The MSc in Practical Dermatology is for practising General Practitioners or other practising doctors who regularly deal with patients with dermatological problems, and who have obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology.
This 12-month, part-time distance learning course aims to enable doctors to successfully manage dermatological problems in patients presenting to their surgeries, by further developing the skills obtained in the Postgraduate Diploma.
How will I be taught?
The course is delivered entirely online via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Learning Central, allowing regular, rapid and efficient communication between colleagues, tutors and course administrators, reducing the isolation commonly associated with distance learning.
Through dedicated online tutorial support, discussion forums and online assessments, students become members of an enthusiastic and supportive online community of doctors with an interest in dermatology. This environment allows collaboration, both academic and clinical, which can extend beyond the life of the programme.
How will I be supported?
The academic staff who teach and oversee the MSc in Practical Dermatology are assisted by a dedicated postgraduate administrator team and learning technology team. All can be contacted by telephone or e-mail to ensure good communication between students and the University. Most of the communication is via the website/VLE, where there are discussion boards that also allow the students to support each other.
This programme is aimed at doctors who have completed the Diploma in Practical Dermatology. The MSc can form part of the portfolio of a general practitioner wishing to practice as a GPwSI in dermatology.
This Masters programme enables you to demonstrate you are taking the opportunity to develop your abilities in critical analysis, problem-solving, decision-making, finding and using evidence and in dealing with complex issues. Whilst we do not formally assess clinical skills or competencies in a face-to-face context (so the programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme), studying at this level should help successful students demonstrate numerous academic skills that should be highly regarded in relation to their career development and progression. In particular, the programme offers opportunities to demonstrate the development of knowledge and skills in relation to the application of evidence-based medicine and the potential enhancement of services and governance frameworks. As such, it should provide evidence of commitment and potential that may assist you in relation to taking on greater responsibilities or perhaps seeking management, research, scholarship, or leadership roles.
Allergy is an increasing global health problem. There is an urgent need both in the UK and worldwide for training in clinical allergy.
Our Allergy courses have been designed to suit all levels of healthcare professionals who deal with patients with allergic conditions, including doctors (GPs, Paediatricians, Specialists in Allergy, Dermatology, Respiratory medicine or ENT) as well as specialist nurses, dietitians, nutritionists and biomedical scientists.
The course enables students to develop advanced knowledge and practical skills to optimally diagnose and manage allergic diseases at all ages.
Teaching is delivered by world-renowned experts in the field and covers all aspects from the basic immune mechanisms underlying allergic diseases to cutting-edge research that may influence clinical practice.
Our courses are structured around a modular teaching week each term at St. Mary's Medical School Campus in Paddington, London, supported by extensive interactive online learning resources. This flexible schedule enables students from around the world to take part. It allows you to fit the course in with your professional commitments and to study in your own time as your personal situation permits.
This course is made up of three phases (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc).
You must apply to the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section on our website.
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
You complete three modules by attending a five-day (Monday-Friday) teaching block for each module in one academic year (usually in October, January and April). You also complete extensive additional studies through online learning resources.
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)
After completing the PG Cert modules in year 1, you attend six core modules in Year 2. Each module lasts two days (these are organised so that two modules run in the same week, to help minimise travel to London). These modules are usually run in November, February and June. You submit an assignment on each module.
Master's degree (MSc)
In addition to completing the PgCert and PGDip modules, you will complete a research project and write up a dissertation. You can submit this either in Year 2, or in Year 3 for those wishing to spread the academic workload.
The PG Cert and PG Dip modules can also be completed as standalone short courses.
These qualifications will be of great value to those healthcare professionals holding or wishing to apply for specialist posts in secondary and tertiary care in areas of medicine such as allergy, paediatrics, respiratory medicine, dermatology and gastroenterology.
It will also be very valuable for GPs, specialist nurses, nutritionists and dietitians wishing to further develop their expertise and careers in allergy.
For full information on this course, including how to apply, see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/medicine/allergy/
If you have any enquiries you can contact our team at: [email protected]