Clinical Dermatology (MSc)
Designed for doctors with at least one year of general medical experience, this MSc offers a structured education in dermatology and gives a firm grounding in the fundamentals of clinical and scientific dermatology. It gives priority to clinical instruction, but also emphasises the scientific content of dermatology.
The MSc in Clinical Dermatology is designed specifically for doctors with a special interest in dermatology after gaining at least one year of general medical experience.
It aims to give a firm grounding in the fundamentals of clinical and scientific dermatology, with priority given to clinical instruction but also an emphasis on the scientific content of dermatology.
It is particularly suitable for overseas medical graduates, but is also appropriate as an additional course to contribute to any dermatology specialist training programme.
Teaching is delivered face-to-face at the Welsh Institute of Dermatology at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.
- Weekly observational clinical placements in local dermatology centres.
- Lectures from international guest speakers.
- Skills workshops, including practical skin surgery sessions.
The course is also accredited by Hong Kong College of Family Physicians and Hong Kong Medical Association.
|Next intake||September 2020|
Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree in clinical medicine (MBBCh, BMBS, MBBS, or equivalent) awarded by a recognised institution
have a minimum of one year' full-time equivalent post-qualification general medical experience (evidenced by a reference or internship certificate).
Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year. Places are limited, so early application is recommended.
English Language Requirements: A score of 7.0 IELTS (with 7.0 in all subscores) or equivalent qualification.
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements
The MSc is a full-time course, consisting of two stages.
This lasts for eight months, and consists of six 20-credit modules, totalling 120 credits, at Level 7. You will be required to attend daily teaching sessions (Monday-Friday, and some Saturdays).
A practical skills module runs throughout the duration of this stage. This is supported by significant patient interaction. You will be allocated to the Dermatology Day Treatment Unit for a 1 – 2 week period to gain valuable practical clinical experience.
You will be required to attend regular general outpatient dermatology clinics in Cardiff and the surrounding area. There are also day visits to other dermatology centres in Wales.
You may leave the course after successfully completing 60 credits with a Postgraduate Certificate, or after successfully completing 120 credits with a Postgraduate Diploma.
This lasts for a further four months, to a total of one academic year, and will include a dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a combined total of 180 credits to complete the MSc programme.
The dissertation is based on a literature-review and normally not more than 20,000 words supported by such other material as may be considered appropriate to the subject. It is worth 60 credits and is weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating your final mark.
Topic areas could include (but are not limited to): clinical immunology, cosmetic dermatology, cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases, diagnostic techniques, disorders of skin and mucous membranes, environmental factors, evidence based medicine, immunology and biology, inflammatory dermatology, microbiology of the skin, photobiology, pigmented skin diseases, practical skills, research methods, skin cancer, skin histopathology, surgical intervention, tropical skin diseases.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Dissertation: Clinical Dermatology||MET650||60 credits|
|Introduction to Dermatology: Evidence-based Dermatology, Immunology and Biology of the Skin||MET651||20 credits|
|Disorders Presenting in the Skin and Mucous Membranes||MET652||20 credits|
|Environment and the Skin||MET653||20 credits|
|Practical Skills||MET654||20 credits|
|Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Diseases||MET655||20 credits|
|Skin Cancer and Surgical Interventions in Dermatology||MET656||20 credits|
How will I be taught?
The course is delivered via:
- Self-directed learning
- Journal clubs
- Clinical attachments
All course tutors are doctors, other health care professionals, and scientists, who collectively have a wealth of experience and skills in dermatology. To take advantage of this valuable resource, the course promotes collaborative small group work with an emphasis on a problem-based approach to the study of dermatology. Didactic methods such as the lecture format are also utilised on the programme. There is emphasis on clinical teaching in the form of demonstrations in clinics, in the Dermatology Day Care Treatment Centre, in clinical workshops and interactive clinical tutorials.
How will I be supported?
All modules within the programme make extensive use of our virtual learning environment, on which you will find course materials, links to related materials and support resources. You will be allocated a nominated supervisor when undertaking your dissertation, who will schedule regular meetings to discuss progress, provide advice and guidance, and give written feedback on a draft.
There will be opportunities to reflect on your abilities and performance through scheduled meetings with your personal tutor.
Depending on the module and assessments, feedback may include:
- Written comments on assessments
- Oral feedback in lectures, seminars, and tutorials
- Oral feedback in clinical situations
- Sample answers
- Whole-class general feedback
- Peer feedback, either formally as part of an assessment task or informally outside of the classroom
- Meetings with personal and/or academic tutors
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed through a combination of written work, presentations, objective structured questions, mini clinical exams and a dissertation.
Students are not required to be called for a viva voce examination.
What skills will I practise and develop?
The course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’.
Through the programme, you will have the opportunity to develop IT and practical medical skills, and will be presented with a number of opportunities to extend your communication and analytical skills.
By fully engaging in this course, you should also be able to:
- Critically appraise dermatology literature and evaluate the integration of evidence-based medicine in patient management.
- Interpret the histopathology of a wide range of dermatological conditions with specific reference to current developments in the area.
- Investigate, conceptualise and solve diagnostic problems integrating the history and clinical features of a wide range of dermatological conditions, including problematic situations involving many interacting factors.
- Critically appraise management plans and develop broad autonomy and judgement for a wide variety of dermatological conditions.
- Critically evaluate actions, methods and results and their short and long-term implications.
- Take responsibility for diagnostic and management decisions in clinical dermatology, persuading / influencing colleagues as to appropriate clinical care using sound scientific principles and best available evidence.
- Plan and organise a literature review in a coherent and scientific manner on a specific topic in dermatology.
- Design and undertake research, development or strategic activities to inform the theory and practice of dermatology, determining and using appropriate methodologies and approaches.
- Feel confident in treating and managing patients with skin disease.
This programme is particularly suitable for qualified doctors who wish to pursue a specialist career in dermatology.
The programme can be a stepping stone towards a career as clinical academic, consultant dermatologist, cosmetic dermatologist, or private practitioner.
This Masters programme 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. The programme is not a substitute for a formal specialty training programme but 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 programme 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.
UK and EU students (2020/21)
Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.
While most of the costs are incorporated in the fee structure, there may be additional costs for transportation to clinical attachments. Additionally there may be a cost for students requiring English Language proof reading for the dissertation or other written assessments.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
Students will need a computer with Internet access and up-to-date virus and malware protection. An up-to-date, suitably secured web browser and Adobe Reader will be required to view course materials. A word processor, compatible with Microsoft Word, will be required to complete the summative and formative exercises. Other software may also be useful at some points in the programme for conducting data collection/analysis, for instance Microsoft Excel.
A dermatoscope may aid, but is not essential for the programme.
Weekly observational clinical placements in local dermatology centres.