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21 months

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Medicine (General) Aesthetics

Course type


Course Summary

Take your career to the next level with a Postgraduate Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine from Queen Mary. Designed to significantly advance your clinical practice, this programme delivers high-calibre theoretical training in sought-after procedures such as botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers and laser treatment.

  • Study this part-time course alongside other commitments, from anywhere in the world
  • Develop an improved theoretical understanding of procedures and patient management
  • Complement your existing practical skills with knowledge on key issues in the aesthetic medicine profession
  • Optional simulation training
  • Based at the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research at the Blizard Institute — one of the largest cutaneous research centres in Europe.
  • The first course of its kind in the UK — it’s designed and delivered by leading aestheticians, specifically for practising clinicians
  • Be part of an expanding industry

What you'll study

Broaden your clinical practice with specialist knowledge of aesthetic medicine. This is the first course of its kind, designed specifically for practising clinicians to expand their career into aesthetic medicine.

This programme specifically focuses on complementing your existing practical skills with knowledge on key issues in the aesthetic medicine profession, as well as evaluation and self-appraisal, and autonomy in the planning and management of learning. As such, the information covered is designed for you to develop an improved theoretical understanding of procedures, patient management, and key issues through invaluable online seminars, literature and lectures, rather than explicit practical training in aesthetic medicine techniques.

You will also cover:

  • Assessing risk in patients
  • Procedures and policies related to complications of non-surgical treatments
  • Laser and camouflage techniques, cosmeceuticals, and cell-based applications
  • Cutaneous physiology
  • Healing, scarring and ageing

Due to the natural flow between the pathways, many of our students choose to progress onto our MSc in Aesthetic Medicine after completing the PGDip to further their theoretical knowledge and understanding of other areas of aesthetic medicine, or develop their research skills.

Career paths

You will develop comprehensive knowledge of the field of aesthetic medicine. Many of our graduates go on to prestigious positions in aesthetic medicine.


The module commences with an introduction to hair biology. You will discuss and differentiate a variety of hair types, hair anatomical structure, histology of the hair follicle and sebaceous gland. You will develop a thorough scientific basis of hair biology. You will study hair follicle development and look at identification of vital signalling hair pathways, as well as hair pathology and treatment principles. We will discuss patient assessment and you will undertake identifiable pathologies contributing to hair problems. You will critically evaluate hair transplantation and appraise the methods used.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: A medical or dental degree (MBBS/MBcHB, MD, BDS) recognised by Queen Mary University of London or a Nursing degree (diploma not accepted). Nursing applicants must also be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and have a minimum of four years working experience.