The online Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine, run in partnership with Diploma MSc, is aimed at doctors, dentists and nurses with independent prescriber status who require a postgraduate qualification to support their professional learning and clinical development to become an aesthetic practitioner.
Increased regulatory requirements for those performing aesthetic procedures, both from Health Education England and regulatory authorities such as the GDC, GMC and NMC, mean that a formal postgraduate qualification is now an essential element of a healthcare practitioner's journey to become an aesthetic practitioner. Taught completely online, the Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine has been developed with the express purpose of promoting and enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. Graduates have the option to progress to the Masters in Cosmetic Medicine.
Delivered over one year, the online part time distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine has been designed to promote and enhance working professionals knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine. It consists of six modules (120 credits) each of six weeks’ duration, worth 20 credits each.
The Cosmetic Medicine course is wholly online and can be accessed by any student with a computer and access to the internet. Students are put in virtual tutor groups of 10-15 and they use a discussion forum to interact with the tutor and rest of the group. The format of the six modules follow the same pattern and module structure. During a module, students will use the course website several times a week to follow discussion threads, make their own contributions and interact with the tutor and fellow students. There is no didactic teaching, instead, students are asked questions and prompted to go and search the literature, read it critically and respond on the course website.
There are four components of assessment to assess the learning outcomes of each module:
As part of your studies you will have access to over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles and conference proceedings.
Mr Taimur Shoaib, course director
Applicants will be expected to meet the below criteria:
· Relevant degree.
· Registered healthcare professional (e.g. doctor, dentist, nurse with independent prescriber status).
· Completion of a recognised training course in aesthetic use of Botulinum toxins and fillers. Recognition of prior learning may be taken into consideration.
· Evidence of having undertaken at least 10 cosmetic procedures in Botulinum toxins and fillers 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:
· Course certificates (including Independent prescriber certification where appropriate)
· One written reference.
· English language qualification (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent eg. English GCSE, C grade or above).
· Indemnity insurance certificate.
· Evidence of completing a minimum of 10 cosmetic procedures in Botulinum toxins and fillers (e.g. aesthetic portfolio).
Health professionals working within a clinical setting, both UK and overseas, with a related Healthcare Science degree (including international qualifications) are eligible to apply for the PG Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine course.
Applicants without the above academic criteria but relevant/suitable experience can apply. Applications will be judged on the individual specifics of background and qualifications including ability to work at Postgraduate level (applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at Postgraduate level and demonstrate requisite clinical/professional knowledge).
This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine prepares graduates for a leadership role in the field. These roles are evolving with increasing demand from specialists for a postgraduate qualification to help support their professional learning and clinical development.