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Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Cosmetic Medicine

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Cosmetic Medicine Courses Online

Taught completely online, our Cosmetic Medicine courses have been developed with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. The courses are designed to complement practice based Recognise Prior Learning (RPL) awards, which are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.

With Health Education England (HEE) adopting increasing regulatory requirements for aesthetic practice, individuals undertaking aesthetic procedures should have a formal postgraduate qualification. Therefore, these qualifications from our Cosmetic Medicine courses would be an important milestone in the healthcare practitioner's journey to be an aesthetic practitioner. Such qualifications are also regarded as integral by the individuals' regulatory authorities, such as the GDC, GMC and NMC.

The Postgraduate Diploma and MSc course is aimed at doctors, dentists and nurses with independent prescriber status.

Students may apply for the MSc in Cosmetic Medicine as a two year course, firstly by completing the Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits), followed by the MSc (60 credits).

Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine

The Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine course has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professional’s knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. It is designed to complement separate practice based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards that are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.

You will:

  • Develop analytical and critical appraisal skills in both theory and research related to cosmetic medicine
  • Demonstrate critical application of research to cosmetic medicine practice
  • Professional decision making: incorporating evidence based rationale in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to cosmetic medicine
  • To be able to apply advanced problem-solving skills in clinical practice
  • Demonstrate leadership in the delivery and advancement of cosmetic medicine
  • Demonstrate leadership of teams in multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts
  • Demonstrate evaluation skills in the delivery of care to patients

Course Structure

The online Cosmetic Medicine Diploma lasts one calendar year and is a part-time distance learning course. It consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks’ duration.

Module 1: Anatomy, Physiology and Professional Issues Overview

Module 2: Facial Muscle Treatment

Module 3: Facial Fat Pads

Module 4: Skin

Module 5: Hair

Module 6: Other Aesthetic Approaches

Assessment

The course includes clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities:

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
  • Case based examination - 30%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Individual learning portfolio - 10%

Teaching Methods

You’ll learn entirely online with the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.

You’ll be invited to an Induction Day where you will meet tutors and have workshops on study skills such as scientific writing, levels of evidence, Harvard referencing and reflective writing. The Induction Day will be at the University of South Wales in the UK. It is not compulsory to attend but if you would like to and don't live locally, you can take part online.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be expected to meet the below criteria:

  • Relevant degree
  • Registered healthcare professional (e.g. doctor, dentist, nurse with independent prescriber status)
  • Completion of a recognised training course in aesthetic use of Botulinum toxins and fillers
  • Evidence of having undertaken at least 10 cosmetic procedures (e.g. Botulinum toxins and fillers) in the last 12 months
  • Current indemnification for cosmetic procedures

Recognition of prior learning may be taken into consideration

MSc in Cosmetic Medicine

The Cosmetic Medicine MSc has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professional’s knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. It is designed to complement separate practice based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards that are being developed for cosmetic medicine practitioners.

The Cosmetic Medicine Masters of Science runs over 1 calendar year. Students undertake an initial 12 week online module to develop their skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Thereafter they are able to select a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.

Course Structure and Teaching Methods

Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal: MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2: Professional Project: To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the 1 year MSc programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Masters in as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants will also be expected to meet the below criteria:

  • A registered healthcare professional (e.g. doctor, dentist, nurse with independent prescriber status).
  • Evidence of having undertaken at least 10 cosmetic procedures in the last 12 months
  • Current indemnification for cosmetic procedures

Students will typically have completed a recognised training course in aesthetic use of Botulinum toxins and Fillers but relevant/suitable experience may be taken into consideration.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Cosmetic Medicine page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

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