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Our Aesthetic Medicine Programme

Our programme was one of the first of its kind to be established in the UK, designed and delivered by leading aestheticians from a wide range of backgrounds and specialties.

Our programme provides expert knowledge and insights from our teaching staff which is as varied as our students who study with us. It is one of the longest-standing programmes of its kind available, meaning that you benefit from years of continuous improvement informed by the needs of our students. We understand your desire to update your knowledge of the research and industry, so that you can best serve your clients and patients, while balancing this with your other commitments. Therefore, you will be able to study part-time, online from anywhere in the world.

You will join a talented cohort of students such as dentists, GPs, nurses, dermatologists, plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, and learn from each other in interactive lectures and lively group discussions. This is complemented by invaluable insight from guest speakers and industry leaders.

A theoretical focus

This programme specifically focuses on complementing your existing practical skills with knowledge on key issues in the aesthetic medicine profession, as well as evaluation and self-appraisal, and autonomy in the planning and management of learning. As such, the information covered is designed for you to develop an improved theoretical understanding of procedures, patient management, and key issues, rather than explicit practical training in aesthetic medicine techniques.

You will gain clinical knowledge and critical awareness of non-operative procedures through invaluable online seminars, literature, and lectures, with an emphasis on the analysis of evidence-based practice which can be applied to your own clinic. An important part of our job as aesthetic medicine practitioners is to effectively assess and communicate to our patients the appropriateness and risks associated with our treatments. Therefore, we also focus on critical discussion of the challenges associated with assessing risk in patients. By the end of your studies, you will have a detailed knowledge of the application of consent and ethical practice in aesthetic medicine and gain insight into the regulatory environment.

We also offer a practical element to the programme through simulation training at our optional clinical days, where you can put your learning to the test.

Available pathways

The programme has three pathways through which you can study – PGCert, PGDip and MSc:

The PGCert consists of four modules covering ‘Skin, Wound Healing and Ageing’, 'Toxins and Fillers', 'Aesthetic Dermatology', and 'Laser and Energy Based Modalities'. You will be able to complete this part-time, online over eight months.

In addition to the PGCert modules, the PGDip covers ‘Medicolegal Aspects and Patient Psychology', 'Regenerative and Cell Based Approaches', 'Advanced Aesthetic Modalities', and 'Principles of Practice Management'. You will be able to complete this part-time, online over 18 months.

The MSc covers all modules covered on the PGDip version of the programme, but also involves a dissertation through which you will undertake important and ground-breaking research. Our previous students have used this opportunity to develop their research skills and contributed to the field in difference areas. The full MSc programme can be completed part-time, online over two years.

Due to the natural flow between the pathways, many of our students choose to progress onto the PGDip or MSc version after completing the PGCert to further their theoretical knowledge and understanding of further areas of aesthetic medicine or develop their research skills.

Aesthetic Medicine programme overview and Q&A

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