Study & Training

Today’s cosmetics, detergents and cleaning products are subject to constant change, driven by new fashion trends and technical developments, as well as ever-changing regulatory requirements. These interesting everyday products are no longer based on simple traditional recipes and manufacturing instructions. Rather, their development and manufacture is now an interdisciplinary process that requires specialized scientific and technical knowledge. Chemistry, physics, process engineering, microbiology and toxicology form the necessary basic knowledge from which this interesting and extraordinarily diverse field can be developed. Subjects that deal with this product group pave the way for those interested in science and technology to enter a varied professional world whose primary goal is always the consumer-oriented, practical product.

Possible study programs


The theoretically oriented, less practical program at a scientific university teaches, in addition to pure scientific thinking, the basic theoretical requirements of the fields related to cosmetics and detergents. It is usually completed after 10 semesters with a Master of Science and a possible doctorate and prepares students for scientific and technical management tasks.


Cosmetic Science is offered as a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program.

Cosmetics and Detergents as part of the Food Chemistry program.

European Master in Complex Condensed Matter and Soft Matter based on General Chemistry.


The highly practical program at a university of applied sciences focuses on the product. The scientific and technical background is covered in terms of development, production and understanding the impact of products. It is usually completed after 6 semesters with a Bachelor of Science degree and can be extended with a Master’s program. A doctorate is possible in cooperation with a university.

Universities of Applied Science:

Bachelor’s degree with Master’s structure “Technology of Cosmetics and Detergents”, a completely independent degree program

The Master’s degree program in Food Technology (Master of Engineering) with a focus on cosmetics is offered as a follow-up to the Bachelor’s degree program in Food Technology.

Cosmetics and Detergents is offered as part of the Department of Life Sciences and the Bachelor of BioScience and Health.

The degree program in Industrial Engineering and Management offers the specialization in Consumer Goods Management, which covers the topics of product development, process engineering, consumer goods marketing and sustainability management of cosmetics and detergents.

The Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology is one of the largest study centers for young textile engineers in Europe and offers German and English engineering degree programs in everything to do with textiles. Bachelor’s degree program in Hygiene Management at the Faculty of Industrial Engineering. The program covers topics such as cleaning and hygiene of surfaces and laundry. Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs in Applied Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, where you can learn everything about the chemistry and application technology of cosmetics, detergents and cleaning agents and their ingredients. Topics include custom synthesis and properties of surfactants, production and analysis of emulsions, and a digital business plan game for detergent development.


In addition, it is possible to prepare for teaching at vocational schools in the Cosmetology program at the University of Osnabrück.


Teacher training at vocational schools:

A bachelor’s degree program with a master’s structure is offered under “Cosmetology – Teaching at Vocational Schools”.