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Aesthetic Medicine

MSc ( 2 years Part-time Distance Learning )


Due to high demand, applications for 2018/19 have now closed. The programme will reopen for 2019/20 entry later in the year.

This is the first Aesthetic Medicine masters programme within the UK focusing on non-operative techniques and is open to a variety of clinicians such as Doctors, Dentists and Nurses. The distance learning modules will enable students to progress at a pace that fits around their daily commitments with set assignment submission deadlines during the academic year facilitating planning.

The teaching content will provide students with a strong scientific background to aesthetic medicine including skin physiology and hair biology. A sound knowledge base will be developed in basic and advanced techniques such as Botox, fillers, dermarollers, lasers and cosmeceuticals.

The importance of evidence-based practice will be developed through critique of aesthetic literature and synthesis of balanced views, impacting on your practice. There will be crucial hands-on training through four clinical days within the two year academic period. Accompanying lectures will help students evaluate their practice and consolidate learning they have been undertaking throughout the year.

Why study Aesthetic Medicine at Queen Mary?

This course run by the Barts and the London’s Academic Plastic Surgery Group is based at the Centre for Cutaneous Research (CCR) at the Blizard Institute. The CCR is composed of the academic unit of Dermatology and the Cancer Research UK Skin Tumour Laboratory, and is one of the largest cutaneous research centres in Europe. Hence this group has a strong academic and research background and will be able to provide strong support for students undertaking this programme.

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  • Specific topics in aesthetic medicine are covered in a total of eight modules via the QMplus teaching package.
  • Each module will have a weekly MQC assessment and a  2,000 word essay to be submitted online.
  • Eight modules plus a 15,000 word dissertation.
  • An OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) will be held at the end of each academic year.

Core modules

Year 1

  • Cutaneous Physiology, Healing, Scarring and Ageing
  • Hair Biology and Hair Treatment
  • Non-invasive Techniques
  • Laser and Camouflage Techniques

Year 2

  • Medicolegal Practice and Patient Psychology
  • Cosmeceuticals
  • Advanced Techniques and Combined Treatments
  • Regenerative and Cell-based Applications
  • Dissertation in Aesthetic Medicine (MSc only)


This innovative and challenging programme will provide clinicians with a solid foundation in aesthetic principles and safe practice within aesthetic medicine to enhance and advance their clinical practice. The qualification will demonstrate ongoing training and learning in the area of Aesthetic Medicine which is becoming increasingly important as the drive for better regulation of aesthetic practice continues. Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London has an excellent reputation  in the area of Medical training and is well recognised internationally. Studying at Queen Mary will be a unique and enriching opportunity.

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Entry requirements

Applications are processed upon receipt. The deadline for applications is 14th July, however we reserve the right to receive further applications after the deadline and make decisions on those accordingly. Subject to places being available, we may re-open the course.

  • Completion of Medical or Dental Degree (MBBS/MBcHB, MD, BDS) recognised by Queen Mary University of London
  • Completion of Nursing degree (diploma not accepted)
    (Nursing and Midwifery Council registration and a minimum of four years working experience)

English requirements should be any of the following:

  • Grade B at A-Level
  • IELTS (overall score of 6.5, with 6.0 in the Writing and Speaking modules)

Overseas students attending clinical days will require an appropriate travel visa according to Queen Mary University of London regulations (Holidays Visas are not permitted). A copy of the appropriate visa will need to be sent to the department prior to attending the clinical day. Further advice is obtainable via the International Students Adviser in our Advice and Counselling services.

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Learning and teaching

An online platform provides study materials, videos and literature  for modules and allows completion of summative assessments. You will be supported by online tutors and student discussion forums will facilitate discussions.

An in-depth research project for masters students will allow you to illustrate your examination and analysis skills as well as interpretation and appraisal of information learned.

This online learning environment comprises:

  • Weekly written material about the subject complemented by clinical pictures
  • Supplementary reading and a selection of relevant journal articles
  • Student Café – this area of the site allows pictures and questions or messages to be posted for discussion within the group. The current students find this a useful way of interacting with other students

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Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £4,600

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time DL £8,240


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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