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Course content

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.


Visit the Cosmetic Science page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!

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