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Cosmetic Science MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,500
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: n/a
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences

Study mode

Full Time

About your course

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
  • Delivered by a research active academic team within one of the oldest and well-established schools of pharmacy in the world
  • Key modules taught by world-renowned academics involved in EU Horizon Cosmos Project, with a strong emphasis on the safety assessment of cosmetic products
  • Opportunity to undertake research projects with industry partners and with academic research groups, including: Formulation and Drug Delivery Group, Chemoinformatics Research Group and Biomedical Science Research Group
  • Enhance your knowledge of cosmetic products and gain hands-on laboratory experience
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the safety and regulatory requirements
  • Acquire business knowledge and skills to create and launch new cosmetic products

The course sounds extremely interesting for people interested in cosmetics, manufacturing and how to get cosmetics to market

Current LJMU Pharmacy final year student

​The Cosmetic Science MSc at LJMU will train students in relevant areas of formulation, manufacture, microbiology, packaging and regulation – as a result benefiting the cosmetic industry

Dawn Mellors, Technical Director, MelBec microbiology Ltd

Introduction to the School

The multidisciplinary School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the oldest providers of Pharmacy education in the world and has been delivering industry-relevant courses since 1849.

​We guarantee all of our students a supportive, flexible academic environment, well-structured programmes and 24/7 access to extensive resources.

The School offers high quality education and training in areas including Pharmacy, Applied Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Forensic Science and Biochemistry.

​We also have an established reputation for supporting postgraduate students returning to education after a break and for delivering professionally-orientated courses that can be studied alongside full time employment.

All of our courses are influenced by the latest research, ensuring that course content is at the forefront of developments in the field. Indeed, in the 2014 REF, some 68% of LJMU’s health-related research was considered world leading or internationally excellent.

Why study this course at LJMU?

LJMU is currently the only institution in the UK offering a Cosmetic Science MSc.

The programme curriculum has been designed in consultation with industry to enable students to develop the higher level academic knowledge and practical skills required by the cosmetics sector. Graduates will be able to produce and market new products for potential employers in the industry, as well as be in a position to start their own business.

There may also be opportunities to undertake a research project at a cosmetic science company as part of the programme.

Programme outline and structure

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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via a combination of exams and coursework including: laboratory reports, essays, oral and poster presentations, research project reports, problem solving exercises and case studies.

Staff research interests

Staff in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences are experts in a variety of areas.

Areas of expertise include:

  • the application and understanding of novel nanocarrier systems in overcoming biological barriers for the targeted delivery of small molecules and macromolecules for human and veterinary use
  • tetrapyrrolic sensitisers as agents for photodynamic processes in biologic media
  • application of photodynamic processes to wound healing and tissue repair
  • development of molecular agents and nanotools for optical oxygen sensing
  • association of photosensitisers to peptides, carbohydrates and polymers, for the development of nano- and molecular tools for therapeutic, diagnostic and investigative applications

  • the use of computational chemical reactivity information for the prediction of toxicity
  • solid dosage formulation and manufacture
  • compaction simulation and the compression properties of drugs and excipients
  • polymeric matrices for sustained drug delivery
  • children’s medicines and the development of formulations for paediatric drug delivery

Entry requirements (Home)

You will need an Honours degree (minimum 2:2) in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, and Microbiology or related Science disciplines.
Industry experience: Please contact the Faculty Admissions team for more details.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. You will need a good degree in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, and Microbiology or related Science disciplines.

In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website.

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

LJMU has an excellent reputation for employability and in 2015 97% of postgraduates from the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science were in employment or further study six months after graduation.

This programme offers a coherent and progressive education, providing expertise and knowledge in formulation, testing, regulation and licensing ready for employment in the cosmetic, perfumery and related industries.

​Although the majority of graduates will go on to secure employment in cosmetic and perfumery companies, there is also the option to progress your academic studies by studying for a PhD.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

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