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Practical Dermatology (PgDip)

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Mode: Part time distance learning

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Why study this course

The PgDip is a highly interactive, online distance learning programme designed to provide the participant with a sound understanding of skin disease as it presents in practice, and to enable GPs to successfully manage dermatological problems in patients. The one year MSc is designed specifically for those who have completed our PgDip in Practical Dermatology and wish to pursue further studies in this field.


Flexible e-learning programme

Distance-learning, online format enables flexible learning at your own pace.


Relevant to your clinical practice

Equips learner with sound understanding of skin disease presenting in practice and enables doctors to successfully manage cutaneous conditions


Highly interactive programme

Rapid and efficient communication, including dedicated online tutorial support and discussion forums, ensuring a collaborative community


Professional accreditation

Programme holds international accreditation, including from the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians and Hong Kong Medical Association

The Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology is for practising General Practitioners or other practising doctors who regularly deal with patients with dermatological problems.

This two-year, part-time distance learning course aims to enable doctors to successfully manage dermatological problems in patients presenting to their surgeries. It is a highly interactive, online programme designed to equip the general practitioner with a sound understanding of skin disease as it presents in practice.

Students are expected to use their individual study time to complete the modular learning material, which is available online, and complete further reading from dermatology text books and searches for material in journal articles and libraries.  The success of the course therefore depends, to a large extent, on the input and enthusiasm of course participants.

Where you'll study

School of Medicine

We are of the largest medical schools in UK, committed to the pursuit of improved human health through education and research.

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Admissions criteria

In order to be considered for an offer for this programme you will need to meet all of the entry requirements. Your application will not be progressed if the information and evidence listed is not provided.

With your online application you will need to provide:

  1. A copy of your degree certificate and transcripts which show you have achieved an undergraduate degree in clinical medicine (MBBCh, BMBS, MBBS, or equivalent) awarded by a recognised institution, or an equivalent international degree.
  2. A copy of your IELTS certificate with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or evidence of an accepted equivalent. Please include the date of your expected test if this qualification is pending. If you have alternative acceptable evidence, such as an undergraduate degree studied in the UK, please supply this in place of an IELTS.
  3. A personal statement which confirms that you are currently working and actively managing patients, with part of your clinical practice involving the care of patients with skin problems. This is required in order to complete the case histories required on the course.
  4. Evidence that you hold continuing professional registration with a relevant medical body prior to and for the full duration of the programme.

Application Deadline

We allocate places on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you apply as early as possible. Applications normally close at the end of August but may close sooner if all places are filled.

Selection process

We will review your application and if you meet all of the entry requirements, we will make you an offer.

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Student visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements.

Criminal convictions

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Course structure

All students must register initially for the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip).

The PgDip course lasts for two academic years for part-time students or one year for full-time students, and consists of six 20-credit modules, totalling 120 credits, at Level 7.

You will study six 20-credit modules, one per term on the part-time PgDip over two years (Three modules per year).

Students who have not obtained 120 credits, but have obtained a minimum of 60 credits at Level 7, including any ‘required core modules’, will be eligible for the exit award of Postgraduate Certificate.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2024/25 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2024.

Year one

Module titleModule codeCredits
Introduction to Practical DermatologyMET60120 credits
Skin LesionsMET60220 credits
Special Cutaneous SitesMET60320 credits

Year two

The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

Learning and assessment

How will I be taught?

The course is delivered entirely online via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE), Learning Central, allowing regular, rapid and efficient communication between colleagues, tutors and course administrators, reducing the isolation commonly associated with distance learning.

Through dedicated online tutorial support, discussion forums and online assessments, students become members of an enthusiastic and supportive online community of doctors with an interest in dermatology. This environment allows collaboration, both academic and clinical, which can extend beyond the life of the programme.

To take advantage of the wealth of experience that already exists among these practitioners the course uses methods that promote co-operative, purposeful learning. This includes the use of small group techniques, problem solving and peer review all within an efficient online environment.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be conducted in accordance with the Cardiff University Senate Assessment Regulations for Taught Programmes.

Each module will be assessed by written work, objective structured tests/questions and online activities.

Students are not required to be called for a viva voce examination.

How will I be supported?

The academic staff who teach and oversee the Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology are assisted by a dedicated postgraduate administrator team and learning technology team. All can be contacted by telephone or e-mail to ensure good communication between students and the University. Most of the communication is via the website/VLE, where there are discussion boards that also allow the students to support each other.

Each educational or assessment activity is designed such that students receive support and encouragement from the academics and a team of external tutors. The students are divided into tutor groups of approximately 12 people supported in the educational activities by tutors and academics.


Depending on the module and assessments, feedback may include:

  • Written comments on assessments.
  • Electronic feedback on online tests and quizzes.
  • Sample answers.
  • Whole-class general feedback – e.g. via discussion forums.
  • Peer feedback, either formally as part of an assessment or informally outside of the classroom.
  • Group online meetings with course tutors.

What skills will I practise and develop?

Studying at Postgraduate Diploma 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 diploma course, you should be able to:

  • Solve diagnostic problems involving skin rashes and lesions.
  • Postulate management strategies and treatment solutions for inflammatory dermatoses and skin lesions.
  • Critically appraise evidence supporting management plans in dermatology.
  • Propose improvements to treatment strategies.
  • Design learning materials for use in patient and carer education for skin diseases.
  • Modify treatment approaches by incorporating new developments in the dermatology literature as part of lifelong learning.

Tuition fees for 2024 entry

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.

Learn how we decide your fee status

Fees for home status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £5,725 None
Year two £5,725 None

Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2024/25 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.

Fees for island status

Learn more about the postgraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

Fees for overseas status

Year Tuition fee Deposit
Year one £9,450 £2,500
Year two £9,450 None

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Financial support

Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.

Additional costs

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will need a reliable computer with high speed Internet access (and up-to-date virus and malware protection) and appropriate software.

Living costs

We’re based in one of the UK’s most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.


Postgraduate loans

If you are starting your master’s degree in September 2024 or later, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan to support your study at Cardiff University.

Career prospects

The Postgraduate Diploma can form part of the portfolio of a general practitioner wishing to practice as a GPwSI in dermatology.

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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.