MSc Non-Surgical Cosmetic Interventions MSc/PGDip

MSc Non-Surgical Cosmetic Interventions MSc/PGDip

School of Dentistry


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Three years for MSc. Two years for PGDip.

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    Mixed Mode, Part-time

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Why study this programme?

This exciting and innovative, part-time aesthetic medicine programme, presents the best available clinical evidence in non-surgical cosmetic interventions (NSCI), and combines it with clinical skills developed through experience and practice. This approach offers existing and aspiring aesthetic medicine practitioners an evidence-based programme of study in a growth specialism, that fully meets the qualification requirements recommended by Health Education England (Nov 2015).

One unique aspect of the UCLan aesthetic medicine programme is that not only do students learn about the latest research, products and technologies from leading clinicians, scientists and academics, but they also treat patients in a clinical facility, under the expert guidance and supervision of our clinical tutors. This unique evidence-based aesthetic medicine programme will prepare you to work safely and independently in an increasingly competitive sector, and one that will be more tightly regulated in the future.  

Postgraduate Advice Events

Wednesday 3 May 2017, 3.00pm - 7.30pm

Wednesday 14 June 2017, 3.00pm - 7.30pm

Entry Requirements

The programme is open to professionally registered Healthcare Professionals (HCP) including doctors, dentists and nurses. Those not currently delivering aesthetic medicine interventions are encouraged to undertake foundation/short course training to develop their cosmetic injectable skills.

The minimum entry requirement is evidence of successful Level 6 studies within the last 5 years, current professional registration as a nurse, doctor or dentist or other suitable registered HCP, in accordance with HEE recommendations.

Applicants must provide evidence of their IELTS Level 7 certificate (or equivalent), and Indemnity Insurance by either uploading a copy upon on-line application or providing a copy with their completed paper application.

All suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day where prospective students will have the opportunity to tour the facilities and speak with the course team.

Procedures and decisions regarding applications will be conducted within the University’s policies on equal opportunities and admissions.

Applicants will be invited to an advice day held at UCLan, where prospective students will be given an opportunity to talk to the Course Lead and tour the specialist facilities including the UCLan Dental Clinic where students may observe out some clinical sessions.

You can apply online or please return completed application forms to:

Admissions Office
University of Central Lancashire

Programme at a Glance

Year 1

  • Clinical Knowledge of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Interventions (NSCI) (20 credits)
  • Clinical Skills for Non-Surgical Interventions (NSCI) (20 credits)

First year studies develop the in-depth knowledge and understanding of aesthetic medicine required to prepare practitioners for safe and proficient patient-centred care, and delivery of a range of non-surgical cosmetic interventions (NSCI).

Face-to-face sessions encourage students to apply the principles of evidence-based practice to provide a rationale for decisions to treat and not treat, and for choice of treatment modality. Underpinned by clinical knowledge, you’ll deliver aesthetic medicine interventions within a CQC registered cosmetic clinical facility, under the direction and guidance of recognised experts in medical and cosmetic practice.

You will be expected to demonstrate safe and proficient clinical skills including: the ability to assess and evaluate the patient, take a relevant history and assess needs to develop an appropriate treatment plan, evaluate and interpret risk indicators and communicate potential risks and benefits to patients, record clinical photographs and demonstrate professionalism, clinical governance and accountability.

Appraising the Clinical Literature (20 credits)

Developing your ability to locate, select and interpret information from a wide variety of published sources related to non-surgical cosmetic interventions, and to critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the clinical literature using objective methodologies.

Year 2

Clinical Practice of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Interventions (NSCI) (60 credits)

Second year studies extend and enhance clinical knowledge and skills of aesthetic medicine, requiring students to demonstrate safe and proficient delivery of advanced clinical therapies including: the ability to assess and evaluate complex and multifactorial patient presentations, evaluate and interpret risk indicators and communicate potential risks and benefits of proposed treatment plans to patients and where applicable, other healthcare professionals for referral of surgical/invasive cosmetic procedures.

Professionalism, clinical governance and accountability, are central to aesthetic medicine, and you will be required to evidence knowledge and understanding of the professional codes and scope of practice. Reflective practice skills are developed as part of lifelong learning and professional development.

Year 3

Professional Project (60 credits)

The dissertation is a major component in the final year of the master’s programme. You will be expected to take responsibility for designing, conducting and analysing the results of a substantial investigation, which will make a contribution to the discipline under scrutiny. You are encouraged to adopt a balanced perspective in the treatment process through careful analysis of appropriate research material. The project will be written up in the agreed master’s degree format. You’ll also be encouraged to submit articles suitable for presentation at appropriate conferences and where possible, for publication in a specialty related journal.

Postgraduate Advice Event

Register for our postgraduate advice events taking place on:

  • Wednesday 3 May 2017
  • Wednesday 14 June 2017

Please contact Course Enquiries with any queries regarding postgraduate study and research.

Further Information

Our UCLan healthcare professionals spend a significant part of their studies in the clinical setting, assessing patients in order to plan and deliver a range of safe and appropriate aesthetic medicine treatments. In a typical clinical session, students will inject botulinum toxins and dermal fillers, use laser and light based therapies, ‘recondition’ skin by chemical or physical rejuvenation. Advanced clinical sessions include interventions such as: thread lifts, carboxytherapy, platelet rich plasma, and skin resurfacing using laser and energy-based devices.

One element of the hands-on training that our UCLan students find critically important for their professional and personal development is the feedback and support provided by our clinical tutors. This evidence-based approach to aesthetic medicine builds the knowledge, confidence and competence we expect of our students.

Being an academic MSc programme, clinical knowledge and skills are developed and assessed throughout each year of study by a variety of formal examinations including; clinical OSCEs, case studies, oral presentations, reflective learning journals and portfolios.

An increasing number of healthcare professionals (HCPs) are now delivering aesthetic medicine interventions that treat a range of presenting conditions such as; photo damaged skin, vascular and pigmented lesions, lines and deep wrinkles, lax skin and facial volume loss.

Work in the early part of the course will comprise plenary lectures and practical sessions in our state-of-the-art phantom head facility working on simulated similar systems. As you move through the course you will progress to working on live patients under close supervision within UCLan Dental Clinic. Here skills will be developed and assessed through Direct Observations of Procedural Skills (DOPS). The academic underpinning that supports this discipline will be developed though plenary lectures, directed reading and case-based discussions, which you and others in the group will be expected to prepare and lead. Group sizes are generally small (typically 12 per cohort) leading to an informal and supportive learning environment where you can ensure that your own learning needs are being met.

We must of course have assessments and examinations - these are designed to develop and test your core knowledge and skills at regular intervals throughout the programme. Assessments focus on your higher levels skills of diagnosis and planning, rather than simply remembering facts. Typical assessments would include analysis of given clinical cases OSCEs, portfolios and essays.

How to Apply

You can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2017/18

Full-time: N/A
Part-time: Year 1 - £10,150, Year 2 - £13,300 Year 3 - £6,960

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

New UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

The UK Government has confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing a Full Masters Postgraduate programmes from 2016/17 academic year.

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Learning Environment and Assessment

The three-year, part-time programme is delivered via blending learning, with a combination of face-to-face tutor led sessions, clinical hands-on sessions and self-directed learning, using the UCLan virtual learning platform (Blackboard).

You will be expected to attend up to 20 study/assessment days per academic year. Face-to-face and clinical sessions will be split between the excellent teaching facilities at the UCLan Preston Campus, and a CQC registered cosmetic aesthetic clinic (Discover Laser) in Burnley, Lancashire.

An emphasis on small-group teaching and training, gives you maximum contact with tutors and clinicians, with the benefit of academic support and clinical supervision at all stages of the programme.

The clinical hands-on sessions undertaken in the first and second year of study, prepare you to become a highly effective aesthetic medicine practitioner, and will develop the critical thinking skills required to undertake the third year dissertation.

Read more about the UCLan Dental Clinic.

Course Topics

  • Anatomy
  • Ageing processes
  • Patient assessment
  • Treatment planning
  • Communication technologies
  • Consent and medico legal issues
  • Cross infection control
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Record Keeping
  • Clinical Photography
  • Instrumentation
  • Toxins and fillers
  • Advanced techniques
  • Clinical training in NSFA (Supervised)
  • Psychology
  • Pathology and Pharmacology
  • Managements of the medically compromised patient
  • Ethics
  • New developments including peels; lasers; mesotherapy; complete facial aesthetics; recognising the role of surgical facial aesthetics

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