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Cosmetic Expertise Formulation & Applications

Pré-requis : BAC+ 5



Presentation of the course

A one-year training course for students with a scientific Master's degree who wish to learn the basics of cosmetics creation and to understand all the stages of the process from briefing to marketing by putting the consumer at the heart of the creation!


Objectives of the course

  • Develop a current knowledge of global cosmetics markets, key players and consumer trends
  • Acquire an expertise cosmetic composition
  • Understand and master cosmetic formulation process
  • Uphold safety regulation and execute quality processes
  • Develop your know-how in a company thanks to a 6-month internship/work placement

Job opportunities

Along the Cosmetic Expertise, you will develop technical and soft skills such as creative thinking, research, complex problem solving, team work, project management, communication, data handling and analysis, practical lab skills, IT & Technology.

All these relevant skills meet recruiters' requirements around the world.

Cosmetic Product Formulation & Development :

  • Cosmetic/Makeup/skincare product development manager
  • Cosmetic Chemist or Scientist

Cosmetic Safety Regulation & Quality Control :

  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Quality Engineer or Manager
1 year
€10,980 for 1 year
ISIPCA - Versailles
De October, 2024 à
September, 2025

Full-time :

  • Teaching is provided face-to-face and remotely on an exceptional basis.
  • The program is taught in English.

Professional period :

  • 5 to 6-month internship or work placement worlwide.

Full time

Registration fees: 200€

  • The registration fees are non-refundable and must be paid online when submitting you application.
  • 30% to be paid upon acceptation

Tuition fees: 10 980€ for 1 year



Début des inscriptions
November 2023
Fin des inscriptions
July 6th, 2024
Contact admissions

Titre pré-requis
Admission requirements

  • Graduate level: Master’s Degree in a scientific field (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biochemistry, Biology, Biological Sciences, Botany, Pharmaceutical Sciences)
  • Professional experience in Cosmetic is not required but recommended. Fluent in English : English proficiency test scores required for non-native speakers (IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL iBT: 85 or TOEIC: 850)

Titre modalité d'inscription
Admission procedures

Modalités d'inscription
  • Selection of Application file
  • Online individual motivation Interview with a panel of ISIPCA representatives on knowledge of the industrial sector (products, raw materials, companies), knowledge of the course and career plans
  • Registration fee: 200€ to be paid via the online shop

Recruitment process

First campaign:

  • December / January - Secure your spot (limited intake) by November 29th, 2023

Second campaign :

  • January / February (closing date for applications: January 19th, 2024)

Third campaign:

  • March / April (registration deadline: March 2nd, 2024)

Fourth campaign:

  • May (registration deadline: April 26th, 2024)

Fifth campaign:

  • June (registration deadline: June 7th, 2024)

Sixth campaign:

  • July (registration deadline: July 6th, 2024)



450 hours of teaching

  • Cosmetic raw materials - 15% - 5 ECTS
  • Formulation of cosmetic products (Emulsion, Hygiene, Care, and Makeup Products) - 35% - 15 ECTS
  • Sciences (Applied Biochemistry to Cosmetics, Sensory Analysis) - 20% - 9 ECTS
  • Quality and safety assessment of products (Regulation, Quality Management, Safety, Toxicity) - 15% - 6 ECTS
  • Marketing (International Markets, Key Players, Consumer Behavior) - 5% - 5 ECTS
  • Development project of a cosmetic product - 10% - 5 ECTS
  • Professional conferences - 20 hours • Internship or professional period in a company - 5 to 6 months - 15 ECTS


Once you have validated your 60-credit Postgraduate Program, you will earn your Cosmetic Expertise Diploma, specialized in Formulation and Applications. ISIPCA will also provide you with a 60-credit Diploma Supplement.

Your Cosmetic Expertise Program will allow you to develop, formulate and test new cosmetic, makeup and skincare products for a number of cosmetic manufacturers or labels.

  • Exams
  • oral presentation
  • practical work
  • group project presentation
  • oral internship presentation

  • October - March: Online and face-to-face courses, Cosmetic pratical works in the laboratory, team work and oral presentations
  • April - September: 5 to 6 months Cosmetic worldwide internship

  • Specific Laboratoires dedicated to formulation of cosmetics, sensory analysis and analytical chemistry
  • Resource center specializing in perfumery, cosmetics and flavors, databases on ingredients
  • Computer room, Blackboard for online courses, specialized MOOCs

Accessibility for people with disabilities


As part of its policy Equity/Inclusion, and in accordance with the provisions of law n°2005-102 of 11 February 2005 for equal rights and opportunities, participation and citizenship of people with disabilities, ISIPCA is committed to respecting accessibility standards for people with disabilities and to proposing adapted training arrangements.

Contact for the Disability Officer: Ms Sophie Lathuillière -


Key training figures

73 %
success rate in exams
(Class of 2023)
50 %
professional integration rate
6 months after graduation
(Class of 2022)


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Last modification on 15.02.2024