Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc (The University of Buckingham)

The online Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc is designed to satisfy the greater need for dermatology professionals.

Course Information

On successful completion of this course, you will receive an MSc in Dermatology in Clinical Practice.

This Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc is 100% online and is delivered in conjunction with our partner, The University of Buckingham, who possess a GMC-accredited medical school. As the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, The University of Buckingham continues to innovate and educate students from across the world.

This MSc in Dermatology has been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).

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.

You will also 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

Our online Dermatology in Clinical Practice MSc allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course.

Year 1

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. 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 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
  • Melanoma and pigmented lesions
  • Non-melanoma skin cancer
  • Basic skin surgery
  • Cryotherapy
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 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 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 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
  • 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. Students will also 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
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the variety of the complex factors that affect the causes, perception of, and management of a variety of dermatological conditions.
  2. Demonstrate ability to differentially diagnose, refer and manage common skin diseases affecting specific populations.
  3. Exercise initiative, personal responsibility and ethical decision-making in managing skin conditions in a variety of sub-groups within the population.

Year 2

Module Aims

This module will start by focussing on research methods using the Academic Forum. Students will learn about research methodologies and critical appraisal over a period of 8-weeks.

Module Content
  • Quantitative Studies
  • Statistical Analysis Interpretation
  • Interpreting the Evidence
  • Meta-analysis and Systematic Reviews
  • Qualitative Studies
  • Evidence Appraisal: Interpreting, Weighing and Synthesizing the Evidence
  • Audit, Governance and Quality Improvement, Health Economics
  • Preparing a Research Proposal: Research Committees, Consent, Ethics, Probity and Literature Review

Following the research methods, students will submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic, this includes a proposal form and ethics application. Students are given a 4-week period after the research methods to complete this.

Students will then create a piece of work based upon a specific subject-related project relevant to the student’s practice. The students will have a further 24-weeks to complete this. This project may comprise:

  • Systematic literature review and appraisal of the evidence
  • Audit of non-patient data/organisational audit
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Literature review and qualitative or quantitative research proposal
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment
  • Secondary data analysis
Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of research methodologies in quantitative and qualitative research.
  2. Critically appraise different methodological approaches and tools used to answer research questions in your field of practice.
  3. Develop a critical understanding of the interrogation of academic literature
  4. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of ethical considerations in the performance of research

Cognitive Skills

  1. Critically analyse and interpret research to assess its application to delivery/service development.
  2. Design and undertake a professional project related to the field of practice in order to produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.

Transferable/Practical Skills and other attributes

  1. Create evidence-based recommendations to add to the knowledge base of your subject area.
  2. Demonstrate critical evaluation skills enabling an in-depth critique of the academic literature.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to create academic work of a publishable standard.
  4. Evaluate ethical considerations in research and the process of engagement with ethical committees.


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.


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 10-20 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, dependent 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.

Year 2

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 1,000 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 11,000 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. You will begin the year by developing skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in Dermatology.


Orientation and Study Skills Week (online)

Once you have secured your place on the course you will be invited to participate in our Orientation and Study Skills week, held in the week preceding the start of the course. This will prepare you for your course and take you through how to navigate the learning platform, course format and teaching methods, the assessments for each module, research skills and good academic practise.


Assessments

This online Dermatology MSc 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 first year of 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.

Year 1

  • 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.

Year 2

Students will use the academic forum to develop their knowledge of research methods.

  • 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 Academic Forum is a Discussion Board as defined in the QAA taxonomy for digital learning.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.
  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.
  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

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

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.
  • 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 September 2021: £10,440
Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for September 2021:
£10,440

Please Note: These are the fees for the whole two year course.

Application deadline - August 15th 2021

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Instalments Up-Front Payments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£990 £990
1st Nov 2021 £990 £9,450
1st Jan 2022 £990
1st Mar 2022 £990
1st May 2022 £990
1st Jul 2022 £990
1st Sept 2022 £750
1st Nov 2022 £750
1st Jan 2023 £750
1st Mar 2023 £750
1st May 2023 £750
1st Jul 2023 £750

Deposits are non-refundable


Extended Application Deadline