Practical Dermatology (MSc/PgDip)
n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / via e-Learning: 1 year (full-time PgDip); 2 years (part-time PgDip, plus an additional 12 months for part-time MSc) (distance / e-Learning)
This is a highly interactive, online, distance-learning programme designed to equip the general practitioner with a sound understanding of skin disease as it presents in practice.
Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, hair, nails, and associated diseases. It is a unique specialty with both medical and surgical aspects.
The Diploma in Practical Dermatology (DPD) offers GPs and family practitioners a structured education in primary care dermatology, whilst continuing with full-time work.
The MSc in Practical Dermatology (MScPD) is designed specifically for general practitioners who have completed the Diploma in Practical Dermatology and wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of patients with skin disease.
The aim of the Diploma in Practical Dermatology is to enable GPs to successfully manage dermatological problems in patients presenting to their surgeries.
The aim of the MSc in Practical Dermatology is to further develop skills obtained in the Diploma in Practical Dermatology.
Who is the Programme for?
- The DPD is for GPs or Family Practitioners
- The MSc is for eligible graduates of the DPD.
- The course holds both UK and international accreditation, including from the Royal College of General Practitioners, Hong Kong College of Family Physicians, Hong Kong Medical Association. It is quotable in Hong Kong and Singapore.
- Online delivery of credit-bearing modules.
- Continuously assessed by coursework components, with no final examination
- Part-time (2-year) and full-time (1-year) routes available for DPD
- Minimum 20 hours study per week is recommended for DPD
The course aims are twofold: to provide course participants with a basic understanding of primary care clinical dermatology and to enable GPs to successfully manage dermatological problems in patients presenting to their surgeries.
The DPD course comprises six 20 credit modules, each written by leading dermatologists. The educational materials are accessed online via Cardiff University's website and there are clear aims and objectives for each topic to help meet your learning needs.
Collaborative learning is strongly encouraged throughout the course, and is integral to many assessments.
For students on the full-time pathway, you are required to complete 2 modules per term over 3 terms. For students on the part-time pathway, you are required to complete 1 module per term over 6 terms.
Students are required to access the course website regularly and all assignments are mandatory.
For each module you will be required to complete and participate in a variety of compulsory assignments. Assignments are graded and assessed by a team of GPs and hospital-based doctors in the UK and internationally, all of whom have completed the DPD themselves. Students must complete and pass all six modules in order to achieve the Diploma.
Topic areas include: acne, atopic eczema, bullous disorders, contact dermatitis, cryosurgery, drug eruptions, elderly skin, facial rashes, flexural rashes, hair, HIV & the skin, infant skin, infections, insects & the skin, leg ulcers, nails, pigmentary disorders, photodermatoses, pregnant patients, psoriasis, sex & the skin, skin surgery, systemic diseases, skin cancer (melanoma & non-melanoma), therapeutics, tropical skin diseases, urticaria, vasculitis.
The MSc in Practical Dermatology is designed specifically for general practitioners who have completed the Diploma in Practical Dermatology and wish to gain further expertise in the practical management of patients with skin disease. This programme aims to further develop skills obtained in the Diploma in Practical Dermatology.
The programme is delivered entirely online, and begins with a 12-week online block of teaching on research methodology. The aim of this introductory block is to introduce students to academic writing and equip them with the skills outlined in the course aims to be able to complete a dissertation.
Teaching, Resources & Facilities
The courses comprise of self-directed study.
The DPD modules include written, video and audio material.
All modules and assignments are completed online. The MSc begins with a 10-week online block of teaching on research methodology. The aim of this introductory block is to introduce students to academic writing and equip them with the skills outlined in the course aims to be able to complete a dissertation.
The courses are accessed via Learning Central. All students are given access to the University’s Library Service.
For the Diploma:
- Extended Matching Questions (EMQs)
- Clinical Case Studies (from your own practice) and peer reviews
- Written work (scenario-based)
- Asynchronous group assignments (Med-e-Conference®)
- Discussion forums
For the MSc:
- Dissertation of 20,000 words
- At the end of the DPD course, students should have enhanced confidence in managing dermatological problems in patients presenting to their surgeries.
- At the end of the MScPD course, students should have further developed the skills obtained in the DPD, in addition to research methodology and academic writing skills developed during the course.
The DPD and MScD can form part of the portfolio of a general practitioner wishing to practice as a GPwSI in dermatology.
The Diploma course is open to all qualified doctors who are currently working as general practitioners or clinical assistants in dermatology.
Applicants should have a degree in a relevant subject area, including Medical degrees (MBBS, MbCh etc).
Applicants should also be a practising GP, GP trainee or family practitioner who sees and treats dermatology patients regularly.
Doctors interested in applying for the MSc in Practical Dermatology must do so within three years of obtaining a Merit award in the Diploma in Practical Dermatology coursewith Cardiff University (additional selection criteria may be applied due to limited places).
Additionally, students should own or have regular access to a computer with high-speed internet access and word processing software.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.
How to Apply
Applications may be made via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.
In the Personal Statement section, please indicate why you wish to do the course and how it will help you in your future career.
Deadline (PgDip applications): midnight 28 July 2016
Decisions will be made on the basis of your written application and the references received.
For the Diploma, decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year.
For the MSc, applications will be viewed in a gathered field after the application deadline.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: September 2016
Name: Dermatology Administrative Team
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 2247, or +44 (0)29 2074 4155 or +44 (0)29 2074 6405
Fax: +44 (0)29 2074 4312