MSc Program in Aesthetic Dermatology OR Medical Aesthetics

  • Our MSc in Aesthetic Dermatology also titled as Medical Aesthetics is specifically designed for qualified medical and naturopathic practitioners and registered nurses who wish to develop their knowledge and practice in the field of cosmetic medicine.
  • Depending on the graduates qualifications, experience, and personal preference and upon approval by our faculty candidates may choose their title graduation from these two options:
  • 1- MSc in Aesthetic Dermatology
  • 2- MSc in Medical Aesthetics
  • This program seeks to develop future leaders in aesthetic practice by offering a high quality programme at an internationally recognized institution, the Canadian College of Aesthetic Dermatology and in collaboration with the British Columbia Academy of Medical Aesthetics and Skin Care.
  • This MSc program is an intensive part-time postgraduate taught programme encompassing the science of skin aging and aesthetics medicine, the application of equipment, evidence-based practice, techniques and the clinical assessment and management of patients presenting with aesthetic problems. 
  • You will be encouraged to develop a translational and professional approach to learning throughout the course, which can be applied to your future learning. National and international faculty members provide the training.

Aims and Goals

  • The aim of the programme is to develop professionals with the ability to apply scientific principles and the latest evidence base to the practice of skin aging and aesthetic medicine. You will develop clinical knowledge, specialist practical skills and critical awareness of non-surgical procedures supported by leading experts in the field.

Special Features

  • Canadian College of Aesthetic Dermatology and BC Academy of Medical Aesthetics are based in Metropolitan Vancouver; British Columbia Canada. Vancouver is a centre for world-class research, outstanding learning and student experience. The centre is recognized as one of the best leaders in Aesthetic Medicine and skin Anti-aging Science. The programme is run in collaboration with several clinics in different Canadian Provinces. 
  • Each student will be provided with one-to-one tutor support throughout the programme with online and small group sessions and bedside training with volunteer models during the practical sessions where applicable.
  • The programme has been recognized as a gold standard for education in aesthetic practice by the Canadian Association of Medical Spas and Aesthetic Surgeons. It aligns directly with the outcomes of the Health Canada regulations on cosmetic practice and General Medical Council guidance in this area.

Teaching and Learning

  • The programme structure has been designed using established educational theory and practices to enhance student experience and learning.
  • The Canadian College of Aesthetic Dermatology learning environment guides participants through module content, assessment submission and programme information.
  • Modules utilize blended teaching methods aligned with learning outcomes and assessment. The course contains e-learning casework, small group work, interactive forums, multiple quizzes, and practical sessions with volunteer models. Students are taught in small ratios (1:4) to maximize opportunities for practicum learning. 

Course Work and Assessment

  • You will be required to pass group and written assignments for each module. Those with a highly practical element will also include assessments of procedural skills. The master's element of the course will be assessed through a written dissertation (15,000 words).

Course unit Details

  • Our MSc consists of six modules  / semesters. Each module / semester can take 3-6 months.  The first four modules, when complete would offer and focus on the theory and clinical aspects of the field. Module five will provides a 4-week hands-on training and work experience. Foreign candidates are responsible for arranging their own entry Visa to Canada. Alternatively, candidates can attend 160 hours  hands-on clinic time at their local clinic of choice and provide us with proof. Module six offers students the opportunity to undertake an individual piece of research and write their thesis. 

Program Goals and Objectives

On completion of the programme, you will be able to demonstrate a number of competencies and have enhanced knowledge and skills including:

  • Application of skin anatomy and science in relation to aesthetics and aging
  • Ability to assess patients' requirements and suitability for aesthetic intervention 
  • Application of consent and ethical practice in aesthetic medicine
  • Explain Clinical Malpractice and Legislation of manufacturing of drugs and devices in the aesthetic field of practice
  • Procedural skills in minimally invasive aesthetic procedures including rejuvenation techniques, dermal fillers, Botulinum toxin injections, PRP,  Micro-sclerotherapy, Lipodissolve Mesotherapy, Microneedeling and Cosmetic IPL and laser practice, and Aesthetic Skin and Dermatologic Disorders 
  • Assessment and treatment of complications of these procedures
  • Develop an evidence based approach to aesthetic medicine and practice
  • Critically appraise and conduct high quality research in aesthetic and aging medicine


  • The contact days will be held in new purpose built educational facilities at Port Coquitlam, Burnaby or Chilliwack British Columbia Canada offices. Facilities here include: clinical skills laboratories, and seminar rooms with teleconferencing, and networking facilities.

  • Program Directors and Coordinators / Faculty Members
  • 1- Professor Dariush Honardoust, PhD., DCSc., MSc., BSc.
  • 2- Dr. Ali Kalifa, MPhil., MSc., MD., MRCS
  • 3- Dr. Luwyna Li, M.B., B.S., Australia
  • 4- Dr. Konstantinous Laitsikos, Greece, ND
  • 5- Sarah Katami, MD, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Cabada 
  • 7- Dr. Omid Rahmani, MD, Plastic Surgeon in Tehran, IRAN

Assessment will be modular and based on a combination of formative assessment by multiple choice exams and assumptive assessment by written assignments at the end of each module.

Step 1: Upon acceptance to the program you will be notified.

Submit Application

1- Fill out online application from:

2 - Attach your CV (resume)

3 - Passport 1st page copy

4 - Copy of your degree earned

5 - Pay $95 non-refundable processing fee

Step 2: Distant and online learning. Duration 3 months

1- Aesthetic Dermatology

1- Human Skin Anatomy and Physiology

2- Most Common Skin Disorders

3- Collagen and Connective Tissue

4- Diet and Healthy Skin

Step 3: Distant and online learning. Duration 3 months

2- Fat Body Contouring

1- Lipo Dissolve Mesotherapy

2- Cryolipolysis / Fat-freeze

3- Ultrasonic / RF Cavitation

4- Body Lipo-Laser

Step 4: Distant and online learning. Duration 3 months.

3- Aesthetic injectables

1- Botulinum Toxin (BOTOX) Administration

2- Soft tissue Dermal Fillers

3- Sclerotherapy Vein Removal

4- Dermal / Facial Thread Bio-Lift

Step 5: Distant and online learning. Duration 3 months

4- Plasma / blood / GF dermal-Rejuvenation

1- Platelet-rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)

2- Hair Restoration by PRP

3- Dermal Microneedling

4- Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Mesotherapy

Step 6: Distant and online learning. Duration 3 months

5- laser, Mechanical and Chemical Dermal Care

1-  Laser Technology in Aesthetic Medicine

2- Radio Frequency, Ultrasonic and Skin 

3- High Frequency Ultherapy (HIFU)

4 - Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels


6- Hands on and practicum

1- Length: 160 Hours (1-2 months)

2- Dates will be arranged in advance.

3- International candidates must obtain their entry visa if needed in order to attend the practicum and Internship placement.

4- Candidates are responsible for their own accommodation and living expenses.

5- If you are already a practitioner skip this  step and move on to the Thesis step. Tuition fee then can be waived.

6-  If you arrange to attend at your local clinic of choice we can waive the tuition fee with your proof of attendance. 

Step 7: Choose a Thesis topic and write 15,000 words.

7- Write your Thesis

1- Communicate with a Faculty member

2- Choose a topic

3- Write your Thesis with our guidance 

4- Submit your Thesis for graduation