Clinical Dermatology (MSc)
1 year (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)
Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, hair, nails, and associated disorders. It is a unique specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. The MSc in Clinical Dermatology (MScCD) offers doctors a structured education in dermatology.
The MSc in Clinical Dermatology is a structured programme designed specifically for doctors with a special interest in dermatology after gaining at least one year of general medical experience.The programme aims to give firm grounding in the fundamentals of clinical and scientific dermatology. It gives priority to clinical instruction but also emphasises the scientific content of dermatology.
Who is this Programme for?
The programme is particularly suitable for overseas medical graduates, but is also appropriate as an additional course to contribute to any dermatology specialist training programme.
The majority of students are self-funded, though some obtain awards from the British Council, respective Governments, Commonwealth Universities Scholarships and employers.
- Accredited by Hong Kong College of Family Physicians and Hong Kong Medical Association.
- Weekly observational clinical placements in local dermatology centres.
- Lectures from international guest speakers.
- Skills workshops, including practical skin surgery sessions and laser demonstrations.
The MScCD comprises seven modules delivered using face-to-face teaching at the Welsh Institute of Dermatology, Glamorgan House at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, UK.
Students are required to attend daily teaching sessions (Monday-Friday, including some Saturdays).
Topic areas include: clinical immunology, cosmetic dermatology, cutaneous manifestations of systemic diseases, diagnostic techniques, disorders of skin and mucous membranes, environmental factors, evidence based medicine, immunology and biology, inflammatory dermatology, microbiology of the skin, photobiology, pigmented skin diseases, practical skills, research methods, skin cancer, skin histopathology, surgical intervention, tropical skin diseases.
A practical skills module runs throughout the duration of the course. This is supported by significant patient interaction. Each student is allocated to the Dermatology Day Treatment Unit for a two-week period for practical clinical experience. Students are required to attend regular general outpatient dermatology clinics in Cardiff and the surrounding area. There are also day visits to other dermatology centres in Wales.
Teaching, Resources and Facilities
All teaching is done via face-to-face lectures and is supported by the online learning environment.
Students on the course are taught at the Welsh Institute of Dermatology at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. There is a dedicated Dermatology library as well as the University Health Library facilities.
To facilitate learning and revision, many lectures are recorded and made available as an additional online study resource. The course is fully supported by Learning Central, the University’s online learning platform.
As full-time students of Cardiff University, students have full access to all the facilities the University and the Students’ Union has to offer.
In addition to this, students have the opportunity to participate in all major departmental, local and regional dermatology meetings.
The course lead is Dr Jui Vyas.
The course is assessed via the following means:
- Summative and Formative assessment is carried out during the course in which group activities, written assignments, histopathology recognition and clinical performance are assessed. Following successful completion of the first six modules, students continue on to the dissertation module.
- Dissertation of 20,000 words: the topic of the thesis will be discussed with your personal supervisor. Students are supported throughout this module by their supervisor, who will provide constructive feedback to stimulate student enthusiasm and ensure that participants have the opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes.
At the end of the course, students should feel confident in treating and managing patients with skin disease.
Some graduates of this programme have pursued the career pathway of academic lecturers and consultant dermatologists while some of our international graduates have have gone on to work both in private practice and high governmental positions in their own countries.
Applicants must be qualified in medicine and have a minimum of 1 year's general medical experience.
English Language Requirements: A score of 7.0 IELTS (with 7.0 in all subtests) or equivalent qualification.
In your Personal Statement, please state why you wish to do the course and how it will help you in your future career.
Decisions will be made on a continuous basis throughout the year on the basis of your written application and the references received.
Places are limited, so early application is recommended.
Next intake: September 2015
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