The development and production of cosmetics, as well as detergents and cleaners, is an interdisciplinary process that requires special scientific and technical knowledge.

Chemistry, physics, process engineering, microbiology and toxicology provide the necessary basic knowledge. Subjects who work on this product group are the path to a diverse professional world for scientists and technicians.

There are two branches of study for this:

The theoretical, less practice-oriented course of studies at a scientific university teaches the theoretical fundamentals of the areas associated with cosmetics and detergents alongside purely scientific reasoning. In this course, the relevant study subjects are almost exclusively integrated into a general course of studies, e.g. chemistry. As a rule, the graduate completes 10 semesters to become a Master of Science, and then has the possibility to undertake a doctoral course of study. This course prepares the graduate for scientific and technical managerial functions.

The strongly practice-oriented course of studies at a University of Applied Sciences places the product at the centre. The scientific-technological background is dealt with under the aspects of development, production and the understanding of the effects of the products, i.e. the practical application is at the fore. As a rule, this course of study is completed after 6 semesters with a Bachelor of Science degree. It can, however, be expanded with advanced master studies. A doctorate degree is possible in cooperation with a scientific university.

In addition, the University Osnabrück offers the possibility to study cosmetology as preparation for a teaching post at a vocational college.

Since each field of study demonstrates the focus of the specific university, it is necessary to look up additional information on the websites of the universities in order to make an informed study choice.

Universities: Cosmetic Science offered as Bachelor and Master courses. Cosmetics and detergents as a branch within the Food Chemistry course. European Master study course "Complex Condensed Materials and Soft Matter" expands on general chemistry.


Universities of Applied Sciences: Bachelor study course with Master course in "Technology of cosmetics and detergents", a completely independent branch of study offers the Master study course Food Industry (Master of Engineering), with the main emphasis on Cosmetics. This is based on the Bachelor course Food Engineering. offers studies in cosmetics and detergents in the Life Sciences department and the Bachelor study course BioScience and Health The course International Management and Engineering is offered with the specialist area Consumer Goods Management. This course covers the topics Product Development, Process Technology, Consumer Goods Marketing and Sustainability Management of Cosmetics and Detergents. In the faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology, everything related to textiles can be learned in German or English engineering courses. The faculty is one of the largest places of study for young textile engineers in Europe. Bachelor's degree program with focus on hygiene management at the Department of Industrial Engineering.
The contents include, for example, the cleaning and hygiene of surfaces as well as washing. Bachelor's and Master's degree program with a focus on Applied Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, in which everything related to the chemistry and application technology of cosmetics, detergents and cleaning agents and their ingredients can be learned.
Contents include tailor-made synthesis and properties of surfactants, production and investigation of emulsions, digital business simulation for the development of detergents.


Teaching at vocational colleges: offers a Bachelor course with Master option under "Cosmetology – teaching at vocational colleges".