Cosmetic Industrial Science

Laboratorio di rossetti
Cosmetic Industrial Science
Scheda del corso
A.A. 2023/2024
Laurea magistrale
Laurea magistrale
Libero con valutazione dei requisiti di accesso
The Master's degree programme in Cosmetic Industrial Science (CosmIS) aims to train a graduate with advanced skills in the research, development, industrial production, quality control and marketing of cosmetic products. This graduate will be immediately ready for placement in qualified positions, at different levels within cosmetic companies. The skills and the competencies necessary for the achievement of such goals are acquired through i) theoretical lectures, most of which complemented by laboratory activities, also conveyed through innovative teaching methods, and ii) an internship, lasting at least 6 months, to be carried out preferably in cosmetic companies, in Italy or abroad.
With reference to the aforementioned objectives, the Master's degree programme provides students with knowledge of:
- key formulation ingredients, i.e., inorganic, organic or polymeric ingredients, of cosmetic products and functional ingredients, with their specific activity;
- physiology and specific functions of the skin and its annexes;
- formulation of semisolid, liquid and solid preparations for the development of skincare, hygiene and make-up products;
- technologies applied to the manufacturing and packaging of cosmetic products;
- regulatory provisions and skills for placing a new cosmetic product on the market, according to the European guidelines;
- microbiological risk assessment and alternative protocols for the relevant toxicological characterization;
- quality assessment and stability monitoring of cosmetic products;
- marketing and communication, business plan and project financial evaluation relevant to cosmetic products.
During the internship, students are expected to choose an original topic, consistent with the Master's degree programme undertaken, and develop a personal project. This internship is also intended to acquire teamwork aptitudes, critical abilities, and communication skills. At the end of the internship, the student will write a Master's degree thesis in English to be presented and discussed during the final examination.
The degree in CosmIS will be conferred to students who have acquired interdisciplinary knowledge and comprehension skills in all the areas covered by their training, particularly in the chemical, chemical/pharmaceutical, biochemical/toxicological, pharmaceutical/technological and legislative fields related to the development and manufacturing of cosmetic products, with an acquired expertise in the scientific approach to solving problems typical of the profession.
Graduate students in CosmIS will reach a high degree of autonomy in the work environment, allowing them to hold positions of high responsibility in companies focused on the synthesis/production/marketing of cosmetic raw materials and on the formulation/development of skincare, hygiene and make-up products, their packaging, related sales, and control/safety. They may also assume responsibilities as project or lab leaders in academic research laboratories or find employment in agencies responsible for the development of technical regulations and quality certification of cosmetic products. Studies conducted in English will enable graduates to meet the challenges of the global economy, facilitating their immediate entry into the job market.
The specific career outlets within the cosmetics industry are:

1. Research and development (R&D) and production specialist
He/She defines development issues and research programs, in tune with company strategies; designs/formulates new small-scale products studying their tech-transfer and industrialization, proposing the necessary technical resources, budget and investment for project. This professional has:
- technical/scientific skills;
- ability to process, interpret and evaluate the experimentally obtained results;
- ability to design, planning, manage and to motivate the work groups he/she coordinates.

2. Quality specialist
He/She supervises the quality assurance system in the cosmetic company, i.e., he/she develops protocols for analyzing and controlling the quality of processes, coordinates the departments involved in the manufacture of the product to ensure that the quality system is efficiently organized and documented, ensures that inspections are periodically planned and properly performed to evaluate the effectiveness and applicability of the quality assurance system. This professional has:
- technical/scientific knowledge;
- ability to analyze and synthesize data, coordinate and manage human resources and any critical issues;
- aptitude toward teamworking combined with the ability to work cross-functionally in the various business areas;
- knowledge of the regulations and methodologies necessary for product quality control.

3. Regulatory specialist
He/She is responsible for the collection, processing, updating and reporting-disclosure, as required by the relevant regulations, of all information relating to the safety of cosmetic ingredients and products, including post-marketing. He/she is an expert in the authorization procedures for the marketing of products, and sets up and maintains documentation in support of the application, interfacing, when necessary, with the in charge regulatory bodies.
This professional combines in-depth technical/scientific knowledge with regulatory knowledge, possesses skills of analysis, coordination and management of critical issues, and has aptitude toward teamworking.

