MSc Cosmetic Medicine

There has been a dramatic growth in the popularity of cosmetic procedures worldwide in recent years, including botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, laser treatment and more. This fully flexible, part-time cosmetic masters course has been specifically designed for doctors, dentists, dental therapists, pharmacists and nurses who wish to improve their knowledge, skills and experience in cosmetic medicine.

With the government introducing greater regulations around aesthetic medicine, maintaining trust in the surgeon-patient relationship all comes down to the right cosmetic training and credible qualification.

MSc Cosmetic Medicine

Next intake: 2022 SeptemberKey Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
15th August 2022
Course start date
5th September 2022 (view full module dates)
Format
100% Online
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This MSc in Cosmetic Medicine has been specifically designed to promote and enhance working professionals’ knowledge and ultimately their practice in cosmetic and aesthetic medicine, and complements separate, practice-based recognised prior learning (RPL) awards.

On completion of this masters in cosmetic medicine you will be able to:

  • 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.


Qualification:

Next intake: 2022 September Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
15th August 2022
Course start date
5th September 2022 (view full module dates)

Why Study a Cosmetic Medicine MSc with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online masters courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.

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Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.

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Who is this Masters course for?

The MSc cosmetic medicine is aimed at doctors, dentists, dental therapists, pharmacists and nurses whose roles are evolving with increasing demand amongst these specialists for a postgraduate qualification to help support their professional learning and clinical development.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

The MSc in Cosmetic Medicine is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma. The second year of the cosmetic masters starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

Year 1

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).
  • This module includes mandatory formative assessment activities, to support students learning and development prior to summative assessment tasks.

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. Critically analyse the professional and ethical issues surrounding aesthetic medicine.

Aim of the module:
Address botulism as a disease and the pharmacology of botulinum toxins and treatments.

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:
Teach candidates about facial fillers, volume loss, facial fat pads and how treatment of a volume depleted face can have an impact on the aging face.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Anatomy of facial fat pads and physiological effects of ageing.
  • 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.

Aim of the module:

  • To understand skin in terms of: Embryology, structure and function.
  • To understand the effects of aging/sun/cigarette smoking upon the skin, and how treatments such as lasers and dermal peels can alter the skin elements.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Normal skin anatomy and physiology – layers of epidermis, layers of dermis, functions of epidermal layers/elements, function of dermis cells/non cellular elements.
  • How the skin changes with ageing and environmental damage in all aspects and layers.
  • Different types of Fitzpatrick skin types, the effect of ultraviolet light on the skin, sun tanning, sun protection, sun damage on the skin, skin ablative treatments, skin non ablative treatments, lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) treatments.
  • IPL Treatments – what are they, how do they work what are the different parameters that can be used in laser treatments, dermal peels, and skin repair and emerging treatments.

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the processes affecting damage to the skin.
  2. Critically evaluate a variety of skin treatments.

Aim of the module:
The aims of the module are to understand hair growth and hair loss and relate that to medical treatments for hair removal and hair replacement.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Normal hair growth cycles.
  • Hair colour and variations.
  • Hair follicle anatomy, physiology and pathology, and how is this related to hair follicle pharmacological treatment.
  • What medical conditions are related to unwanted hair – polycystic ovary syndrome, folliculitis barbae, hormonal conditions, etc.
  • Hair aesthetics – hair removal with laser and IPL systems, specifically excluding mechanical hair removal (shaving, plucking, de-epilation, waxing, electrolysis, etc.)
  • How does laser hair removal produce a reduction in hair growth, which lasers can be used, what is the difference between each type of laser, what is the difference between laser hair removal and IPL hair removal.
  • Difference between hair reduction using “pain free” hair removal systems and using more traditional methods that have greater pain associated with them.
  • What is hair loss – how does it manifest itself, what are the different types of male hair loss patterns, and how can they be treated. What are the non-surgical methods of treatment (light therapy, hair stimulation non-surgical therapy) and what evidence is there to suggest their efficacy.
  • What drug treatments are available for hair loss, how do they work, how effective are they, what are their side effects, what are their pharmacological properties.
  • What surgical methods are available for hair loss.

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Critically apply knowledge of normal hair growth, hair follicle anatomy, physiology on a variety of hair pathologies.
  2. Evaluate and appropriately recommend treatments used in hair removal.
  3. Evaluate and appropriately recommend non-surgical methods used for the treatment of hair stimulation.

Aim of the module:
The module aims to develop an understanding of the hormonal mechanisms underlying ageing and other effective anti-ageing strategies.

Synopsis of module content:

  • The physiology of aging including hormonal changes in testosterone, growth hormone and the menopause.
  • Menopause, andropause and somatopause.
  • Hormonal replacement as anti-ageing therapy.
  • Vitamins and anti-ageing.
  • The role of nutrition in anti-ageing.
  • Role of exercise as an anti-ageing strategy.
  • Exercise for the ageing person.
  • Platelet-rich plasma infusions and their effect in aesthetics and ageing.
  • Injection lipolysis, derma-rollers and micro needling.
  • Ultrasonic therapies and radiofrequency.

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Critically apply the scientific evidence base to appraise the interaction between the ageing process and the endocrine system.
  2. Critically evaluate investigations and treatments available for age-related hormonal deficiencies.
  3. Critically appraise a range of anti-ageing strategies.

Year 2

Module Aims
This module is designed to help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to cosmetic research.

Module Content
Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
Statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
Qualitative research methods.
Fundamentals of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement/assurance systems.
Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
Research into educational principles for both healthcare practitioner and patient.
Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse and interpret research in cosmetic medicine.
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.

Module Aims

  • Develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • Develop skills in independent research and study.
  • Develop skills relevant to scientific publications.

Module Content
The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice.

This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Design and undertake research and development in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Assessment Methods

The Cosmetic Medicine MSc places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The first seven modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

For the final module of the course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Due to the online nature of the MSc course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Year 2

This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

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

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 copy of your proof of English competency (see below)
  • Evidence that you have undertaken a training course in cosmetic procedures
  • A portfolio with 10 before/after pictures or detailed statement explaining 10 procedures you have undertaken in the last 12 months
  • A copy of your indemnification (insurance certificate) for cosmetic procedures

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 admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department admissions@diploma-msc.com to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2022:
£8,400
Application deadline - 5th September 2022

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£750£750
1st November 2022£750£7,650
1st January 2023£750
1st March 2023£750
1st May 2023£750
1st July 2023£750
1st September 2023£650
1st November 2023£650
1st January 2024£650
1st March 2024£650
1st May 2024£650
1st July 2024£650

† Deposits are non-refundable

Option 3: Lower monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with our lending partner Lendwise.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.

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