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What if you could discover and explore a whole new world of fragrance?

ISIPCA Master of Science in Scent Design and Creation in Partnership with IFF

IFF has partnered with the world’s premier perfumery school to offer the first and only accredited program of its kind. This partnership combines IFF’s 129-year creative legacy with the proven academic excellence that has forged ISIPCA.

This highly selective Master’s program immerses students in the foundations and pioneering advances of the profession. Classes are held at ISIPCA’s state-of-the-art campus in France, the historic heart of perfumery culture.

Students who complete the program receive a Masters of Science diploma from ISIPCA.

A new program unlike any other

This comprehensive 3-year training program breaks ground in teaching the foundations and pioneering advances of designing fragrances. Graduates will be extraordinarily well equipped for a range of careers in the fragrance industry including fine and consumer fragrance perfumers, scent design managers, technical perfumers, marketing, sales and related roles.

A curriculum built upon the fundamentals of Fine Fragrance creation, ?with foundational instruction in the world of Consumer Fragrance.

Taught by a vibrant and passionate faculty of industry experts, students gain an understanding of the fragrance culture and industry as they learn how to make perfume. Classes include intensive and extensive study of raw materials, history of perfume, and market knowledge — plus courses on consumer insights, creativity, and personal development. The program is enriched with marketing safaris, pedagogical visits to Grasse to experience mimosa in bloom and IFF’s LMR atelier, with its 100% pure and natural extracts, and commitment to environmental management and sustainable development.

IFF Insight sessions open the doors for students to meet perfumers, scent design managers, sales and marketing experts from around the globe, sharing their personal perspectives and inspirations and passion for the world of fragrance.

The program includes an Internship at IFF where each student is mentored by a senior IFF perfumer and students learn from on-the-job experience.

Students who graduate from this program will be well prepared for a range of careers including fine or consumer fragrance perfumers, evaluators or scent design managers, technologists, marketing or sales professionals, and many related roles.

Specialized Internship opportunities apply classroom learning to on-the-job experience.

Admissions Process

The MSc Scent Design and Creation student has the heart of an artist, is inherently curious, and is driven by a fire within to push boundaries. They are also grounded in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, and proficient or fluent in English. They share the dream to make perfume and be part of this exciting industry.

The program is highly selective with a specific admission process, highlighted below. 


  • Education: Bachelor or minimum 2-3 year degree in Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Engineering, Biochemistry or Mathematics.

  • This program is taught in English, and fluency is required. 

Tuition and Fees

  • ISIPCA Tuition: €10,250 per year
  • ISIPCA Application Fee: €200, payable to ISIPCA online

Fall 2020 Enrollment

  1. Application – prospective students must complete and submit application directly to ISIPCA by May 31, 2020

  2. Application Review/Phone/Video Screening with select candidates

  3. Olfactive Intelligence Test?, Creative Presentation, Interview with Selection Panel 
    *Travel will be required to an IFF Creative Center most convenient for applicant

  4. Student Selection and Notification
    TIMING: by end of JULY

  5. Start of school – to be confirmed –
    Late October/early November 2020

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted directly to ISIPCA through its website.

STEP 1 Download PDF Application
STEP 2 Submit Completed Application
STEP 3 Submit Application Fee (€200) 

What is ISIPCA?

“We are very proud of having trained so many of the world’s most successful and influential perfumers, including many at IFF.”

— Cecile Ecalle Montier, Managing Director, ISIPCA.

ISIPCA (Institut supérieur international du parfum, de la cosmétique et de l'aromatique alimentaire) was founded by Jean- Jacques Guerlain in 1970, and is the leading university dedicated to educate students and professionals for careers in perfume, cosmetics and food flavors. Located in Versailles, near Paris, it offers undergraduate Bachelor’s and professional Master’s degrees, continuous education, and research services.

About IFF

We’re not satisfied with just satisfying the senses.

We’re using Uncommon Sense to create what the world needs.

We are a collective of unconventional thinkers and creators, putting science and artistry to work to create unique and unexpected scents, tastes, experiences and ingredients for the products our world craves.

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