Taught course

Surgery (Aesthetic Facial Surgery)

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You will need to have a primary medical qualification and have a minimum of two years post qualification clinical experience within Aesthetic Facial Surgery. Full registration with the GMC is required if you wish to undertake clinical practice such as assisting in operating theatre. More details of the GMC sponsorship requirements can be found on their website.

Overseas entry requirements

If you are an International medical graduate applying for the GMC sponsorship, you will need to have a primary medical qualification and have a minimum of three years post qualification clinical experience within Aesthetic Facial Surgery including full-time practice in the last 12 months. Full registration with the GMC is required if you wish to undertake clinical practice such as assisting in operating theatre. We will check your application in terms of:

  • Equivalence of qualifications (by using NARIC)
  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with no element below 7.0. Alternatively you can supply an OET certificate which must be the medical version with all grades B or above. More details can be found on the GMC website.

If you are not currently employed in an NHS Trust or clinical organisation, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health screening prior to any clinical attachments.

Months of entry


Course content

The MCh enables experienced, qualified doctors to develop an evidence-based approach to health care practice and to obtain a postgraduate qualification whilst enhancing their surgical clinical expertise.

This MCh in Aesthetic Facial Surgery will provide the surgical trainee with the knowledge and skills to not only be a competent surgeon but also to be surgeons of the future who are innovative, proactive and who challenge the robustness of the evidence base alongside conducting their own research. It is aimed at surgical trainees from the UK and abroad with the emphasis of taking their newly acquired skills and knowledge back to their clinical practices, whether this is in the UK or in their home country.

Surgical trainees will benefit from the large portfolio of innovative research and scientific insight into current and emerging surgical innovations (big data and genomic medicine; regenerative medicine; cell-based therapies; bioinformatics; translational surgery; robotics and virtual reality) and to inform clinical practice for championing patient care and safety. The world of surgery is embarking on a time of innovation and change that promises to bring huge benefits to patients.

Why study Surgery (Aesthetic Facial Surgery)
  • This course has been designed in collaboration with senior surgeons and academics and is at the cutting edge of contemporary surgical evidence-based practices.
  • This surgical course offers theoretical and practical application of regenerative medicine, bioinformatics, big data and artificial Intelligence.
  • The clinical modules focus on practical skills in operative surgery with the use of interactive teaching aids and practical workshops.

To be competent, safe, and compassionate surgeons, you will need to be able to develop your critical, analytical, and problem-solving abilities; in doing so you will be enabled to think and work creatively and intellectually, which in turn will stimulate you to search for new knowledge for the benefit of patients and health care provision.

You will be taught and supported by the course team, a post-doctoral research scientist, laboratory technician and will be able to become involved with current research studies being carried out in the laboratory by PhD students, computing students and visiting research scientists.

This course will develop you as a lifelong learner, having developed critical, analytical and evaluative skills at master’s level, to undertake your own high-quality research and search for innovation, which in turn will further progress your area of expertise. Integral to the course is the need to develop and enhance a culture in you that ensures a willingness to challenge poor or bad clinical practice, improve service delivery and positively effect change.

The course starts with the compulsory Surgical Innovation and patient safety module followed by the Evidence-based Decision making in Surgery (EBDS) module. All four specialist modules will adopt a blended learning approach where materials will be delivered through block face to face delivery and significant use of technology, lectures and seminar discussions and small group learning sets.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MCh
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44(0)1227 928000