Aesthetics (Minimally-invasive Aesthetics) MS

London, Bloomsbury and London, Hampstead (Royal Free Hospital)

This MS Aesthetics (Minimally-invasive Aesthetics) provides clinicians with a rigorous education in clinical skills, best practice, and evidence-based principles in aesthetics to ensure an optimal outcome for the patient and practitioner.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

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 or hold an undergraduate BDS qualification in dentistry or an Advanced Nurse practitioner qualification and be registered with NMC or be a Prescribing pharmacist registered with GPhc.

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

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.

This programme is not suitable for international students on a Student visa.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

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

What this course will give you

The programme makes use of internationally recognised motivated and experienced clinical trainers and academics. They 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 10 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.

The foundation of your career

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.


This programme provides 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 Europe's largest plastic surgery units.

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

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through lectures, expert forum, cadaver-based procedural training, pre-recorded operative procedures linked with formative assessments, and attend select sessions on campus. 

The compulsory face-to-face teaching / skills training date will be shared with students at the start of each academic year.  

We use a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies to enable our students to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge and skills with relevant contextual understanding. This includes scenario based online quizzes, peer-marking, coursework, e-poster presentation, virtual oral presentation, critical reflective case study, critical appraisal of existing literature and Objective Structured Clinical and Practical Examination (OSCPE).

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

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


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.

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. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MS in Aesthetics (Minimally-invasive Aesthetics). Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Aesthetics (Minimally-invasive Aesthetics).


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

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Graduate Open Events: Applying for Graduate Study at UCL

The Applying to UCL for graduate study session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Graduate Admissions and Student Recruitment teams, provides helpful information about the process of applying for graduate study, as well as offering an insight into what we consider to be a competitive application.

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Graduate Open Events: Funding your studies

The Funding your studies session took place in December 2021. The session, covered by our Funding and Student Recruitment teams, provides information and guidance about the various scholarships and funding opportunities for graduate study at UCL.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £26,600 £13,300

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

Students submitting a research project will be required to submit two soft bound printed copies. This is arranged by students 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.

Funding your studies

There are currently no specific scholarships attached to the programme. However, we 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.

Next steps

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 Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • Why you want to study Minimally-invasive Aesthetics at graduate level.
  • Why you want to study Minimally-invasive Aesthetics 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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