BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing
This fashion marketing course will prepare you for a successful career working in the global fashion industry in the specialised area of marketing.
This applied cosmetic science course gives you the skills and knowledge for a rewarding and successful specialist career in the cosmetic and toiletry industry.
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. It is an integrated MSc, with a BSc exit point, and an optional placement year in industry in the third year of the course. This provides a unique offer in cosmetic science education world-wide, enabling students to start as undergraduates and exit with a postgraduate qualification. The MSc qualification offers a distinct advantage in today’s competitive environment.
The course provides you with knowledge and understanding of the various disciplines within Cosmetic Science and the organisation and function of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery industries. These industries have expanded in recent years as consumers have become more aware of the potential benefits of their products.
The Cosmetic Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA), the industry trade association, has supported the development of the MSc from the successful BSc, in response to industry demand for graduates with a high level of scientific and technical knowledge coupled with business awareness. CTPA recognises that the course offers immediate relevance to the industry, with graduates who will already have an understanding of the way the industry operates and the challenges it faces. CTPA provides generous bursaries for the two best performing students in each year of study.
I entered this course expecting to only build a body of knowledge that would enable me to take on my family business, and earn me a living. But what I also got from this course were great friends, a clear picture of what I want to do in life, how to work well professionally and important traits such as patience, resilience, perseverance, and self-discipline.
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MSc Cosmetic Science covers a range of sciences, both pure and applied, formulation development and industry operations, all of which give you a broad range of career opportunities.
Some students do a placement year between the second and third year of the course. Successful completion of this year will give an additional qualification, the Diploma in Professional Studies, and students will have the opportunity to make contacts and build relationships within the industry before the end of their studies. Graduates from the BSc course, which has now developed into this MSc course, are employed throughout the industry, both in the UK and internationally, in a wide range of roles. These include research and development, product manufacturing, marketing, technical sales, product testing, quality assurance, logistics, regulation and legislation departments. Some multinational companies, for example, Procter and Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser, recruit directly from the course.
In Stage 1 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 4 in order to progress to Stage 2.
Introduction to Cosmetic Science (20 credits)
Applied Chemistry (20 credits)
Applied Biology (20 credits)
Colloidal Science (20 credits)
Formulation Science (20 credits)
College-based Options Unit (20 credits)
In Stage 2 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 5 in order to progress to Stage 3.
Skincare and Colour Cosmetics (20 credits)
Product Evaluation (20 credits)
Product Safety, Quality and Legislation (20 credits)
Product Packaging and Stability (20 credits)
Haircare (20 credits)
Perfumery (20 credits)
In Stage 3 you are required to complete 120 credits at levels 6 and 7 in order to progress to Stage 4.
Applied Product Formulation (20 credits)
Production and Distribution Management (20 credits)
Strategic Marketing (20 credits)
Cosmetic Product Claims (20 credits)
Product Launch Project (40 credits)
In Stage 4 you are required to complete 120 credits at level 7.
MSc Project Proposal (20 credits)
Advanced Cosmetic Science (40 credits)
MSc Project for Cosmetic Science (60 credits)
Introduction to Cosmetic Science introduces you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable you to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.
The Applied Chemistry unit provides a broad overview of the fundamental concepts of chemistry as applied to cosmetic science. You will gain the knowledge essential to understand the chemistry, origin, production, properties and functions of different classes of raw materials used in cosmetic products. You will also obtain a detailed understanding of the chemical interactions between molecular species in cosmetic products, building the foundation for your future cosmetic formulation work.
The Applied Biology unit introduces you to the aspects of biological sciences that underpin the development and use of cosmetic products. In particular, you will begin the study of the skin, which is of vital importance to any in-depth understanding of the actions of cosmetics and toiletries. In addition, you will be introduced to the study of human anatomy and physiology, from the cell through to organ system level. You will also gain an understanding of microbiology and its importance in the cosmetics industry.
In Colloidal Science you will be introduced to the principles of surface and colloidal chemistry and their specific applications to the development and manufacture of cosmetic products. You will gain knowledge of the chemical structure of surfactants, their colloidal behaviour, properties and functions. The scope of this unit also includes extensive overview of emulsion science and technology.
Formulation Science will apply your scientific knowledge to the formulation of cosmetic, toiletry and perfumery products in the laboratory. Your will be introduced to scientific research methods and will apply these to a given formulation problem. Your practical laboratory work will be carried out in small groups and it will be structured and supervised, whilst allowing both groups and individual students a certain level of independence and creativity.
