PG Diploma Aesthetic Breast Surgery

Part Time
Postgraduate Diploma


Delivered entirely online, our course is designed to provide surgeons the world-over with access to high-quality education in aesthetic breast surgery.


This innovative course is based around six advanced modules, covering all areas of aesthetic breast surgery and a host of relevant transferable skills.

As a Specialist Professional Development (SPD) student you’ll take part in fully-online, tutor-mediated discussions, centered around realistic cases, within our VLE.

This innovative course is based around four advanced clinical modules, covering all areas of aesthetic breast surgery, and two modules focusing on leadership and research skills. The course is designed to complement your day-to-day clinical practice, so each session is delivered asynchronously, meaning that you won’t need to log-on at set times.


For each module you will be expected to actively contribute to the online forum, which will focus on clinical discussions of cases. Each module comprises several topics spanning the knowledge base in that specialist area, each bringing with it new expertise and insights, which will prove directly applicable to your own clinical practice. As such, each forum discussion will take on a life of its own, fueled by the shared reading, personal experience, and tutor guidance. This will then form the basis for further learning.

Your online learning will be supported by continual formative assessments of your surgical knowledge, critical thinking and decision-making. This course is ideal for senior breast and plastic surgery trainees, as well as practicing consultants with an aesthetic breast practice.

Course Structure

Our course is comprised of six 16-week-long online modules, providing advanced learning in the following specialist areas:

  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reduction
  • Mastopexy
  • Complex aesthetic breast surgery
  • Leadership and management
  • Integrated research module

Each module is delivered in two-week topics, with learning outcomes mapped to the UK ISCP plastic surgery curriculum. You will also be required to undertake approximately 15 hours of independent study each week, including:

  • Reading core texts and the latest clinical papers
  • Discussing an online clinical case with your peers to draw out learning opportunities and evidence-based practice
  • Completing formative assessments to aid your learning, including multiple-choice questions and script concordance tests
  • Constructing a personal management plan for the clinical case to demonstrate your understanding of the topic

You will need to demonstrate a minimum of 80% online engagement to receive CPD accreditation for each module.

You will also have the option to take a summative written assessment for each module; complete it successfully and you’ll be awarded 20 university credits. Acquire 60 credits and, in addition to your CPD accreditation, you’ll also be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate. Successfully complete assessments for 6 modules and you’ll acquire 120 credits and receive a Postgraduate Diploma.


All teaching will take place online, using a range of teaching techniques, including peer-group (PBL) discussion and specialist formative testing. Our e-tutors are all highly experienced senior clinicians working both in the UK and internationally, so you will be able to maximise your exposure to global discussions and comparisons of best practice.

Independent Study

You will complete the course in parallel with your clinical duties in breast or plastic surgery. We allocate time for background reading and will provide you with access to the UEA online library to facilitate your evidence-based learning.

After the course

This course attracts both trainees and senior consultants seeking to acquire or hone skills and credentials in an ever-more competitive, global arena. Our graduates tell us that they feel more confident, knowledgeable and better equipped for their roles. To discover more about the course, please email the admin team on If you have a specific question about your eligibility for the course in terms of your surgical experience, please contact the course leader, Miss Sue Down on Sue Kim Down

Career destinations

The course develops critical thinking and decision-making skills, which are the key skills for consultants in specialist medicine

Course related costs

Each module is priced at £1000 and can be studied stand-alone or as part of a PG Cert or PG Diploma formal academic qualification. There is no obligation to sign up to more than one module for this programme.

Core recommended textbooks are cited throughout the modules, which can be obtained locally through medical libraries, but you may wish to purchase your own.

Teaching and Assessment

Each module can be undertaken without an assessment component, allowing you to gain CPD evidence for your portfolio. However, if you do want to obtain formal university credits to contribute towards a postgraduate qualification, you will need to successfully complete a written assessment for each module. The summative assessment is a written reflective 4000 word essay, which will be submitted and marked online.

Course Modules 2020/1

Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:


Name Code Credits


This module will provide participants with comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of breast augmentation, including the assessment of patients, consideration of psychosocial issues, informed consent, selection of appropriate devices, optimal peri-operative care, management of post-operative complications and effective addressing of medico-legal issues. Topics will be discussed in depth on-line, analysing the most up-to-date evidence and identifying models of best practice. Participants will develop their decision-making and critical thinking skills, and can compare their learning to expert opinions in the field.




The module examines service improvement and innovation and provides the scope and skills for you to undertake an evidence-based service improvement project. At the start of this module you will begin to think about your Research Dissertation. It will be your responsibility to find a local Supervisor, who will be the primary contact during the dissertation, to arrange sponsorship, funding and ethics.



Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:


Name Code Credits




Students will select 20 - 40 credits from the following modules:


Name Code Credits


The aim of the module is to develop a depth of knowledge of designing audit, service evaluation and practical research.




Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject MBBS or overseas equivalent
  • Degree Classification Pass, merit or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements MRCS examination or equivalent

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course running from Jan 2020 will be:


£1500 for the dissertation

For illustration purposes, the total cost should a student wishing to complete a masters is therefore 6 x £1000 taught modules + £1500 dissertation = £7500

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University. Students apply for one stand-alone module initially by applying online. Students wishing to take additional modules in the future can then do so through the UEA Learning and Teaching Service, without needing to reapply.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

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