Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine
- Qualification: PGCert, CPD
- Duration: 3 - 24 months, part-time, depending on the qualification level
- Delivery: Delivered online. Choose single CPD units or all four units combined for PGCert.
- Workload: approximately 15 hours per week
- Next enrolment: September
- Fees: PGCert: £5,000; CPD units: £1,250 per 15 credit unit
Become a trusted expert
The aesthetic medicine industry is booming. With a rapidly ageing population and a rise in the popularity of cosmetic procedures among all age groups, demand for highly-skilled specialist practitioners is on the rise.
This Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine qualification from a world-class university will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of safe, evidence-based aesthetic practice. You will gain a qualification that is both internationally recognised and trusted by patients.
Leading industry standards
The content of this course aligns directly with the outcomes of the UK Department of Health review on cosmetic practice and General Medical Council guidance in this area.
Learn what you need
Study this course flexibly online and tailor your learning around your working life as a practitioner and other commitments. You can choose to undertake single CPD units one at a time or complete all four to receive your PGCert.
Build your professional network and collaborate with practitioners from across the globe. Learn from each other and share experiences to broaden your clinical knowledge and professional outlook.
All taught units are delivered online, so you can fit your studies around your work and other commitments. You can choose to complete all four units within 12 months to receive a PGCert, or opt to take one or more as standalone CPD units. All students must successfully complete Unit 1 to progress into other CPD units.
3 - 24 months, part-time, depending on the qualification level
Due to a system upgrade, our online application form is currently unavailable. We will be launching a new application form week commencing 18 October and will start accepting applications for 2022 entry then. If you would like us to email you when launched, please submit your details here.
15 hours per week
Dr Tamara Griffiths, Clinical Course Director and Helen Graham , Academic Course Director
Fees and funding
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:
International students: £5,000
Each unit is available individually as CPD. Course fee is £1,250 per each 15 credit unit.
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Who this course is for
Our course units in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine are specifically designed to support the professional development of qualified medical or dental practitioners. While continuing to practice, you’ll advance your scientific and clinical knowledge in non-surgical treatments for skin ageing.
What you will learn
- Develop a working knowledge of frameworks for safe and competent practice;
- Assess patients’ requirements and suitability for aesthetic intervention;
- Understand and critically evaluate the evidence base behind minimally invasive procedures, including rejuvenation techniques, dermal fillers, injectables, and lasers;
- Take an evidence-based approach to anti-ageing strategies in aesthetic medicine and practice.
Where and when you will study
The course is delivered exclusively online and is designed to be flexible to fit around your working life as a practitioner. You can choose to complete all four units – usually over the course of a year – to receive a PGCert, or opt to take one or more as standalone CPD units.
You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with peers and academics through our highly interactive teaching model involving group work, sessions with your tutor and informal group chats, in addition to a comprehensive virtual learning environment. You’ll learn through a mix of case work, group work, interactive forums and clinical debriefs.
You’ll be taught by an interdisciplinary team of national and international leaders in aesthetic research, regulation and clinical practice from The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
How it will benefit your career
A PGCert or CPD in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine acts as a mark of quality that your clients can recognise and trust, enabling you to build a reputation as an expert in your field, providing safe, patient-centred care.
“This programme has been developed by leaders in the field of skin ageing research and clinical aesthetic practice to equip you with the skills and knowledge to appraise the literature and practice safe, evidence-based aesthetic medicine.” Dr Helen Graham, Academic Course Director
Fundamentals of skin ageing* (15 credits)
- Understand the structure and function of healthy skin, focusing on cells and extracellular matrix.
- Explore the molecular mechanisms of skin ageing, including photobiology and sun exposure.
- Develop scientific knowledge behind the mechanism of action of non-surgical topical anti-ageing treatments.
*Learners will need to successfully complete the Fundamentals of skin ageing course unit before progressing onto further units.
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature and value of different research approaches, designs and methods within the context of aesthetic medical research and practice
Skin rejuvenation (15 credits)
- Consider the scientific basis and indications for the latest skin rejuvenation techniques
- Understand the importance of evidence-based practice
- Analyse different skin rejuvenation techniques and their appropriateness for individuals
- Utilise appropriate theoretical frameworks and evidence-based constructs to formulate proposals to advance aesthetic medical practice that is responsive to the diverse needs of patients.
- Utilise core skills in aesthetic practice to undertake and record systematic, accurate and comprehensive assessments of the needs and strengths of individual patients, formulate goals and devise treatment strategies based on best available evidence.
Injectables in aesthetic medicine (15 credits)
- Build skills in evidence-based approaches to treatment including botulinum toxin and dermal filler treatments.
- Critically analyse the latest research and practice in this area to offer high-quality patient-centred care.
