MSc Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
MSc 36 months PT, PGDip 24 months PT
Entry requirements

We require a medical or dental degree (eg MBBS, BDS, LDS, BDChB) or overseas equivalent from an institution that is recognised and approved by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) or the General Dental Council (GDC). No other applicants will be considered for this course.

You must also have been practicing in your field following graduation and be registered with the GMC or GDC with a full licence to practice and evidence of membership of the appropriate professional defence union, so you can perform clinical procedures during our residential weeks.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
24 places available
How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The closing date for applications is likely to be May 2020 - contact the Admissions Team for further information.

We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc N N N Y
PGDip N N N Y

Course overview

  • Our MSc Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine course is aimed at qualified medical and dental practitioners who want to learn more about cosmetic medicine. Please note: the course does not provide clinical competency.
  • Learn from leading experts in aesthetic research, regulation and clinical practice.
  • Complement online theoretical learning with laboratory practicals and hands-on clinical bedside teaching sessions linked to the relevant course units (which take place within the two compulsory residential weeks).
  • Study at a university ranked 8th in the UK and among the top 50 in the world for medicine (QS World University Rankings 2019).

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200 per annum Year 1 and 2 ; Year 3 £2,100
    International students (per annum): £9,600 per annum Year 1 and 2; Year 3 £4,800
  • PGDip (part-time distance learning)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,200 per annum
    International students (per annum): £9,600 per annum

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, learning from real patients, equipment for all clinical workshops, assessment, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance. 

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

Alumni bursary

The Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health offers an alumni bursary of £1,000 towards tuition fees for successful applicants who are recent University of Manchester graduates and who are commencing one of our postgraduate taught master's programmes in 2020.

The bursary is available to students or alumni who:

  • graduated in 2019 or are graduating in 2020; 
  • hold a first class honours degree;  
  • have home or overseas fee status; 
  • are applying for full- or part-time study; 
  • are self-funded and not in receipt of any other funding support.
The bursary will be applied as a fee reduction automatically for those students and alumni who meet the alumni bursary criteria so there is no application process.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions Team
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/medicine
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a medical or dental degree (eg MBBS, BDS, LDS, BDChB) or overseas equivalent from an institution that is recognised and approved by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) or the General Dental Council (GDC). No other applicants will be considered for this course.

You must also have been practicing in your field following graduation and be registered with the GMC or GDC with a full licence to practice and evidence of membership of the appropriate professional defence union, so you can perform clinical procedures during our residential weeks.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with 7.0 in writing, 7.0 in speaking and 6.5 or above in the remaining components
  • TOEFL: 100 overall with 25 in writing, 25 in speaking and 22 or above in the remaining components

See further information about requirements for your country .

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.5 overall with 6.5 in three components including writing and 6.0 in the remaining component plus enrolment and attendance on the 6-week pre-sessional course  (PS6)
  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.5 in writing or speaking and 6.0 in the remaining components plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10).

Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

You need to be able to demonstrate relevant work experience in your chosen pathway.

Other entry requirements

Accreditation of prior or experiential learning (APL or APEL) towards this course will be awarded in line with the University's AP(E)L policy (PDF, 51KB). Please refer to the policy to ensure you meet the criteria before submitting a case for consideration.

Computer requirements

You must also have access to a computer with fast and reliable internet connection. There is a minimum level of computer skills required, including the ability to:

  • navigate the University's learner management systems to locate teaching and learning materials and to access and submit assessments (with initial basic training);
  • work efficiently with Word (or similar) and PowerPoint software;
  • use the internet to browse websites;
  • navigate e-learning software.

Application and selection

How to apply

Please apply via our online application form . See the application and selection section for details of the supporting documents we require.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. The closing date for applications is likely to be May 2020 - contact the Admissions Team for further information.

We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

Your application form must be accompanied by supporting documents.
  • Two references. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years. We do not contact referees directly.
  • Official degree certificates (with translations if not in English).
  • Official university transcripts (with translations if not in English).
  • A short personal statement detailing your interest and suitability for the course.
  • Full CV including voluntary experience.
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if required). We may be able to accept GMC registration for this.

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, sent directly to pgtaught.biosciences@manchester.ac.uk . We are unable to consider your application if you have not provided all of the necessary documents listed above.

Please do not send documentation prior to submission of the online application. You must include your University ID number on any correspondence.

Important dates

These are yet to be confirmed for applications for 2020 entry.

How your application is considered

This is a highly competitive course. All applications are first reviewed to ensure they meet the minimum academic entry qualifications. Additional achievements demonstrating evidence of scholarship within individual applications are considered after this point.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

This course is designed to support students who may not be resident in the EU and who wish to take the opportunity to study with international experts in the field of skin ageing and aesthetic medicine, with the majority of course content delivered through e-learning, including expert videos, blogs and case-based units.

The PGDip/MSc offers clinical learning through two face-to-face 5-day residential sessions to maximise your exposure to clinical learning with a pragmatic timetable. Attendance at the residential sessions is compulsory.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

A Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) check will be require for UK residents. Overseas students are required to provide a Police/Government Office Certificate of Good Conduct. This is usually completed once students have arrived at the University. Please contact pgtaught.medicine@manchester.ac.uk for further guidance. Overseas students will also be required to provide a letter of good conduct from their relevant police service.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again.

Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine course is specifically designed for qualified medical or dental practitioners who want to develop their knowledge of cosmetic medicine.

