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Programme aims

In addition to the general objectives ofLM-54 class, second-cycle degree programmes, the specific intention of thesecond-cycle degree programme in Advanced Cosmetic Sciences (ACS) is to preparechemists who are able to work:

- inthe cosmetics industry, with competence in all sectors:technology-formulations, regulatory, chemical cosmetology andchemical-physical/toxicological/microbiological/functional control;

- in the emerging sectors of knowledgeabout the international standards governing the production and sale ofcosmetics, as well as the use of chemical substances, the assessment ofchemical risks and the dangers of using new and old products and the design ofnew products that are intrinsically safer over their entire life cycle;

- inresearch, assessment and control laboratories, structures and bodies, publicand private firms, including at managerial level, on the design, production,analysis and certification of cosmetics products.

Thesecond-cycle degree programme in ACS will give students both theoretical andpractical knowledge, enabling them to acquire the ability to evaluate andselect the most suitable ingredients and materials for the formulation of awide range of cosmetics products; develop safe, stable and effective cosmeticsproducts; formulate and supervise the production processes followed to makecosmetics products; implement and monitor company GLP/GMP protocols, qualitysystems; carry out chemical-physical, toxicological, microbiological andfunctional analyses on raw materials and semi-finished and finished products;prepare, implement and assess stability control protocols for cosmeticsproducts; prepare the PIF (Product Information File) for cosmetics products,register formulations on the ministerial/European portal and preparescientific-informative and general documentation for correct and effective corporatecommunications about cosmetic products.

Thesecond-cycle degree programme in ACS offers, in compliance with currentregulations, the opportunity to take the State exam and register in section Aof the Professional Order of Chemists.

Theabove learning outcomes are achieved by:

1)core learning activities (general chemistry, physical chemistry, organicchemistry and analytical chemistry) needed for a solid scientific preparationin the field of chemistry;

2)related or supplementary learning activities (in the pharmaceutical,technological, toxicological and microbiological areas) needed to completeappropriately the professional training of graduates, enabling them to acquirefamiliarity with raw materials and cosmetic formulations, as well as the scientificknowledge needed to assess the related safety aspects and effectiveness;

3)learning activities to acquire knowledge of the legislation governing thevarious aspects of professional activity (international regulations on theproduction and sale of cosmetics, on the assessment of risks associated withthe use of chemical products, UNI-EN-ISO standards, Good Laboratory Practices,Good Manufacturing Practices).

Alllearning activities are delivered in English, in order to give the graduate theability to use both written and spoken English fluently, including thespecialist lexicons, and find employment at the highest levels in cosmeticsindustries throughout the world.

Atthe end of the degree programme, before starting work on the dissertation,students are offered a curricular internship with the following objectives:carrying out in-depth bibliographical research into an assigned topic andacquire specific competence in use of the techniques and procedures needed inorder to prepare the dissertation.