Cosmetic Science Programs Around the World

Here is a list summary of all the cosmetic science programs and courses outlined below. If you want to become a cosmetic chemist or formulator, these are the best courses to take.

Undergraduate programs

Graduate programs

Professional Online / Live Courses

We frequently get asked her on Chemists Corner about cosmetic science programs that teachyou to become a cosmetic chemist in the cosmetic industry or even to just formulate your own products. So much so that we created our own, online training course that you can learn more about here. Practical Cosmetic Formulating.

In recent years, the Internet has become inundated with courses that promise to teach you how to make cosmetics. It’s difficult to tell which of these are worthwhile since many of these cosmetic science programs were created by people who no nothing about chemistry. They even promise “diplomas” despite the fact that these certificates mean nothing. If you are truly interested in making products like is done in the cosmetic industry or with getting a job as a cosmetic chemist, the following courses are legitimate programs recognized by people and companies in the cosmetic industry.

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.

Note: There is no official accrediting body in the cosmetic industry so if a program claims to be accredited, that is not necessarily recognized in the industry. 

Cosmetic Science Schools and Undergraduate Degrees

The University of Toledo offers an undergraduate program in cosmetic science. You will learn from industry experts and get 2 years of formulation training in a lab. You’ll also be required to complete an internship program. This program will also connect you with people and companies that are part of the US cosmetic industry. A good place to start for anyone who is just going to college and knows they want to be part of the cosmetic industry.

University of Sunderland (UK) – They offer a BSc in Cosmetic Science that promises to give you expertise in the formulation and manufacture of cosmetic, fragrance and personal care products. The program takes 3 – 4 years of full-time study to complete.

Seneca College (Canada) – Their Cosmetic Science Program is a full year, three semester, laboratory based program that combines the art, science and business elements used in the development of cosmetic products. As the only Cosmetic Science graduate certificate program in Ontario, it focuses on product formulation and cosmetic production while emphasizing the industry’s evolving regulatory environment. If you’re looking to get into the cosmetic industry in Canada, this is an excellent place to start. Space is limited.

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. This course will require 3 -4 year full time study.

London College of Fashion (UK) – Here you can achieve a BSc (Hons) in Cosmetic Science. This is a full-time, undergraduate level cosmetic science 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 one of the primary cosmetic industry groups.

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.

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. They also offer an in-person version of this degree. Additionally, the University of Cincinnati now offers an undergraduate degree with a focus in cosmetic science program.

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. These courses are taught by cosmetic industry professionals so in addition to learning to formulate, you will also make important connections that could lead to future employment.

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.

University of Greenwich (UK) – They offer an MSc Formulation Science which is unique in the UK in offering a depth of knowledge in the science of formulating new products in both the pharmaceuticals and other consumer products industries. The program will allow you to understand the principles of making finished products from a blend of different individual ingredients. They academic staff has relevant industrial experience which will help you as you apply these principles to industrially relevant problems in areas of formulation science.

London College of Arts (UK) – MSc Cosmetic Science is an exciting new applied science course situated in the Fashion Business School. It is designed for students who want a career within the cosmetic and toiletry industry, and focuses on the needs of the cosmetic industry and its consumers, at the same time as providing students with the critical and evaluative skills to be able to function as professional scientists.

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, color cosmetics, 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.

UCLA Extension course – Cosmetic Sciences: Skin Care Ingredients, Skin Conditions and Regulatory Issues for Cosmetic Professionals. This course offers a foundation from which all skincare professionals and beauty entrepreneurs – regardless of scientific background – can understand current and future advances in skincare ingredient technologies, basics of skincare formulation development and essential compliance requirements regarding product labels, marketing and product performance claims.

Cosmetic Science Online Courses

Practical Cosmetic Formulating – Our very own cosmetic science programs 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 the text of the course & downloadable videos, 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. Requires the completion of a test to get the diploma.

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 (Australia) 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 cosmetic 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 cosmetic science 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.

42 thoughts on “Cosmetic Science Programs Around the World

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    Satvika Singh says:

    I am in high school final year , next year i have to start my graduation in India. I have the subjects physics, chemistry , biology and psychology. I want to become a cosmetic chemist. How should i go about it?

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      There are lots of online courses like Formula Botanica who promise to teach you how to make “organic” cosmetics as they define it. Many of these courses are put together by people who are not chemists and do not have real experience in the cosmetic industry. So, for many online courses it is a matter of the blind leading the blind. I don’t specifically know the quality of Formula Botanica because I’ve not gone through their course. But remember, anyone can create a course about any subject and tell you that once you complete it you’ll get a diploma. The “diploma” that Formula Botanica or other courses offer you is not something that is recognized as important or impressive in the cosmetic industry. If you hope to use this diploma to get a job in the cosmetic industry, you will be disappointed.

      Whether it is worth taking for you or not, I can’t say. I suppose it depends on your objectives.

      If cosmetics is something you want to do as a hobby, you might find courses like theirs helpful. If you’re serious about creating cosmetics as a career, you should probably look elsewhere.

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    Jamie says:

    I want to start my own line of products would suggest doing the diploma with the australian institute of personal care science to start or should I just go to a manufacturer .. tell them what I want and pay to have them do it…

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      Well, if you want to create a successful product line you should just find a manufacturer for the product and focus your efforts on product marketing.

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    Yodit Getachew says:

    I am interested in taking a cosmotic scientist course. I am planning of starting my own makeup manufacturing company in Africa. I would like to understand the formulation process. What course would you recommend?