This is an intensive part-time course encompassing the science of skin ageing and aesthetics, the application of evidence-based practice, and the clinical assessment and management of patients presenting with aesthetic problems.

You will be encouraged to develop a translational, professional approach to learning throughout the course, which can be applied to your future learning.

In addition, supervision and training is provided by national and international leaders working in aesthetic research, regulation and clinical practice. The combination of research and clinical expertise in skin ageing and aesthetic medicine at The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust will enable you to learn from an interdisciplinary faculty of dermatologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, maxillo-facial surgeons, dentists and psychologists, in addition to skin ageing and wound research basic scientists.

The theoretical component of this course is delivered online. You are also required to attend an induction day at the main University campus and two residential weeks (exact dates to be confirmed).

Aims

We aim to develop professionals with the ability to apply scientific principles and the latest evidence base to the practice of skin ageing and aesthetic medicine.

You will develop clinical knowledge, specialist practical skills and critical awareness of non-surgical procedures, supported by leading experts in the field.

On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate a number of competencies and have enhanced knowledge and skills including:

  • application of skin anatomy and science in relation to aesthetics and ageing;
  • ability to assess patients' requirements and suitability for aesthetic intervention;
  • application of consent and ethical practice in aesthetic medicine;
  • explain clinical malpractice and legislation of manufacturing of drugs and devices in the aesthetic field of practice;
  • procedural skills in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures including rejuvenation techniques, dermal fillers, botolinum toxin injections and some lasers;
  • assessment and treatment of complications of these procedures;
  • advise on the role of invasive aesthetic procedures;
  • develop an evidence based approach to aesthetic medicine and practice;
  • critically appraise and conduct high quality research in aesthetic and ageing medicine.

Special features

High-quality teaching

This course has been recognised as a gold standard for education in aesthetic practice by Health Education England. It aligns directly with the outcomes of the UK Department of Health review on cosmetic practice and General Medical Council guidance in this area.

Personal support

You will receive one-to-one tutor support throughout the course, with small group sessions and bedside training with volunteer models during the clinical sessions.

Learn from the experts

Staff on the course include members of the Centre for Dermatology , which is recognised as a global leader in basic science, translational and clinical research in skin health and disease and is 1st in the UK for dermatology research (RAND analysis).

Teaching and learning

This course has been designed using established educational theory and practices to enhance student experience and learning.

The University of Manchester's virtual learning environment guides participants through unit content, assessment submission and programme information.

Our units use blended teaching methods aligned with learning outcomes and assessment. The course contains e-learning case work, small group work, interactive forums, clinical debriefs, and practical sessions with volunteer models. You will be taught in small ratios (1:5) to maximise opportunities for clinical learning.

We hold two face-to-face 5-day residential sessions during the first 24 months of course, one in each of the two first years. Both of these will be scheduled in the first semester and dates should be circulated in September. Attendance at the residential sessions is compulsory for all students.

An initial Induction Day is held in Manchester at the start of Year 1 and 3 to familiarise participants with the online e-learning software and library resources. Attendance at the Induction Day is also compulsory for all students.

This course is led by an experienced team of dermatology experts.

Coursework and assessment

You will be required to pass group and written assignments for each unit. Those with a highly practical element will also include assessments of procedural skills.

The master's element of the course will be assessed through a written dissertation (10,000 - 15,000 words).

Course unit details

Our MSc consists of nine units over three years. Completing the first eight units leads to a PGDip in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine, with a focus on the more clinical aspects of the field. The ninth unit offers students the opportunity to undertake an individual piece of research and is written as a dissertation.

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Skin Ageing
  • Skin Rejuvenation
  • Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Personal and Professional Portfolio Year 1

Year 2

  • Lasers in Aesthetic Medicine
  • Invasive Aesthetic Medicine
  • Research Methods and Governance
  • Personal and Professional Portfolio Year 2

Year 3 (MSc)

  • Dissertation

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Research Methods & Governance BIOL61432 15 Mandatory
Personal and Professional Portfolio 2 BIOL61450 15 Mandatory
Personal and Professional Portfolio 1 BIOL67500 15 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Skin Ageing BIOL67501 15 Mandatory
Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine BIOL67502 15 Mandatory
Skin Rejuvenation BIOL67510 15 Mandatory
Lasers in Aesthetic Medicine BIOL67530 15 Mandatory
Invasive Aesthetic Medicine BIOL67540 15 Mandatory

Course collaborators

This course is run in collaboration with The Dermatology Centre at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, one of the largest clinical dermatology units in the UK.

Facilities

The contact days take place in purpose-built educational facilities at Salford Royal Foundation Hospital , a leading university teaching hospital in the UK. Facilities here include clinical skills laboratories, seminar rooms with teleconferencing, and networking facilities.

Extensive library facilities on site directly link to The University of Manchester network. You will receive access to The University of Manchester's library services and other facilities throughout the University.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service.

Careers

Career opportunities

With the gap in training highlighted by the UK government review of cosmetic practice, it is likely all aesthetic practitioners in the UK will need to provide evidence of their credentials. 

Our course does not provide a professional competence framework, but goes beyond this to offer integrated knowledge and the application of critical skills enveloped within high quality professional behaviours. 

Graduates of this course will acquire a comprehensive knowledge base that can be applied to their future or current clinical practice.