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 2023
- Fees: PG Cert: £5,000; CPD Units: £1,250
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.
If you are a professional looking to transition into facial aesthetics or to advance in your current career, this is the best course for you. It brings together outstanding expert opinion with scientifically-proved insights and studies.
Bianca Mota, a graduate of our Postgraduate Certificate in Skin Ageing and Aesthetic Medicine course, has been working in the North-East of England as a dentist for the last 11 years. We spoke to her about her background, career aspirations and her highlights from studying this course.
A growing demand for skilled practitioners
“In my field of work, there has been a massive increase in clients asking for cosmetic procedures. I think the combination of dentistry with aesthetic medicine contributes to the idea of facial harmonisation. I believe that when you enhance your facial features, you enhance your smile as well”. When reflecting on her motivations for studying this course, Bianca tells us she has always been interested in restorative and aesthetic dentistry. “This course has been complimentary to my interests and fundamental to my growth as a practitioner”.
The flexibility and accessibility of the course was paramount to her. “When I started this course, my daughter was 3 months old. I was juggling first-time motherhood with part-time dentistry work. This program worked perfectly for me as I was able to work to my own schedule and at my own pace. I never felt under pressure or in a rush. During this course, I felt completely in control of my own learning”.
Learning with ease
“The learning materials on the coursewere very organised”, Bianca tells us, “they followed a logical sequence where each subject was supported by up-to-date papers. There were lots of activities I could use to reflect on and test my knowledge. Overall, the course was rooted in evidence-based learning. The studies provided really built my trust in the content I was learning”.
“The online style of learning was extremely advantageous. Even though the teaching was rooted in online learning, there were opportunities for us to network with other healthcare professionals from around the world. It was interestingto exchange ideas with my fellow students and gain career perspectives on their chosen fields”.
For Bianca, one of the standout aspects of the course was the outstanding support she received from the academic staff from day one. “The course staff were always on hand to assist me with any queries. With them all being highly experienced practitioners, I had the utmost trust and confidence in their teaching abilities. They were really committed to guiding us all through the course and ensuring that we all succeeded”.
Being new to the study of facial aesthetics, the course was an exponential learning curve for Bianca, and one which will benefit her future goals and aspirations. “The course has been beneficial in consolidating my knowledge of this highly relevant field. I am certain that with this qualification, I can stand out within the industry and achieve my career goals”.
Bianca has big plans for her future. “This course has provided me with the skills and knowledge I need to evolve my career. I aspire to blend my dentistry with the practice of facial aesthetics. Within my busy NHS practice, there is no scope for this currently, but I hope for the future that I can make this aspiration a reality”.
Online and part-time, 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 (Fundamentals of Skin Ageing) prior to studying the other course units.
3 - 24 months, part-time, depending on the qualification level
How to apply
For more information on how to apply and what documents to submit with your application, please visit our application and selection section.
15 hours per week
Dr Tamara Griffiths, Clinical Course Director and Helen Graham , Academic Course Director
Fees and funding
Course fees for September 2023
PG Cert: £5,000 (UK/EU/International)
We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us - find out more .
Dr Ashwin Bechar
The scientific theory within the course content was engaging and exciting. The clinical videos were interesting and aided my practical understanding of the physiology involved within my practices. Every day, I apply the knowledge I have attained from the course to the patients I see. The Skin Aging and Aesthetic Medicine course has given me so much more confidence in my work.
Dr. Ashwin Bechar
I have been a private practising dentist for nearly 40 years. Recently, I have noticed an increasing market demand for cosmetic and aesthetic procedures. This is what inspired me to undertake this course and become a part of The University of Manchester. As a mature student, I was nervous of the onlinelearning system at first. However, the learning platform and course content was outstanding and very straight-forward to use. If I can do this course, anyone can.
The online learning style of the course was advantageous. I could fit my learning completely around my own schedule. I was inspired by the expertise from the leading clinicians and their course content was excellent. I would recommend this course to any clinician wanting to enhance their knowledge of aesthetic medicine.
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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.
Upon completition of this unit, you will be able to 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.
- Analyse these techniques and their appropriateness for individuals.
- Understand the importance of evidence-based practice.
Through this unit, you will 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. Using core skills in aesthetic practice, you will 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.
Through this unit, you will critically reflect on and challenge your 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.
By the end of this unit and through effective partnership working, you will 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 onto other CPD units.
Course learning aims
- 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.
- Develop 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.
- Understand the application of consent and ethical practice in aesthetic medicine.
- Develop a knowledge of minimally invasive aesthetic procedures including rejuvenation techniques, dermal fillers, injectables and some lasers, and to understand the assessment and treatment of complications associated with these procedures.
- Develop an evidence based approach to anti-ageing strategies in aesthetic medicine and practice.
Teaching and learning
Our fully-online PGCert includes both 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 the learning experience. 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 and clinical debriefs.
The course comprises 4 units. Unit One (Fundamentals of Skin Ageing) is the pre-requisite to all other units:
- Unit One - Fundamentals of Skin Ageing
- Unit Two - Skin Rejuvenation
- Unit Three - Injectables in Aesthetic Medicine
- Unit Four - Lasers in Aesthetic Medicine
Coursework and assessment
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 tailored 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. Discover more about English Language requirements
English language test validity
Application and selection
How to apply
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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. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide contact details for one referee, professional or academic. The University will contact your referee directly after you submit your application and direct them to complete our online reference form.
4. Personal statement (no more than 500 words)
5. Evidence of English language to demonstrate your competency.
Additional cost information
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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