Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc

Team: Dermatology Team

The online Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc provides a progression route for graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma. Course Code: QMSP059

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Overview

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

The one year MSc in Dermatology in Clinical Practice is available to those who have successfully completed the Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the postgraduate diploma, you can apply for the Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

The Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc starts with an initial 12 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).

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

  • An applied understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in an appropriate clinical setting.
  • Indepth knowledge and understanding of the discipline informed by current scholarship and research.
  • Advanced level critical skills designed to deal with complex problems.

Course Structure

Module Aims
  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to dermatology research.
Module Content
  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
  • Qualitative research methods.
  • Fundamentals of evidence based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Principles of health economics, audit and quality improvement / assurance systems.
  • Establishing patient registers and the value of disease specific registers.
  • Research into educational principles for both health care practitioner and patient.
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.
Learning Outcomes
  1. An ability to interpret research in dermatology.
  2. Display a critical understanding of the clinical implications of research and its impact upon healthcare delivery and service development.
Module Aims

This module is designed to enable students to study a clinically related issue in greater depth relating to dermatology. In particular the student will:

Module Content

The professional project must be dermatology-related and relevant to the person's practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Demonstrate an ability to recognise and implement good practice.
  3. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change.
  4. Incorporate knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc will require successful completion of the Dermatology in Clinical Practice Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in dermatology. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.


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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