EFCM - University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

The University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) and the Institut Supérieur International du Parfum, de la Cosmétique et de l'Aromatique Alimentaire (ISIPCA) have created a unique programme in Fragrance and Cosmetics leading to a dual competence both scientific and management with a university diploma which will give students international recognition.


The programme has been created for worldwide students in search of a multicultural education. The idea is to give participants a double competence: an inside knowledge of the perfumery and cosmetic sectors from a scientific point of view and an understanding of the strategic and managerial aspects of business and marketing in those sectors.


Successful completion of the course should prepare students for a career in all areas of R&D as well as marketing and product development. Students will acquire a broad understanding of all roles as well as achieving professional training within the industry along with a vocabulary indigenous to the perfumery and cosmetic sector.


The programme is entirely delivered in English. The first year, held in Versailles (France) is essentially technical and scientific (perfumery, cosmetic and chemistry) but applied directly to some of the most luxurious subjects in our history. The perfumery and cosmetic modules are delivered by Group ISIPCA and chemistry modules by the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ).


For the second year students head off either to Plymouth (UK) or Padova (Italy) to absorb themselves in business administration and marketing which represent a necessary complement for today's scientific students. It provides an intimate knowledge of business and marketing management as applied to the perfumery and cosmetic sector.


The University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is renowned for its multidisciplinary choice of subjects, with particular strength in scientific fields. It has strong potential in research, specifically in chemistry. Since 1993 Group ISIPCA and UVSQ have provided an educational programme for specialists in cosmetics, perfumery and food flavourings (master level) in partnership with the industry.


Group ISIPCA is managed by the Chamber of Commerce of Versailles Val d'Oise/Yvelines. It is a leading institute worldwide in the development of perfumery, cosmetics and food flavourings.


The University of Plymouth in the UK has developed a national and international reputation for high standards, both academically and in research. The management courses for perfumery are designed to provide a sound basis within the world of business with special projects in cosmetics and perfumery.


The University of Padova (Italy) is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. The faculty of pharmacy is recognised as a leader in its field for cosmetic and pharmaceutical subjects. The faculty of economics is on the cutting edge of innovation and international orientation. These two faculties will organise specific courses of marketing and business management in perfumery and cosmetics.


A first hand knowledge of the industry is also vital and the students will have a four month training period in the industry to complete the second year t raining. The students will put the knowledge they have acquired during their training programme to good use.


Examinations will be held in both Versailles and the partner university. To be eligible for the course, students need a Bachelor degree or equivalent, preferably in scientific matters or have at least five years working experience in these sectors.


The course starts early October of each calendar year.



For further information and registration, contact:

Annie Towhill
36 rue du Parc de Clagny
78000 Versailles, France Tel :
Fax :
E-mail :
Web site : www.efcm-master.com


University of Versailles Saint Quentin en Yvelines www.uvsq.fr
Groupe ISIPCA: www.isipca.fr, www.efcm-master.com
University of Padova: www.unipd.it
University of Plymouth: www.plymouth.ac.uk

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