MSc/PGDip/PGCert in Aesthetic Medicine (online)

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About the course


Take your career to the next level with our online Masters in Aesthetic Medicine. This programme offers theoretical training, exploring the science and principles behind sought-after procedures, including botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, and laser treatments, while covering patient psychology and the medicolegal aspects of treatments. Learn about practice management essentials such as clinic setup, branding, and marketing strategies.


You will gain a thorough training in aesthetic medicine, with a particular focus on non-operative techniques. We specifically focus 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 critically discuss the challenges associated with assessing risk in patients. At the end of your studies, you will have a detailed knowledge of the application of consent and ethical practice in aesthetic medicine, and of key laser and injectables techniques. You will also gain insight into the regulatory environment.

We have a large number of specialists teaching on the course, and many are world leaders in their fields. This also includes academics from other institutions, clinicians, and specialists from the medical industry.

Through interactive webinars and online lectures, videos and literature, you will gain confidence in a number of skills including evaluation and self-appraisal, and autonomy in the planning and management of learning. You also have the chance to put your learning to the test via optional simulation training.

Over the last two years, 100% of students on this programme agreed: “Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course”. (Source: Postgraduate Taught Experience Surveys 2022 and 2023).


Each module is assessed with a multiple choice question (MCQ) assessment and a 2,000-word essay to be submitted online. An OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) will be held at the end of each academic year.

Year 1:

  • Skin, wound healing and ageing
  • Toxins and fillers
  • Aesthetic dermatology
  • Laser and energy-based modalities

Year 2 (PGDip and MSc only):

  • Medicolegal aspects and patient psychology
  • Regenerative and cell based approaches
  • Advanced aesthetic modalities
  • Principles of practice management

Dissertation in Aesthetic Medicine (MSc only):

Students on the full MSc will complete a 15,000-word dissertation. Past students have undertaken important and ground-breaking research on this programme. Past dissertation topics include:

  • Soft tissue augmentation in aesthetic medicine: the midface
  • The pathogenesis and treatment of excessive hair
  • Evaluation of hyaluronic acid filler versus resorbable collagen stimulating fillers in their applications for facial rejuvenation

Entry requirements

A 2:2 or above at undergraduate level in Nursing with minimum four years of experience in Nursing, or a Medical or Dental degree (non-UK medical degrees marked on a grading scale must be equivalent to UK 2:2 degree).

Applicants with Nursing, Medical or Dental degrees below this level will be considered on an individual basis if there is strong evidence of suitable professional experience.

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