Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice Master of Surgery

Postgraduate (2 years distance learning)

Distance learning

September 2018

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip


This advanced course is designed for qualified plastic surgeons who want to develop their medical knowledge, clinical competence and patient skills in the cosmetic and aesthetic fields.

Full description


This course will equip you to develop your career in private practice as a specialist aesthetic and cosmetic plastic surgeon.

For six months during the course you’ll receive one-to-one supervision from a qualified consultant aesthetic plastic surgeon who is a registered member of UKAAPS. During this time you’ll observe them at work and carry out procedures under their expert supervision. This will provide the basis for much of your written work on the course.

Our course is accredited by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

Modules & assessment

Core modules, all stages

  • Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Practice
    Enhance and master the knowledge and skills to deliver safe and high quality aesthetic plastic surgery. You’ll be educated in the art of undertaking consultations that take into consideration the potential vulnerability of clients seeking and undergoing plastic and aesthetic surgery. Over a six month period, you’ll undertake one-to-one supervision with a qualified Consultant Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon who is a registered member of UKAAPS. During this time you’ll encapsulate your medical knowledge, interpersonal skills and professional standards through verbal communication, written documentation and collation of photographic evidence to support individualised patient care. In order to undertake this module you must be working in the field of aesthetic and plastic surgery and be fully accredited and registered with the GMC with a Plastic Surgery qualification or equivalent. You must hold your own indemnity insurance and you are advised to be a member of either UKAAPS or British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). Assessment for the module will be through two viva examinations each covering seven case studies of aesthetic and plastic surgery procedures which may be undertaken from a set list of 14 procedures. You’ll also be expected to maintain a log of a minimum of 30 case studies of aesthetic and plastic surgery procedures undertaken during this module.

Core modules, PG Diploma and MCh stage

  • Advancing Professional Decision Making
    Advance your decision making skills through critical reflection, with the help of a 'critical friend'. This is a specialist designated module for the Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care course. Current health and social care policy and the modernisation of the NHS, and other international models demands new ways of working across traditional boundaries, and the implementation of national targets at local level. This requires the development of roles for confident autonomous practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing environment and to play key roles in service development. You’ll need to be able to utilise practical decision making skills within an area of professional knowledge and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process into practice, either as an individual or within a team/organisation. Management of change and service development are seen as core elements of the module, together with the enhancement of professional judgment and leadership.
  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

Core modules, MCh stage

  • Major Project
    Here, you’ll undertake a substantial piece of research in the area of your own practice. Graduates of this course have already produced some excellent pieces of research, some of which have been published. The focus of the Major Project can be either: a research Major Project in which you can investigate an issue within the sphere of practice. This can include: a qualitative study; a quantitative study; a study using a mixed method approach; experimental research; action research; or, a systematic review. Alternatively it can be a work-based Major Project designed to effect change within your organisation. This can include: an audit; service evaluation; evidence-based practice project; or any other work-based project that is not classed as 'research'. You’ll work with your preceptor in deciding a suitable topic area for your Dissertation. Your preceptor will also act as your first supervisor with a member from the academic team as your second supervisor.


Our course combines a significant practice component with research studies and a major dissertation. You’ll be assessed on the three elements by:

  • a 40-minute viva examining the seven case studies and reports you submit from the course’s practice component
  • your portfolio containing a further 30 case studies, which must cover the 14 compulsory procedures
  • your log book detailing the cases you’ve undertaken
  • an 8,000-word Research Studies written assignment
  • your Major Project, which is a 15,000-word report or research paper including critical discussions and reflections on how your findings apply to practice.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across three departments:

  • Allied Health
  • Medical Science and Public Health
  • School of Medicine

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Distance learning
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Study at a time that suits you, using our Virtual Learning Environment.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, distance learning (total cost)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

Funding for international students

We offer a number of scholarships, as well as an early payment discount. Explore your options:

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be awarded a Master of Surgery which entitles you to use MCh after your name. MCh is an abbreviation of Magister Chirurgiae, the Latin for Master of Surgery. Master of Surgery, rather than MCh, will appear on your certificate.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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