj.si/fileadmin/datoteke/Dekanat/Pravilniki/PROSPECTUS_Cosmetology_-_Bachelor.pdf

  • stathis 11/17/2011, 12:21 pm

    hi perry,

    i study chemical engineering in greece and i would like to continue with a master in cosmetic science but as you wrote above the 2 universities with master are in u.s and i would prefer a master in europe.
    the problem is that i like tha undergratuate course in de montfort university but i cant understand the admission criteria.
    the site is
    http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/courses/undergraduate-courses/pharmaceutical-and-cosmetic-science.aspx

    i would be grateful if you explain to me what are ucas points,btec and h.e diploma…are they important to me as a student outside u.k?
    please help me…
    thanks
    stathis

    • vera 12/07/2011, 6:57 am

      Hey :) i have a degree in chemistry and i also intrested in doing master in cosmetic science did u get any answer?if u did please let me know
      Kind regards, Vera

  • L.A.D. COLLEGE 11/17/2011, 7:52 am

    Course
    Bachelor of Cosmetic Technology
    Duration : 4 years
    Eligibility : H.S.Sc (PCB) 50% for Open category and 45% for Reserved category
    Master of Cosmetic Technology
    Duration : 2 years
    Eligibility : Bachelor of cosmetic technology
    Recognized Center for Doctoral Research (Ph. D)
    Eligibility : Master of cosmetic technology
    Post Graduate Diploma in Quality Assurance of Cosmetics
    Duration : 2 years
    Eligibility : Bachelor of cosmetic technology
    Medium
    English
    Location
    Seminary Hills Campus,Nagpur
    Admission http://www.ladcollege.org/admission

  • Em 11/17/2011, 6:20 am

    HI PERRY!!!

    I am new to finding this site and it is like candy. I wanted to know about getting into the cosmetic chemistry field without getting a degree. I have a BFA in fine arts and want to stay in that field BUT I also have really wanted to learn more about cosmetics chemistry and starting my own line of hair products. Unfortunately since I have already invested A LOT of money in my schooling for art I cannot afford to go back to school for cosmetics chemistry. I have always loved chemistry but art has and will always be my first love but I want to learn more about it so I will have great and correct formulations to sell in order to start my own business. Where do you think I should start that will allow me to learn without having to get a full on degree but still about to get the knowledge for myself.

  • Ash 11/15/2011, 5:21 pm

    Hi Perry,

    This is my final year in BSC(chemistry). I’m not sure what’s next for me but i know i want to be in the cosmetic field, and i want to go on a different path than what people usually go for. Certainly most people go on to do masters but i feel i’m not ready for masters yet because i want more training and knowledge in the cosmetic field. Do you think that getting a diploma from a college(more training in a lab),and doing an online diploma are a good choice?

    Thank You

    • Perry 11/15/2011, 5:39 pm

      Hello Ash – I think it is a great idea to learn more about the cosmetic industry (e.g. get a job in the industry or take a course like our online training course). Getting a Masters is a good idea but it is something you can get after you’ve begun your career.

      • Ash 11/18/2011, 5:52 am

        Im planning to take online courses but what if i want more training in a lab what would you suggest? Especially that most jobs out there require at least 1-5 years of experience.

    • kelly 12/06/2011, 4:22 pm

      Hello,

      For 12 years, I have been a Fashion Editor. I have now decided to change career paths and go into Cosmetic Science. My degree is in Marketing and now I am looking for a school in NC, VA, DC or MD. I know FIT offer great programs in NYC but I am really looking for other schools. Any suggestions?

      thxs

  • Marsha 11/07/2011, 12:40 pm

    I am studying pharmacy in UK. I am in my third year and I really want to work in cosmetic companies. Does an undergraduate in pharmacy qualify as a course entry requirement in USA?

    Thank you.

    • Perry 11/07/2011, 12:59 pm

      It should qualify you. Many of the cosmetic advanced degrees are put on by pharmacy schools.

  • Joshy 11/01/2011, 2:40 am

    Hi Perry,
    I majored in Cosmeceutics in Pharmacology department. I would like to study deeper in cosmetic science and fragrance . Would you please suggest which is some choices of University for this course in FRANCE or UK? thank you so much

  • teja 10/03/2011, 8:14 am

    hi friend,

    I was completed my Master of Pharmacy in Pharmacology department. I have interested on cosmetic science (PG Diploma or 1 year corresponding course). Would you please suggest which is the best University for this course in FRANCE or GERMANY. What are the eligible criteria for this course.

  • Angeline Peterman 07/05/2011, 10:57 pm

    Hi Perry!

    Thank you so much for writing this post. It was extremely helpful!

    I would love to get into the cosmetic science industry and currently have a Bachelors in Chemistry. I was looking at both UC and FDU and was wondering if one program was geared towards a certain field within the industry more than the other? I would like to apply to UC since their program will be easier for me since I do not live near Ohio, but I would rather get my MS from a school that has a program that is well known. Which one would you suggest?

