UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science


Aesthetics MS starting 2021

12 November 2019

This programme is a distance learning programme with face to face teaching time each term on pre-allocated dates to enable you to study alongside your work.

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. 

This programme applies academic vigour to this rapidly growing field of medicine, offering you a recognised qualification from a top 10 university worldwide (QS). You will gain a thorough understanding of surgical anatomy and develop your clinical skills through cadaver-based simulation and opportunity for observership with leading surgeons. You will apply clinical theory to the provision of Minimally Invasive Aesthetics, Aesthetic Surgery and Regenerative Medicine.

  • 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.
  • It is affiliated with the Royal Free Hospital which is recognised as a centre of excellence in Plastic Surgery, and delivered by leading experts in the field.
  • 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.


This programme will give you a grounding in surgical anatomy, minimally invasive (application of botulinum toxin, dermal fillers, energy devises) ,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 the Europe’s one of the largest plastic surgery unit.

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.

Programme Structure

There are two soecialist pathways for students to chose from: MS Aesthetic Surgery and MS in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics.

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 MSc on successful completion of all five modules and research project. A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months and flexible study up to five years) is offered. a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of five taught modules (all core modules plus two pathways specific).

MS Aesthetic Surgery

Term 1 (core  modules)

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

Term 2 (Compulsory module)

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

Term 3:

  • Research Project

MS Minimally Invasive Aesthetics

Term 1 (core modules)

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

Term 2 (pathway specific)

  • Minimally invasive aesthetic practice-
  • Advanced minimally invasive aesthetic practice

Term 3:

  • Research Project

You will be taught through lectures (both online and face to face), expert forum, cadaver dissection , watch pre-recorded operative procedures linked with formative assessments, and also attend select sessions on campus.

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.

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.

Entry Criteria

  • Applicants for MS Aesthetic Surgery will be medical graduates with, a primary medical qualification that has been listed on the World Directory of Medical Schools; AND will have a minimum 2 years of training in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery or Dermatological surgery.
  • Applicants for MS in Minimally Invasive Aesthetics as (1) above OR undergraduate qualification (BDS) in dentistry OR Registered Nurse with NMC, OR Prescribing pharmacist registered with GPhc,
  • All students must meet the standard level of proficiency in the English language. UCL ELR Level: Standard


Applications will open October 2020, to be notified when they do please register your interest here.