Taught course

Professional Non-Surgical Aesthetic Practice

Northumbria University · Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have Level 6 studies within the last five years and 120 credits, or equivalent, at level 5. Current professional registration as a nurse, doctor or dentist with a minimum of two years post qualifying experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative new part time programme is available to existing and aspiring cosmetic practitioners who already hold professional registration as nurses, doctors or dentists. Developed in partnership with expert practitioners and the leading professional associations in aesthetics, the competency based programme has been designed to fully meet the recommendations for practice identified by Health Education England (2014) Education for non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

A flexible blended learning approach is used to deliver the programme allowing you to fit it around your work and make it accessible to those geographically distant to the University. The programme is a mixture of e-learning, face to face and practice based learning. The practice based learning will assessed by expert aesthetic practitioners holding a recognised mentoring qualification.

The programme as a full Masters is taken over three years (it is also available as a linked award). The first stage (Year 1) focuses on the assessment of your proficiency to provide safe person-centred care to meet the HEE recommendations, enabling you to practice autonomously as an aesthetic practitioner offering botulinum toxin and non-permanent dermal fillers. This will be achieved through the opportunity to develop the relevant evidence based knowledge to underpin your practice and to develop practice competence working alongside experienced, professionally registered aesthetic practitioners who will observe and assess your competence in practice

The second year of the programme develops your expertise to advance aesthetic practice through; facilitating the learning of others, developing your business and understanding the existing evidence base underpinning aesthetic practice.

The final year of the programme enables you to add to the evidence base informing aesthetic practice through undertaking an empirical study or systematic review of the literature.

Course in Brief

The Northumbria University Aesthetics programme is a full Masters award taken over three years (stages). They must be accessed incrementally and you must successfully complete each stage in turn. Should you be unable to progress, lower awards are awarded for successfully completed stages, but interim awards are not given.

In the first year, the programme will: prepare registered practitioners to develop the clinical knowledge and competencies required to provide facial cosmetic treatments with botulinum toxin and non- permanent dermal fillers underpinned by sound professional decision making at post graduate level.

In the second year, the programme will: build upon the clinical competence and knowledge acquired and enable registered practitioners to understand and critique the evidence base for cosmetic/aesthetic practice, set up and run independent cosmetic/aesthetic practices, which provide safe, person centred care, and enable them to facilitate practice based learning and assessment of other practitioners.

The final year will: enable registered practitioners to add to the evidence base for non-surgical cosmetic/aesthetic procedures through empirical research or systematic review of the literature.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
0191 227 4453