A new degree has been created at Sunderland University to connect graduates with the growing cosmetics, personal care and fragrance industry.
The University of Sunderland has designed its new cosmetic science degree around the science-led industry, which focuses on how the skin and body works, to produce innovative and improved products that respond to environmental and lifestyle changes.
The three or four year BSc degree is among the first of its kind to be created in the UK. It is being launched in the North East this September.
Career opportunities will include the research and development of cosmetic and personal care formulations and raw materials, perfumery, product manufacturing, quality control, and regulation.
The industry is worth around £17billion to the UK each year.
Feedback about the new degree has been positive; with many organisations pointing to the fact that graduates will not need any extra training to begin working in the field.
Dr Kalliopi Dodou, senior lecturer in pharmaceutics at Sunderland and the course leader for the new degree, said: “Our new BSc Cosmetic Science programme is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge for a successful and innovative career in the cosmetic, fragrance and personal care industry.
“The optional placement year, after completion of undergraduates’ second year of studies, will provide the opportunity to work in the cosmetic industry during the degree, and it is highly encouraged by our industrial collaborators."
The degree will use the new laboratories recently created as part of the university's £5.5m redevelopment of its Sciences Complex - due to be finished this summer.
Tony Alabaster, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, added: “This new course, and the significant and on-going investment in our science facilities, continues to demonstrate our commitment to ensuring that our graduates are highly sought after, in an increasingly competitive and globalised world.
“We are proud of our strong employer links, our impressive track-record of real-world, world-class research which underpins this course, and we very much look forward to welcoming the first cohort of students here in September 2016.”