Are there any cosmetic science opportunities for students in the UK?

Unknown Member
edited July 2016 in Requests / Opportunities
I've completed my first year of a Biochemistry degree, but I'm not liking university life. I'm wondering if there are any apprenticeships/internships or on the job training opportunities in the cosmetic science industry in the UK (London specifically)?
I know it's difficult to do much without a degree but that's why I've been looking around for an apprenticeship for a cosmetics company but it's proving to be quite difficult.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.


  • Bill_TogeBill_Toge Member, Professional Chemist
    edited July 2016
    the largest concentrations of UK manufacturers are in south-west England (Somerset, Devon, Wiltshire) and on the M62 corridor (Merseyside, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire)

    there are a few in the south-east, but I don't know of any within London itself
    UK based formulation chemist. Strongest subjects: hair styling, hair bleaches, hair dyes (oxidative and non-oxidative) I know some stuff about: EU regulations, emulsions (O/W and W/O), toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoos, other toiletries
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    You might also contact someone at the Society of Cosmetic Scientists.
  • MakingSkincareMakingSkincare Member, Professional formulator
    Petulia, please do send me a message with your CV as we are currently looking for an intern in London, UK.  (Or you can, as Perry suggests, contact the Society of Cosmetic Scientists in the UK and they will refer you to us since I was just yesterday chatting to them about this).
    Jane Barber (free online course)
    Formulation discussion forum (18,000 members):
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    The SCS LinkedIn group is a good way to get in touch with SCS members generally.

    You might want to look into the SCS Diploma as well. 

    But honestly? The internship for Jane is an amazing opportunity for someone with only one year of University. You will learn more with her than you can almost anywhere else outside of a Masters program in Cosmetic Chemistry. Do whatever it takes to get that - you won't regret it. And keep us posted.
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
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