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    Yodit Getachew says:

    Hello, I was wondering what is a good course to take for someone with no cosmetic science background but would like to start manufacturing lipsticks overseas?

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    Song MJ says:

    Hello sir, I’m preparing for the graduate school in U.S as foreign student. I’m thinking about the formulator but I’m interested about fragrance(like perfume) too. Can you recommend me which way do I have to go?? And also are there any univ I can use my US army ARCOM?? Thank you

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      If you want to be a perfumer the course in France is the one to look into. For formulating, see the listings in the blog post above.

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    Madhura Mahadeshwar says:

    Hi, Mr.Perry,
    Does “Practical Cosmetic Formulating” course comes with an accredited certification? I’ve colour cosmetic startup and would love to go back to university to learn cosmetic science but I don’t have the time. Can this program help me to self formulate and get hands-on experience in the lab?

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      Unless you are going to a university or college, there really are no “accredited” courses in cosmetics. But you don’t really need an accreditation. If you want to learn to formulate cosmetic products our course is good for that. If you want hands-on experience in the lab, an online course is not going to be good for that. You’ll have to set up your own lab. But some of the other programs listed above can get you started. I’m assuming you are in the UK. You might look into the course put out by the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.

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    Anne says:

    Hello! I graduated in May with a BS in Biotechnology and would like to pursue a Masters in Cosmetic Science/Chemistry to work in skincare formulation. I took general, organic, and biochemistry courses, all with lab requirements. Though I passed them all, I admittedly do not remember a lot of it, and chemistry was always my toughest course each semester. Any advice?

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      Most of the chemistry you learned in college does not apply directly to cosmetic chemistry. Becoming a cosmetic chemist really takes a lot of on-the-job training. Going through our course will give you a great introduction to what you need to learn. You might also search online for the Khan academy and review some of the chemistry courses they have there. That will prepare you for any interview that you might have. Hope that helps and good luck!

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    Marwa says:

    Hello sir,
    Thanks for your informative replies, iam asking about Arabic region, since I am from it , what certificates do i need to work in industries? I’ve pharmacy baccalaureate. I like to be formulater, and in future i want to own a small business in coloured cosmetics and personal care products. What is your advice please?

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      I don’t know the law in the Arabic region. In the US you don’t require a certificate to work in cosmetic industry. But having a college degree in chemistry helps.

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    Isabella Camberos says:

    I would like to point out that there is also a master’s program for Cosmetic Engineering at Manhattan College in NY which is geared toward Chemical Engineers: Also the University of Cincinnati has Dual Degree BS/MS programs for chemistry, biology, and is now introducing one for Chemical Engineers which I am currently involved in.

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    Dea says:


    I am a pharmacist and currently doing a second masters degree in Cosmetic Science in Liverpool John Moores University. Maybe you can add this one to the list as well? 🙂

    Warm regards

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    Lia Conceicao says:

    Hi Perry,

    Thank you for the article. Clear, informative and with a wild range of options.

    I’m have zero experience and knowledge in product formulation, apart for my love and curiosity for hair products.
    I would like to venture on a natural hair product line, but at the moment I can only afford long distance learning. Two question:
    (1) should I take a more broad course on product formulation first and then do a second course on hair product formulation?
    (2) is there a specific course for people interested in natural product formulation?

    Thank you,

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      Yes, you should first take a broad course in product formulation such as our Practical Cosmetic Formulation course

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    Axelle R. says:

    Hello. I am interested in creating my own hair care line, preferably natural, but I know that some chemicals still play a role into producing these types of products. Any recommendation on an online course that would help in my cosmetic chemistry journey? P.S. I have no profound experience, besides some kitchen experimenting of natural ingredients.

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    Arwa broachwala says:

    Hey Perry,
    I am Arwa , from India I am currently pursuing cosmetic science from L.A.D university, Nagpur, India . I observed that my university has not been listed under the degree program.
    Hope you look after this, as it may help many students.

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    Vidhi Jain says:

    Hey, could you please help which country has better job prospects after the completion of a Undergraduate degree in Cosmetic Science? US, UK or Australia?

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    Vernon says:

    Hi, I’m 17 and currently doing A Levels right now. I would like to start my own skin care/ beauty care company in the future. May i know what i should do (like what uni courses/ best universities to study) and what to do after university in order to start my own franchise and make it real big. really hope you will help me out

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      Perry Romanowski says:

      Hello – If you would like to get into the beauty industry and you have an interest in chemistry, I’d suggest you get a degree in Chemistry. You might also benefit from studying Marketing and Business.

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        TEYBA NAEEM says:

        i’m cosmetics formulator from Pakistan with more than 5 years experience in formulaytion development.Now i want to move for multinational company experience in abroad.But always umsuccessful to attain a good opportunity due to i’m not a local candidate for any country like US,UK,AUSTRAILA,CANADA,FRANCE.Can you please guide me for a company who can provide sponsership with job offer letter.

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    Amber Duke-Cohan says:

    Hi, really like your blog and content! Thought I’d mentioned that London College of Fashion also offer an MSc in Cosmetic Science (I’ve just completed mine) which is 4-5 years study (5 being with a year in industry) but you can choose to drop out at BSc level and just keep the BSc qualification. Hope this helps!

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    Nadia says:

    I am doing my bachelor’s in chemistry from India. Since this is my final year am planning to go for masters in cosmetic science but am confused about different universities out there. Basically I have shortlisted some of the universities in UK and USA but am still looking forward about the information regarding the job opportunities in abroad for an international student.

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