Courses for Cosmetic Scientists

The Society of Cosmetic Scientists (SCS) is made up of around 900 individuals with high scientific qualifications and with experience both academically and industrially in cosmetics or related sciences.  The Society’s key objective is to advance the science of cosmetics and it works hard to provide publications, educational programmes and scientific meetings both in the UK and internationally through its affiliation with the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC ).                                        

The Society runs a Distance Learning Course leading to the SCS Diploma.  It also runs a week-long Residential Course every two years.

Distance Learning Course - SCS Diploma (Cosmetic Science)

The Diploma is equivalent to a Certificate in Higher Education and the first year of an undergraduate degree course.

The course is a modular format with units written and assessed by industry experts.  There are four modules, some of which are accompanied by short films on either laboratory work or aspects of production.

The first module introduces students to the basic sciences together with raw materials and safety in the workplace.

In Modules Two and Three the emphasis is on formulation and manufacture, how to correctly make a cosmetic and toiletry. It includes hair products, skin products and decorative cosmetics together with production and packaging.

The final part focusses on the finished product and includes legislation and product safety. It also considers the marketplace, environmental impact, marketing issues, consumer research, product evaluation, statistics and claim support. 

Principles and Practice in Cosmetic Science - Residential Course

This course is targeted at scientists who have been working in the industry for a few years and are looking to move on to more managerial or supervisory roles, primarily but not exclusively in the scientific functions.

The course involves a challenging product development exercise with the lectures organised to support the challenge by providing information relevant to the evening's work on the exercise. It is intended that reinforcement of the learning process will be achieved by practical application of the material provided in the lectures. Additionally, some relevant managerial skills will also be provided, such as, team working & project management. The objective is to maximise the learning experience of the participants.

The course is recognised under the Continuous Professional Development Schemes of both the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Running every two years, it was last held in March 2012.  The next course will run in February/March 2014 in Bournemouth.

ICATS (the International Centre for Aroma Trades Studies)

For over 25 years, ICATS has provided flexible quality distance learning to professionals and aspiring professionals in any part of the aroma trades, perfumery and flavour industries on an international basis. Study leads to the IFEAT Diploma in Aroma Trades Studies (Perfumery or Flavours).

Covering both technical and business aspects of the aroma trades industry, the learning material has been written by leading practitioners including John Ayres (Past President of the British Society of Perfumers), Brian Lawrence (essential oils) and John Wright (flavours).

The course provides the broad knowledge and capability needed by all professionals in the industry and is as relevant to a QC chemist in an essential oil company as it is to a creative perfumer. The course is ‘open entry’ with a foundation module providing the basic science and mathematics levels needed.

Written by the industry for the industry, the course has received the full support of the British Society of Perfumers with students being given “Student Member” status from the Society. Many IFEAT member companies also give their support and ICATS is developing further its links with IFRA UK to continue to evolve and develop the industry input for the improvement of the programme.

For further information, including details of all modules and how to apply, please visit the ICATS website at: