The university has designed its new cosmetic science degree around the science-led industry, which focuses on how the skin and body works.
The three or four year BSc degree is among the first of its kind to be created in the UK and is being launched in September.
Resulting career opportunities will include the research and development of cosmetic and personal care formulations and raw materials, perfumery, product manufacturing, quality control, and regulation.
Dr Kalliopi Dodou, senior lecturer in pharmaceutics, 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."
Industry feedback about the new degree has been positive; with many businesses pointing to the fact that graduates will not need any extra training to begin working, showing its strong employability potential.
Andy Postles, head of technical and creativity at Hampshire Cosmetics, added: “The multi-billion pound cosmetic industry is a wide ranging and ever changing market place in which to work.
“Highly skilled and motivated graduates from courses, such as the BSc Cosmetic Science at the University of Sunderland, are key to sustaining competition in the market place, force better products to be produced, drive development, and increase our understanding of cosmetic science.”
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.
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