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Practical Dermatology (MSc/PgDip)


Course Description

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.
Diploma:
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.
Course Description:
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.
MSc:
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.
Special Features:
• The courses hold both UK and international accreditation.
Entry Requirements:
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).

Visit the Practical Dermatology (MSc/PgDip) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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Phillip Leonard (MSc Genetic Counselling)

The MSc in Genetic Counselling allowed me to combine my scientific interests in genetics and medicine with professional training in counselling skills. The course is vital preparation for a career in genetic counselling. Cardiff is a lively, friendly and diverse student city, and the University provides superb resources to support postgraduates both academically and socially, not least the excellent Graduate Centre.

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Shalini Sri Ranganatham (Paediatric Clinical Pharmacology)

"The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) offered me a PhD scholarship to study at Cardiff University. Having a PhD is a requirement in my academic field, and I am interested in learning more about my subject. I want to re-join my department in Sri Lanka and get involved with academic and clinical work, and to set up a paediatric clinical pharmacology unit based on what I learned here. Studying in Cardiff will give me all the possible opportunities to reach my goal to become an independent and self-directed academic. I feel like a 'knowledge bridge' between the university here and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka."


(Scholarship)

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000

Eligibility

Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-fees/masters-excellence-scholarships



Entry Requirements

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.

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