The programme is designed to educate, train and cater for the high demand from companies seeking postgraduate students with expertise in formulation, testing and regulations related to the cosmetics industry in the UK and globally.
•The only Cosmetic Science MSc available in the UK
•Designed in consultation with industry to enable students to develop the academic knowledge and practical skills required by cosmetics companies
•Enhance your knowledge of cosmetic products and gain hands-on laboratory experience
•Develop an in-depth understanding of the safety and regulatory requirements
•Potential research opportunities with industry partners
•Acquire business knowledge and skills to create and launch new cosmetic products
The programme has been designed to introduce new concepts, ideas and methods to students, whilst also encouraging them to become more independent thinkers.
Course content is delivered via a combination of interactive lectures, workshops, seminars and project work. Practical skills are developed through a variety of practical activities.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
• Research Methods
Equips students with the necessary core skills to effectively design, plan, perform and report scientific research.
• Formulation and Characterisation of Cosmetics
Covers the application of raw materials and cosmetic formulations.
• Physiology and Toxicology
Gain knowledge and understanding of human physiology and toxicology of raw and active materials used in cosmetic products.
•Safety Assessment of Cosmetics
Covers the regulatory framework, including the chemical safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients in the UK, EU and worldwide.
• Manufacture of Cosmetics
This module covers the scale-up for manufacturing and packaging attributes of relevance to cosmetic formulations. In addition, students will acquire the knowledge, understanding and application of microbiological testing.
• Business Planning for Cosmetic Products
Enables students to analyse and identify a commercially viable cosmetic product and produce a business plan to enable the product to be launched.
• Research Project
An independent, in-depth study of an agreed aspect of cosmetic science researched in an appropriate manner.
Taught completely online, our Cosmetic Medicine courses have been developed with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. The courses are designed to complement practice based Recognise Prior Learning (RPL) awards, which are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.
With Health Education England (HEE) adopting increasing regulatory requirements for aesthetic practice, individuals undertaking aesthetic procedures should have a formal postgraduate qualification. Therefore, these qualifications from our Cosmetic Medicine courses would be an important milestone in the healthcare practitioner's journey to be an aesthetic practitioner. Such qualifications are also regarded as integral by the individuals' regulatory authorities, such as the GDC, GMC and NMC.
The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc course is aimed at doctors, dentists and nurses with independent prescriber status. These roles are evolving with increasing demand amongst these specialists for a postgraduate qualification to help support their professional learning and clinical development.
Students may apply for the MSc in Cosmetic Medicine as a two year course, firstly by completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).
The Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine course has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professional’s knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. It is designed to complement separate practice based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards that are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.
The aims and aspired outcomes of the course upon completion are to:
Applicants would typically be doctors, dentists or nurses with independent prescriber status.
These roles are evolving with increasing demand amongst these specialists for a postgraduate qualification to help support their professional learning and clinical development.
The online Cosmetic Medicine Diploma lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks’ duration.
Module 1 - Anatomy, Physiology and Professional Issues Overview
Module 2 - Facial Muscle Treatment
Module 3 - Facial Fat Pads
Module 4 - Skin
Module 5 - Hair
Module 6 - Other Aesthetic Approaches
The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.
Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).
Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).
Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
Individual learning portfolio - 10%
Group/individual activity - 20%
Case based examination - 30%
Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.
Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales)
The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:
The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.
Students are not required to attend the lectures however those who attend do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides.
The Cosmetic Medicine MSc has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professional’s knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. It is designed to complement separate practice based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards that are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.
The Masters in Cosmetic Medicine provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine offered by the University.
The Cosmetic Medicine Masters of Science runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Thereafter they are able to select a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.
Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal: Cosmetic Medicine
Module 2 - Professional Project: Cosmetic Medicine
Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal - MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.
Module 2: Professional Project - To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.
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The course develops a broad knowledge and conceptual base in the field of drug design and discovery, with an emphasis on new developments and advances in drug identification, understanding drug pharmacology and novel therapeutics, and appreciating how these topics interact with bioscience businesses and enterprise.
This programme is designed to enable you to gain systematic knowledge and critical awareness of current problems and new insights regarding the analysis of biomolecules. There is particular reference to drug design and discovery, along with a comprehensive and critical understanding of applied techniques and their current application in research in the field of biomolecule analysis and drug design.
This course is aimed at students who wish to acquire the specialised skills needed to design drugs for the 21st century. It is ideal for anyone with primarily either a chemistry or biochemistry based undergraduate degree wishing to broaden their knowledge base. The part-time route is well suited to those who already work in industry as it is possible to carry out research projects within the place of work. Prospective students must be committed to developing their skills and knowledge for a career in the pharmaceutical or biotechnology sectors.
Teaching is through:
There are eight taught 15 credit modules each of which have only one assessment (100%). Each exam is 2 hours.
Although particularly relevant to those looking for a career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, this course will also equip you for a career in research, teaching and many other professions including cosmetic science, animal health, food science, medical laboratory research, patent law, scientific journalism and health and safety.
Research projects may be carried out at other institutions (recently Universities in Bremen or France and the Paterson Institute, UK). We also invite visiting lecturers to share their expertise on the subject areas.
After completion of this course you may wish to specialise in a chosen subject area in one of the School’s two main research centres: Ecosystems and Environment Research Centre (EER) or Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).