Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine

Team: Cosmetic Medicine Team

The online Cosmetic Medicine Postgraduate Certificate has been designed to promote and enhance working professionals' knowledge underpinning practice in aesthetic medicine.

Programme Information

UEMS Accreditation
Welsh Aesthetics and Cosmetic Society

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this programme, you will receive a University of South Wales Postgraduate Certificate.

This postgraduate certificate has been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and endorsed by Welsh Aesthetic & Cosmetic Society (WACS).

UK legislation is predicted to change in the near future, requiring cosmetic practitioners to be registered in order to practice, and the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (the JCCP) is at the forefront of this initiative, setting standards and competency frameworks for the industry in collaboration with the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (the CPSA). This programme aligns with these standards and is an entry point to our Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) in Aesthetic Injectable Practice. For more information about the OSCE, please visit our Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine with Assessment of Aesthetic Injectable Practice page.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic Medicine has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professionals’ knowledge and ultimately their practice in cosmetic medicine, and complements separate, practice-based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards.

On completion of the programme you will be able to:

  • Make professional decisions, incorporating evidence based rationale in a variety of diverse and complex situations related to cosmetic medicine
  • 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

Programme Information

Our online Cosmetic Medicine Postgraduate Certificate is a part-time, distance-learning programme. The programme is worth 60 credits and comprises 3 modules of 20 credits each, with each module running over a period of six weeks.

Aim of the module:
  • The aim of the module is to address the life sciences underpinning cosmetic medicine and the professional and ethical issues that arise in practice.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Anatomy of the face – the skin, muscles, fat pads, blood vessels, nerves and bones within the face.
  • Physiology and physiological changes relating to these structures.
  • Facial structure functions and their relation to ageing.
  • Facial assessments and treatment plans.
  • Ethics for treating patients for financial gain (treatment dependent).
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
  1. Critically apply in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge of the face to the selection of appropriate cosmetic medical treatments.
  2. Exercise judgment in decision-making, negotiating the complex interacting professional and ethical issues surrounding aesthetic medicine practice.
Aim of the module:
  • To provide an in-depth exploration of botulinum toxin as a dominant mode of cosmetic facial muscle treatment; from an examination of the historical context to the complexities of current day therapeutic practice.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Botulinum and botulism history.
  • Botulinum toxin pharmaceutical history and licenses.
  • Clostridia as bacteria.
  • Indications for use, common complications and their treatment.
  • Patient selection, injection techniques, indications, safety, adverse effects and combination treatments.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Critically apply the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of botulinum use in cosmetic and medical treatment.
  2. Critically appraise the use of botulinum toxin in aesthetic treatments.
Aim of the module:
  • To critically examine a variety of treatments aimed at addressing the aging process, taking into account the evidence base, patient expectations and issues, and short- and long- term effects.
Synopsis of module content:
  • Anatomy of facial fat pads and physiological effects of aging.
  • Dermal fillers.
  • Hyaluronic Acids (HA), different manufacturers, cross linking (BDDE), length of fibre, duration of effect, fibroblasts (HA production, hyaluronidase).
  • Indications for HAs, complications associated with the administration of HAs and the treatment of complications.
  • Avoiding complications.
  • Managing patient expectations.
  • Non HA fillers – permanent/temporary, synthetic/autologous.
  • Dermal fillers for specific regions – lips, hands.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Critically analyse the evidence base for the augmentation of facial fat pads with dermal fillers.
  2. Critically evaluate the use of dermal fillers in aesthetic treatments.

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

When applying for the Cosmetic Medicine course, candidates are required to have completed a recognised training course in aesthetic procedures and be currently undertaking cosmetic procedures in a clinical setting

To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required
  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A portfolio with 10 before/after pictures (if you have consent) or a detailed statement explaining 10 cosmetic procedures you have undertaken in the last 12 months.
  • A copy of your certificate showing that you have undertaken a course training course in cosmetic procedures.
  • A copy of your indemnification (insurance) certificate for cosmetic procedures.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Cosmetic Medicine Team page.

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-20 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective journal to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)

Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practice.

Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)

Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practise.


Online Postgraduate Postgraduate Certificate in Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine

The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using 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 3 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 are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.
  • Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

Each week, students are presented with 2/3 clinical cases with associated questions.  These cases are designed to promote discussion within a specific clinical area. Students:

  • Complete the questions.
  • Discuss the cases and issues surrounding the cases in a discussion forum.

Students discuss the cases within their tutor groups, facilitated by their tutor.  They use an online discussion forum to write well referenced, scientifically written postings.

The individual portfolio or journal is a learning log/diary. The purpose is for the student to reflect on their personal progress throughout the module. Students would typically include the following:

  • Initial expectations of the course, reasons for undertaking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events/issues/learning points within their personal practice.
  • Examples of change in personal practice due to knowledge gained throughout the module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Students are asked to think reflectively about what they are learning from each module, how this differs from their current practice, and how they can apply what they have learned through the course to their everyday practice as a health professional. Referencing would not typically be found in a learning portfolio nor would a simple list of points learned.

Depending on the module, students are assigned either an individual or a group activity. These activities can range from designing a scientific poster, preparing a presentation or an abstract, peer reviewing, writing reports, and designing patient leaflets to writing blog posts and developing apps and clinical pathways. The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics, catering to the multidisciplinary nature within the field of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine.

  • 30 single best answer (SBA) questions.
  • One hour online assessment.
  • Questions are based on the clinical aspects of the module and their discussion topics and accompanying reading.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for February 2021: £2,250
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for February 2021:

Application deadline - February 5th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£750 £2250
1st May 2021 £750
1st July 2021 £750

Deposits are non-refundable

Application Deadline