Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma

The online Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma is designed to satisfy the greater need for dermatology professionals. Course Code: QPDP018

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Information

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology in Clinical Practice.

Our Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma satisfies the growing international demand for dermatology courses. Having a specialist knowledge in dermatology is an increasingly important asset for medical personnel. Our course is designed to help healthcare professionals specialise in their career and aid the need for more dermatology professionals. The Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma is applicable to all GPs, Practice Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Pharmacists exposed to patients with dermatological conditions.

On completion of the dermatology postgraduate course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients with dermatological conditions.
  • Critically evaluate current research in practical dermatology.
  • Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with dermatological conditions.
  • Critically appraise current and potential practical dermatological treatments for use in a variety of population groups.

Course Structure

Our online Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
  • To develop a critical understanding of the description of dermatological conditions, referral pathways, imaging and management.
Module Content
  • The language of dermatology
  • Therapeutics
  • Drug eruptions
  • Vasculitis
  • Cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease
  • Guidance, teledermatology and the multi-disciplinary team
Learning Outcomes
  1. Resolve diagnostic conundrums and institute appropriate management strategies in relation to systemic disease, side effects of drugs and vasculitides.
  2. Demonstrate acuity in using health care resources for the benefit of the patient in such areas as the role of the multi-disciplinary team, referral pathways and evidence-based, guidance in dermatological conditions
Module Aims
  • To be able to describe, diagnose and interpret the management of skin lesions in the context of guidance.
Module Content
  • Skin lumps and bumps
  • Benign skin lesions
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Melanocytic Naevi
  • Melonoma
  • Surgical Approach to Skin Disease
Learning Outcomes
  1. Differentially diagnose a wide variety of skin lesions.
  2. Differentiate between benign and malignant lesions and an understanding of the appropriate referral pathway and treatment guidance.
  3. Critical appraisal of the evidence relating to the management of skin lumps and bumps.
Module Aims
  • To accurately describe, identify and institute an appropriate management strategy for dermatoses at specific areas of the body.
Module Content
  • Facial rashes
  • Nails
  • Scalp and hair
  • Perineal dermatoses
  • Flexural dermatoses
  • Palmar and plantar dermatoses
Learning Outcomes
  1. A critical understanding of the predilection for common dermatoses at various sites of the body.
  2. An ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to regional dermatoses.
  3. An ability to formulate an appropriate management plan for site specific dermatoses utilising evidence.
Module Aims
  • To accurately describe, identify and institute an appropriate management strategy for inflammatory dermatoses
Module Content
  • Differential diagnosis of inflammatory dermatoses
  • Atopic eczema
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Urticaria
  • Bullous eruptions
Learning Outcomes
  1. A critical understanding of the evidence relating to common inflammatory skin conditions.
  2. An ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to inflammatory dermatoses.
  3. An ability to formulate an evidence-based management plan for common inflammatory dermatoses.
Module Aims
  • To be able to describe, diagnose and interpret the management of skin infections in the context of guidance.
Module Content
  • Differential diagnosis of skin infections
  • Cellulitis and ulceration
  • Infestation
  • Infection related to systemic illness
  • Photodermatoses
Learning Outcomes
  1. A critical awareness of the evidence basis for the identification and management of common skin infections/infestations/photodermatoses
  2. An ability to develop and decipher a differential diagnosis for skin infections/infestations/photodermatoses
  3. A critical awareness of the appropriate management strategy and referral pathways for infections/infestations and photodermatoses
Module Aims
  • To develop an ability to identify common skin disorders in particular subgroups of the population and to understand the specific treatment pathways
Module Content
  • Infant skin
  • Acne and adolescent skin problems
  • Pigmented skin
  • Elderly skin
  • Anti-aging
  • Cosmetic treatments
Learning Outcomes
  1. A critical awareness of the evidence basis relating to the identification and treatment of common skin disorders in various populations
  2. An ability to develop and decipher a differential diagnosis for common skin diseases affecting specific populations
  3. A critical awareness of the appropriate management strategy and referral pathways for individuals from sub-groups of the population

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.


English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the Engish language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.


Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Dermatology in Clinical Practice Team page.

Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios. These usually occur within groups of 10-15 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependant on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.


Online Induction Day

Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies. It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course.



Assessments

The Dermatology in Clinical Practice course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.

  • Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
  • Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets, and essays.
  • Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
  • The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
  • Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£4,500

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,850 £770
1st July 2020 £770
1st September 2020 £770
1st November 2020 £770
1st January 2021 £770

Deposits are non-refundable


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