Course detail

Cosmetology and Technology of Cosmetics

FCH-MC_KOSAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course is intended for students of subsequent master study programmes of specialist subjects of Food Chemistry a Biotechnologies and Physical Chemistry. The objective is to provide students with advanced knowledge and information from the field of cosmetology.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Successful completion of the course is conditional on regular completion of the previous specialised courses.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

The exam has a written and an oral part.
Attendance at lectures is not compulsory, but is recommended.


The main goal of the course is to provide a solid theoretical foundation that in the final result puts students into the problems of the development, production and evaluation of cosmetics.

Because there it is an interdisciplinary field, students are confronted with their partial knowledge of biology, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, as well as many others, such as analytical chemistry and sensory analysis. The result should be a comprehensive and systematic review of knowledge on which they can then (in practice) build.

Basic assumptions / outputs can be summarized as follows:
1. the understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the skin, as the interface between the human organism and chemicals (cosmetics raw materials)
2. an awareness of the chemical structure and properties of cosmetic materials, their compatibility and the possibility of interaction,
3. the ability to assemble a recipe of cosmetic product with regard to its desired properties,
4. based on this knowledge to optimize the technology of cosmetic product production
5. to have an overview about the methods essential to evaluate the safety and effects of cosmetic products
6. all this to deal with an awareness of legislative regulations and quality systems in the field of cosmetology.
Students are confronted with the latest results of research of the area of chemistry of cosmetics.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Hojerová, J., Škultétyová, K.: Materiály. 226 s. SPN - Mladé letá, Bratislava 2007. ISBN: 978-80-10-00261-9 (SK)

Recommended reading

Maibach H. I., Barel A. O., Paye M.: Handbook of Cosmetic Science and Technology. 3rd ed., 600 pp. CRC Press, New York 2009. ISBN 1420069632 (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme NPCP_CHMA Master's

    specialization CHBL , 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional
    specialization BF , 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

  • Programme NPCP_CHPL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme NKCP_CHPL Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
  • Programme CP_CZV_SP Lifelong learning, 1. year of study, summer semester, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


The syllabus is divided by the weekly schedule:

1. Introduction, basic concepts. Legislative framework, certifications.
2. Basic pharmaceutical and cosmetic forms. Where does cosmetics stop and medicine start?
3. Skin - the most important 2 m2 of our life.
4. Penetration of substances through the skin. Transport systems.
5. Cosmeceuticals. Cosmetics labeled "bio" or "product of nature".
6. Cosmetis ingredients - permitted substances, not permitted substances, permitted substances with restrictions. Their division according to the chemical composition and origin.
7. Biologically active substances - a symbiosis of the interdisciplinary research.
8. Fragrances. Natural substances. Allergens, symptoms.
9. Overview of types of cosmetics. Composition characteristics and principles of actions.
10. Technologies of cosmetic productions.
11. The stability and durability of cosmetics. The requirements of labeling of cosmetic products.
12. The safety of cosmetics. Methods for evaluation of cosmetic ingredients and products.
13. The efficacy of cosmetics, evaluation and presentation. Interesting and current topics of cosmetology research.

Guided consultation in combined form of studies

26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer