Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine MSc/PGDip/PGCert


Course facts

  • Name: Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine
  • Qualification: MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Please note that this course offers a January 2019 and September 2019 start date. Subsequent years will offer September only start dates.

This MSc/PgDip/ PgCert in Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine, will prepare U.K. registered doctors, nurses and dentists, to deliver safe, defensible, patient-centered non-surgical aesthetic practice, using botulinum toxin and non-permanent dermal fillers.

Year 1 (PgCert), reflects current U.K. ‘gold standards’ and evidence based frameworks, for non-surgical aesthetic practice, and is the minimum requirement to practice as a level 7 non-surgical aesthetic practitioner, with Bangor University. Students who successfully complete the PgCert in non-surgical aesthetic medicine, will be issued with a level 7 certificate, which allows the practitioner to deliver botulinum toxin and non-permanent dermal filler treatments.

Students who successfully complete the PgCert in non-surgical aesthetic medicine will be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the ethical and legal issues underpinning private non-surgical aesthetic practice, and will demonstrate a mastery level of knowledge of facial anatomy, physiology and ageing. Students will also be able to demonstrate and apply evidence based decision making, regarding the suitability of defined treatment modalities, or pharmacological interventions, and will be able to provide a range of evidence-based skills, designed to ensure safe delivery of professional facial aesthetic practice.

Year 2 (PgDip), provides an introduction to research methods, preparing students for the MSc dissertation module in year 3. Students also have the autonomy to select from a range of modules, including: non-medical prescribing, advanced non-surgical aesthetic practice, or legal and ethical concepts, designed to further expand the practitioners defensible knowledge and skills, as a non-surgical aesthetic practitioner.

Year 3 (MSc Dissertation), offers practitioners an opportunity to complete a piece of contemporary research or scholarly enquiry, related to non-surgical aesthetic medicine. Successful completion of the dissertation module, will provide the practitioner with an MSc in Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine award. 

Programme Structure:

 The MSc Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine will enable students to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of:

  • The role and responsibilities of safe, defensible, patient-centered practice
  • Anatomy, physiology and ageing
  • Pharmacological interventions and administration techniques
  • *Advances areas of specialist practice
  • *Research, policy and scholarship to inform/ transform practice

* Applies to PgDip and MSc modules

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The MSc Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine programme, prepares professional registrants, to undertake careers in non-surgical aesthetic medicine, at level 7. The programme enables students to develop a mastery level of understanding regarding anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology, whilst also developing a critical understanding of the complex, ethical and legal issues associated with private non-surgical aesthetic practice. Students will further develop a range of evidence based practice skills, which are designed to support safe, ethical and patient-centered practice 

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The taught components of the part-time PgCert, are largely delivered via online e-lectures, discussion boards, and 40 hours of hands-on practice based learning, which facilitates a flexible and accessible approach for U.K. wide students, who may already be in full-time employment. The PgCert also adopts an interactive cadaver laboratory workshop, which is included within the course fee. This would normally cost in excess of £1,500, when paid privately.

For those students who successfully complete year 1 (PgCert), and choose to progress onto the year 2 (PgDip) and 3 (MSc) modules, such as: Non-medical Prescribing, Advancing Aesthetic Practice, Advancing Knowledge or Legal and Ethical Concepts, a blended teaching and learning strategy is adopted. This includes, face-to-face teaching, seminars and discussion boards. 

Modules under the MSc pathway, will use a variety of assessments, such as assignments, exams and clinical portfolios, this ensures students are able to demonstrate their knowledge using a range of assessment methods.

Course Structure

Modules (Please Note: Modules may be subject to change)

Modules Year 1 (PgCert/ 60 Credits):

Modules Year 2 (PgDip/ 60 Credits):

Students who wish to complete the PgDip, must successfully achieve 60 credits, by selecting from the core and option modules below.

  • (20 Credit Core Module) e-Research
  • (40 Credit Optional Module) Non-medical Prescribing
  • (20 Credit Optional Module) Advancements in Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine
  • (20 Credit Optional Module) Legal and Ethical Concepts 
  • (20 Credit Optional Module) Advancing Professional Knowledge

Modules Year 3 (MSc/ 60 Credits):

  • (60 Credit Core Module) Research Thesis / Dissertation

Entry Requirements

  • Have a 2.1  or 1st class degree. If you have a 2:2 degree, your suitability will based on your personal statement and reference.
  • Be a UK registered doctor, nurse or dentist (2 years post qualification experience)
  • Have completed IELTS 6.5 where English is not the applicant’s first language
  • DBS with no professional cautions or restrictions on practice
  • Applications from mature students welcome
  • *Evidence of access to an appropriate clinical placement and clinical practice teacher/ mentor, to complete 40 hours of practice based learning within year 1 (PgCert) 
  • Access to IT and computer facilities
  • Telephone and/ or face-to-face interview

*A core requirement for the PgCert in non-surgical aesthetic medicine, is that all students complete 40 hours of practice based learning, with an experienced non-surgical aesthetic practitioner. It is the students responsibility to identify a suitable practice teacher, to oversee the 40 hour clinical placement, before making an application to the programme. Should the practice teacher be deemed suitable to oversee a students practice, they will receive remuneration for their practice teaching, from Bangor University. See Practice Teacher tab, for further information.

*Registered nurses without an independent nurse prescribing qualification (V300) will be able to apply for the Non-medical Prescribing module in year two of the MSc pathway. However, those nurses without an independent nurse prescribing qualification, and who exit the MSc pathway after completion of year one, will not be able to administer botulinum toxin treatments, unless supervised by a qualified prescriber 

*Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered for all modules, accept NHS-4426 and the dissertation module, in line with BU taught regulations.


Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, however places on the programme are in high demand. Early applications are encouraged, to ensure students are accepted onto the programme which will commence January 2019 and September 2019. Subsequent years will offer September only start dates. We would generally advise you to send us your application form by the end of July to ensure that you have time to make any funding arrangements, and to ensure documents such as transcripts and references can be obtained if not submitted with the application.  

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, or if you wish to discuss your application, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen Prydderch.

tel: +44 (0)1248 383619


We look forward to hearing from you.

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Careers and Employability

A career in private non-surgical aesthetic medicine can provide practitioners with autonomous and independent careers in aesthetic medicine, but can also lead to roles within clinic or hospital settings, such as those hospitals who provide cosmetic medicine and surgical procedures. Furthermore, with the anticipated growing numbers of practitioners entering into non-surgical aesthetic medicine, opportunities, including teaching, mentorship or strategic industry involvement are ever more likely, in order to continually improve and develop this innovative and rewarding professional career.

The programme will enable the individual to develop post-graduate, lifelong learning skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and the use and of evidence based practice to enhance current professional and academic skills; this in turn will develop transferable skills which will enhance the employability of the registered professional overall.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this programme have extensive links with external bodies, companies and the 3rd sector, which are fully utilised in ensuring modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter. The programme lead for the MSc Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine is an experienced non-surgical aesthetic practitioner and also sits on the JCCP education and training committee. Staff are also experienced nurse practitioners and healthcare sciences researchers who  maintain active links within  the local NHS trust.. The quality if teaching at Bangor University is assured; being the only University in Wales to be awarded a Gold standard in the recent Teaching Exercise Framework (TEF) assessment.


  • Year 1 (PgCert) £5,000 (*Discounted for 2018)
  • Year 2 (PgDip) £3,000
  • Year 3 (MSc) £3,000 (*Further discounts available)

*Bangor University is offering a £1,000 discount, for students who enroll onto the programme, and begin their studies in 2018. In addition to this, those students who enroll onto the full MSc programme, and successfully complete the PgCert in 2019, a further £1,000 discount could be offered, where students participate in the future development and practice teaching of new students, enrolled on the prograamme, for each subsequent year of study.  

Therefore, 2018 students, could receive a maximum discount of £3,000 off our full MSc programme fees.

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Further information

Contact us

If you have additional questions about academic aspects of the programme, please e-mail the programme lead, Stephen Prydderch.

Practice Teacher  

This programme aims to support U.K. registered nurses, doctors and dentists to achieve a MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert level 7 qualification in non-surgical aesthetic medicine. The programme aims to educate healthcare professionals in current evidence-based non-surgical aesthetic practice; ensuring practitioners can deliver safe and effective practice in line with ‘gold standard’ requirements. 

This information, details the requirements to become a Practice Teacher on the Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine Programme; and the responsibilities of Practice Teachers, in supporting and assessing student learning in clinical practice.

All students undertaking the Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine Programme, are expected to nominate an individual who is working in the field of non-surgical aesthetic medicine, to act as their Practice Teacher, and who will support and assess their learning, whilst in clinical practice.

In order to become a Practice Teacher for this programme, non-surgical aesthetic practitioners are required to present the following evidence:



Hold a current U.K. professional statutory regulatory body unrestricted registration/ licence as a Nurse, Doctor or Dentist, with a minimum of five years post qualification experience.




Hold a current U.K. professional statutory regulatory body prescribing qualification, which permits the Practice Teacher to prescribe botulinum toxin, and associated emergency drugs.


Have a minimum of three years post graduation/registration experience working in the field of non-surgical aesthetic medicine, with self-declared evidence of completing a minimum of 150 treatments per annum. (Practice teacher must display a level of understanding of the subject/ practice equivalent to, or greater than the learner).


Have five years of post graduation/registration experience working in the field of non-surgical aesthetic medicine, with self-declared evidence of completing a minimum of 150 treatments per annum. (Practice Teacher must display a level of understanding of the subject/ practice equivalent to, or greater than the learner).


Hold a U.K. recognised teaching or Practice Teacher qualification, (such as NMC Mentorship qualification), or agreement to complete the Bangor University Practice Teacher on-line training package for the Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine Programme.


Evidence of completing a non-surgical aesthetic practice qualification, at level 6.

Recognised as a level 7 non-surgical aesthetic practitioner on part A of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners register.

Evidence of maintaining continual professional development and occupational competence, within non-surgical aesthetic medicine, covering the modalities of botulinum toxin and non-permanent dermal fillers.

Evidence of plans to complete a Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners recognisable level 7 non-surgical aesthetic practice/ medicine qualification.


*Discounts available for those Practice Teachers who wish to complete the Bangor University MSc/ PgDip/ PgCert Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine,

Evidence of an appropriate insurance and indemnity policy, which includes cover for both the practitioner and the supervision of students.


Complete a Bangor University Audit, assuring the standard for the learning environment.


Demonstrate an awareness of the aesthetic curriculum & competency assessment process for both Bangor University.


Evidence is to be presented to the Programme Lead for MSc Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine; this can be done as part of the Audit Document; Standards for Learning Environments. Practice Teachers who support and assess student learning as part of this programme are remunerated for their participation at a current rate of £1000 per student. Practice Teachers are not permitted to receive more than two students at any one time, in order to maximise learning and assessment opportunities for each student. Remuneration fees paid, are for the supervision and support of the student only. The Practice Teacher holds no responsibility for identifying patients, or in the supply and provision of medicines or consumables, associated with treating patients for the purpose of the 40 hours clinical supervision.

For further information, or to request an information booklet on becoming a practice teacher on the MSc Non-surgical Aesthetic Medicine programme, please contact the Programme Lead, Stephen Prydderch. 

Tel: 01248 383619


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