Practical Dermatology (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Practical Dermatology (Taught)

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 (PgDip) 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 PgDip.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed and passed either the Cardiff University Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology programme or the QMUL Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology with a minimum award of Merit (60% or above) not more than three years prior to the year they are intending to start the MSc.

Programme participants must see dermatology patients in their workplace or be able to show how they will follow-up patients, in order to complete the cases for the dissertation. Please ensure this is clearly confirmed in your personal statement.

Continuing professional registration with a relevant medical body is required prior to and for the full duration of the programme.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

  • Completion of the MSc dissertation stage (part-time) and PG Diploma (full-time) will take two years.
  • Completion of the MSc dissertation stage (part-time) and PG Diploma (part-time) will take three years.

Year three

Core modules

Dissertation: Practical Dermatology

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK Students:£5,100 per year
  • Tuition fees for International Students:£8,200 per year

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Studying at Master's level should provide you with a wealth of skills and abilities you can apply to any professional setting. In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will have the opportunity to practice and develop abilities in critical analysis, in the application of evidence based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively.

Your studies should also help you develop your problem-solving and decision-making abilities by enabling you to utilise evidence effectively and communicate important concepts to colleagues and others. Through research focused elements you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance your skills and understanding in aspects such as literature review, critical evaluation, research design, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis and research principles.

After fully engaging in the course, you should be able to:

  • Critically evaluate dermatological literature relevant to a specific topic
  • Organise case histories and management plans in a coherent academic manner
  • Synthesise a wide range of literature relevant to a specific topic in a logical coherent manner
  • Recommend areas for improving knowledge/management on a specific topic in dermatology
  • Reflect on strengths and weaknesses and areas of change in own practice based on existing evidence

Career paths

This program 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 program 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 program is not a substitute for a formal specialty training program), 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 program 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.

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