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Diplomas and Courses for General Practitioners

Listed below are Diploma courses which are intended to provide structured education in dermatology. As such they will form a part of the portfolio of a general practitioner wishing to practice as a GPwER in dermatology. They are not, however, a substitute for the practical experience required by the DoH guidelines for this group of doctors

Cardiff University Department of Dermatology

Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology
This is a highly interactive online programme designed to equip the general practitioner with a sound understanding of skin disease as it presents in practice. 
The programme delivers high level dermatological teaching covering all subject areas of interest to those in General Practice. 30 weekly modules have been written by leading UK dermatologists and provide up-to-date clinical information with treatment and referral guidelines for the common skin conditions seen in practice. 
Through dedicated online tutorial support, discussion forums and online assessments, course participants become members of an enthusiastic and supportive online community of doctors with an interest in dermatology. This environment allows collaboration, both academic and clinical, which extends beyond the life of the programme. 
From September 2014 the course will delivered through credit-bearing modules and assessed via coursework and online activities only, with the option of studying over 1 or 2 years. 
For further information or to apply online, please visit website:
Or contact us: 
Postgraduate Courses Coordinator
Cardiff University
3rd Floor, Glamorgan House
Heath Park
CF14 4XN
Tel: +44 (0)29 225 11559 or 11558
Fax +44 (0)29 2074 4312
Postgraduate Courses from Queen Mary University of London
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology

This year-long distance learning course is organised by Prof Vicky Jolliffe and the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. There are 2 versions of the course available – the “UK version” is open to applicants that are fully registered with the GMC and the “Overseas version” of the course is open to overseas applicants as well as UK based students that are not registered with the GMC, or GMC registered applicants that are unable to attend the onsite clinical days. The aim is to enable GPs to provide specialist dermatological support in the primary care setting via an enhanced understanding of the pathology, clinical appearances and management of skin disease.

The course commences annually in September and comprises of 6 modules covering key dermatological topics. The course is delivered in a weekly pattern and contain both multimedia and written material focused about a core theme or subject, with weekly assignments taking the form of MCQs, EMQs. There is a great emphasis on the clinical aspects of skin disease and to this end there are 6 on site clinical days per year, each comprising of lectures and small group consultant lead teaching of clinical cases. The popularity of the course has resulted in the development of an additional overseas course (where clinical days are replaced by 9 x 1 hour live, interactive online tutorials).

Assessment is via weekly online MCQ and a short 1500 word written report based on Cutaneous Neoplasia. There is a final 4 hour written exam at the end of the course comprising of one MCQ/EMQ paper and one short answer paper.  

Further details about the course may be obtained from:

Dr Louise Russell
Education Administrator
Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research
4 Newark Street
E1 2AT

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2336


Full-time Dermatology Diploma Courses 

Postgraduate Dermatology Courses

St John's Institute of Dermatology - Clinical Dermatology MSc
The course includes a thorough grounding in clinical and scientific aspects of dermatology with emphasis on clinical application. Specialist sections include pharmacology, histopathology, infectious diseases, immunology, contact dermatitis, tropical diseases and photobiology. Specific teaching on scientific aspects of dermatology forms an important part of the programme. The course is taught through lectures, clinics, ward rounds and seminars. There is a requirement for a dissertation. The course is for medical graduates wishing to specialise in dermatology. It provides a combination of clinical skills and knowledge of the scientific basis of dermatology, and a practical training in clinical dermatology and laboratory sciences relevant to skin disease. The entry requirements to the MSc are a medical qualification from a recognised university, current clinical experience of either 6-12 months in dermatology or 3-4 years practising medicine post-registration, and proof of English language ability for non-UK students. The course is full-time and lasts a full calendar year commencing every October.
Further details of the above course can be obtained from:
PGT Course Organiser
St John’s Institute of Dermatology 
King’s College London
St Thomas’ Hospital
Lambeth Palace Road
South Wing, Stair C, Basement
Tel: 020 7188 6255
Fax: 020 7928 1428
Cardiff University Department of Dermatology - Clinical Dermatology MSc
The MSc in Clinical Dermatology course is a structured programme designed for doctors who wish to specialise in dermatology. The course gives firm grounding in the fundamentals of clinical and scientific dermatology.  
This is a full-time course which runs from September to September each year. There are frequent lectures from members of the dermatology department in Cardiff, specialist speakers from other major British dermatology centres and visiting lecturers from overseas. There is regular clinical tuition and there are visits to other specialist dermatology departments in the United Kingdom.  
The course comprises of 6 modules of teaching and 1 dissertation module. 
For further information or to apply online, please visit website
Or contact us: 
Postgraduate Courses Coordinator
Cardiff University
3rd Floor, Glamorgan House
Heath Park
CF14 4XN
Tel: +44 (0)29 225 11559 or 11558
Fax: +44 (0)29 2074 4312
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