Dermatology is an increasingly popular clinical entity amongst medical trainees and nurses within the UK and also internationally. This is particularly so in primary care where skin disease is the greatest disease prompting consultation in children and the second biggest problem amongst adults. For instance, in the U.K. approximately 15% of GP consultations are due to dermatology related conditions. In consequence, the British Association of Dermatology advocate within their Standards Document that all healthcare generalists managing skin conditions must have suitable training in dermatology and should be supported in this training by employers and commissioners.
The number of potential dermatological diagnoses has been estimated at 3000 and each can present in several ways. Although a substantial number of these cases involve chronic disease, many can be treated or cured. This means increasing your knowledge in dermatology through online dermatology courses can add significant value to your patients, especially given the social stigmas surrounding skin disease.
Our University of Buckingham validated MSc in Dermatology course:
is designed to facilitate a better understanding of skin disorders which are common in the community.
will enable you to upskill in the diagnostic and management of dermatological disorders.
is designed to improve your knowledge which is an essential complement to clinical practice.
will ensure you are better equipped to undertake teledermatology, an increasingly important element of practice.
Applicants studying this MSc in Dermatology will typically be health professionals such as GPs, doctors, nurses, physicians and pharmacists. For healthcare professionals who successfully complete a qualification, career progression would likely be facilitated, as well as the direct opportunity to improve patient care.
The MSc in Dermatology is a two year course consisting of 120 credits in the first year, after which you will achieve a Postgraduate Diploma, followed by 60 credits in the second year.
Meet the Programme Leader
Prof Christian Aldridge BSc (Hons), MBChB, MRCP Current post: Consultant Dermatologist, Prince Charles and Royal Glamorgan Hospitals
Chair of the All Wales Skin Cancer Network
Teledermatology Lead at Prince Charles Hospital
Honorary Visiting Consultant for Gibraltar Health Authority
Cardiff Medical School Examiner
Melanoma UK Dermatology Advisor
Prof Aldridge’s main interests are skin cancer, mole surveillance and skin cancer surgery. He has published in this field and remains committed towards early diagnosis and prompt intervention in the management of skin cancer.
A very supportive environment
"Learning from peers in your assigned group really widens your potential learning experience. You all grow together through the year, and feel like a family too. It's a very supportive environment. Looking forward to my second year."
Andrea Pentelow, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (GB)
It has greatly helped in my research skills
"It has greatly helped in my research skills and incorporating Evidence based medicine in my dermatology practice."
Dr Amnah Raj (PK)
A very good course
"A very good and flexible course to improve your profile and income."
Dr M.G.H.Thilakaratna MSc (LK)
The ideal course for busy medical trainees
"The PgDip-MSc is the ideal course for busy medical trainees who want to expand their knowledge in a specific speciality and boost their CV when it comes to speciality interviews."
Dr Dillon Mintoff MSc (MT)
Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc
The MSc runs over 2 calendar years and is an online part-time distance learning course especially developed for busy health professionals. Formatted in 6 modules (120 credits), each of 6 weeks' duration followed by an initial 10-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, the students then complete the professional project module that consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project.