Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice - Master of Surgery MCh

Postgraduate Degree (2 years)

Online

September

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.

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018

Cost:
£6,450 per year.

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Overview

Our accredited course will develop the clinical knowledge and skills you’ll need to practice safe, efficacious ethical surgery.

You’ll be trained by experienced aesthetic plastic surgeons, on a programme that blends education with research projects and evidence-based practice under expert supervision.

Full Description

By the time you graduate you’ll have a thorough grasp of the key surgical techniques and the ability to apply them appropriately, in line with clinical needs, ethical considerations and patients’ wishes.

The course will also train you to critically evaluate emerging research and to incorporate it into your practice, and to lead clinical, technical and service developments.

We have excellent distance learning facilities, including our Learning Management System to access course material and manage your studies. You’ll also receive expert one-to-one tuition and support.

Course Details

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.

Assessment

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.

Features

Special features

The module will enable you to enhance and master the knowledge and skills to deliver safe and high quality aesthetic plastic surgery. You will be educated in the art of undertaking consultations that take into consideration the potential vulnerability of clients seeking and undergoing plastic and aesthetic surgery.

Careers

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.

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.


Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements

In order to undertake this module the candidate 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. Candidates must hold their own Indemnity insurance and are advised to be a member of either UKAAPS or British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS).

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level), or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £12,900 in total (£6,450 per year).

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