The course aims are twofold: to provide course participants with a basic understanding of primary care clinical dermatology and to enable GPs to successfully manage dermatological problems in patients presenting to their surgeries.
The programme delivers high level dermatological teaching covering all subject areas of interest to those in General Practice. 6 modules (consisting of 30 topics) have been written by leading UK dermatologists and provide up-to-date clinical information, with treatment and referral guidelines for the common skin conditions seen in practice.
Through dedicated online tutorial support, discussion forums and online assessments, course participants become members of an enthusiastic and supportive online community of doctors with an interest in dermatology. This environment allows academic and clinical collaboration and a constant exchange of ideas on clinical practice which endure well beyond the duration of the course.
Established in 1989, the Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology (DPD) has more than 4,000 international graduates - half of these are based in the UK.
The course is divided into six modules and starts in September of each year. A two-day (Friday and Saturday) intensive study meeting is held in Cardiff at the start of the course, and attendance is highly recommended. Assessment is via weekly online multiple choice questions, written work, online tutorials, case histories and online group assignments. The course is suitable for doctors currently working as GPs or clinical assistants in dermatology who wish to gain expertise in the practical management of patients with skin disease. Although the students on the course are mainly self-funded students, there are opportunities to obtain support through Primary Care NHS trusts.
The MSc in Practical Dermatology is designed specifically for general practitioners who have completed the Diploma in Practical Dermatology and wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of patients with skin disease. This programme aims to further develop skills obtained in the Diploma in Practical Dermatology.
The programme is delivered entirely online, and begins with a 12-week online block of teaching on research methodology. The aim of this teaching block is to introduce students to academic writing and equip them with the skills outlined in the course aims to be able to complete a dissertation.
The MSc will be assessed by the submission of a 20,000 word dissertation.
• The courses hold both UK and international accreditation.
The Diploma course is open to all qualified doctors who are currently working as general practitioners or clinical assistants in dermatology.
Course participants must see dermatology patients in their workplace or be able to show how they will follow up patients, in order to complete the case histories. No previous specific experience or training in dermatology is necessary.
As an online programme, it is a course requirement that participants have access to a computer which has word processing software and is connected to the internet.
Doctors interested in applying for the MSc in Practical Dermatology must have first completed the Diploma in Practical Dermatology with Cardiff University
, obtaining a minimum of a Merit award (additional selection criteria may be applied due to limited places).
The course is open to all qualified doctors who are currently working as general practitioners or clinical assistants in dermatology.Course participants must see dermatology patients in their workplace or be able to show how they will follow up patients, in order to complete the case histories. No previous specific experience or training in dermatology is necessary.As an online programme, it is a course requirement that participants have access to a computer which is connected to the internet. Applicants must be able to travel to Cardiff or Hong Kong for the final examination.