Postgraduate Certificate Cosmetic and Aesthetic Medicine (Online Delivery)

Taught completely online, the Postgraduate Certificate has been specifically designed for doctors, dentists, dental therapists, pharmacists and nurses, and has been developed with the purpose of promoting and enhancing the professional knowledge underpinning practice in cosmetic medicine.

Increased regulatory requirements for those performing aesthetic procedures means this qualification would be an important milestone in the healthcare practitioner's journey to be an aesthetic practitioner. Such qualifications are also regarded as integral by the individuals' regulatory authorities, such as the GDC, GMC and NMC.

This online course is run with the collaborative partner Diploma MSc. On successful completion you will become a leader in your field, and can go on to study the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Cosmetic Medicine.

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2022/23 update: Blended learning approach for USW courses.

[Update excludes online-only courses].

The wellbeing and health and safety of our students and staff is paramount to us. We are committed to delivering all of our courses and services as safely as possible. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the methods and activities adopted for delivering our courses in the coming year may differ from those previously published and may be subject to change during the course of your study if such change is necessary due to public health concerns, health and safety guidance or in response to Government Guidelines. Whether you’re on-campus full time, part-time with online study, or full-time online, USW is committed to providing you with a fantastic student experience and a wealth of support, and you can hear how students have benefitted from this approach here: Learn more about blended learning.

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March Online 8
Part-time 1 Year September Online 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September Online 8

The online course lasts six months and is a part time distance learning course, with three modules, each of six weeks duration.

Module 1 – Anatomy, Physiology and Professional Issues

The module aim is to examine the sciences that underpin cosmetic medicine and the external professional and ethical issues that influence practice, recognising and addressing potential conflict areas.

Module 2 – Toxin Treatments

The module aim is to provide an in-depth exploration of botulinum toxin as a dominant mode of cosmetic facial muscle treatment; from an examination of the historical context to the complexities of current day practice.

Module 3 – Dermal Fillers

The aim of this module is to critically examine a variety of treatments aimed at addressing the ageing process, taking into account the evidence base, patient expectations and issues and short and long- term effects.


Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to our online Orientation and Study Skills week. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-15 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.


Each of the modules have the same assessment format:

  • Academic Forum - 40%
  • Reflective Journal - 10%
  • Module activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%


This course is approved by the Welsh Aesthetics and Cosmetic Society.


As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.


  • Dr Karl New, course lead
  • Dr Ana Cristina Diniz Silva, programme lead


Our dedicated Student Support Team are available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. 

Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

Applicants will typically have completed a recognised training course in aesthetic use of botulinum toxins and fillers. Current indemnification for cosmetic procedures is also required for applicants.


In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.


Please upload the following documents with your application:

· A copy of your updated CV 

· A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate. ·

· A copy of your proof of English competency

· Indemnity insurance certificate.

· Evidence of completing a minimum of 10 cosmetic procedures e.g. botulinum toxins and fillers in an aesthetic portfolio.

· Independent prescriber certification where appropriate

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

August 2021 - July 2022 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

  • Part-time UK: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSC who have over 10 years` experience in delivering award-winning, online, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc and MBA distance education courses.

Click here to apply to study this course via Diploma MSC.

Admissions statement 

The course has direct relevance to the demands of working roles and will assist in career enhancement and support specialisation. You will be able to pursue a career as an Aesthetic Practitioner upon completion of this course.

A postgraduate qualification gives you a competitive advantage that will set you apart from other applicants.