Cosmetic science masters programme launched

Master of Science in Medicine launched at UCT 2015For the first time, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is offering a one-of-a-kind Master of Science in Medicine, specialising in Trichology and Cosmetic Science in 2015.

The course will take place at the Africa Hair and Skin Research Lab, a leading facility based within the Division of Dermatology at UCT. The lab is a comprehensively equipped state-of-the-art unit located at Groote Schuur Hospital. It employs a wide range of techniques including molecular biology, biochemistry, protein engineering, proteomics, spectroscopy, electron microscopy and mechanical hair testing.

The lab’s research interests include:

  • validating protocols for preparing hair samples for testing (drugs, hormones, toxins etc.)
  • elucidating mechanisms that govern hair curl, and its influence on substance incorporation
  • discovery of novel and safe molecules to modify hair shape
  • skin toxicology and method development to identify toxins
  • elucidating valid measurements of skin penetration
  • health and safety issues in cosmetic formulation

Suitable candidates, who have a BSc (Hons) or equivalent degree in science, health science or engineering, are invited to fill five MSc positions for 2015. To apply, candidates should send a letter of motivation, CV, synopsis of previous projects, certified copy of his or her ID, degree certificates, and a list of three contactable references to: 

Professor NP Khumalo
Division of Dermatology
Ward G23
New Groote Schuur Hospital
Observatory 7925
South Africa.

E-mail applications are also accepted and should be sent to [email protected]“>[email protected]

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