4. Specialist in cosmetics market relations (cosmetic informant)
He/She conveys scientific knowledge about cosmetic ingredients and products in the areas of the cosmetics company more specifically dedicated to sales. In this respect, he/she is the reference person from which marketers learn the essential technical information for a correct promotion of the products. He/she fosters dialogue and synergy between different areas such as research and development, production, and marketing.
This professional has technical/scientific knowledge, basic business administration and marketing skills, business skills, knowledge of technical English and computer abilities, willingness to travel, communication skills and resourcefulness.

The Master's degree in CosmIS gives access to Doctoral programs open to graduates of the LM71 class and particularly to the PhD program in Pharmaceutical Sciences, already active at the Department of Pharmaceutica Sciences, with the option of developing a research project in cosmetic science.
Students in CosmIS who wish to participate in the ERASMUS and ERASMUS+ programme will have at their disposal:
- agreements already in place between lecturers of the degree and foreign universities (to be personally verified with lecturers);
- new agreements to be stipulated during the next academic year, which will be listed in the 2024-25 manifesto.
The participation in the programme is for the purpose of carrying out the traineeship during which the student has to develop a thesis project. Students on the degree course who wish to participate in the ERASMUS and ERASMUS+ programme will have at their disposal an international mobility tutor.
The student's activity abroad is fully recognised in his/her academic career and rewarded with an increase of maximum 2 points in the degree mark, subject to the approval of the Erasmus tutor or the academic tutor of the thesis. Recognition of the student's mobility activity concerns all activities carried out either through the use of European Community programmes (Erasmus+, Erasmus Placement, LERU projects) or through other institutional channels (University of Milan foreign thesis grants), or of a voluntary nature activated through specific agreements between the COSP and the foreign host institution.
Attendance is compulsory for individual laboratories experiences, and strongly recommended for all courses.
Admission Requirements
Eligible for admission to the Master's degree programme in CosmIS are:
- graduates in the classes listed below, as well as in the corresponding classes related to DM 509/99:
- L-27 Chemical Sciences and Technologies
- L-29 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies
- graduates in other classes, as well as graduates in master's, specialist and four-year degree programmes allowed by a resolution of the competent boards, provided they meet the following minimum requirements:
at least 35 ECTS earned in chemical and biological disciplines, of which a minimum of 12 ECTS acquired in the CHIM01 to CHIM09 disciplinary fields and a minimum of 6 ECTS in the BIO10, BIO11 and BIO19 disciplinary fields;
- graduates in possession of a degree obtained abroad recognized as eligible, provided that the acquisition of the minimum 35 ECTSs and their correspondence with the above-mentioned chemical and biological disciplines is verified.
In addition, to be admitted to the Master's degree programme, the student must possess proven language skills in English, at least at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference).

Knowledge Assessment
Possession of the pre-established curricular requirements for the admission to the Master's degree programme in CosmIS will be verified by the Committee for admittance appointed by the Teaching Board. After having verified the possession of the pre-established curricular requirements the Committee shall verify the personal preparation of candidates. This verification will be based on the examination of the documents presented in the application for admission and, when deemed necessary, on the outcome of an interview aimed at verifying the candidates' skills required for admission. In particular, the analysis of the candidates' curriculum should verify the degree of knowledge (acquired ECTSs and grade achieved) in analytical (CHIM01), general and inorganic (CHIM03), organic (CHIM06), polymer (CHIM04/05), pharmaceutical (CHIM08) chemistry, pharmaceutical technology (CHIM09), biochemistry (BIO10), molecular biology (BIO11) and microbiology (BIO19). It should be noted that the knowledge in the above-reported disciplines can also be achieved through the attendance at single courses. The interview may be held remotely through a videoconferencing platform, and will take place, according to a schedule proposed to the candidates, in July and in September 2023. In the case of applications for admission accompanied by a degree obtained abroad, the verification will be based on the evaluation of the diploma supplement, and the interview will be mandatory. For non-EU students, who may have visa and/or residence permit problems, the interview could also be scheduled in May 2023.
Students who have not yet graduated but who expect to graduate by December 2023 can also apply for admission.
The outcome of the admittance assessment will be communicated to the candidate by e-mail, at the e-mail address indicated in the admission application, and will be published on the website of the Master's degree programme.

Proficiency in English at a B2 level or higher per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required for admission. The B2-level requirement will be ascertained by the University Language Centre (SLAM) upon admission as follows:
- language certificate of B2 or higher level issued no more than three years before the date of admission application. You will find the list of language certificates recognized by the University at: The certificate must be uploaded when submitting the online application;
- English level achieved during a University of Milan degree programme and certified by the University Language Centre (SLAM) no more than four years before the date of admission application. In this case the process is automatic, the applicant does not have to attach any certificates to the application;
- Placement test administrated by the University Language Centre (SLAM) according to the calendar published on the website:
All those who fail to submit a valid certificate or do not meet the required proficiency level will be instructed during the admission procedure to take the placement test.
Applicants who do not take or pass the placement test will be required to obtain a language proficiency certificate recognized by the University (see: and deliver it to the SLAM via the InformaStudenti service by the deadline fixed for the master's programme (
Applicants who do not meet the requirement by December 2023 will not be admitted to the master's degree programme and may not sit any further tests.


Domanda di ammissione: dal 06/03/2023 al 30/09/2023

Domanda di immatricolazione: dal 03/04/2023 al 15/01/2024

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Per approfondire:
Manifesto ed elenco insegnamenti
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Physiology and biochemistry of skin and skin annexes + microbiological contamination and controls 9 80 Inglese BIO/09 BIO/10 BIO/19
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Inorganic ingredients 6 56 Inglese CHIM/03
Organic ingredients 7 64 Inglese CHIM/06
Polymeric ingredients 6 56 Inglese CHIM/04
Secondo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Decorative cosmetics development 6 64 Inglese CHIM/09
Functional ingredients 6 56 Inglese CHIM/08
Skincare and personal hygiene products development + regulatory affairs 7 64 Inglese CHIM/09
Toxicology and risk assessment 6 64 Inglese BIO/14
sarà attivato dall'A.A. 2024/2025
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Experimental laboratory 8 0 Inglese
Primo semestre
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Analysis of cosmetic ingredients and products 7 72 Inglese CHIM/01 CHIM/08
Marketing and communication + business plan and project financial evaluation 6 48 Inglese SECS-P/07 SECS-P/08
Technologies for manufacturing and packaging (materials and processes) 6 48 Inglese CHIM/04
Periodo non definito
Per queste attività non è previsto un periodo di offerta (es. corsi online a frequenza libera).
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Additional language skills: italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italiano
Attività conclusive
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua SSD
Thesis work 34 0 Inglese
Final examination 3 0 Inglese
Additional thesis work 3 0 Inglese
Regole di composizione
It is strongly recommended to choose between the list of distinctive courses of the Master's degree in CosmIS. However, the student, after consulting the study plan tutor, can select a course among all those provided by the University of Milan, if they are consistent with the educational project. As an alternative, the student can also select the Experimental Laboratory course that complements/integrates the research activities of the individual thesis project. Free-choice courses will be listed in the Programme Description - academic year 2024-25.
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo SSD
Experimental laboratory 8 0 Inglese annuale
- To obtain the degree, those who do not hold an Italian high school diploma or bachelor's degree must demonstrate proficiency in Italian at the A2 or higher level per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This level must be demonstrated prior to completing the course programme in one of the following ways:
- by submitting a certificate of A2 or higher level issued no more than three years prior to the date of submission. You will find the list of language certificates recognized by the University at: The language certificate must be submitted to the University Language Centre (SLAM) via the Language Test category of the InformaStudenti service:;
- via a entry-level test administrated by SLAM that can only be taken only once.
Those who fail to reach A2 level will have to attend a 60-hour Italian course geared to their level.
Those who do not take the entry-level test or fail to pass the end-of-course test after six attempts will have to obtain language certification privately in order to earn the 3 credits of Additional language skills: Italian.

Italian students must acquire an additional 3 credits in activities dedicated to thesis work.
Attività formative Crediti Ore totali Lingua Periodo SSD
Additional thesis work 3 0 Inglese annuale
Additional language skills: italian (3 ECTS) 3 0 Italiano Periodo non definito
There are no propaedeutic ties provided between courses of the first and second years.
Altre informazioni
Sedi didattiche
The course actvities are held in the Città Studi Campus, in Milan.
Tutor per la mobilità internazionale e l'Erasmus
Tutor per trasferimenti
Strutture di riferimento

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  • l'importo della prima rata è uguale per tutti
  • l'importo della seconda rata varia in base al valore ISEE Università, al Corso di laurea di iscrizione e alla posizione (in corso/fuori corso da un anno oppure fuori corso da più di un anno).
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  • agevolazioni per gli studenti internazionali con status di rifugiato

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