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Skincare and Colour Cosmetics unit focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects underpinning the formulation of skincare and colour cosmetic products. It will provide you with a detailed insight into the composition, structure and properties of different categories of these products. You will be applying the scientific and formulation principles covered in Stage 1 units, enhanced by the knowledge of a wide range of raw materials and the further study of the skin structure and function.
The Product Evaluation unit, you will be introduced to the principles, methods and practical aspects of product evaluation, alongside the principles of statistical analysis. You will learn how to design product evaluation studies, including the selection of appropriate instrumental and/or sensory methods and corresponding statistical methods. This unit will enable you to develop and carry out evaluation studies, collect, analyse and interpret data and draw relevant conclusions on product efficacy.
The Product Safety, Quality and Legislation unit will provide you with the working knowledge of the requirements for producing safe and legal products, which are ‘fit for purpose’ and of acceptable quality. You will be introduced to the principles of quality management and will apply these to the context of the cosmetic industry. Key legislative requirements for cosmetics will be discussed and compared in global context. Finally, you will also learn the basis of toxicology and its application to safety assessment of cosmetics.
Product Packaging and Stability unit provides a framework to make informed decisions on the selection and use of packaging materials for cosmetics. You will learn to evaluate the requirements of the product, the demands of the market, and the hazards encountered during production, packaging, distribution and display. The principles of product stability will be introduced through theory, demonstration and practical work. You will consider the requirement to conform to relevant legislation and to make packaging decisions based on sound environmental data, aiming for sustainable solutions.
The Haircare unit you will learn about hair structure and how different ethnic hair characteristics impact on the variety of consumer needs. You will apply this knowledge to the formulation of different types of haircare products. Building on your raw materials and surface chemistry knowledge from Stage 1, you will research, develop and test product efficacy against defined consumer needs. You will plan and implement systematic data gathering and analysis for the purpose of product innovation.
The Perfumery unit will introduce you to the key concepts in perfumery and specific terminology. You will have an opportunity to develop and practice olfactory skills and to utilise them in developing fragrances for cosmetic and toiletry products. You will also work on a specific perfume brief in order to appreciate the creativity and consumer focus required in order to produce cosmetic products with perfumes that convey efficacy and meet consumer expectations.
The Diploma in Professional Studies (the Diploma) is a University of the Arts London Award for a period of professional placement of at least 30 weeks duration. The placement is undertaken after successful completion of stage 2 of the four-year Bachelor’s degree or a five-year Integrated Master’s degree. The 30 weeks must be completed in full.
The Applied Product Formulation unit is to critically apply scientific knowledge to the process of product formulation, by utilising both standard and novel technologies and testing methods. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the chemistry and properties of key cosmetic ingredients, and of the relevant aspects of colloidal and formulation science. You will revisit key underlining principles of perfumery and packaging and apply these to the process of product development. All elements of the formulation process will be brought together in order to produce stable, effective and innovative cosmetic products.
Production and Distribution Management unit explores the areas of production, inventory and distribution management and introduces you to the principles of supply chain management. It offers you an opportunity to contextualise and apply to a commercial environment your knowledge of other disciplines studied in this course. You will be able to experience, through case studies, some of the issues and activities associated with the complex processes of producing and distributing cosmetics products into global markets. In particular, you will explore sustainability-related issues and analyse sustainable practices used in the cosmetic industry.
The Strategic Marketing unit will introduce you to strategic corporate and business models, which you will apply in the analysis of cosmetic branding and marketing strategies. You will also explore the global business environment within which the cosmetic industry is situated and will apply your findings to a range of business scenarios. You will learn to formulate strategic plans for business growth with the emphasis on innovation and the ways in which the internet and e-commerce are influencing strategy.
Cosmetic Product Claims unit integrates two important components of the new product development process: product development and claim support. The application of scientific and commercial subject knowledge for the development of innovative products, combined with critical evaluation of the scientific strengths of claims will be at the core of this unit.
The Product Launch Project unit is to consolidate knowledge and skills across a number of areas important to the industry and to apply them to the complex process of product launch. You will be expected to demonstrate your critical understanding of the market drivers, legislative environment, the stages in product development and the nature of product claims. Crucially you will have an opportunity to apply your formulation, packaging, evaluation and statistical knowledge to the development of a new cosmetic product, taking into account the business objectives such as timeliness, cost and consumer acceptability. You will also outline a proposal for the manufacturing method and quality control. Your project planning, team work, time management and laboratory skills will be utilised in the realisation of this project.
The MSc Project Proposal unit is to build a formalised structure to the process of research, which underpins the master’s year of your course. It draws on your existing research skills and develops them, culminating in the production of your MSc project/MSc dissertation proposal. This is required to be clearly scoped, risk-assessed, time-estimated and activity-based. The subject of your MSc project/dissertation will be selected from a given list or you may use your own topic, based on your personal and professional interests and career aspirations. Topics are expected to address issues of practical or theoretical importance for the cosmetics industry.
The Advanced Cosmetic Science unit will consolidate your learning in cosmetic science and technology and will build on your knowledge by introducing you to current research advances and industry challenges. A major part of the unit has a 'fixed' content and provides you with the complex knowledge of specific technologies and processes, including sustainability, intellectual property rights, alternatives to animal testing and aspects of consumer relations. A smaller part of this unit is 'open' and variable, responding to new developments in raw materials and cosmetic actives, information technology and underpinning sciences.
MSc Project for Cosmetic Science unit will be the culmination of your Integrated Master’s study. You will demonstrate self-direction in the choice of topic and will be supported in the development of your research methodology. You will choose between an experimentally-based and a theoretical approach, resulting in the MSc project report and MSc dissertation, respectively. The choice of topic for your MSc project/dissertation will reflect your personal and professional interests and career aspirations. Preferably, it will deal with an issue of practical or theoretical importance in the area of cosmetic science and technology. Your work is expected to contain elements of originality and be at the forefront of the subject area.
All students are advised to set up a profile on portfolio.arts.ac.uk, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.
Gemma O'Connor is the Course Leader for the integrated MSc in Cosmetic Science. She graduated with a Master of Pharmacy from the University of Sunderland and completed her pre-registration training at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to qualify as a pharmacist. Following five years of clinical practice, Gemma returned to full time education and research to undertake a PhD in Translational Pharmaceutics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin and Imperial College London. Whilst at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland she also spent time as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics which included the design, development and delivery of the integrated Master of Pharmacy programme, with a particular focus on topical and transdermal drug delivery. Gemma has experience teaching and supervising all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate students within the broader area of pharmaceutics including biopharmaceutical technologies and industrial pharmacy. Specific research interests include targeted drug delivery systems, natural and sustainable products and the cosmetic regulations.
Professor Danka Tamburic has a background in Pharmacy, with an MSc in Pharmaceutical Technology and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2000, she has developed the first UK university degree solely devoted to cosmetic industry, BSc Cosmetic Science, the predecessor of the current integrated MSc. Professor Tamburic has extensive experience in the area of skin research, including pharmaceutical and cosmetic aspects, with more than 120 research outputs in the public domain, of which 50 papers are in peer-reviewed scientific journals. She has also contributed to book chapters, patent applications and pedagogic projects. Her research interests encompass the use of novel technologies in skin formulation and the assessment of various aspects of cosmetic product efficacy. She is also engaged in multi-disciplinary research, including the use of 3D printing technology in cosmetic science.
Gabriela Daniels is the Programme Director for the Science Programme. She has an MSc in Science and Technology of Cosmetics and Essential Oils from University of Food Technologies in Bulgaria and worked in the cosmetic industry in Bulgaria and the UK in a variety of roles, such as applications chemist and technical adviser. She holds an MBA with the Open University (UK) and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. On the MSc Cosmetic Science she teaches business subjects, contextualised to the cosmetic industry e.g. marketing research and strategic management and scientific subjects such as claim substantiation and hair care science and technology. She has participated in pedagogic projects related to the experience of BAME students and the use of specialist videos in teaching and learning for which she was awarded the UAL Teaching and Professional Fellowship in 2012. Gabriela’s research interests are focused on hair science and technology as well as the pedagogy of group work and learning technology.
Diogo Baltazar is Lecturer in Cosmetic Science. Diogo trained as a pharmacist at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lisbon where he collaborated in the research and development of topical medicines. After obtaining his MPharm, Diogo completed a Specialisation PGDip in Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology and later worked as a full-time research assistant at the iMed.ULisboa, where he was responsible for consultancy projects for the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. His projects included the development of cosmetic product lines, re-formulation of products in the market and testing of topical medicines. His research interests are focused on the formulation technology of colloidal systems and the optimisation of topical drug delivery.
Anne Emblem is a tutor on the Diploma in Professional Studies (DIPS), a unit related to Industrial Placement Year. She has been a course tutor since its inception as the BSc Cosmetic Science in 2000, and a Course Leader from 2006 until her partial retirement in 2011. With her rich industrial experience and educational excellence, Anne has been instrumental in setting the foundations of what is now the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science.
