Masters in non-surgical cosmetic interventions

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Programme overview

Aesthetic medicine encompasses a wide range of procedures, delivered by a variety of healthcare professionals and practitioners. The UCLan aesthetic medicine MSc in non-surgical cosmetic interventions (NSCI), presents the best available clinical evidence, and combines it with hands-on clinical skills, to offer existing and aspiring aesthetic medicine practitioners an evidence-based programme of study in a growth specialism.

This three-year, part-time programme meets the qualification requirements recommended by Health Education England (November 2015) and develops the aesthetic medicine clinical knowledge and skills required to deliver appropriate and safe patient-centred treatments, in an increasingly competitive market, and one that will be more tightly regulated in the future.

The Keogh Review (2013) stated that: ‘people undergoing non-surgical treatments should be able to be confident that their practitioner has the required skill and expertise to undertake the procedure successfully and safely’. This aim is encompassed within our aesthetic medicine UCLan evidence-based programme designed to build the clinical knowledge, confidence and competence we expect of our students.

The 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 aesthetic medicine tutors and clinicians, with the benefit of academic support and clinical supervision at all stages of the programme. 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.

Clinical practice

An increasing number of healthcare professionals (HCPs) are 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. One unique aspect of the UCLan aesthetic medicine programme is that, not only do our 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 means that 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 or ‘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. In this way, clinical knowledge and skills become integrated, with the clinical experiences at the heart of the learning process.

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