MSc in Cosmetic Medicine

Team: Cosmetic Medicine Team

The Cosmetic Medicine MSc provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine offered by the University. Course Code: QMSP072

Course Information

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

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 Masters in Cosmetic Medicine provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine offered by the University.

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.

Meet Your Expert Course Director

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Mr Taimur Shoaib, FRCSEd Royal College of Surgeons involved in teaching all grades of medical trainees.

  • Awarded 'Cosmetic Surgeon of the Year 2018' in Safety in Beauty Diamond Awards
  • MB. ChB. Jul 1992. (University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
  • FRCSEd. Feb 1997. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • DMI (RCSEd) Oct 2002. (Diploma in Medical Informatics). Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • MD Dec 2003. (University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)
  • FRCSEd(Plast). Mar 2005 Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Present post: Practising plastic surgeon at La Belle Forme Clinic (Glasgow), 64 Harley Street (London) and Ross Hall Hospital (Glasgow).

Mr Shoaib has published over 50 papers in publications worldwide as well as delivering over 500 personal presentations to learned societies around the world.

Course Structure

Aims of the module:

  • 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.

Synopsis of the 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 health care practitioner and patient.
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

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

Aims of the module:

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

Synopsis of the module:

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.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

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

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.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

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

How much is the course?

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for March 2019: £4,500

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B Option C
Deposit payable on acceptance £180 £180 £180
1st March 2019 4,320 £720
1st April 2019 £1,440 £720
1st May 2019 £720
1st June 2019 £1,440 £720
1st July 2019 £720
1st August 2019 £1,440 £720

Deposits are non-refundable

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