Critically reflect on and challenge their own practice, the practice of others and the organisation and delivery of aesthetic medical services in order to ensure use of appropriate values and best evidence in delivering patient centred care and management.
Lasers in aesthetic medicine (15 credits)
- Enhance skills in assessing and managing patients undergoing treatment with laser devices
- Develop sound critical analysis skills through e-learning, discussion forums and expert-led tutorials
Through effective partnership working, contribute to the implementation and evaluation of a range of evidence based strategies and interventions to promote high quality care in aesthetic medicine.
The course is delivered exclusively online and is designed to enable you to work and study simultaneously. You will receive a high level of support from the programme team and will have the opportunity to benefit from peer support by establishing a professional network with fellow students.
The flexibility of this course means you can adapt it to suit your needs. You can choose to complete all four units within 12 months to receive a PGCert, or opt to take one or more as standalone CPD units. All students must successfully complete Unit 1 to progress into other CPD units.
This qualification will enable you to develop enhanced knowledge and skills including:
- the application of skin anatomy and physiology in relation to aesthetics and ageing;
- an ability to assess patients' requirements and suitability for aesthetic intervention;
- an ability to critically appraise quality research in aesthetic medicine related to skin ageing;
- a critical understanding of the psychosocial impact of skin ageing on individuals;
- develop a working knowledge of frameworks for safe and competent practice including effective communication, assessment, management, implementation and evaluation;
- the application of consent and ethical practice in aesthetic medicine;
- a knowledge of minimally invasive aesthetic procedures including rejuvenation techniques, dermal fillers, injectables and some lasers;
- The assessment and treatment of complications of these procedures;
- develop an evidence based approach to anti-ageing strategies in aesthetic medicine and practice.
Our fully-online PGCert includes both basic science and clinically-focused elements and this course is led by an experienced interdisciplinary team of dermatology consultants and research scientists in the field of wound healing and skin ageing research. You will be taught by a team that has successfully delivered the Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine Master's programme.
This course has been designed using established educational theory and practices to enhance learners experience and learning. The University of Manchester's virtual learning environment guides participants through unit content, assessment submission and programme information. The course contains e-learning case work, small group work, interactive forums, clinical debriefs.
The course comprises 4 units. The first unit (Fundamentals of Skin Ageing) is the pre requisite to all other units:
- Fundamentals of skin ageing
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine
- Lasers in Aesthetic Medicine
This course has no exams. Each unit on this PGCert in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine is assessed through a number of methods including presentations, papers and other coursework, both individually and in groups.
Coursework and assessments are tailed to the specific learning objectives of each unit. These allow you to demonstrate your progress, showing your ability to gather and critically analyse relevant information to form logical, coherent arguments.
Throughout the course, you will be able to take online quizzes and self-assessment tests to gauge your progress and potential areas for improvement.
From your initial expression of interest right through to graduation, you’ll receive all the support you need. We can support you with enrolment and subject assistance, administrative logistics and fee options, online learning skills, workload management and special circumstances including a possible professional entry route.
Academic entry qualification overview
Candidates for the Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine Postgraduate Certificate course will need to hold a medical or dental degree (eg MBBS, BDS, LDS, MBChB) or overseas equivalent from an institution that is recognised and approved by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) or the General Dental Council (GDC) or Nurse Prescriber's who have successfully completed an Nursing and Midwifery Council Independent Nurse Prescribing Course (also known as V300 course) and are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as an Independent Prescriber.
We require a minimum of:
- IELTS: minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing, or equivalent
- TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with a minimum score of 22 in each component)
English language test validity
How to apply
Due to a system upgrade, our online application form is currently unavailable.
We will be launching a new application form in the week commencing 18 October, at which point we will start accepting applications for 2022 entry.
If you would like us to email you when the new application form is launched, please submit your details here .
Advice to applicants
To help us to speed up the application process, please submit the following documents with your online application form:1. Copies of official degree certificates and transcripts of your previous study, showing the subjects taken and grades obtained. If these documents are in languages other than English, please provide official translations in addition to your official certificates and transcripts.
2. A copy of your CV detailing your full work experience.
3.Two written academic or professional references. The academic references should be signed, dated, stamped and containing the official university email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their official university email address. ¿Professional references (confirming your place of work and briefly describing your current role) should be signed, dated, stamped, and containing the professional email address of your referees. Alternatively, your referees can send us the reference letters directly from their professional email address. This document can be sent to your referees for guidance, however it does not need to be completed as part of the application. ( https://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=9150 )
4. Personal statement (no more than 500 words)
5. Evidence of English language to demonstrate your competency.
For help and support you can contact:
Contact name: Daisy James
Telephone +44 (0)7584 640790
School/Faculty: Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
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).
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