    • Perry 07/06/2011, 12:07 pm

      Hello Angeline,

      Both programs are equally well known in the industry and equally good. If you are focused on a career, the FDU program will likely give you more practical knowledge and help connect you better with the industry. However, if your focus is on the academic aspects of cosmetic science, the UC program is likely a little better. Good luck!

  • Perry 05/17/2011, 8:37 am

    @Bhagyesh – Yes, you can get a job while attending the FDU program. Many people who are taking the courses have jobs. You could check with the NYSCC to see if there are any opportunities. At the very least, you could check with your other students to see if they know about jobs at their companies. Salary will range from about $35,000 to $50,000 if you are starting full time. Part time would be less. Good luck!

  • Bhagyesh 05/17/2011, 6:15 am

    Hi Perry,
    Thank you so much for your earlier inputs. I am finally planning to attend FDU programme for fall 2011. I want to know that can I get a part time job in the cosmetic industry while pursuing MS degree? And if possible can you give me an idea about average earning I can make out of it cause I need to plan my budget accordingly as I will’be an International student.
    Thank You.

  • Neha Dembla 05/15/2011, 2:30 pm

    Hey Perry,
    I have been admitted to the EFCM program which is a Masters and Management in Cosmetics and perfumeries program at ISIPCA, France. I am really interested in the course, but I want to know what are my chances of a job in France as well as USA after I get done with this course? And what are the kind of jobs that i shall get to do? Please do reply soon.
    Thanks.

    • Irene Pyo 09/24/2013, 7:53 pm

      Hi, Neha Dembla.
      I was wondering whether you decided to go to the EFCM program in the end?
      This is my e-mail: espyo@outlook.com
      I really want to apply for the program for Fall 2014, and I would greatly greatly appreciate it if you can give me some advice on how you prepared for the application and what kind of background you had before getting admitted to the school.

      Thank you so much!! I hope you’ll get a chance to reply :)

      Best of luck,
      Irene Pyo

  • Dania 04/11/2011, 3:37 am

    Very Comprehensive article you have here. Thanks so much for compiling this information for us viewers. Many people are seeking this information so its much appreciated :)

  • effie 03/06/2011, 8:47 pm

    @Leticia
    There is a lot of cosmetic Bachelor and Master programs.
    I ve just finished the Ms of Nantes’s University but the best are ISIPCA (Paris 11) and the one of the university of Lyon.
    There is also at Le Havre and Montpellier.
    Nante’s master gives triple orientation (formulation-marketing-regulatory affairs) and it s well structured.
    The only issue is that u have to speak french…

  • Amy 03/06/2011, 5:11 am

    Hi Perry,
    I live in Australia and would love to study in the US or UK, but unfortunately could not afford it. I am looking at the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science at Monash University, I want to end up doing product development for a cosmetic company. Would this be just a good a course as the others offered in the US? Also I was looking at the Institute of Personal Care Science course, which is just a 12 month correspondence course. What do you think I am better off doing?
    Thanks so much, its greatly appreciated,
    Amy

  • Patricia 02/27/2011, 9:38 am

    Dear Perry,

    Thank you so much for the information about cosmetic science.

    Do ivy leagues or other more established universities offer this major? If not, what is the best alternative? Is it chemistry or pharmaceutical science or pharmacy?

    Thank you so much for your kind attention.

  • Flyer 02/26/2011, 7:27 pm

    @ Devashree
    Hi…I really don’t remember my GRE score, but I was able to recover from my email the approximate scores that at that time (spring 2010) were required: Verbal – 300, Quantitative – 550, Analytical – 3.0.

    Courses are good, faculty too because our professors are people working in the industry…don’t worry about getting a job…many people are working and studying at the same time…the area is full of small and large companies including Avon and L’Oreal.

  • Devashree 02/04/2011, 9:36 am

    @ Flyer…
    heyy I am even planning to apply to the FDU this Fall semester. Well, in which semester are you? and how about the college and the course? Is it good? The faculty??… Well, are you from the US itself? I mean if not at what GRE score did you get acceptance to the FDU?

  • Devashree 02/04/2011, 9:33 am

    @Perry- thanx a lot…!! But I would like to ask you whether there are enough jobs in the US in this field, especially for non-US residents. Particularly because I have heard that non-US students now in the US do not easily get an extension of their student’s VISA after they finish their MS Degree. So, they cannot opt for jobs there. I would appreciate it sir if you have any information regarding this. As here in INDIA, I do not have any university that offers me a Cosmetic Science course.

    regards…

    • Perry 02/07/2011, 9:21 pm

      @Devashree – the job outlook in the US is improving but I don’t know whether you will be able to find something. I would also suggest you look into the India Society of Cosmetic Chemists. You can contact them via this website. http://www.indiancosmeticchemists.org/society.html

  • Anna 01/30/2011, 6:50 am

    Hi Perry,

    I have completed a BSc in Chemistry wanting to become a perfumer. I am located in New Zealand and would like to do masters program or some sort of course that would qualify me to work as a perfumer.

    I have just done a week-long course here with “Perfumers World” (www.perfumersworld.com) which was fantastic and offers an online correspondence senior course (cheaply priced) of 1-2 years which I am thinking of doing.

