Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology in Clinical Practice (University of Buckingham)

Dermatology is an increasingly popular clinical entity amongst medical trainees and nurses worldwide. This is particularly so in primary care settings, where skin disease is the greatest disease prompting consultation in children and the second biggest problem amongst adults.

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 that increasing your knowledge in dermatology through our online Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology can add significant value to your patients, especially given the social stigmas surrounding skin disease.

Next intake: 2022 MarchKey Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
20 hours a week
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online
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Our dermatology diploma online course 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 online Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma is applicable to all GPs, Practice Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Pharmacists exposed to patients with dermatological conditions. The programme is run in conjunction with the University of Buckingham, which houses a medical school accredited by the General Medical Council in May 2019. The GMC has high standards and an exceptionally rigorous process for accreditation giving confidence that doctors trained in a GMC accredited medical school will hold the skills and experience needed to meet the high standards that patients expect.

The GMC has commended the University of Buckingham, for its ‘excellent professional, academic and pastoral support that extends throughout the University and clinical learning environments’. Achieving this PgDip from the University of Buckingham will improve your knowledge, skills, clinical outcomes and career prospects.

On completion of this dermatology Postgraduate Diploma, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of evidence-based dermatology.
  • Develop life-long learning, critical appraisal and advanced problem-solving skills that can be applied to dermatology in clinical practice.
  • Critically evaluate the delivery of dermatology care.
  • Lead complex tasks and processes in the delivery and advancement of dermatology practice.
  • Build leadership skills within multi-agency, multi-cultural and/or international contexts within dermatology practice.
  • Extend knowledge of research methods and their application to practice in dermatology.

You will also be able to demonstrate:

  • A better understanding of skin disorders which are common in the community.
  • Upskill in the diagnosis and management of dermatological disorders.
  • Improved knowledge which is an essential complement to clinical practice.
  • You are better equipped to undertake teledermatology, an increasingly important element of practice.


Next intake: 2022 March Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
20 hours a week
Duration
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
14th February 2022
Course start date
Format
100% Online

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Who is this course for?

The Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma is applicable to all GPs, Practice Nurses, Specialist Nurses and Pharmacists exposed to patients with dermatological conditions.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

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 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

The Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma is a one year course, consisting of six modules (120 credits).

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 (MDT)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply knowledge and understanding of dermatology in clinical practice to the care of patients.
  2. Critically evaluate dermatology literature and evidence-based guidance for dermatological conditions.
  3. Critically appraise appropriate management strategies in relation to systemic disease, side effects of drugs, and vasculitides.

Module Aims
To describe, diagnose and interpret the management of skin lesions in the context of guidance.

Module Content

  • Skin lumps and bumps
  • Benign skin lesions
  • Melanoma and pigmented lesions
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Basic skin surgery
  • Cryotherapy

Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate between benign and malignant lesions.
  2. Critically appraise the evidence base related to the management of skin lumps and bumps.
  3. Critically analyse and diagnose a wide variety of skin lesions and their referral and treatment guidance.

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. Critically analyse the predilection for common dermatoses at various sites of the body.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to regional dermatoses.
  3. Demonstrate skills to formulate an evidence-based management plan for site-specific dermatoses.

Module Aims
To 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. Critically appraise the evidence base relating to common inflammatory skin conditions.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to solve diagnostic conundrums relating to inflammatory dermatoses.
  3. Demonstrate skills to formulate an evidence-based management plan for common inflammatory dermatoses.

Module Aims
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
  • Tropical dermatoses
  • Infection related to systemic illness
  • Photodermatoses

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically appraise the evidence base for the identification and management of common skin infections, infestations, and photodermatoses.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to differentially diagnose, refer and manage skin infections, infestations, and photodermatoses.
  3. Exercise initiative, personal responsibility and ethical decision-making in managing complex dermatological cases.

Module Aims

  • To develop an ability to identify common skin disorders in particular subgroups of the population and to understand the specific treatment pathways.
  • Gain an understanding of the wider factors and global perspectives affecting dermatology.

Module Content

  • Infant skin
  • Acne and adolescent skin problems
  • Pigmented skin
  • Elderly skin
  • Anti-aging
  • Cosmetic treatments

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the variety of the complex factors that affect the causes, perception of, and management of a variety of dermatological conditions.
  • Demonstrate ability to differentially diagnose, refer and manage common skin diseases affecting specific populations.
  • Exercise initiative, personal responsibility and ethical decision-making in managing skin conditions in a variety of sub-groups within the population.

Assessment Methods

This Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology in Clinical Practice 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.

  • Case problems reflective of day-to-day practice/research will be presented for the students to consider and answer every week.
  • Students discuss the concepts being presented in the case within their online group discussion forum, facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.
  • The content of the academic forum is based on the learning outcomes for the module.

The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback to the student weekly and marks it at the end of the module. Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for professional re-validation and professional development.

This can be either a Group Activity or an Individual Activity:
Group activity
Designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team in taking the subject area forward. A group task is set, the group elects a leader using the online forum and the leader allocates tasks to group members. The leader is responsible for managing, collating and submitting the activity (online) at the end of the module. The tutor provides formative guidance part way through the module and marks the assessment at the end.
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Individual activity
Designed to stimulate and demonstrate personalised learning, creativity and problem solving with application to each student’s own practice area.
Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, developing an academic poster presentation, a blog or social media project.

All students must complete the same assignment for each module which is pre-determined by the Programme Leader before the modules commence.

  • Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module.
  • The online exam is marked automatically.
  • The examination tests related theory and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

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

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.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English 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. You can also contact our admissions team on [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Should you have already successfully completed a 1 year Postgraduate Diploma at another institution and wish to convert to the MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department [email protected] to find out more.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for March 2022:
£5,940
Application deadline - 14th February 2022

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£990£990
1st May 2022£990£4,950
1st July 2022£990
1st September 2022£990
1st November 2022£990
1st January 2023£990

† Deposits are non-refundable

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