Anne is a chartered chemist, but also a packaging specialist, recognised for both her industry-related and educational work. She has re-developed the Institute of Packaging Diploma in Packaging Technology, alongside her engagement as a lecturer at London College of Fashion and other universities. Her teaching style, highly valued by students, ensures that the content remains current and appropriate to the needs of the industry, with clear instructions on learning outcomes and assessment. She co-edited the first UK text on packaging, Fundamentals of Packaging Technology, thus providing the seminal resource for students, lecturers and packaging professionals. In 2012 this was replaced by Packaging Technology: Fundamentals, Materials and Processes, for which she is co-editor and author of several chapters.
Anne has become the first woman in the 49-year history of the World Packaging Organisation to win the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. The award recognises individuals who have made a significant and recognisable contribution to the packaging industry, nationally or internationally, over a prolonged period of time. Read more
Caroline Searing is a Senior Lecturer on the MSc Cosmetic Science course. She trained as a physiologist at the University of Bristol and holds an MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Bucks New University. Prior to coming to LCF she worked as a scientific officer with the Ministry of Defence (Navy), specialising in respiratory physiology and thermally stressful environments. She teaches biology and human physiology related subjects and development of HE study skills. She has been a unit leader for the Biochemistry and Cell & Physiology units for the Society of Cosmetic Scientists Distance Learning Course since 2009. Her current research includes the changing role of makeup during the female lifespan.
Dr Milica Stević is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Cosmetic Science and a lecturer on the MSc Cosmetic Science course. She joined LCF in 2015, having previously been a post-doctoral research fellow in Pharmaceutical Sciences at UCL School of Pharmacy. Her background is in Physical Chemistry with a PhD in Analytical Physical Chemistry from the University of Belgrade. Dr Stević teaches units related to various branches of Chemistry, including Raw Materials, and is the unit leader for Packaging Development and Technology. Her research interests include the application of 3D printing technology in cosmetic science and packaging, as well as development of new methods for skin and hair characterisation.
Edwin Phiri is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and subject leader (Marketing) at FBS within LCF. Edwin has an MBA in Strategic Marketing and is a passionate and keen marketer whose subject and research interests include: marketing, marketing communications, branding management and strategy. He has been teaching marketing to Cosmetic Science students for over five years. Marianne Martin has been a long standing contributor to the MSc Cosmetic Science course, teaching the specialist perfumery elements of some units and contributing to the planning of Master’s projects. She has over 20 years’ experience as a perfumer and perfume evaluator. She has also been teaching fragrance as a route to assist people with mental health issues with the nationally recognised programme Learn2b.
Marianne Martin has been a long standing contributor to the course, teaching the specialist perfumery elements and, more recently, contributing to the planning of Master’s projects. She has 40 years’ experience as a perfumer or nose. In addition, she has been teaching fragrance as a route to assist people with mental health issues with a nationally recognised programme Learn2b.
Carmel Lally is a Specialist Technician for the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science. She supervises laboratory workshops and provides technical support in product development and perfumery. She graduated from LCF with a first class honours degree in Cosmetic Science. After working in the cosmetic industry in the UK, and completing a PGCE Post Compulsory Education she joined the LCF Cosmetic Science area. Currently working towards an MSc from the Open University UK, Carmel’s research interests are focused on the pedagogy of group work and mental health science.
Dr Terence Chung is a Specialist Technician for the integrated MSc Cosmetic Science. He supervises laboratory workshops and provides technical support in product development, product evaluation and physicochemical testing. He also delivers lectures on the biochemistry of skin ageing. He trained as a biochemist at the University of Nottingham (BSc Hons Biochemistry), has an MSc in Drug Discovery (School of Pharmacy, UCL) and has completed a PhD (University of East Anglia) focused on the discovery of anti-MRSA agents from plant extracts and in the mechanism of DNA interacting enzymes (topoisomerases). He engaged in science education in secondary level for two years before he joined LCF. He has worked in the cosmetic industry in product development of hair care and skincare products.
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All of our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry.
Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies, and graduates from the MSc course (and BSc break point) are working in the cosmetics industry in a number of roles, including at Eylure as New Product Development/Marketing Executive, for Azelis as Techical Product Manager, at Tropic Skincare as Laboratory and Quality Control Technician and for Walgreens Boots Alliance as International Regulatory Affairs Officer, training in toxicology with the Product Safety team.
Graduates of the BSc course are featured in the 2012 Cosmetic, Toiletry & Perfumery Association (CTPA) annual report. Have a look to see what you could become: