UCL Graduate degrees


Aesthetics (Aesthetic Surgery) MS

This programme provides clinicians with a rigorous education in clinical skills, contemporary best practice, and evidence-based principles in aesthetics to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner. You will learn from world leaders in aesthetic surgery and minimally invasive aesthetics and join the community of professionals driving innovation in the field.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered.

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£12,500 (FT)
£6,250 (PT)
£25,800 (FT)
£12,900 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally be a medical graduate with a primary medical qualification that has been listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools; and a minimum two years of training in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery or Dermatological surgery.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

This programme applies academic vigour to this rapidly growing field of medicine, offering you a recognised qualification from a top 10 university worldwide for Medicine (QS).

You will gain a thorough understanding of surgical anatomy and develop your clinical skills through cadaver-based procedural training and opportunity for observership with leading aesthetic and plastic surgeons. You will apply clinical theory to the provision of Minimally Invasive Aesthetics, Aesthetic Surgery and Regenerative Medicine.

This programme adopts blended learning principles with face to face teaching each term on pre-allocated dates to enable you to study alongside your clinical commitment.

There are two specialist pathways for students to choose from: MS Aesthetic Surgery and MS in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics. Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), Two pathway specific compulsory module (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits). Students will be awarded an MS on successful completion of all five modules and research project.

A Postgraduate Diploma will be offered on successful completion of five taught modules (all core modules plus two pathway specific).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MS in Aesthetics (Aesthetic Surgery). Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Aesthetics (Aesthetic Surgery).

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Core modules

All students undertake the core modules below as part of the MS

  • Principles and practice of aesthetics and research context
  • Epigenetics and regenerative aesthetics
  • Fundamentals of minimally invasive facial aesthetics
  • Research Project

Specialist modules

The pathway specific modules are as follows:

Aesthetic Surgery

  • Advanced aesthetic surgery of the breast and torso
  • Advanced aesthetic surgery of the head and neck

Minimally Invasive Aesthetics

  • Minimally invasive aesthetic practice
  • Advanced minimally invasive aesthetic practice

Research project/report

An in-depth (10,000 words) research project is an integral component of the programme with an opportunity for you to investigate cutting-edge projects and thereby open up opportunities for further research and publications.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through lectures, expert forum, cadaver based procedural training, watch pre-recorded operative procedures linked with formative assessments, and also attend select sessions on campus. PLEASE NOTE: in 2021/22 the face to face teaching sessions will also be offered online for those who would prefer.

The compulsory face to face teaching/skills training dates are: 29 and 30 October 2021. 18, 19 and 20 February 2022. 8, 9, 10 April 2022. 21 May 2022.

A variety of formative and summative assessment strategies are utilised to ensure that students are able to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge and skills  with relevant contextual understanding and which include, scenario based online quiz and course work, e-poster presentation, Objective Structured Clinical and Practical Examination (OSCPE) and Critical reflective case study.

The contact hours will depend on the core and compulsory modules.

Additional costs

Students submitting a research project will be required to submit two soft bound printed copies.  This is arranged by the student and costs are expected to be in the range of £50-70 (depending on the service required). Students will need to cover the cost of travel to campus for the face to face teaching time.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


At present there are no specific scholarships attached to the programme, however we would encourage you to view the main UCL funding page for UCL-wide funding opportunities.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


This programme will give you a grounding in surgical anatomy, minimally invasive, operative skills training in a stress free simulated environment, complication management and the opportunity to undertake clinical observership with the country’s leading surgeons at one of the largest plastic surgery units in Europe.

You may have the opportunity to acquire technical and laboratory-based skills during your research project


In an increasingly competitive environment, a qualification of this rigour from a world-leading institution will set graduates apart from other practitioners. It will give clinicians a notable point of difference if they are looking to secure a higher training programme in the field of surgery.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme  makes use of internationally recognised, motivated and experienced clinical trainers and academics to deliver a programme that will translate to excellent, individualised academic surgical practice, with research in the areas of minimally invasive facial aesthetics, aesthetic surgery and regenerative medicine.

UCL is one of the world’s very best universities, consistently placed in the global top 20 in world rankings. It is affiliated with the Royal Free Hospital which is recognised as a centre of excellence in Plastic Surgery.

You will work directly with experienced academics and develop a research project that will be clinically applicable to your future careers. The international, multidisciplinary academic environment will allow you to directly interact with some of the Global thought leaders in Aesthetics.

Department: Division of Surgery & Interventional Science

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

The programme is best suited for the busy clinicians who wish to further enhance their knowledge and clinical skills in aesthetic practice. The programme is also suitable for the surgeons in training to compliment their clinical career and expand their academic skills to focus on areas of practice.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Aesthetic Surgery at graduate level
  • why you want to study Aesthetic Surgery at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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