Specialist Diploma in Cosmetic Science



The local cosmetics industry is fast changing from being a sole importer and retailer of cosmetics and their ingredients to being a manufacturer/product formulator.


However, technical expertise for this industry is lacking. Before the introduction of this specialist diploma in 2008, there is no formal training programme in the region and individuals who wish to learn about cosmetic science need to attend courses/programmes available only in Europe or USA.


The global retail market for fragrances, personal care and cosmetic products is expected to grow. Hence, professionals in this field of expertise can look forward to good career opportunities and job prospects in the cosmetic industry.


Students are expected to have access to computer and internet during your study at SP eg. e-learning, writing report, etc.


Course Objectives


This course aims to provide broad-based science knowledge with an emphasis on the personal care sector, such as cosmetic raw materials, formulations, quality control, cosmetic regulations, etc.


Suitable for


Candidates who are expecting to find employment or upgrade their knowledge and skills in the personal care sector and a host of supporting industries (eg. sales and marketing).



Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the following minimum qualifications from a recognised Institution:
a) Diploma in:

• Chemical Process Technology
• Chemical Engineering
• Biotechnology
• Biomedical Sciences
• Life Sciences


b) Bachelor of Science in the relevant discipline (as above).

All applicants should preferably have working experience in the Personal Care industry or in a chemical laboratory.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 5 years of relevant working experience or supporting evidence of competency readiness.  Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Course Outline


This course is a one-year part-time, evenings-only programme. The curriculum consists of 2 Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) of 6 modules. One PDC of 3 modules will be conducted in each semester. Each module is of 45-hour duration.


Graduates from the programme will be introduced to the current concepts pertaining to the chemistry of hair-care, skincare and perfumery and an in-depth knowledge on dermal pharmacology and cosmetic regulations. The laboratory sessions will provide hands-on experience in formulating hair and skincare products, as well as and practical skills on microbiological testing of cosmetic products.

This course consists of 2 post diploma certificates (PDCs). Each PDC comprises a few modules and the details are as follows:


Please click here for Module Synopsis

Semester One
PDC 1 Certificate in Science in Skin Care Formulation

Module 1 - CP0403 Dermal Pharmacology & Cosmetic Regulations
Module 2 - CP0404 Skincare Raw Materials & Formulations
Module 3 - CP0405 Colloid & Polymer Science

Semester Two
PDC 2 Certificate in Science in Hair Care Formulation

Module 4 - CP0401 Hair-care Raw Materials and Formulations
Module 5 - CP0402 Perfumery
Module 6 - CP0406 Cosmetic Science Laboratory



Award / Certification / Accreditation


Upon completion of two Certificates within a two-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Specialist Diploma qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.


Course Fees

Specialist Diploma in Cosmetic Science
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC) Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40 Singapore Citizens
Aged 40 and above
Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme Workfare Training Support scheme Others / Repeat Students
Certificate in Science in Skin Care Formulation $422.52 $281.67 $1,126.71 $290.88 $159.27 $2,816.76
Certificate in Science in Hair Care Formulation $422.52 $281.67 $1,126.71 $290.88 $159.27 $2,816.76
Total Course Fees: $845.04 $563.34 $2,253.42 $581.76 $318.54 $5,633.52


Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49   $7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94   $0.94
Insurance Fee (GPA) $0.85   $0.85
Total $9.28 $25.33

- The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review.

- Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.

- Post Diploma course participants who submit the withdrawal notification 2 weeks before course commencement, an administrative fee of $50 (before GST) would be levied.



Terms and Conditions

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Date of Course Commencement:
16 Apr 2018

Academic Calendar

Registration Period:
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Jan 2018

* Registration may be closed once seats are filled up

Register of Interest for Apr 2018

Class schedule:
3-4 evenings a week
6:30pm - 9:30pm

270 hours (1 year)

PDC to start with:

Funding Incentives and Fees Matters

Application Procedures



Terms and Conditions






Email: ptenquiry@sp.edu.sg


For course specific details, please contact the course manager:

Name: Low Kang Min

Email: low_kang_min@sp.edu.sg