    Do you have any advice of other places I could try? I could go to Australia if they offer anything! But most likely will not be able to afford the IPSCA or Fairleigh-Dickensen courses at this stage.

    Cheers, Anna

  • devashree 12/16/2010, 3:07 am

    are there any more schools in US that offer a masters level program in cosmetic science? does U of C offer a full-time on campus course like FDU?

    • Perry 12/16/2010, 4:20 pm

      @Devashree – This was all that we could find. I believe you would be available for both the UC & FDU programs. Congratulations!

  • Choon 12/12/2010, 6:31 am

    I’ve gotten an I-20 which is 2 years. So I guess it could be done in 4 semesters. I’ll be there in Spring 2011 as my first semester and could give you more information once i get there.

  • Jessica 12/12/2010, 1:29 am

    Does anyone know how long the masters at Long Island U takes? Would it be around 4 semesters?

  • Jessica 11/24/2010, 6:25 am

    Dear Perry,
    I have heard about the master cosmetic program in FDU and I would like to apply for it. However, the admission requirements include graduation with a baccalaureate degree in an allied science but I have a ENGINEERING DEGREE (chemical engineering) from a university of technology, am I qualified for the program?
    Thank you very much.

    • Perry 11/24/2010, 6:27 am

      Hello Jessica,

      I’m not certain but I’m confident that Chemical Engineering qualifies as an allied science so Yes you should be qualified for the program.

  • Leticia 11/23/2010, 4:06 am

    Does anyone know if there’s any interesting master or long course in France?
    France is the main producing country in cosmetics in the World.
    There must be something focused on that.

  • Flyer 11/13/2010, 8:49 am

    I’m in the FDU program and it’s going to take me only 2 yrs to complete it, btw they just changed it into a MS degree

  • Choon 10/27/2010, 11:46 am

    I heard it takes 5 semesters (2 years and a half) to complete the program in FDU. Does anyone know how long it takes to complete the MS program in Long Island University? Could it be done by 3 – 4 semesters?

  • Gargi 10/14/2010, 8:18 am

    I think most programs are BSc program . :-(
    I want to study a cosmetic science as a postgraduate school student in UK or US.
    If you know more information, please send a mail to me.
    Can you help me??
    Thank you!!!!!!!

    • Perry 10/14/2010, 9:16 am

      The U of C program and the Fairleigh Dickson program are both MS level programs.

  • keren 10/04/2010, 2:13 am

    Perry,
    Thank you for your response.
    O, And i did not mentioned how i enjoyed your cosmetic program online and all the rest of the information you supply to all of us at your website.
    I am looking for a MA in europe and trying to fing the right one for me (Geographicly, Ecomonily possible and ofcoarse a place i would feel is right ..)
    I live in Tel Aviv at the moment and work at the cosmetic field already.
    I will keep in touch if i find anything interesting.
    Best Regards,
    keren.

    • Talia 12/20/2012, 7:47 pm

      Hi Keren,

      I am looking to make aliya in the next few years and am also trying to break my way into the cosmetic chemistry field. Do you know of any good places to look into in Israel?

  • keren stolero 10/02/2010, 4:59 pm

    Hallo Perry
    I was woundering what you might think about the program in siene Italy. they have an online option for a Master in cosmetic scince in english:
    http://www.unisi.it/farmacia/cosmetici/masterelearning.htm
    thanks
    keren.

    • Perry 10/02/2010, 5:19 pm

      @Keren – It sounds interesting but this is the first I’ve heard of it so it’s difficult for me to form a complete opinion.

      Here are just a few things that immediately strike me.

      1. There seems to be a focus on skin and little mention of hair. Depending on what you want to create, this could be a problem or not.

      2. From the ‘topics covered’ list, there isn’t a big focus on actual formulation. For example, they do not break it out into different product forms. This would tend to make the course less practical and more theoretical.

      3. They also don’t list specific technologies that you will learn about suggesting it’s more theoretical information than practical.

      4. There is some lab work so I don’t know how easy it will be for someone not in Italy to complete.

      5. Overall, it looks like an interesting option and the topics they do cover would be good for the development of a cosmetic chemist and for getting a job in the field.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for showing it to me. I’ll try to learn more about it.

      • bella catherine 08/03/2014, 10:46 am

        hello am katie from Tanzania…. current a medical student about to finish, am so interested in learning how to make natural skin care product and perfumes and probably open my own line someday. i want a one year or six month diploma or any short course on this…..please can you tell be collages in USA and Africa that provides this course.

  • Ebby 09/15/2010, 8:57 am

    Just thought you may love to add this university course to you list. BSc Cosmetic Science @ London Metropolitan University
    http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/depts/fls/hhs/study/ictt/ictt-ug/cos.cfm

    • Perry 09/15/2010, 7:28 pm

      Thanks Ebby! I’ll definitely add it

  • angelina cheah 09/12/2010, 11:18 am

    these few weeks i keep searching for school of cosmetic science… now my wish has come true… thank u so much!! ^^

    • Perry 09/13/2010, 7:53 am

      Thanks for the kind words!

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