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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, March

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    £4500 - payment plans are available to help with the cost of studying.

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2018

Course content

Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. We are now pleased to add the Dermatology Postgraduate Diploma and Masters online courses to our growing range. Our Dermatology courses are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

Dermatology is an increasingly popular clinical entity amongst medical trainees and nurses within the UK and also internationally. This is particularly so in primary care where skin disease is the greatest disease prompting consultation in children and the second biggest problem amongst adults. For instance, in the U.K. approximately 15% of GP consultations are due to dermatology related conditions. In consequence, the British Association of Dermatology advocate within their Standards Document that all healthcare generalists managing skin conditions are suitably qualified and should be supported in this training by employers and commissioners.

Applicants will typically be health professionals such as GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians and pharmacists. For healthcare professionals who successfully complete a qualification, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the direct opportunity to improve patient care.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology

Our online 1-year Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies, and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

On completion of the Dermatology Diploma, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients with dermatological conditions
  • Critically evaluate current research in practical dermatology
  • Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with dermatological conditions
  • Critically appraise current and potential practical dermatological treatments for use in a variety of population groups

Course Structure

Our 1 year course consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration.

  1. Practical Dermatology Overview
  2. Lumps, bumps and skin cancer
  3. Lesions at specific sites
  4. Inflammatory Dermatoses
  5. Skin Infections
  6. Practical Dermatology in specific populations


The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities (see below).

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
  • Individual learning portfolio - 10%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Case based examination - 30%

Teaching Methods

Each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with 1 day of introductory lectures. Students may attend these lectures in the UK (Glyntaff campus, University of South Wales). The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as:

  • Scientific writing
  • Levels of evidence
  • Harvard referencing
  • Reflective writing

The lectures give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course.

MSc in Dermatology

The Dermatology MSc course provides a progression route for the Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology course offered by the University, and has been developed for GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and other suitably qualified individuals with an interest in dermatology.

Our 1 year Dermatology MSc is the shortest route to an MSc and is delivered online. You will be able to learn around existing work commitments. The Masters in Dermatology course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interrupt knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting
  • An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research
  • Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems

Course Structure

Module 1: Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal - MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2: Professional Project - To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Dermatology page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!





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