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About the course

Want to learn more about the business of beauty? Solent is the first university in the UK to offer a beauty promotion degree, an innovative course which focuses on developing you for a career within the global beauty industry. You’ll learn a diverse range of skills, including multi-platform journalism, styling, marketing, PR, advertising and trend forecasting, with an opportunity to specialise as you progress.

Students are taught by academics with extensive industry experience in writing and styling beauty, celebrity and fashion editorial features for magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle and Good Housekeeping.

Students have access to professional photography facilities, as well as a make-up area. Mac suites with the latest design and publishing software and a reprographics room are also available to help students develop their digital skills.

Students on this course can take advantage of opportunities to get involved in retail activities at Re:So, Solent’s stunning student-run store which sells a unique mix of fashion, accessories, publications, furniture and art produced by the University’s creative students and graduates. The store’s upper floor ‘learning zone’ has previously hosted guest speakers from the fashion industry, workshops, photo-shoots and exhibitions – with an emphasis on developing student retail, enterprise and employability skills.

Think a career as a beauty editor, PR, marketing executive, brand manager or trend forecaster might be for you? With close industry links and regular opportunities to create a professional network, gain hands-on experience and build a professional resume, Solent’s unique beauty promotion degree can help you to take your first step into this exciting industry.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Students will learn advertising, PR and creative marketing skills, specialising in the beauty industry.

What does this course lead to?

You can gain the skills required for a dynamic career in the fashion and beauty industries, working in the head office of a cosmetics, skincare, perfume, jewellery or hair care company or promoting several clients as a PR executive in a beauty and fashion public relations agency. These skills are also highly valuable in the lifestyle, public relations and promotion industries.

Who is this course for?

Students who want to work behind the scenes in the global beauty industry will benefit most from this course.

Students will graduate from this full-time course well prepared for a range of essential business support, marketing, PR, advertising and trend forecasting roles.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry BP01
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2020/21 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2019/20 fees were:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,875 per year 

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact

The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Compulsory costs:
Make-up kit, external hard drive, domain name and memory stick costs in year one: £250

Optional costs:
Adobe design software costs in year one: £190
Mac laptop, MS office and Adobe Photoshop software costs in year one: £1,000

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

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Key entry requirements

72 - 96 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 72 UCAS points.
  • Direct entry into year two or three may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Design Foundation Year
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply

Design Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Introduction to the Beauty Industry
  • Advertising and Editorial Beauty Imagery
  • Beauty and Editorial Writing 
  • Contextual Studies Historical
  • Beauty PR and Marketing
  • Beauty Futures

Year two

Core units
  • Contextual Studies Contemporary
  • Beauty and Fragrance Advertising
  • Professional Practice and Promotion
  • Global Perspectives
  • Digital Beauty and Editorial Writing


  • Beauty Film
  • Media Makeup and Hair

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Major Project Research and Development
  • Work-Based Learning for Fashion and the Creative Industries
  • Major Project Production and Evaluation


  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Practice
  • Creative Entrepreneurship
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Design)
  • Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Students' work

Meet the course team

Lisa Dibben academic profile Lisa Dibben Head of Subject View profile
Elizabeth Barnett Lawton academic profile Elizabeth Barnett Lawton Course Leader View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


You’ll have access to a range of specialist teaching facilities in our professional-grade media academy, including a photography studio complex, make-up area, mono and colour darkrooms and printing areas, digital reprographics rooms and Mac suites.

We provide a stimulating learning environment and access to state-of-the-art resources to help you make the most of your time with us. Flexible spaces, Wi-Fi facilities and learning zones all contribute to our lively and contemporary study environment at Solent.

Students have access to industry-standard teaching facilities at the dedicated media academy, as well as hair, make-up and photography studios.

Your future

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Beauty editorial
  • Styling
  • Fashion forecasting
  • Public relations.

Industry links

There are opportunities to take part in live professional projects and competitions.

Recent guest speakers have included Terry Mansfield, former president and chief executive at the National Magazine Company; Courtney Blackman from Forward PR; Mark Graham from ilovedust; and Caryn Franklin and Debra Bourne of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk.


You’ll have plenty of encouragement and support in finding work experience opportunities, drawing on the course team’s strong ties with the industry.

In year three you’ll also be able to choose the optional Work-Based Learning unit, taking part in a work experience challenge and creating a reflective portfolio.

Previous students from Solent’s media fashion styling programme have found placements at Notion magazine, London Garment Expo, ITV, Company magazine, Dazed & Confused magazine, Jonathan Saunders, Atelier Mayer, Illamasqua, Trendstop, Sky, Topshop and the BBC.

Further study

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