2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in Advanced Cosmetic Sciences

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 9225
Degree Programme Class LM-54 - Chemistry
Years in which the programme is being held 1st year
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Rimini
Degree Programme Director Claudia Tomasini
Language English

Programme profile

In addition to the general objectives ofLM-54 class, second-cycle degree programmes, the specific intention of thesecond-cycle degree programme in Advanced Cosmetic Sciences (ACS) is to preparechemists who are able to work:

- inthe cosmetics industry, with competence in all sectors:technology-formulations, regulatory, chemical cosmetology andchemical-physical/toxicological/microbiological/functional control;

- in the emerging sectors of knowledgeabout the international standards governing the production and sale ofcosmetics, as well as the use of chemical substances, the assessment ofchemical risks and the dangers of using new and old products and the design ofnew products that are intrinsically safer over their entire life cycle;

- inresearch, assessment and control laboratories, structures and bodies, publicand private firms, including at managerial level, on the design, production,analysis and certification of cosmetics products.

Thesecond-cycle degree programme in ACS will give students both theoretical andpractical knowledge, enabling them to acquire the ability to evaluate andselect the most suitable ingredients and materials for the formulation of awide range of cosmetics products; develop safe, stable and effective cosmeticsproducts; formulate and supervise the production processes followed to makecosmetics products; implement and monitor company GLP/GMP protocols, qualitysystems; carry out chemical-physical, toxicological, microbiological andfunctional analyses on raw materials and semi-finished and finished products;prepare, implement and assess stability control protocols for cosmeticsproducts; prepare the PIF (Product Information File) for cosmetics products,register formulations on the ministerial/European portal and preparescientific-informative and general documentation for correct and effective corporatecommunications about cosmetic products.

Thesecond-cycle degree programme in ACS offers, in compliance with currentregulations, the opportunity to take the State exam and register in section Aof the Professional Order of Chemists.

Theabove learning outcomes are achieved by:

1)core learning activities (general chemistry, physical chemistry, organicchemistry and analytical chemistry) needed for a solid scientific preparationin the field of chemistry;

2)related or supplementary learning activities (in the pharmaceutical,technological, toxicological and microbiological areas) needed to completeappropriately the professional training of graduates, enabling them to acquirefamiliarity with raw materials and cosmetic formulations, as well as the scientificknowledge needed to assess the related safety aspects and effectiveness;

3)learning activities to acquire knowledge of the legislation governing thevarious aspects of professional activity (international regulations on theproduction and sale of cosmetics, on the assessment of risks associated withthe use of chemical products, UNI-EN-ISO standards, Good Laboratory Practices,Good Manufacturing Practices).

Alllearning activities are delivered in English, in order to give the graduate theability to use both written and spoken English fluently, including thespecialist lexicons, and find employment at the highest levels in cosmeticsindustries throughout the world.

Atthe end of the degree programme, before starting work on the dissertation,students are offered a curricular internship with the following objectives:carrying out in-depth bibliographical research into an assigned topic andacquire specific competence in use of the techniques and procedures needed inorder to prepare the dissertation.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master courses of second degree.

Career opportunities


role in a work context:

The chemist to be trained will be able towork at the highest level in the cosmetics industry, with competence in allsectors: technology-formulations, regulatory, chemical cosmetology, chemical-physical,toxicological, microbiological, functional, quality control.

Thechemist will work in and/or manage the research, development and analysislaboratories of cosmetics firms, considering also the related regulatory andcertification matters and commercial promotion activities.

Inorder to work as an independent professional, the chemist must pass the Stateexam and join the Order of Chemists.

competencies associated with the role:

- the chemist is able to apply chemical andtechnological methodologies and procedures for the formulation and industrialproduction of effective and safe cosmetics, hygiene products and related items;

- the chemist is able to prepare andperform chemical, microbiological and technological quality checks on cosmeticsand related products;

- the chemist is able to monitor laboratoryactivities, applying Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) and supervise productionand the application of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), as well as prepareor contribute to the development of the Quality System adopted by the firm inaccordance with the UNI EN standards and, in particular, the following UNI ENISO 9001, UNI EN ISO 14001, UNI EN ISO 17561, UNI EN ISO 22716;

- the chemist is able to prepare theProduct Information File (PIF) for cosmetic products and register theirformulations on the ministerial/European portal;

- the chemist is able to apply chemical,biochemical, microbiological, toxicological and technological methodologies andprocedures for stability studies and assessment of the effectiveness and safetyof cosmetic formulations;

- the chemist is able to preparescientific-informative and general documentation for correct and effectivecorporate communications about cosmetic products.

career opportunities:

The graduate in Advanced Cosmetic Sciencescan find employment in:

-industries and commercial firms in the cosmetics field;

-public and private analysis and product category laboratories;

- bodies responsible for preparingtechnical standards or quality certification;

- public and private universities andresearch bodies;

-scientific communication and advertising agencies.