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Dermatology Skills and Treatment (MSc)

Course Description

About the course

The MSc Dermatology Skills & Treatment is a taught, masters programme for clinicians, wishing to develop or extend practical skills, knowledge and experience in clinical dermatology.

It has an emphasis on developing practical competencies; good diagnostic skills, appropriate and timely management of common chronic skin diseases to reflect current trends in clinical dermatology.

This programme is supplemented by lectures, seminars, workshops, clinical skills demonstrations, clinical placements and conference presentations by academic staff and invited expert clinicians.

This course focuses on clinical skills and has a practical emphasis. Students have the advantage of having lectures and clinics led by dermatology experts and being taught in a variety of dermatology clinics.

Students will attend small group seminars and tutorials and have the additional support of a personal tutor. This course has a wide choice of modules and there is also an opportunity to attend short courses and conferences offered by the department.

See the website http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/dermatology-skills-and-treatment

Course Content

Clinical lectures focus on the principles of dermatology practice. The programme has an emphasis on the following subspecialties: Inflammatory skin conditions; Skin cancer; Genetic skin disease; Dermatopathology; Hair and nail disorders; Contact dermatitis; Psychodermatology; Genital skin disease; Chronic wounds; Immunodermatology; Photodermatology; Paediatric Dermatology; Research Methods in dermatology; Evidence based practice.

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are:

Examples of clinical skills included during the programme are: consultation skills: history taking and skin examination; Psychological Assessment; How to investigate skin conditions; Recognition & diagnosis of skin lesions; Application of emollients, topical steroids, and other treatments for chronic skin conditions; Patch and prick testing; Phototherapy / PDT; Minor Skin Surgery Skills1

1 Participants must be GMC registered and have access to patients requiring skin surgery

Course Structure

The MSc Dermatology Skills & Treatment comprises of 6 taught modules (30 credits each) of 12 weeks duration.

Successful completion of the programme leads to award of an MSc Dermatology Skills and Treatment. Achievement of a Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology Skills and Treatment is possible for those who are unable to complete the final dissertation project.

A minimum of 2 specialist optional modules (60 credits) must be studied plus 2 compulsory core modules (60 credits). The remaining credits may be selected from optional modules of common interest.

Full Time Programme

- Semester A (Oct - Jan): Therapeutics Skin Conditions; Evidence Based Practice
- Semester B (Jan - May): Chronic Skin Diseases; Mind & the Skin
- Semester C (June - Sept): Clinical Practice in Action; Health Disciplines Project

Note: It cannot be guaranteed that all modules/short courses offered in any particular academic year. If a module is not available a suitable alternative will be provided.


This programme offers excellent opportunities for continuing professional development for practicing health professionals. It is an MSc programme, but UK clinicians can choose to study specific modules relevant to their professional practice as short courses.

International students should note that completion of this course does not lead to registration to practice in the UK or endorse clinicians to consider themselves a specialist in dermatology in the UK. This programme may be sufficient for practitioners to work as a specialist dermatologist in their country of origin, local requirements should be checked prior to commencing the programme.

The British Association of Dermatologists guidelines outline current requirements for training and careers for dermatologists in the UK.

Further information about UK postgraduate training in dermatology is available at the British Medical Journal website: http://careers.bmj.com/careers/advice/view-article.html?id=20001048

The School of Life and Medical Sciences at the University of Hertfordshire fully endorses these guidelines.

Teaching methods

You will experience a wide variety of teaching methods throughout the programme including: interactive and ‘key-note’ lectures, seminars and workshops incorporating for example case studies, role play, scenario based learning and discussion groups covering a wide variety of topics. Individual and group based tutorials. Supervised practice placements in specialist dermatology settings, skills based demonstrations / workshops and the use of technologies for example video, podcasts, and other e-packages designed to enhance learning and teaching.

These resources are supported by a well stocked learning resource centre and via a virtual learning environment called StudyNet which enables you to access learning resources on line 24 hours and day, 7 days a week. The course is intense and will require students to be "self directed" learners.

Work Placement

Clinical placement

Professional Accreditations

This course does not lead to admission to the specialist register of dermatologists in the UK. International students should note that this course does not lead to registration to practice in the UK.

Find out how to apply here http://www.herts.ac.uk/courses/dermatology-skills-and-treatment#how-to-apply

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.herts.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-funding/scholarships/postgraduate

Visit the Dermatology Skills and Treatment (MSc) page on the University of Hertfordshire website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Completed a relevant university degree & have a recognised professional qualification. 2 years general post qualifying clinical experience (excluding internship) and additionally 1 year in a substantive speciality post in clinical dermatology. Current clinical experience of a minimum of 1 year in a clinical setting with access to patients with chronic skin conditions. References will be required to confirm specialist dermatology experience. All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. A minimum IELTS 6.5 is required with no less than 6.0 in each band.

Course Fees

UK/EU Students: Full time £5,750, Part time £480 per module; International Students: Full time £12,000

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